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Enjoying the holidays in China

ONE of the best things about living in China is the number of holidays you have. Spring Festival, National Day, Dragon Boat Festival, plus the summer and winter breaks.

Over the last six years we have lived here, we have explored Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Lijiang in Yunnan Province, Sanya on Hainan Island, Xi'an in Shaanxi Province and Beijing, and cruised the mighty Yangtze.

On October 1, on my way to Pudong International Airport for a trip to Thailand, I was surprised to see one of my best friends Lorena there, along with her sister and mother. They were on their way to Chiang Mai, while I was going to the seaside town of Phuket with my brother and my parents. On the flight, Lorena and I played Scrabble on my father's iPad. We arrived in Bangkok, and stayed for a day. We took a boat on the Chao Praya river: the water level in the river was already quite high because of the floods.

When we arrived in Phuket, it was midnight and raining. We stayed in a lovely apartment owned by a family friend, in Kamala. Over the next few days, we saw several beaches: Kamala, Patong, Rawai and Surin. I collected sea shells to add to my collection. I had my hair braided, and it took more than an hour.

We watched an exciting show called "Phuket Fantasea," where there were not only 20 elephants on the stage, but also water buffaloes, horses, dogs, goats and pigeons. Acrobats hung from the ceiling.

In the first three days of our holiday it rained often. But then, on the day we went to Phi Phi Island, the weather cleared up. We took a ferry to Phi Phi, passing several islands on the way. There were many tourists - several from China. Some of them were snorkeling, canoeing and diving. The water was very blue, and quite salty. I never knew that water had so much power, and yelled "I call this water power!"

I really love these trips. I can learn so much from them about places and people.


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