Photographs

 

Just Chillin' at the Karez museum

Just Chillin’ at the Karez museum

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Finally one for the French archers. At last, Azincourt has been avenged!

Finally one for the French archers. At last, Azincourt has been avenged!

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Said balls being gently malaxed by expert hands before the happy ending (in the deep frier)

Said balls being gently malaxed by expert hands before the happy ending (in the deep frier)

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There's nothing quite like freshly baked bread and a chef that doesn't put his fingers all over your food. In Luoyang, Henan.

There’s nothing quite like freshly baked bread and a chef that doesn’t put his fingers all over your food. In Luoyang, Henan.

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Rou Jia Mou - the end result

Rou Jia Mou – the end result

Bread noodle soup served with a side of bread and some bread for dessert - in Huaxian, Shaanxi.

Bread noodle soup served with a side of bread and some bread for dessert – in Huaxian, Shaanxi.

As the Great Philosopher Laozi once said "A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar" - Drinking frog's spawn in Tongguan

As the Great Philosopher Laozi once said “A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar” – Drinking frog’s spawn in Tongguan

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Lollipop made of sticky rice, sugar and rose-flower jam. Tasty. In Xi'an's muslim quarter, with Ellie, Oli's Chinese teacher and tour guide extraordinaire.

Lollipop made of sticky rice, sugar and rose-flower jam. Tasty. In Xi’an’s muslim quarter, with Ellie, Oli’s Chinese teacher and tour guide extraordinaire.

The result is a standard but tasty peanut brittle

The result is a standard but tasty peanut brittle

Totally innocent peanuts are mixed with caramel and smashed with a sledge-hammer. In Xi'an's muslim quarter.

Totally innocent peanuts are mixed with caramel and smashed with a sledge-hammer. In Xi’an’s muslim quarter.

Chefs pulling the noodles - In Xi'an's muslim quarter.

Chefs pulling the noodles – In Xi’an’s muslim quarter.

"No veggie burgers?" - In Xi'an's muslim quarter.

“No veggie burgers?” – In Xi’an’s muslim quarter.

Collection of various pickles and spices. Xi'an is indeed the Gate to the West. - In Xi'an's muslim quarter.

Collection of various pickles and spices. Xi’an is indeed the Gate to the West. – In Xi’an’s muslim quarter.

DIY street food - In Xi'an's muslim quarter.

DIY street food – In Xi’an’s muslim quarter.

Giant chocolate cookies? Bullet-proof jackets? Paul Gascoigne's liver? - In Xi'an's muslim quarter.

Giant chocolate cookies? Bullet-proof jackets? Paul Gascoigne’s liver? – In Xi’an’s muslim quarter.

Ok, it does not look good. But it could be, right? Well, it's not. Probably made of sweet potato and filled with an unidentified dark paste (red bean). Avoid. Bad. - In Xi'an muslim quarter.

Ok, it does not look good. But it could be, right? Well, it’s not. Probably made of sweet potato and filled with an unidentified dark paste (red bean). Avoid. Bad. – In Xi’an muslim quarter.

This must have been a stunning view (background)

This must have been a stunning view (background)

Oli discovered that cycling shoulder to shoulder with a diesel engine proved more effective than some of Bear Grylls' more suspect anti-hypothermia techniques

Oli discovered that cycling shoulder to shoulder with a diesel engine proved more effective than some of Bear Grylls’ more suspect anti-hypothermia techniques

The centre square of a newly built village in Gansu pays tribute to the emblems of China: Mao, The Great Wall, The Forbidden City. We pointed out to the Mayor that the Louis Vuitton boutique was missing to which he agreed to amend

The centre square of a newly built village in Gansu pays tribute to the emblems of China: Mao, The Great Wall, The Forbidden City. We pointed out to the Mayor that the Louis Vuitton boutique was missing to which he agreed to amend

Las Vegas, Shaanxi, China

Las Vegas, Shaanxi, China

Cycling behind Matthieu in a badly ventilated tunnel after a lunch of Mutton soup almost proved too much

Cycling behind Matthieu in a badly ventilated tunnel after a lunch of Mutton soup almost proved too much

T'ai chi ch'uan with Master Zhang has proven to be an excellent way to avoid cycler's cramp in the evening

T’ai chi ch’uan with Master Zhang has proven to be an excellent way to avoid cycler’s cramp in the evening

Embracing Chinese cultural heritage in Xi'an

Embracing Chinese cultural heritage in Xi’an

Mind your head? Zombie crossing?

Mind your head? Zombie crossing?

