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 9: Suzhou & Shanghai at Night

December 3, 2013

Our tour didn't start until a bit later than I was used to going out, so we had some extra time in the morning at breakfast. There were about 12 …

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China Trip – Day 7 – Suzhou

Canal Boat

December 2, 2013

Our last full day in China before the more than day return had us on an excursion to the Venice of the East, Suzhou, where we took the Chinese equivalent …

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China Vacation: Day 8: Exploring Shanghai

Another early-to-bed early-to-rise morning lead to me heading down to breakfast around 6:30 a.m. local time. I met Pawel in the restaurant as he was equally up and still adjusting …

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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 Vacation: Day 4: The Great Wall & Ming Tombs

November 28, 2013

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 Trip – Day 2 – Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

November 27, 2013

The second full day of touring in China took us to the Great Wall of China, specifically a lesser visited part of the wall with far fewer tourists, even in …

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