* China *
Nanjing - Suzhou - Shanghai / 10 days research trip / 1997
My first trip to China was research with
classmate in university.
Guanzhou - Guirin / 5 days with some friends / 2001
A woman sent e-mail to me.
Shenyang - Dalian / 5 days alone / 2004
Moving by train alone for wheelchair
users in China is the most tough in the world.
So many bicycle in town. There are many
Eating a Chinese dumpling is my main purpose of this trip.
Yunnan / 8 days alone / 2008
Lijiang is a great historical city in Yunnan, China. Old city is like a maze.
The altitude of Lijiang is 2400 m. We can see the holy
mountain 5596 meter high.
Dali is also nice tourist city. Nice old city is there. The
altitude is 2020 m.
Temple of Dali is not accessible. I could not enter there. Many stairs at entrance.
Chinese food is so nice. Yunnan food is also nice.
It is very famous for rice noodle. Chicken cool rice noodle taste great. Nuts and chile are good harmoney.
Xishuanbanna famous night show in a park.
Accessible ramp and toilet were there.
Stone forests is located 90km from Kunming.
→ AIR → BUS → TAXI
Xian, Luoyang, Zhenzhou, and Beijing / guide travel with 3 women / 2010
Terra cotta warriors of Qin Shihuang. Great historical treasure, but warriors are not shown for tourist. Too far and high to watch them. Many ramp and elevator in museum. Wheelchair users can enjoy visiting. A hilly long road from car parking to gate. We should use electric car on the first way. On return way, we walk among many shops.
Chinese morning. Many citizen dance and exercise in a park. So lovely and healthy. Everyone can enjoy freely. You had better get up early and go to a park around hotel in China.
New express train during Xian to Zhenzhou. It is the same as Japan. But no accessibility. Only stairs at station. Train is OK. Non step and wide aisle. 2nd class cabin door is narrow, but 1st class cabin door is wide. I did not find any wheelchair seats. At Xian station, train workers did not help me. At Luoyang new express station, train workers helped me down. I hope that they make an elevator. Normal China train is very hard for wheelchairs, this new express is really helpful for wheelchair travelers.
Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang. Ten thousands of Buddha sculpture in cave. A lady volunteer guide helped me to push. Many ramp in China tourist area. I could go around this special area. Electric car also available. You had better use it because of huge area.
Shaolin temple, world famous Kung-fu training center where is located between Luoyang and Zhenchou. 100 yuan entrance fee. It is worth of visit. Thousands of young boys train hard. Especially climbing high wall up and down is amazing.
The Great Wall. 80 minutes by car from center of Beijing. Badaling is the most famous tourist area. One wheelchair accessible route. I could walk on the great wall.
Shanghai Expo / 2010
I just visited Shanghai to go Expo on the way to Hong Kong. All the metro station have elevators in Shanghai today, but many were not used or broken. Some elevators were working when we called a train worker. Just only facility, no human mind. Not useful.
Shanghai Expo. Exactly full accessible facility. One ticket counter was accessible but not natural ramp.
Many many fake wheelchair. They can walk. I guess that they do not use wheelchair outside Expo. The reason why so many people used wheelchairs was priority lane for wheelchairs and over 70 years elder person. 3 hours to wait on normal lane, but 2 hour to wait on priority lane. Yes, still long time to wait. I gave up seeing famous national pavilions.
Hundreds of pavilions exists. E area is not so popular. Many world city pavilions. I do not like so many people. My city Osaka pavilion was so nice. Madrid pavilion ladies were so beautiful.
We could see some company pavilions. Exactly full wheelchair accessible, but no manner. Many local people pushed me.
Strongly recommend, night time. Great illuminations and light decoration. The whether is also better. Not hot and no sun at night. Expo open until midnight, many famous pavilion also open until 22:00. Easy to see at night time.