Saturday May 7, 2016

We’ll never forget our very first visit to the People’s Republic of China … arriving on a Dragon Air flight from Hong Kong. Within hours we were learning things that simply BLEW OUR MINDS!

Take China’s population, for a start: 1.35 billion people. (Stand ‘em side-by-side and they’d stretch 19 times around the world!) And take China’s 6000-kilometre Great Wall … its 2000-year-old Terracotta Warriors … its 5000-year-old history … and its 800-million bikes!

But it wasn’t just the mind-boggling stuff that made us want to go back. It was also our daily encounters with those same friendly people: weaving their way through traffic on teeming streets … hawking their wares in bustling markets … balancing baskets full of chickens and fish on the end of long poles … bent over in knee-deep water tending vivid-green rice paddyfields.

We can tell you for a fact: there’s no other destination like it – and these next three weeks are gonna be FANTASTIC!

We promise to keep you posted with riveting reports and eye-popping pix. But right now, we’ve gotta go and pack. As usual, we haven’t started yet. Well, Robyn has. But I … well … you know how it is, eh.

Anyway, enough for now! Just three more sleeps and we’ll be on our way to Stopover #1: Hong Kong – YEEHAA!

Yours bloggedly – JOHN

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About John Cooney

John Cooney and his wife Robyn have enjoyed more than their fair share of travel. They hesitate to call themselves ‘experts’ – but they’ve grabbed every chance that’s come their way to explore new countries, cultures and customs. They’ve had the privilege (both on their own and as the leaders of numerous successful group-tours) to sample many stunning destinations: Europe, the UK, Singapore, Vanuatu, the USA, Israel, Egypt, Africa, Dubai, China, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. And their recent (and most pleasant) memories are of the places ancient-and-modern that border the Mediterranean. John and Robyn are at-home in airports, hotels, cruise ships, and the like … and they know how to make the most of a unique travel opportunity. Travel, they reckon, is an all-five-senses experience – a chance to see, feel, smell, hear and taste the world. And they’ve done it often enough to know for sure: sightseeing with a group of laid-back Kiwis is DOUBLE the fun – lots of laughs, great company, and memories that last forever!

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