23-24th of October Last days at Giggling Tree

It was both sad and nice to move on from Griggling Tree. It is a wonderfull place and I do love the mountains.

It is a nice place to stay at whit children and many families were staying while we were there. Unfortunately the parents seems to forget their respondsibility. A family with 6 children age 6-13 or so let them take over the pool. A sign says that children should be supervised by adults at the pool and ofcourse no running. These kids came with 3 water guns and chased each other around. Linnea didn´t dare to be in the water. Both Hans and my mom had to tell them to behave.

In the evening the children run loose in the court yard screaming so loud that people from 3 tables turned and hushed at them.

Any way the Giggling is a wonderfull place. We met and had some nice chats with the owners Karst & Paulin, and the managers Mark & Paula.
Linnea and Mark really found each other and played a lot!

Our last day was spend with a little shopping in Yangshuo the next day (24th) we took a taxi the 2 hour drive to the station in Guilin. Bumpy as always and lots of traffic.

The train was a fast train – hour top speed was 207 km/h.

We arrived in a very hot Nanning in the afternoon.

We checked in at the Phoenix hotel very close to the station and it is the same quality as The Majesic. The wester breakfast here is no good either: Toast, butter, and a little cornflakes. NO! bacon…

We were piched up by mamma, her brother and a friend. In the evening we had dinner just around the cornor, with more friends.

After dinner mormor and Linnea watched a movie on Linneas iPad in bed while Hans and I took a walk in the near by streets. We have 2 big supermarkets very close to the hotel.

Mountains again – I do love this ind of nature





they know how to load a scooter-truck




Mark & the girls have fun


On the way







So called ghost town




21st-22nd Of October – Rain and adventure

When I opened the blog just now I saw that my post “Lazy days” had not gone online so you will get 2 posts today 🙂

On Tuesday it started to rain just after breakfast. It was 21 dgr. C outside anyway and it kept raining a little untill late afternoon. Mark, the manager said it is the dry season so it was not raining just our imagination.

We had a very relaxing and lazy day reading, doing homework, shopping in Lia´s shop next door.
My absolute favorite buy is a stall to hang jewlery or caaligraphy brushes. It is made of wood and very Chinese.

Since we have our own house – only 2 rooms in our part while there are 6 rooms in the others we could sit just inside our hall an look out.
The air was very fresh after the rain and we woke up to a sunny sky on Wednesday.

We wanted to go and see the famous Moon hill. so we took a taxi to Yangshuo and rented 2 scooters. We got the ones on gas since the eletric can´t go so far.

Linnea sat in front of Hans and mormor on the back of me, and we drove back to The Giggling tree to pick up some stuf and go on to the Moon Hill. Paulin the owner told me the way but Hans didn´t understand me so he asked in the reception and we went in the opposite direction. That way was meant for bikes and not scooters so we had to go back passing the Giggling tree again. Now it was lunch time so we made a stop here and ate lunch. Then off to the Moon hill. We got to the big road. Paulin had told us to drive for maybe 5 minutes and we would be there. We didn´t see a thing and after a long drive we decided to turn around and go back.

We allmost passed it again. Hans looked left for one second and saw it, stopped and we turned around again and finally we found it. We started to go up towards it, but 800 steps was to hard and would take too long time.

But we saw it from the parking lot.

Then we drowe back to Yangshuo and returned the scooters and did a little more shopping.

Dinner was seved at McDonalds because we were to be picked up in Yangshuo to go and see the Lightshow. When we had eaten we realised we had forgotten our tickets…. Hans called The Giggling Tree and when we met up with a woman at the entrance Hans called again and problem solved. We got in and had to walk for 5 minutes to the theater. We got our seats and the show was fantastic. It was all dark, and the suddenly the light was turned on – on 3 karst mountains! the whole audience – around 500 people – bursted out in one big WAU!!!

Today is our last full day at the Giggling Tree. Tomorrow morning at 10 am we are off to the train station in Guilin. We are going back to Nanning with high speed train on first class. It is nice to skip the plane – after 5 flights!

During our time here in China we have used all kinds of transportations….
Private cars
Mini busses
Public busses
Bamboo floats
and tomorrow train

Before we left for China I was a bit worried I didn´t want the trip to end. This trip had been in our minds since 2008 and we made plans for almost 10 months. Now 3 weeks is almost over and only one is left. BUT I am not sad. We have so many memories from this trip. We wanted to get down to the real China with all what that includes and we have. It has been amazing.

