Friday, 29 April 2011

南京 My time in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China

During the following blog posts I plan to inform you of the time I spent studying in China.
 Nanjing ( 南京) was where I was studying, however I travelled to Suzhou and Shanghai during my time, the following pictures are of the city of Nanjing which is in the Jiangsu province, the city's name translates as Southern Capital as it was the capital of China until 1949.

I found Nanjing 南京 beautiful city to stay in, although it has to be one of China's less cosmopolitan of Cities, you would definitely find difficulty finding any sort of western style food and there was a large element of shock in our presence (partly due to myself having blonde hair and blue eyes) so you found difficulty in exploring without a swarm of Chinese around you asking for photos. I will reveal my eating and travelling experiences in the next couple of weeks so keep your eyes peeled.

Below is a photograph of a Nanjing Taxi with the most fantastic colour of green.

The above video captures the view from my hotel bedroom, a street cleaner and a short journey by taxi. 
There will sure to be more videos to follow with my next posts.

M xxx

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Nanjing here I come....

Cant believe the time is here but this will be my last blog post before travelling to China.
In the next few days I will begin my adventure in China where I will study the Chinese language,the Chinese economy, Confucianism, modern Chinese history, as well as Chinese customs and folklore.

My Travel Itinerary is as follows: 
Saturday the 9th of April I travel Glasgow to Dubai- Dubai to Shanghai- Shanghai to Nanjing.

I will spend most of my time in Nanjing which is in the Jiangsu province -one of China’s most economically vibrant provinces, benefiting from significant foreign investments such as Suzhou Industrial Park. Nanjing, as the capital of Jiangsu province, is situated in the lower
Yangtze River.
Together with Shanghai and 14 other cities, it forms the Yangtze River Delta Economic Zone. It is one of China's most important historic cities along with Beijing and Xian and was the capital of the Republic of China till 1949.

Nanjing has also been a national hub of education, research, transportation and tourism throughout history. The population is over five million which is equal to that of Scotland.

The city still has the best kept city wall built by the first emperor of Ming dynasty in 14th century and I am so very interested to experance the worders Asia has to offer me.

I am currently unsure to what will be the best communication methods will be the best across there as whether as I know my daily photo blog - ARTnTHAT Daily Photo is banned due to its service being TUMBLR as well as such things as YouTube, Facebook and Wikipedia so fingers crossed that I will at least be able to access this blog to keep you up to date.

Howver my plan is to create a mailing list of people who may be interested in having an update with some photographs regularily throughout my trip.
If you would be interested please don’t hesitate to email me at

I will leave you with this quote from the Chinese thinker and social philosopher - Confucius

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

Byeeeeeee!!!!!  M x
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