Monthly Archives: April 2012

Not All Museums Are Created Equal

The only item on our itinerary for our first day in Xi’an that we completed was a visit to the Shaanxi History Museum.  David, our guide, made this a good experience and we saw a lot in only two hours. … Continue reading

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One Way to Run a Train

Last night we and everyone else had three minutes to board the train from Pingyao to Xi’an.  Yes, you read that correctly: 3 Minutes. We had reservations for an overnight sleeper car.  Our guide and driver picked us up at … Continue reading

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Bringing Down the House

After dinner we decided to talk a short walk down the street.  It was dark but the street is well lit and the bikes, electric bikes, and electric carts give you fair warning with their bells and horns. We stopped … Continue reading

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The Capitalistic China

“To get rich is glorious.” by Deng Xiaoping (Although he was never the leader of the communist party he led China into its market capitalism economy in the 1980s.) Joke by our guide: “Do you know what the greatest feat … Continue reading

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Technology in Restaurants

We have now ordered meals in three different restaurants where the waiter used a wifi mobile device to take our order and forward it to the kitchen.  Then when I requested the check, the waiter hits a button on his … Continue reading

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Pingyao

Pingyao is our type of town — at least the portion within the Ming dynasty City walls.  The local government hasn’t allowed any modern buildings within the walls.  This doesn’t mean the interior of buildings haven’t been renovated for new … Continue reading

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Bring Your Own Oxygen Tank

After five days in Beijing and five more days between Datong and Ping Yao, the heart of China’s coal country, I can only say I have never lived in smog like China’s smog! In our five days in Beijing we … Continue reading

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Wutaishan a Bust but Fuoguang Temple a Good Recovery

Day 8 in China had us arriving in Wutaishan late in the afternoon and for us to visit the local Buddhist Temples the next morning. Almost immediately after we drove into Wutaishan Nancy and I looked at each other and … Continue reading

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How Soon We Forget

One of the small problems but nevertheless an irritating problem is connecting to the www. When we were reading about China and places to stay almost all of them state their rooms connect to the internet.  Both Nancy and I … Continue reading

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Yungang Caves

Our primary purpose in traveling to Datong was to visit the Yungang Caves.  We hit a grand slam home run on this visit. The caves are very shallow in depth and were carved out of the sandstone cliffs starting in … Continue reading

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