Now I start thinking and looking forward to what comes after this trip.
Also I start missing my:

Dog -Tindra our litlle sweetheart
Friend Emma and our long and good talks and the Line dance
Friend Jenny and all we have to talk about
Internet – always woring

So I would say I am ready to the 4th and last part of this trip – but as always it is sad to say good buy! So I rather say: See you again some day!

And now to the photos……

A rainy day:








Scooter trip to Moon Hill


A small bridge we had to cross.





Yangshuo shopping – West street in day light


This woman paints the inside of a small glass bottle – I bought one and she wrote Linneas Chines name in the one I bought.


Linnea decided to try the fish foot bath – and got Hans to do it too.



Light show in Yangshuo




Lazy days 18-20th October

Here at The Giggling Tree we have some lazy days. Relaxing, playing cards, reading, Skyping and playing in the pool.

We have also been to the night market in Yangshuo – loads of people. Many shops and restaurants. We did some shopping: Kimonos for Mormor and Linnea, owl bags, scarfs…

Yesterday we went to Yangshuo again, 10 minutes by taxi, and shoppe some candy and food for todays 1,5 hour boat trip down the Li river.

It was very beautiful to see the karst mountains.

Linnea also Skyped with her friends Moa and Mathilda.

Tomorrow evening we are going to see the light show on the river! In the afternoon Linnea will try out Kung Fu and hopfeully we – Linnea and I will be able to take a Chinese course.






Night market at West Street in Yangshuo




Yangshuo by day





Sussages in a supermarket


Skyping with Mathilda yesterday!


Ready for the pool


Li river and the karst mountaing – I will never get tired of the these mountains!
















Big Bambu




A very common scooter


XinPin where the river boat ended


Here we ordered 3 pizzas. We were the only customers and it took 1 hour 1/4 for them to get ready.


Bacon stone we call this…. and we always get hungry when we see it.


What do you think of these bags? We are wondering if they would sell in Sweden?????


Ending the day with Skyping with Mathilda in Sweden – again!


17th of October Giggling & Surroundings

Yesterday we stayed at the Giggling Tree untill 3 pm. We talked to manager Paula about what to do and see and relaxed. Went to the little shop next door and got henna tatoos: Linnea a panda, mormor a pattern and I got a Yin & Yang.

We booked a lesson in calligraphy for Linnea, mormor and I for today at 9:30 Hans don’t want to go.

In the afternoon we rented bikes and drove off in the 30 dgr C heat. Mormor and Linnea on a tandem. After a little while we thought we went the wrong way so Linnea, mormor & I turned back, Hans drove on and actually got to Yangshuo as we were supposed to.

Hans’ bike was a bit to small but he did manage to get back home several hours later.

I stopped at the hotel and took a shower. Linnea & mormor drove off to the field.

When they came back they whent to the pool. In the evening the owners were here too and Linnea played with their kids Pelle 7 and Raaf 3.5.

Today Linnea finally has a Skype date with Moa. Maybe we will go to Yanshuo tonight to eat and look at the shops at West Street.

The Giggling Tree



The back of the house


Our room (Back side)









Enjoying a limon juice while mormor 6 Linnea had fun in the pool


17th of October – Good morning

Going to bed just after 9 pm is equal to waking up early. 4:35 I was awake, totally dark in the room and outside too.

The bed is not the best and my back was hurting so I went up. Sometimes I go back to bed after a while but at the momen there is a big spider on the wall just next to my bed so I just stay at the sofa in the other end of the room.

In this end, far from the door the Wifi doesn´t work and going outside means to open 2 double wooden doors, first to the hall then to the courtyard.

There is a lot of western people here, mostly Dutch relatives to the owners or the managers, but also some Danish people.

The menu here is western/chinese, and they even have chease for breakfast. Last nights dinner was a chicken dish Chinese style for Hans, Thai chicken for med, pork snitzel for my mother and chicken breast for Linnea.

Today we are going to plan what we will do while here. Linnea want to test kong ku one of the days.
I think we will start with a walk in the arrier after breakfast to see where we are.

The pool here was a bit cold. The water is pumped up from the underground and is quite cold and it takes time to heat it.

Well I think I will have to go back to bed I feel a bit sleepy, I suppose the spider wont go near me with my CPAP blowing and making noices!

By the way I am working on the photo post but I need to be closer to the Wifi, and that means going out side!

Photos from Nanning to Guiyang to Giggling tree

OK Here we go! Lots of photos, hard to choose since I all ready taken 800.

Leaving Nanning and The Majestic




In Guiyang


Want to buy some sugar?




