Tangshan
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Tangshan Travel Stories
Leaving
As some of you may know we are now leaving our job here in Tangshan and will be embarking on our travels. It's a long list of places so i wont bore you but hopefuly we will be able to add to this en route and keep you all up to date with our adventures. I always think i have seen so many amzing things here that it can't get any better but it never ceases to amaze me. As the time has come to pack our belongings up many thoughts have gone through ...

The para(noid) Olympics are coming...
Its been a while since the last up date - there a good reasons for this my friends, we are currently engaged in guerrilla English teaching from a fortified secret base! Why? I will explain.... Its been happening for a few weeks now, as the media propaganda for the Olympics ramps up, things are getting weirder. A few months ago we started having trouble with teachers getting visa's to travel into China. Why? Ao-Lin-Pi-Ke (or Olympics to you and...

Park life versus the dentist’s chair.
What started with un-anesthetised drilling ended with a rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne’…. Before I begin this update, I need to tackle a more sombre matter – death! Death, as I remember from the UK, is a sombre, dark, mournful affair with black suits, dirges and neatly cut sandwiches. The big sleep in China however takes on a wholly different persona. On the unfortunate demise of a loved one, a large tarpaulin is erected outside the home and ado...

A very Chinese silence.
I know it’s hardly news to most of you, and the emails that you sent us are testament to that, but on May 12th the Sichuan area of China was devastated by a massive earth quake. We usually try to keep the stories posted here light and fun, but sometimes you have to acknowledge that there is a down side to things and ride with it. I guess we feel for the people there quite strongly for a few reasons; it goes without saying that any humanitaria...

The fox-hole and the wedding.
Life plods on out here…. You become accustomed to the same strange things happening day in day out and it becomes a sort of ‘normal weirdness’. Everyday we see things that in the west would make you stop and stare, but here, well, it’s just China! In the park we see a woman exercising in bright pink pyjamas, sunglasses and high-heels as if her I-pod blocks out reality from entering her head. In the market a bunch of guys settle to a meal of soake...

About Tangshan
Tangshan, with an aproximate latitude of 39,63333 (37° 59' 9" N) and a longitude of 118,1833 (10° 59' 8" E), is located in the area / state of Hebei around NaN kilometers east (102°) of Beijing, the capital of China. A 100 square km area around Tangshan has an aproximate population of 567305 and an average elevation of 32 meters above the sea. So far 63 pictures and 21 stories has been uploaded during travels in Tangshan.
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