Watch out for the tree...and the house? (we have seen this sign post literally five times a day since leaving Shanghai)

Watch out for the tree…and the house? (we have seen this sign post literally five times a day since leaving Shanghai)

The Lord works in mysterious ways...Beautiful church discovered in the middle of a right s-hole.

The Lord works in mysterious ways…Beautiful church discovered in the middle of a right s-hole.

For some this would be hell, for us this is home

For some this would be hell, for us this is home

Muslim Quarter, Xi'an

Muslim Quarter, Xi’an

Hans dark beer - the slow maturation in 1-year-old Tronçais oak barrels gives this beer delicate coffee and caramels notes. That or they just mixed basic  Tsingtao with instant coffee, we are not exactly sure.

Hans dark beer – the slow maturation in 1-year-old Tronçais oak barrels gives this beer delicate coffee and caramels notes. That or they just mixed basic Tsingtao with instant coffee, we are not exactly sure.

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It is called "roasted" porridge and it will be trendy one day.

It is called “roasted” porridge and it will be trendy one day.

The House of the Rising Sun

The House of the Rising Sun

Travelling across Tibetan autonomous districts makes finding our way to the local pub a little more difficult.

Travelling across Tibetan autonomous districts makes finding our way to the local pub a little more difficult.

Someone else has obviously missed a few turns.

Someone else has obviously missed a few turns.

Pint of lager and a bacon sandwich, anyone?

Pint of lager and a bacon sandwich, anyone?

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"Mr Frodo, how far is it to Mordor?"

“Mr Frodo, how far is it to Mordor?”

Top of the hill Gansu 3000m

The 3000m-high club. Care to join?

The 3000m-high club. Care to join?

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Ground control to Major Wang, commencing countdown, engines on.

Ground control to Major Wang, commencing countdown, engines on.

Our Logistics Director has missed a turn... again. He was duly whipped with sheep tripes.

Our Logistics Director has missed a turn… again. He was duly whipped with sheep tripes.

One of these two chaps has never seen a camera before.

One of these two chaps has never seen a camera before.

Desert lanscape Matthieu in wind and rain Gansu

Mr Jones departs for the yearly village fair with his ex-girlfriends at the back.

Mr Jones departs for the yearly village fair with his ex-girlfriends at the back.

Mrs. Wang makes the best boiling water in the whole Wild West.

Mrs. Wang makes the best boiling water in the whole Wild West.

Who would have thought wind farms could work solely on mutton soup fuel?

Who would have thought wind farms could work solely on mutton soup fuel?

Matthieu and wind farm

Matthieu obviously zipping up his jacket for wind protection.

Matthieu obviously zipping up his jacket for wind protection.

Matthieu - open road Matthieu cruising

Sheep in classic 4-4-2 "skewer" formation.

Sheep in classic 4-4-2 “skewer” formation.

At the Hell's Angels Gansu chapter meeting

At the Hell’s Angels Gansu chapter meeting

Xi'an's city wall. The longest Xi'an city wall in the world

Xi’an’s city wall. The longest Xi’an city wall in the world

Full moon party in Xi'an (in bed at 10pm)

Full moon party in Xi’an (in bed at 10pm)

The Big  Wild Goose Pagoda, a 7th century building that actually looks like it's from the 7th century

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a 7th century building that actually looks like it’s from the 7th century

Our wonderful hosts in Xi'an:  Ellie, Mandy and Anthony.

Our wonderful hosts in Xi’an: Ellie, Mandy and Anthony.

More than 2,000 soldiers have already been re-assembled since the discovery of the site in 1974More than 2,000 soldiers have already been re-assembled since the discovery of the site in 1974

Each soldier (out of an alledged number of 8,000!) is different and modelled on real-life imperial soldiers.

Each soldier (out of an alledged number of 8,000!) is different and modelled on real-life imperial soldiers.

Only the tallest men of the time were recruited in the emperor's army, which explains why the terracotta warriors are all rather tall, even compared to modern Chinese standards!

Only the tallest men of the time were recruited in the emperor’s army, which explains why the terracotta warriors are all rather tall, even compared to modern Chinese standards!

The terracotta army also contains over 600 chariot and cavalry horses.

The terracotta army also contains over 600 chariot and cavalry horses.

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Shaolin Temple

Shaolin Temple

How far?  Really??

How far? Really??

Everybody was Kung-Fu fighting....

Everybody was Kung-Fu fighting….

A poo with a (not very) nice view

A poo with a (not very) nice view

This chappie was a 22 year old student cycling from Jinan to Xi'an....in jeans

This chappie was a 22 year old student cycling from Jinan to Xi’an….in jeans

This chappie was cycling a loop from Chengdu-Chengdu via six provinces in China. Jia You Comrade!!