My bed – under the madrass


Weekend market











Some of our souvenirs


Going up to the Monkey Mountain





Hong Fu temple at the monkey – finally a temple where it is ok to take photos.








Our house


The hotel we should have stayed in was actually closed for construction…..


Flora Plaza – a mall with a western restarant


Grandmas Kitchen




My little top model in her new “leather” jacket




Off to the waterfall

The air was looking like this over at city all day










First it looks like this…


Then they show their true intentions




In a public toilet I found this beauty, I want sink like this at home!


2 mega long escalators takes you down to the big fall





Total traffic jam on the way back.


Final dinner in Guiyang – Richard & Jenny – Jet and Henk will take you there if you want to!! Richard you will love it!!!


Back Guangxi on the way to Giggling tree


Our door at the Giggling Tree


Linnea ready for a Skype call from her class




The house





15-16th of October

Wednesday was our last day in Guiyang. We spend most of it at a foster home called The Ark House and is run by at Dutch/Belgian couple and their 3 sons. They have 12 kids at the moment and they made a big impression on us. B that so much wishes for a family of his own. J that will be adopted soon and just is too cute – like a little Emil from Lönneberga, a little guy in a santa outfit, the bigger children…. all of them very special!

Also they have a Golden Retriever that was so happy to see us that it peed on the floor.

Then we went home to pack and finally out for dinner at a really Chinese place with lots of people and noice and VERY hot food.

Since I got the Chinese Throat Cold I was so tired that I slept before 10pm. The alarm was set to 4:30 am and taxis ordered to pick us up at 5:30.

Jet, Henk, Robin and Norah met us to say good buy, and I wonder when we will meet again! I am use to see them at least once a year.

It is wonderful to see these 3 chidren that met for the first time in the summer 2009 now communicates in English and they are such good friend!

This morning I woke up at 3:30 am so I was a bit tired when we raced to the airport in 2 taxis. There was no traffic! We arrived in the airport at 6 am and were supposed to take of at 7:50 but the plane was delayed to 11.15 and we lifted at 11:45.

A mini van were waiting for us at Guilin airport and drove us here to the Giggling Tree in 1 hour.
and it is JUST as I expected! So peacefull and the air is so clan! Our house has an own intrance with a room downstairs and one upstairs. Linnea and mormor have 2 big beds upstairs and Hans and I have a small doublebed downstairs. Linnea screamed WAUUUU when she saw the room!

It is so beautifull here. At the moment I am sittitng outside in the courtyard writing.

My next post will be a photo post – all the photos that I couldn´t upload in Guiyang! Here the internet is great!

Also I want to thank you for all your comments! We really like to read them so pleace keep them comming.

14th Of October Waterfall

Continuing to write but still having a hard time to publish my posts.

We started early yesterday at 8 am and trove 1 hour to get ourt of town to the highway.
Another hour on the highway to the waterfalls.

It was hard to see the surroundings begause the smog was heay lying over the city and the surrondings. They are building new skyscrabers every where but no one lives there. We passed ghost town after ghost town.

I got the so calle China Throat diseasy – my thorat is so sore and affected by the smog that I fell like have got at cold.

We arrived at the waterfall and could not understand the driver so Henk called Scarlet (Jets assistant who speaks English) and I don´t know why but it was agreed that we should start witlh waterfall no 1 of 4, even though no 3 was the big one you can go behind and that was the most important.

No 1 was beautiful and only a short walk. No. 2 was a walk through a cliffs and water, also very beautiful. There was a famous bridge too. But after more than one hour we had only walked a third of the way, and it would take 2 hours more to walk the rest of the way. But there was an extra excit so we went out and walked 400 m back to the mini van.

Finally we were off to the big waterfall. A map at the entrance showed that the waterfall was far from the entrance. I got very sad since this was what I hade wished to see and my limit of walking was close. My feet and anlces are hurtig badly from all walking. ( more tha 11000 steps in total today too)

We went in and took the escalators down to the river. Went to a bridge and some platforms from where we could see the fall. HUGE! and beautifull.

From the platform you had to walk up many many starirs to go behind the waterfall and I knew I had to stay and wait. Sad and angry over having reached my limit on the 2 less important falls my mom and I waited for Hans, Linnea, Henk and Norah to walk up there and down again.

We looked at some shops on the way out and bought 2 dresses for Linnea and her friend Moa, who also is born in China.

The drive home took almost 3 hours due to traffic jam and road work. They are making a subway here and the traffic is hopeless. When there are 4 lanes there are 7 cars beside each other, when there are 2-3 lanes there are 4 cars beside each other.

