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Bai Kingdom World

CHINA | Thursday, 16 Oct 2008 | Views [873]

My second day in Dali ended up completely different than I expected. I was planning on just chilling out here (its a pretty chill place, and the hostel I am at, The Jade Emu, is lovely). So I went to the main street for breakfast (a good pancake and ... Read more >

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Leaving China?

CHINA | Wednesday, 15 Oct 2008 | Views [649]

I had a late morning, and then caught the bus to Dali. I was expecting a 3 hour ride, but it turned into 5 when there was an accident in a mountain pass, which stopped traffic in both directions for 1.5 hours. Typically, I didn't know what was going ... Read more >

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Lijiang

CHINA | Tuesday, 14 Oct 2008 | Views [584] | Comments [3]

Lijiang is a beautiful place. Former capital of the Naxi kingdom, it is now one of the most visited places on the planet. The old town feels a little bit like a Disney invention (Naxi Kingdom World, perhaps?), yet it pulls it off very well. There are ... Read more >

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Chengdu

CHINA | Monday, 13 Oct 2008 | Views [582] | Comments [4]

After my visit to the pandas, the monestary, and the park, I went to a Sichuan Opera show in the evening. I was not expecting that I would like it, since I didn't like the Beijing opera show I saw all that much (sorry, Wei), but this show was amazing.... Read more >

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Gallery: chengdu

CHINA | Sunday, 12 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Gallery: Pandas

CHINA | Friday, 10 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Pandas

CHINA | Friday, 10 Oct 2008 | Views [1366] | Video

Ok, I didn't take that video, but it was too cute.... Anyway, after taking a day off for Yom Kippur I went to a nice resturant last night to break my fast and then had a busy day today. Sadly, yesterday and today were overcast, and thats when you ... Read more >

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Snow

CHINA | Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | Views [550]

My second day in Jiuzhaigao was rainy, I was limping from the day before, and part of the park turned out to be closed (I wish I knew I had seen 85% of it the day before). But I had a mellow day and hiked for about 5 hours. People say that once you ... Read more >

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Gallery: Jiuzhaigao

CHINA | Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery


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White Water

CHINA | Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | Views [1444] | Comments [1]

My last day in Xian started bad. My throat swelled up (polution? alergies? something I ate?) and I thru up in the cab on the way to the Shanzhi history museum. Then there was a 2 hour line to get in (The first line I saw in china, usually its just ... Read more >

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Water Show

CHINA | Saturday, 4 Oct 2008 | Views [1026] | Video

Yesterday was a quiet day for me. I woke up, got on the internet for a few hours, and then went exploring. I finally wemt up the bell and drum towers. In the bell tower I saw a great show using gongs, a flute and some other exotic instruments. The ... Read more >

Tags: water xian


World Heritage Day

CHINA | Friday, 3 Oct 2008 | Views [1722] | Comments [1]

Yesterday I woke up and walked over to the north gate to the city and went up to the top of the city wall (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_wall_of_Xi'an). Up there I rented a bike ($3) and biked the 8 mile circumference. Everyone was very friendly ... Read more >

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Gallery: Xi'an

CHINA | Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Xi'an

USA | Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | Views [452]

I flew from Beijing to Xi'an yesterday. I actually ran into Wei and his wife at the airport, which was pretty funny. Anyway, when I arrived at the Xi'an airport I caught a bus to the center of town (where I was staying). The air was quite poluted (Beijing ... Read more >

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Gallery: Beijing-People

CHINA | Wednesday, 1 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery


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More Beijing

CHINA | Tuesday, 30 Sep 2008 | Views [409]

The last 2 days were more mellow. Yesterday I went to the Lama temple which was quite interesting. Visitors lit incense outside each temple in honor of the budda, and then went inside and preyed. There was one rather large budda. The interesting thing ... Read more >

Tags: cupping beijing rosh hashanah


Random Thoughts

CHINA | Monday, 29 Sep 2008 | Views [612]

Today is laundry day. After two long days, I plan to have a mellow day today. My main goal is to find a foot massage place, to help me recover from yesterdays hike. (I feel asleep at 8PM last night after "hiking the great wall".) Anyway, just ... Read more >


The great wall is very big

CHINA | Sunday, 28 Sep 2008 | Views [521]

I met my boss (ok ex-boss) Wei for a late dinner last night and we wondered around this upscale neighborhood near a lake near my hostel. We eventually settled on a restaurant outside the region and had a feast. Thanks Wei! Today I went to the Great ... Read more >

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Gallery: Beijing

CHINA | Saturday, 27 Sep 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Beijing is big

CHINA | Saturday, 27 Sep 2008 | Views [441] | Comments [1]

I arrived in Beijing last night. My hostal (Downtown Backpackers) arranged for me to be picked up at the airport so I was whisked into Beijing. The hostal itself is quite nice. Its located in a cute hutong (back alley street) about 2 miles north of the ... Read more >


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