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Feng Huang (Pheonix) County

From Zhang Jia Jie, we took the train to Ji Shou, then a coach bus to Feng Huang (map). The one and a half hours’ bus ride was like being on a roller coaster. There are lots of potholes on the road and it’s also very dusty – typical countryside condition in China. There is no need to book hotels in advance as there are hundreds of small inns alone the riverside, all in similar conditions, price various from 50 to 100 yuan. The first night we were charged for 100 yuan as we didn’t know how to bargin. We found the tourist area was interesting and decided to spend one more day to explore the place more thoroughly. The price went up to 150 yuan for the second night. The owner of the inn said it was so because the second night was Friday and there would be more tourists coming for the weekend. That could be so. But we believe it was more likely because we are “foreigners” using foreign country passports as identification paper. We said no and went to another inn two doors down the street. They charged only 80 yuan.

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Posted by on October 9, 2011 in Travel

 

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Vivien Leigh

I am interrupting the flow of my posts again. As I recently received a forwarded email from my uncle with a slideshow to honor the once most famous movie star, Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), I’d like to dedicate this post to her as well.

Many people recognize and remember the stars from the 50s like Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe. But they may have forgotten the British actress Vivien Leigh who topped the female stars in the 40s and was named #16 Actress on The American Film Institutes 50 Greatest Screen Legends. Her famous movies include Gong With The Wind (1939), Waterloo Bridge (1940), That Hamilton Woman (1941), Caesar and Cleopatra (1945), Anna Karenina (1947), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and many others. I should mention that Gong With The Wind and Waterloo Bridge remain to be my wife’s most favored movies, along with others such as Doctor Zhivago, Casablanca, The Sissi and The Phantom of the Opera. Vivien was also considered one of the most beautiful actresses of her day. One described her as “a stunner whose ravishing beauty often tended to obscure her staggering achievements as an actress. Great beauties are infrequently great actresses – simply because they don’t need to be. Vivien was different; ambitious, persevering, serious, often inspired.” (wiki)

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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Portrait

 

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