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Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | Views [474]

SHANGHAI MUST BE THE PRIDE OF THE PEOPLES' REPUBLIC.  It is the largest city in China, a major port and the up-and-coming financial center of the country.  Everything about Shanghai has been intimately planned, from the high-speed MagLev rail ... Read more >

Photos: Shanghai

Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | Photo Gallery

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Great Expectations: The Dragon's Backbone

Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 | Views [630]

WE WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE LONGI TERRACED RICE paddies, also known as the Dragon’s Backbone. We were hoping they would be as picturesque as those we saw in northern Vietnam on that cold and rainy day in Sapa four years ago. But after a two-... Read more >

Li River Cruise: Guilin to Yangshuo

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | Views [685]

“NOBODY GOES THERE ANYMORE, IT’S TOO CROWDED.”  Yogi Berra could have been talking about any tourist destination in China but it is especially true of the Li River cruises from Guilin to Yangshuo.  There is no China Through ... Read more >

Wrong Turn to the Real China

Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | Views [819]

CHENGDU IS A MODERN CITY.  JANE TOLD US it has grown enormously her 24 years into one of the five largest in China.  She is the best guide we have had so far, the kind of kid you’d like to adopt, and she is full of insights into Chengdu.... Read more >

Panda Poo

Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | Views [1145]

OF THE 18 MILLION RESIDENTS OF CHENGDU ABOUT 100 are pandas.  In fact, giant pandas are the main reason tourists visit Chengdu.  Not only is it the home of the Chengdu Panda Reserve, it is only two hours from the Bifengxia Panda breeding center, ... Read more >

Photos: Chengdu and Guilin

Saturday, 16 Aug 2014 | Photo Gallery

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Forbidden (Almost) Tibet

Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | Views [429]

WHAT COULD I POSSIBLY HAVE BEEN THINKING?  That Tibet was another Nepal or Bhutan?  Wasn’t Lhasa the heart of Tibetan Buddhism, paradise on the top of the world?  True, the Dali Lama hasn’t seen Lhasa since 1959 — but, ... Read more >

Photos: Tibet

Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | Photo Gallery

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The Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an

Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | Views [560]

WE PLAYED WITH TOY SOLDIERS WHEN WE WERE KIDS.  At the age of thirteen, Emperor Qin Shi Huang created an army of life-sized terracotta soldiers more than two-thousand years ago.  An assembly line of seven hundred thousand men created 6000 ... Read more >

Why We Hate Guided Tours

Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | Views [1103]

LAST NIGHT’S THUNDER STORM RINSED SOME OF THE DIRT from the air and we could actually see blue sky this morning.  Our itinerary called for a visit to the “hutong districts,” the original residential areas of Beijing.  While ... Read more >

The Great Wall of China

Saturday, 9 Aug 2014 | Views [1054]

THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA, LIKE THE PYRAMIDS OF GIZA, is a national icon that ranks high on many a bucket list.  As well it should be.  And your first glimpse of the Wall is breath-taking, living up to every expectation.  But after exploring ... Read more >


Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | Views [882]

WE ARRIVED IN BEIJING 36 HOURS AFTER LEAVING Dublin, a day and a half of delayed flights, airplane food and wondering if we would ever again see our luggage.  When the flight to Abu Dhabi was late and we missed the Beijing connection they rerouted ... Read more >

Photos: Beijing and Xian

Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | Photo Gallery

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China Bound

Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014 | Views [1320]

WE'RE OFF TO CHINA IN THE MORNING, Dublin to Beijing via Abu Dhabi - three weeks with a personal guide.  We have heard of many government restrictions on the Chinese Internet where Facebook, Twitter and the like are prohibited, and we don't know ... Read more >

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