Food wise this has not been good. I should say we have been eating 95-100% carbs and the whorst part of them. Sugar and fried potatoes.
We got a bit tired of noodles in Nanning and here they serve fried spicy potatos so that is what lunch has been just potatos. In between we have sugar-nuts, some fried stick with sugar, chips and cookies. Apples and bananas. Dinner had been at Chinese copy of KFC.

Linnea and I both react to this moodvise. I get grumpy and have less patience. She gets “touchy” and sad very easily. Not the best combination.

So we are looking forward to go to the country side tomorrow. We will be at the Giggling tree around lunch time tomorrow China time. In the afternoon we are going to Skype with Linneas class – hope it works. Sadly it has not been to Skype with her friends form here and i Nanning the time difference and us being out all day made it impossible from there.

It has been very exciting to see what Jet & Henk are doing here for the Children. Yesterday a tiny little girl arrived – premature and only skin and bones. We hope she will survive wtih love and caring here.

All the organisations here are doing such a good job helping poor people here in China or helping the orphans. Life is put in a new perspective when you see how little some lives are valued wheather it is animals or children.

This morning we got the new little baby girl that arrived yesterday died during the night. She was with her loving nanny. Life is hard sometimes and our problems fade and seem so small compared to what we expirence here…….

12-13th of October Guiyang

Have to say that the internet here sucks! It goes on and off all the time. I am lucky to be on FB for maybe 10 minutes or messenger. Hans who has been reading a book all night says it works ok between midnight and 2 pm….

So I´m sorry to say that the photos will come later in a seperate post. Getting them from my phone to the iPad uses WiFi and even that my phone is used as a hotspot, the phone needs internet.

Yesterday we went to a market were they sold a lot of stuff. I bought a dragon necklace and we bought a caligraphy set to practice Chinese caracters on.

We ate at a food court. The food is wery spicy and the meat is almost invisible. If I live of 10% carbs at home, I ive of 90% carbs here. Rice, noodles and potatoes.

In the afternoon we went to Jet & Henks appartment. Then out to eat and back to bed. Linnea slept over with Robin & Norah.

Today we went to the Monkey Mountain here in the city. We took a cable car up, 2 in each, or the 3 kids took one, my mom and one and finally Henk & Hans one.

Then we walked down, fed the monkeys. When they first came close to see if we had something to eat Norah came and took y hand, then Robin came an stood next to uss and fially Linnea behind me, hanging on my back. – Or that was what I though, Linnea stood in front of me and a monkey sat on my shoulder!!!

Hans and my mom took photos, and I stood still as a rock.

We met some other white people, Americans and I had a nice chat with the woman. The we visited the tempel, and here we were allowed to take som photos of the big golden Buddhas. When we went in – not stepping on the high door step – then munk hit a giant ion pot with a wooden stick an the ringing sound was so beautiful. In the temple shop my mom a I bought a CD with some soft tone music

We walked all the way down and went in to some small shops. My mom and I bought 2 scarfs and I an umbrella – black on the inside – for sunshine proctection.

The back in a taxi – 10 minutes 10 RMB. Henk went to do some work and Jet came over. We all – except Henk went to shop a little in the center. I found a cool looking “leather” jacket for Linnea and she looks so good in it! It was not chap – 338 RMB and Linnea payed 50 RMB of her own money.

She is talking a loft of English and now says she is better than mormor!

Here in Guiyang there is so many cars! I Nanning there were more scooters and trees. That makes our throats go dry and hurt a bit in the evening.

The people here cough and spit on the street all the time, something we never saw in Nanning. The sound are LOUD. The trafic honking the horn all the time, the cars, high voulume music in the shops and in busses, and people talk very loud.

Tomorrow we are off to the waterfall. A wan will pick us up at 7:45 am. Henk and Norah will come with us. It will take 2-3 hours to get there, do hope it is worth it!

We finsihed the evening in the Flora Plaza. On the -1 floor there is a restaurant called Grandmas kitchen serving western food. The food and service were good, but i took ages to get the food and it came little by little like when you order 5-6 disches of Chinese food. A bit boring not to be able to eat together.

The bus is 1 RMB pr person over 130 cm, so we took a taxi home. My feet are so tired now – I beat my record again with almost 11000 steps!!!

Now lets see if I can post this – and crawl in to my bed that I slept so good in last night!

Well didn’t work in Guiyang now trying at The Giggling tree.

About a family with 3 countries in their hearts: Denmark, Sweden & China!