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China 2015
22/4 - 16/5



                            22.April, flights Amsterdam - Helsinki - Chongqing
                            23.April, Arrival Chongqing
                            25.April, day trip to Dazu Baodingshan rock carvings
                            26.April, flight Chongqing - Zhangjiajie
                            27.April, Tianmen Mountain
                            28.April, bus Zhangjiajie to Changsha
                            29.April, trains Changsha to Wuhan and Wuhan to Yangxin
                            05.May, car Yangxin to Wuhan, train Wuhan to Beijing
                            08.May, flights heit & mem: Beijing - Helsinki - Amsterdam
                            08.May, flight Johan & Weiwei: Beijing - Harbin
                            11.May, trains Harbin to Shenyang and Shenyang to Dandong
                            13.May, train Dandong to Shenyang
                            15.May, train Shenyang to Beijing
                            16.May, flights Beijing - Helsinki - Amsterdam


Amsterdam - Helsinki



Helsinki - Chongqing



Weiwei wants spicy Chinese breakfast when we arrive in Chongqing



massage with our clothes on



visit Ciqikou ancient town of Chongqing



names and zodiac signs



hot pot lunch with old classmate Jessie













One-hour night cruise on Yangtze River and Jialing River











day trip to Baodingshan rock carvings near Dazu
(70plus are for free)













31 meters long sleeping Buddha









partner searching on Sunday morning, down at Hongyadong



a short flight from Chongqing to Zhangjiajie



Feyenoord (Rotterdam) - Ajax (Amsterdam), in the hostel of Zhangjiajie





everybody likes aubergine, a repeating dish for the trip







curious girls



longest cable car ride in the world, more than 7 kilometers





afraid...



hike on Tianmen Mountain





one of many escalators inside Tianman Mountain





curious workers



999 steps...



Tianmen Mountain Gate







Zhangjiajie Fox Fairy show





waiting for the bus to Changsha



Mao´s restaurant
(chairman Mao is born in the province Hunan)



dinner with friend Yuanzhi and his wife



Hunan style stinky tofu



Chairman Mao his favorite pork dish





where are we going now?



taking a train to Wuhan and Yangxin



pick-up by Weiwei her brother in his car



Arrived in Weiwei her hometown Yangxin



First dinner with Weiwei her brother





First visit to Weiwei her parents



welcome fireworks



playing cards in front of the house



gifts from Weiwei her brother his trips to Bali, Sri Lanka and Japan





writing invitations





mother with curious neigbor ladies and cousin



New clothes for Weiwei her mother



euro coins



pictures from the Dutch family







Yangxin street life





meeting two cousins and their friend



decorating the hotel room





aunt (oldest sister of mother)



lunch time



Weiwei's mother her family has arrived





neigbor kids



in the hotel lobby



Li Jie, PhD student in Wuhan, and one of the few English speaking neighbors



grand dinner



behind the mahjong table more fireworks







bridesmaids and bed making ladies



lunch in the hotel



English speaking classmate with her sweet daughter







killing time by playing mahjong at our hotel room



time for a dinner party



father his family



mother her family





again welcome fireworks











lunch



Weiwei and brother



with the cooks for these days



childhood picture of Weiwei



visit best friend Fangfang
(hand made shoes as a gift for Weiwei and mem)



and her husband





Fangfang her brother has just married on the same day





cookies for the Dutch guests



Fangfang and Weiwei





neighborhood



Liu Juan, another childhood friend



buyings a bag and belts at the market (sellers are from Xinjiang Province)



visit the new church of Yangxin
hidden between apartment buildings





we get drinks for free, because we are "brothers and sisters"



visit the pagode of Yangxin









the bell is for the morning
(the drum is for the evening)







tower is symbolic for fighting the water







watching the video from May the 2nd



brother his speech



last supper in Yangxin



ride to Wuhan with Weiwei her brother's car



high speed train to Beijing, with maximum of 309 km/hour



arriving at Soluxe Coutyard Hotel in Beijing







the next days mother her eye is worse, we need to go to a doctor





hospital visit in Beijing







Great Wall wine







our courtyard hotel used to be a temple









lunch at the big yellow M with old classmate Ke Hua









Family Liu restaurant



roasted duck dinner with old classmate Xianqiang and his wife















amateur singing Beijing opera songs





Beijing Hou Hai (Back Lake)





Beijing olympic bird's nest stadium





Beijing Foreign Languages University in Wudaokou



Weiwei her old apartment in Wudaokou area





goodbye icecream



parents flying back to Holland on May the 8th



we fly to Harbin in the North East of China



first impression of Harbin



a city with Russian and Japanese colonial history



dumpling dinner near our hostel in Harbin







Russian kbac drink
(tastes like rivella)





Sophia Cathedral in Harbin is now a museum



... with photo exhibition







"I compare the Party to my Mother"



pancakes with vegetables



Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, Harbin



R.S. Stokvis en Zonen, Rotterdam



Hello Kitty girls





promotion girls





mosque



street dance/excercise



old Synagogue Concert Hall





large portions...





Harbin is famous for the ice festival with ice sculptures







Xinjiang style dancing lady



stroll along the Songhua River in Harbin



the current president his propaganda



Harbin Flood Control Memorial Tower





lunch snack



young wedding couple in a park





cake boys



pedal boat



waiting for the train to Shenyang



train to Dandong, hiding my blue eyes for North Korean spies





great Korean food in Dandong



fish





Weiwei as North Korean girl



Broken Bridge







lunch in KFC with brownie cakes



bridge connecting China with North Korea



North Korean girls working in China





Forbidden to throw things to North Korea



Apartment buildings in Dandong



changing child policy from 1 to 2





sticky rice sausage



railway station of Dandong



arriving in Shenyang



revolution and liberation books





Marshal Zhang



evening time is excercise time



theater for famous comedian Zhao Benshan and fellow students



The Imperial Palace of the Qing Dynasty in Shenyang































room of one of the concubines













old tickets







lunch with a mango shake



American style school bus



Papa John's Pizza in Happy Family Mall





Shenyang North Railway Station



lunch at Kungfu



train to Beijing, this one goes 195 km/hour



date cake



everywhere in China constructing apartment buildings



arriving in Beijing





taxi to the airport hotel



May 16th, day flight to Helsinki

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