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On the stopover at Hongkong; amazing place. I bought a new camera today (the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX65) and it seems reasonably improved from my previous FX35. Tomorrow we go off again southwards, first to Manila (weather permitting).

In other news, RBSplitView 1.2 is up. I’m still not satisfied with some aspects, but it should now work OK with Snow Leopard, 64-bit, garbage collection, etc.

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In Taipei (Taiwan) on a very brief stop at an Internet Cafe. Everything’s fine as usual, we had much luck with the weather and Kobe/Kyoto, Tokyo and Okinawa were excellent. Japan will be a place to come back to with more leisure in the future.

RBSplitView and its Interface Builder plugin are practically finished and I’m now working on the new Quay. Stay tuned for updates; I’ll try to publish a beta version of RBSplitView for 64 bits/Snow Leopard when I stop at Hongkong tomorrow.

More soon…

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The rest of the Shanghai tours were very impressive, visited an old town on the river near Shanghai – an Asian Venice. Then the Jade Buddha Temple, the Planning Exhibition for next year’s World Expo, and a visit to the town’s tallest building; nearly 500m!

Boarding the Costa Classica went well and today we visited Nagasaki, a beautiful and historic town. Next, Kobe/Kyoto and Tokyo…

In other news, I’ve got RBSplitView working in 64-bit mode, also (as far as I can tell) with Garbage Collection enabled. Now I’m working on the updated IBPlugin, which is a little more complex than I thought. Stay tuned.

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Did the obligatory Lijiang River trip from Guilin to Yangshuo, indeed the landscape is unique and well worth a visit. Afterward we walked up 900 steps through the arch of Moon Hill.

Then yesterday we flew to Shanghai, where we stayed overnight at the Jin Jiang Hotel; the best hotel of the trip. Then we had a walk through the old town and the Yuyuan Garden. Today we have a few more things to visit before boarding the Costa Classica, our home for the next four weeks.

Internet connectivity onboard will be limited, but I’ll try to post weekly updates during this part of the trip. Stay tuned.

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Xi’an was very interesting although all the attractions were extremely crowded – according to our guide, crowded even by Chinese standards, probably because of the trailing end of the national holidays.

Today we flew to Guilin, a smaller city; surprisingly pretty with much greenery, and a small lake in front of our hotel.

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We stayed two days in Wutaishan (visited the Hengshan Hanging Monastery as well as dozens of other temples) and now two days in Pingyao, China’s former financial capital, and the oldest still-preserved city (more temples, China’s oldest bank, and zillions of tourists and little tourist trap shops).

Arrived in Xi’an by plane a few hours ago, where we’re staying in the New World Hotel, easily the best on this trip so far, and making up for a rather uncomfortable hotel in Pingyao. There are two busy days ahead, visiting the terracotta warriors.

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