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27 October 2017 / leggypeggy

China at work and at play

Chefs on a break in China

Chefs on a break

We’re in Irkutsk Siberia and in a few hours we board a train that will whisk us to Moscow more than 5200 kilometres to the west. Whisk is probably the wrong word—the train ride will take four days.

It started snowing earlier today, but the flakes have only recently started sticking to the ground. I wonder how blanketed it will be when we head to the train at 2:30am.

Obviously I won’t be posting during the journey. Given that I’m almost always behind on reporting my travels, I thought I’d share some pics from our recent days in China—the fourth time we have visited this vast country.

There are so many people in China that the country never sleeps. Everywhere you look, people are working, playing or eating, and I caught one gal sleeping.

So I thought you might enjoy some photos from our whirlwind week in China. The pics are from Shanghai, Xian and Beijing. 

Shanghai shopping street, China

Shanghai’s main shopping street

A few comments about a couple of pics. The dancer, the saxophonist, the child posing and the ribbon twirler are all from Jingshan Park in Beijing. The road works are in Shanghai and we had one of our nicest meals in a hole-in-the-wall on that street. I’ll post about food soon.

The scorpions were for sale as food—a delicacy. Some were live and others cooked. We didn’t try any of them. The fellow cooking at night had an enormous queue of people waiting outside for the savoury buns he was making. The table tennis player was fierce, as you might tell from his stance.

I could have listened to the guitar player all night. He played well and had a beautiful singing voice—never mind that we didn’t understand a single word.

See you when we surface in Moscow sometime on Monday.

Twirling ribbons, China

Twirling ribbons

Catching a snooze, China

Catching a snooze


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  1. pvcann / Oct 27 2017 12:59 am

    My son loved the scorpioins when he was there! In for a penny …. such a diverse and colourful place to visit.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 27 2017 5:01 am

      Oh dear, now you tell me. Maybe I should have tried a scorpion! 🙂

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      • pvcann / Oct 27 2017 9:42 am

        He said they were okay, just the thought was off putting

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  2. beetleypete / Oct 27 2017 1:19 am

    I was offered a large black scorpion as part of a starter, during a restaurant meal in Beijing. I couldn’t face the prospect of putting the thing in my mouth, even though I am sure it upset the host. I had enough problems later, chewing on duck’s feet!
    Great photos, Peggy. They conjure up a real feel of the vibrancy of China.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 27 2017 5:03 am

      I suppose if I’d been offered a scorpion at a dinner, I might have tried it. That’s how I happened to eat sea slug.

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  3. sidilbradipo1 / Oct 27 2017 3:36 am

    Wonderful photos for a great country with its colourful diversity and variety ❤

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  4. Brian Paul Bach / Oct 27 2017 4:35 am

    Great ‘everyday’ shots, Peggy. So familiar, too. Was the guy taking the snooze located in S’hai’s flea market? That is, if it still exists… we were there in ‘96.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 27 2017 5:05 am

      Hi Brian. The sleeper is a woman and the shot was taken in Beijing as we were walking along the street.


  5. Curt Mekemson / Oct 27 2017 8:28 am

    I’ve been stung a couple of times by scorpions but never thought of them as food Peggy! That’s a beautiful camel. Have a great train ride. –Curt

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 30 2017 10:12 pm

      Thanks Curt, we’ve finally reached Moscow. Now to explore in the rain. By the way, if you eat a scorpion, I guess you are getting your own back.


      • Curt Mekemson / Oct 31 2017 5:46 am

        I am excited to hear about your trip, Peggy. Last time I think I read about the train ride was Paul Theroux.
        I think I’ll pass on scorpion revenge. 🙂 I once caught one in Liberia that was fist size with a stinger the size of my thumb. Ugly! I turned it loose— a long ways off from my house. –Curt

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      • leggypeggy / Oct 31 2017 5:48 am

        I won’t be going into the detail that Theroux did, but there will be some nice tales.


  6. lexklein / Oct 27 2017 8:43 am

    Brings back great memories of China in October – crisp, clear fall days with lots of people out and about all over the country. Hope your weather, too, has been smog-free and temperate. I loved seeing all your candid street shots.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 30 2017 10:13 pm

      The weather in China was exceptionally good, as was the air quality. Have now reached Moscow where it’s raining.

