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Hello, Nǐ hǎo, and Chào bạn.

My next trip is to Vietnam and China and I am very excited. I will be starting out in Saigon and working my way up north. From Hanoi, I will cross into China either by the International train or plane. This is about the pre-planning, the trip itself and after. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine


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When a tiger dies he leaves behind his skin. When a man dies he leaves behind his reputation.
Vietnamese proverb

In Memorium

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam which took place during the Vietnam War between the VC and North Vietnam and 1st Australian Task Force. 18 Australians and 245 Viet Cong soldiers died.

There would have been soldiers on both sides who were only 19.
In commemoration of those who died 50 years ago today. August 18, 1966.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

7. Dragon Boat Festival 2012

I have just read that the Dragon Boat Festival is when I will be in Hong Kong. I had planned on booking a flight with Spring Airlines from Shanghai to Hong Kong on the 23rd June. In light of this information about the festival, perhaps it might be worth while booking my flight one day earlier.

Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu Jie) June 23 thru June 25
Actually a 1 day holiday (Monday), officially a 3 day holiday
Saturday June 23 is the statutory holiday.

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