Tiananmen Square & Forbidden Palace

Tiananmen Square & Forbidden Palace

Our tour guide picked us up at 7:30am for our full-on day of sightseeing. He was a very nice and knowledgeable man who spoke English fairly well but with a strong accent. We were one of the first to be picked up, an American man was already in the van, then we picked up a friend of dj-marksman and finally […]

Beijing Nightlife

As we are walking to the famous drinking street in Beijing, we walk past an Irish Pub. dj-marksman said, “I know those people” and walked off. We thought he was joking as running into someone you know on the other side of the world in a city of 20 million is quite unlikely. Turns out he wasn’t ‘pulling my leg’ […]

Red Hotel

Once arriving at Beijing and taking the subway to our suburb, we were a bit lost. We knew we had to head North-East, but being big city folk from Brisbane we had no idea where that was. Lucky for us we had an iPhone with the Compass app, I have always made fun of this for being the most useless […]

Take Off & Landing

The Friday before our Beijing trip was our only short day we had at China. Fortunately for us, there were celebrations and drinks in the Brisbane office to commemorate some of our contractors leaving, so not much work was being done back home anyway. Also, as we are one team, just distributed, we purchased drinks and snacks (chicken’s feet etc) […]

Pig’s Brain & Karaoke

There are few things that I am worse at than singing and there is no food I would never imagine eating more than brains; but tonight I conquered both. The day started like any other, buffet breakfast, struggle getting a taxi to work, lunch at 7-eleven and finished at 6pm. It is what happened after that separated it from the […]

Burn Out

Burn Out

Time is an interesting thing, too much and you’re bored out of your mind, too little of it and your completely exhausted. My time so far in Chengdu has been roughly broken down into five categories; working, trying to see China, maintaining my business, eating (too much) and sleeping (too little). I can safely say that I think I am […]

Pandas are Lazy

Pandas are Lazy

The guys at work were kind enough to offer to take j-street and I to the Panda Research Facility in Chengdu. For some of them, it was their first time seeing China’s icon. They pick us up at 9am in a rented van that comes with a free driver! As per usual, there are no seat belts, which is unfortunate […]

Fun & Games

Fun & Games

  The day started like our usual week day routine, buffet breakfast and lunch at 7-Eleven. There were a few differences, for instance the cab ride was a lot smoother. My new theory is that the taxis that wait at the hotel are expecting a medium to large fare, but as we work so close, they are not happy with […]

Chinese Massage

Chinese Massage

Day 3 started off like any other, a banquet of food for breakfast then off to work. Each day there is a different ‘obstacle’ to overcome when getting a taxi to work. Today’s problem was the taxi driver really really not wanting to take us. After he was hailed by the doorman, we showed him the instructions we have written […]

Early start makes Mannan a dull boy

Early start makes Mannan a dull boy

[info_box]Apologies in advance that this is late, as I explain below I was just too exhausted to update the blog.[/info_box] The day began earlier than most because of an important update from the Australian office. As I was up late the night before catching up on work and writing about the days adventure, I was quite tired. As dj-Marksman later […]