This chappie was cycling a loop from Chengdu-Chengdu via six provinces in China. Jia You Comrade!!

"I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family." --Greater Nashua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000

“I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.” –Greater Nashua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000

Sichuan cycling dude

Sichuan cycling dude

Coal mining town near Sanmenxia

Coal mining town near Sanmenxia

Testing the new North Face gear

Testing the new North Face gear

Mmmmm, where's your bathroom?

Mmmmm, where’s your bathroom?

Matthieu hosts a debate on the relevance of Confucian teachings in modern Chinese culture

Matthieu hosts a debate on the relevance of Confucian teachings in modern Chinese culture

KTV with the Wuhantang Clan, 50 Yuan and Kanye Far-East

KTV with the Wuhantang Clan, 50 Yuan and Kanye Far-East

The national icon of China.....what's it called again?

The national icon of China…..what’s it called again?

There may be trouble ahead....Baozi hunting in Luoyang

There may be trouble ahead….Baozi hunting in Luoyang

Handy chizel work from around the 5th century (give or take ten centuries)

Handy chizel work from around the 5th century (give or take ten centuries)

Very wet but very impressive (talking about the carvings)

Very wet but very impressive (talking about the carvings)

Team Road of Smiles blending in with their environment at Longmen Caves

Team Road of Smiles blending in with their environment at Longmen Caves

Like Swiss Cheese but a bit harder and with Buddhas hiding inside

Like Swiss Cheese but a bit harder and with Buddhas hiding inside

Millionaire Kong's Palace....a 17th century NeverLand

Millionaire Kong’s Palace….a 17th century NeverLand

Stealth Camping #BearGrylls #Ray Mears #Frederic Lopez

Stealth Camping #BearGrylls #Ray Mears #Frederic Lopez

Locals providing moral support on a 30% gradient

Locals providing moral support on a 30% gradient

Armed with a catapult Mr Chen asks Oli if he was from out of town...

Armed with a catapult Mr Chen asks Oli if he was from out of town…

Miss China and the two runners-up

Miss China and the two runners-up

Jin Hao 金浩 pre-operation with his Ayi (carer).  Both were simply amazing.

Jin Hao 金浩 pre-operation with his Ayi (carer). Both were simply amazing.

Oli & Matthieu instruct the Doctor's on the safety procedures pre-op

Oli & Matthieu instruct the Doctor’s on the safety procedures pre-op

Looking to adopt....but maybe not just yet

Looking to adopt….but maybe not just yet

Doctor Awesome Dr Jia

Mena and friend

Mena and friend

Huang

Miss China and the two runners-up

Miss China and the two runners-up

Dance monkey, dance

Dance monkey, dance

Jin Hao 金浩 after surgery with his Ayi (Carer) who is just the best

Jin Hao 金浩 after surgery with his Ayi (Carer) who is just the best

Zhou

11 month old orphan, Jin Hao 金浩 before surgery

11 month old orphan, Jin Hao 金浩 before surgery

The sweet soy milk definitely smoothes it up

The sweet soy milk definitely smoothes it out

A typical lower tier town that we have been travelling through.

A typical lower tier town that we have been travelling through.

The Great Philosopher Laozi

The Great Philosopher Laozi

Local cobbler at work on his Converse

Local cobbler at work on his Converse

The GPS said cross the bridge...

The GPS said cross the bridge…

Resourceful little blighters

Resourceful little blighters

Beautifully carved wooden coffins retailing at around £500

Beautifully carved wooden coffins retailing at around £500

This was the scene at almost every village we passed through if we stopped.

This was the scene at almost every village we passed through if we stopped.

Matthieu navigates through the fields of Sesame

Matthieu navigates through the fields of Sesame

Prison food

Prison food

A welcome alternative road to the heavily polluted S303

A welcome alternative road to the heavily polluted S303

Chinese style sweet donuts.  They insisted we did not pay.

Chinese style sweet donuts. They insisted we did not pay.

Bozhou Sunset

Bozhou Sunset

If anyone can say this town's name five times in a row we'll send you 1,000 Mao

If anyone can say this town’s name five times in a row we’ll send you 1,000 Mao

Not even mentioned on Wikipedia

Not even mentioned on Wikipedia

Lovely lady making "meat-in-bread", a bit like a naan bread burger

Lovely lady making “meat-in-bread”, a bit like a naan bread burger

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A goat shepherd who stole the smile of the week award

A goat shepherd who stole the smile of the week award

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2 thoughts on “Photographs

  1. HI,
    Dear Oli and Matthieu
    This is Majid from Tabriz,Iran.I just met you by accident at El Goli Restaurant the night before. I wish you good days in Iran and also ask you to visit here.
    Yours Sincerely

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