Observations About China & the People

December 6, 2013

About halfway through my trip, I started taking notes on my phone of observations of people and the places I was visiting. Several of these items I was aware of …

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China Vacation: Day 10: Time for Home

December 4, 2013

The alarm on my phone went off very early. Thankfully, I'd set out my clothes for the day before I went out for dinner. I showered and got ready for …

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China Vacation: Day 7: Travel to Shanghai

December 1, 2013

Today I awoke knowing we'd be saying, "Zàijiàn" to Beijing and "Nǐ hǎo" to Shanghai. Our late morning flight meant we could sleep in a bit and not have to …

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China Vacation: Day 6: Hou Hai & Bell Tower

November 29, 2013

Another early start to the day, but a bit later than the previous days as I wasn't in a huge rush. Over the past three days, I'd seen a great …

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China Vacation: Day 5: Beijing On My Own – Lama Temple, Beijing Zoo, Wangfujing Street, Temple of Heaven

During the trek to the Great Wall, I had a chance to catch up with one of the other travelers in our tour group, Pawel. He had ventured out on …

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China Trip – Day 3 – Zoo and More

Panda Bear at Beijing Zoo

November 28, 2013

On our third full day in Beijing, I ventured out with a fellow traveler on our own to explore several temples, including the Temple of Heaven, but started out with …

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China Vacation: Day 4: The Great Wall & Ming Tombs

We had an early start as we made the trek north out of the city to the Juyong Guan section of the wall. After approximately a 45 minute drive, we stopped …

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China Vacation: Day 3: Tian’an Men Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace

November 27, 2013

I didn't sleep too well, waking up about every hour afraid I was going to miss the tour. I decided to stay up entirely at about 5:30 am when I …

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China Vacation – Day 1 – Beijing

Ti'an man Square

November 26, 2013

Photos from my first day of touring in the People’s Democratic Republic of China. Very cold, but very clear skies allowed us to visit the Forbidden City, the Imperial Gardens, …

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