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    Great thread, bld. Thanks for the pics.

    You & your kids even wore matching shirts for the flight - how cute! your eldest son is showing the beginnings of a beer gut, and he's not drinking beer yet. Lol. Good to see that your Mrs had her fix of seafood.

    Looking forward to more pics. As of now, Hainan island doesn't seem too attractive as a destination, but will keep my options open. Cheers!

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    Hey BLD, I have a nephew who at age 15 looked just like your son. His dad got him working out and in 3 years he was built like a comic book superhero. I really couldn't believe the difference.

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    He has also inherited the sloth gene. Would be hard to get him away from his Xbox to get him exercising

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    ^lol. Don't they have sports clubs in his school or in your city? One of my colleagues got his son into football/soccer early on. The kid is now in high school in Manila - kid was able to pass the try outs for athletic scholarship & was a full fledged scholar (free tuition + allowance) for his high school days. Good kid, his parents are very proud of him (and thankful for the savings they had in terms of tuition fees). Just an idea.

    Cheers and hope to see more pix!

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    Soccer is a good idea. Football is barbaric and gives too many injuries which last for life.

    I think the idea would be to bring out his enthusiasm for something like that. Draw it out from within him. And the best way to do that would be to get him involved with a peer group in which soccer (or whatever) is a big thing.

    Kids always follow what their peer group does.

    Never underestimate the power of their peer group.

    I did all sorts of stupid shit when younger, just because my peer group did it. My excuse was ....."that was the 70s"....
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    Floating fishermans village on the way to monkey island



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    PHOENIX ISLAND
    It was billed as chinas Dubei! A cluster of sail shaped skyscrapers on a manmade island surrounded by tropical sea


    At night they light it up in ever changing colours, This place was way out of my budget to





    Tubby coonts can take a golf buggy up the hill to view it


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    Tianya Haijao

    This place had a nice beach but unfortunately swimming wasnt allowed




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    Nanshan temple

    Mrs Bld quite likes temples so next we were of to see a buddhist temple



    After paying the entrance fee you can use trams to get around this large park, we were there on the weekend and it was packed



    A mate of Butters?








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    We were done with Hainan so it was back on the train to Haikou to catch a 12 hour sleeper train to Guangzhou




    To cross the Qiongzhou straits the train goes inside the ferry, I would of liked to see how they do that but they dont let you of the train to wonder around the ferry



    This train came with 2 bunks per cabin with your own shitter and an armchair, we had 2 cabins






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    Chinese Train staions get pretty busy




    Theres always a hot water outlet for the noodles




    just when i thought the beer couldnt get any worse i came across this


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    For a bit of light reading i brought along this, That chairman Mao dude sure was a coont.


    It was a brutal read but im not surprised the fookers were starving, Have a look at the shite they eat, I wouldnt eat it either




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    I thought they were havin a larf when they told me this is a beer



    Yep, you guessed it. Shite

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    Only had a day in guangzhou so didnt see a lot,

    guangzhou east train station is huge


    We found a hop on hop of bus








    At last, some decent beer


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    Next day we had a short train ride to Guilin, where the plan was to take a boat down river to Yangshuo.
    Unfortunately Guilin was flooded and the boat was cancelled, had to take a van










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    BLD, what are those sail shaped buildings on Phoenix Island? Hotel, resort, shopping center, condos or casinos? Just curious. Thanks!

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    They are apartments and hotels. 1 is a 7 star hotel

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker
    7 star hotel
    Does that make it 3.5 in the rest of the world?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    After checking in it was time to check out the beach
    Holy Fkn Shit BLD...I'd been back on the first plane home if I was stuck on a beach with that many yelling Chinese that can't swim.

    I am sorry man but I much prefer a beach like this I recently went too.



    Regardless man Great trip with family and many props to ya for dealing with Chinese folks......

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    This was my third trip to china. Fuck knows what I was thinkin when I booked it. Apart from the trains i really cant say to much positive about the place. Maybe just gettin old and intolerant but i really didnt find the fookers endearing whatsoever. That book i read might of set the tone it was pretty depressing to read about the great leap forward. Would of been better of sitting on a beach in thailand or Cambodia drinking real beer and eating real food. Doubt I would go back again. China ain't exactly cheap either

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker
    7 star hotel
    Does that make it 3.5 in the rest of the world?
    it sure would. Star ratings are generally meaningless 5here. You invariably get a bed that's like sleeping on a plank. Out of all the places we stayed only 3 were ok. The last night in kunming I coughed up and stayed in a very nice place

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    This was my third trip to china. Fuck knows what I was thinkin when I booked it. Apart from the trains i really cant say to much positive about the place. Maybe just gettin old and intolerant but i really didnt find the fookers endearing whatsoever. That book i read might of set the tone it was pretty depressing to read about the great leap forward. Would of been better of sitting on a beach in thailand or Cambodia drinking real beer and eating real food. Doubt I would go back again. China ain't exactly cheap either
    I understand BLD. After my 6 months there doing product transfers in SZ I couldn't wait to GTFO. 555. Food sucks. Everywhere you go they all talk at 125db. It was brutal. As you said, much prefer a trip in Thailand during the week and eat waaaay better food.

    Welcome back to some sanity. 555

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    Pretty happy to be be back in Laos. People don't scream at each other while having a conversation. Damn the chinks are noisy rascals. Anyway after guilin we arrived in yangshuo. The place really reminded me of vang vieng . Very similar with lots of limestone karst and a couple of rivers. But no chilled out atmosphere.They really need to lighten up those fookers. Way to serious and shifty for me

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    Keeping the beer drinking arm rested until evening for match fitness... Top stuff Lao!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    They are apartments and hotels. 1 is a 7 star hotel
    I'd like to get inside one just for a feel.
    Gave me half a chub just looking at them. Sexy, no?

    What was the architect thinking? Looks like clams to me. Put a black flag on top and you're in. A racing stripe beats a bush any day.

    In all reality it must be cool to say you survived China. I want to see the great wall someday. Quite an adventure that would be as I heard it's allways packed full of tourists. Still a once in a lifetime venture for us after we win the rat race, of course. Until then We'll stick to tbe Dells.Nothing like riding a Duck on the Wisconsin river. You should come out next summer.Your boys would love to play in the worlds largest water park. Just a thought while they are still young.

    Myself I love the Petenwell Flowage and the Castle Rock area. Once I cast a Rapala next to the submerged stone farmhouse ( it was there before they built the damn) and hooked into a large bass. We were in my Old Town Canoe. As I almost got it to the side of the canoe it got a second wind and headed back down to the depths of wich it came.
    Suddenly it felt like it had twice the mass and as I reeled it in sure enough it was two Bass. One on each treble hook of the Rapala lure. No joke, I'll forever remember that fishes tail.

    As for the Dells I have fond memories and a few more stories. Didn't mean to sidetrack your awsome vacation thread.

    Oh and BLD miss fish follows along with TD and commented that you are of the few on the forum that are indeed genuine and for that you get a Kudos from us. Thanks for that as it is a rarity these days.

    Peace out.....the fishes.
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