Tagged: China

Terracotta Warriors Tour in China

Terracotta Warriors Tour in China

Terracotta Warriors Tour in China. 19 June 2017. I was up and on four hours of sleep when I had to hit the shower at 08:30. I was not sure if Markus was going to make it back to the hostel in time for our pre-booked Terracotta Warriors tour in China.  In the middle of my shower, there was a knock on the door. He made it! Good job buddy!   We had to be at reception at 08:50 and...

Fun Signs in China - Cultural Translation is Entertaining

Fun Signs in China – Cultural Translation is Entertaining

Some countries have really great signs.  Signs in China are some of my favorite.  Sometimes they are funny because of a difference in our cultures.  Sometimes it is a confusion in translation.  I assume, that someone must know someone who speaks fluent English…  However, for entertainment, I am glad they do not… Here are 19 of my favorite signs in China:   Thanks for looking at Fun Signs in China. If you enjoyed this, please share.     (Disclaimer for...

Drunk on a Plane in China

Drunk on a Plane in China

Drunk on a Plane in China. Beijing, China. 3 July 2017. I was up at 09:00 to get cracking at our plans. Markus and I booked plane tickets for Manila, Philippines that leaves today. But first, there would be a 15 hour stopover in Quanzhau.  We think could be the first city we visited in China, but we are not sure. Markus called it a ‘Blank Flight.’ We went for a walk around Beijing but we were bored because we had a...

Getting a Chinese Tourist Visa in Bangkok

How to Get a Chinese Tourist Visa in Bangkok

Background: So, the Chinese tourist visa is a bit elusive and somewhat tricky to get. The rules for getting a Chinese visa vary depending on what country you are standing in. It is strange how there are no real consistencies.  Here is what I know: I travel on a Canadian passport, and entered the Chinese embassy in Prague, Czech Republic, where I asked if it was possible to apply for the tourist visa there on a non-Czech passport. The lady behind the counter said it was no...

Exiting North Korea

Exiting North Korea – Part 9

Exiting North Korea. Pyongyang, North Korea.  28 June 2017. * (For the previous part, click here: Travelling Pyongyang North Korea – Part 8) …I awoke this morning to realize that my Chinese roommate did not snore last night! How fortunate! I was in the shower in my room at the Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea, when the phone ran as a wake-up call from Kim, my guide. “Meester Beavers,” as he has taken to calling me lately, “It...

Crossing from China to North Korea

Crossing from China to North Korea – Part 2

Crossing from China to North Korea. Dandong, China. June 24, 2017. * (For the previous part, click here: The North Korea Decision – Part 1) I was up at 06:30 to get things started for a five day/four night trip to North Korea.  I had a list of jobs to work on, including going onto this website and taking down any articles that were connected to politics or political events.  Also, I removed any recent stories to make Big Beaver Diaries...

The North Korea Decision

The North Korea Decision – Part 1

The North Korea Decision.  China – June, 2017. Prologue: Now I know what you are thinking.  ‘Will I ever have flowing locks of hair as beautiful as Beaver?’  The answer is, ‘Possibly.’ And I know what else you are thinking.  ‘Is he nuts?  North Korea?’  The answer is ‘No.’  I know that many of you think I am crazy and I often do things that are dangerous.  The truth is that this is not really the case.  Every major decision I...