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  7. Lynz Real Cooking / Oct 27 2017 10:24 am

    Such colorful and interesting photos! Thanks for sharing. Scorpion? wooo

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  8. Vicki / Oct 27 2017 10:40 am

    Love the pics of everyday life in these cities.

    Armchair travel for me at its best (and I have the wonderful running commentary from you as well 🙂 )

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  9. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Oct 27 2017 3:26 pm

    What a wonderful culture displayed here, so much going on, a rich panorama of Chinese life.

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  10. Coral Waight / Oct 27 2017 3:45 pm

    Four days on a train? Oh, my God!

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 30 2017 10:15 pm

      We survived and have reached Moscow. Had a very welcome shower and now to explore.


  11. derrickjknight / Oct 27 2017 8:17 pm

    An excellent set. When we lived in Soho’s Chinatown in the ’70s, we could see into a busy kitchen which contained bunk beds

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  12. paolsoren / Oct 27 2017 8:46 pm

    When I was young I found it difficult to comprehend things I had never seen. I have been overseas and I have read your posts. But even so I am continually overcome by how much everyone is just like me. As Zorba said, “wife, children everything.”

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 30 2017 10:17 pm

      Amazing how much people are alike all over the world. We may look different and eat different foods, but most of us want the same things out of life.

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  13. Brenda / Oct 27 2017 11:17 pm

    These shots are a great window into China. Thanks.

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  14. Osyth / Oct 27 2017 11:47 pm

    My planned trip to China fell through for the second year running. Your pictures are more than consolation. I imagine you will have quite a culture shock when you emerge in Moscow. Give it my love. X

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 30 2017 10:20 pm

      My pics are only a teeny-tiny consolation. Hope you get to China soon. As for Moscow, it’s hard to give me culture shock, but I wish it wasn’t raining today.

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  15. Sheryl / Oct 29 2017 10:02 am

    China looks wonderful. I enjoyed being able to visit it virtually via this post.

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  16. circusgardener / Oct 29 2017 8:28 pm

    Bon voyage!

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  17. Chris Riley / Oct 31 2017 10:14 am

    Isn’t it mesmerising to see the twirling ribbons. Hope you’re having a great time.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 31 2017 2:04 pm

      I loved the twirling ribbons—took about 15 shots of it, but only two were ‘memorable’.

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  18. Miriam / Oct 31 2017 4:50 pm

    What a colorful and vibrant culture. Wonderful photos Peggy. Happy travels to you.

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  19. Hector Lawson / Oct 31 2017 10:35 pm

    China has a very rich history and is constantly making its mark as a giant, but language barrier will never make it greater than the USA

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 31 2017 11:43 pm

      I suppose it depends on the extent to which China adopts English as a language. That said, Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. Spanish is second and then English.


      • Hector Lawson / Nov 1 2017 12:58 am

        ..most widely spoken, many thanks to a population of over a billion. But English remains the predominant business language till date.

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      • leggypeggy / Nov 1 2017 5:04 am

        English reigns supreme in business.


  20. jeanleesworld / Nov 5 2017 1:10 pm

    Once again my congratulations on this collection. You’ve made life in a different land unique, familiar, vibrant, and touching all at once. I tip my hat to you, Friend! xxxxxxxx

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  21. adventuredawgs / Nov 6 2017 1:45 pm

    What a great collection of photos! I really enjoyed the night shot of Shanghai.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 6 2017 3:21 pm

      Im glad we had the chance to go for a wander at night. The streets were busy and oh-so colourful.

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  22. chineseconsumers / Nov 13 2017 4:40 pm


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  23. anextraordinaryandordinarylifeblog / Nov 27 2017 12:12 am

    It looks so cool from your pics that it makes me feel to pack everything and go 🙂

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  24. PoetSpeak / Nov 27 2017 3:00 am

    This captures the colour, beauty and dedication that makes China and its culture so fascinating.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 27 2017 6:44 pm

      Thanks so much. It was our fourth time in China and I hope not our last. 🙂



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