Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is huge. It is physically imposing; even the oversize portrait of Mao on the Gate of Heavenly Peace starts to seem understated after a while. It looms large in the tourism world, as we fight the throngs of … Continue reading

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We’re done.

While preparing our final posts from China, I came across this text, hidden away in a folder on my laptop. May 26, 2012. Today we officially made The Realization. This afternoon at 5:07pm, Karen and I discussed it, and we’re done. … Continue reading

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The Amazing Adventures of Infrastructure Man

Most of the time, he’s a mild-mannered mechanical engineer. But when he travels, he is Infrastructure Man, aka our buddy Chris. As we learned on our Peru trip, he’s got a soft spot for exposed wiring, oddball building materials, and … Continue reading

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Crosswalking

China has surprised us with its efficiency and modernity. And yet, getting around here is no cakewalk- especially if you need to carry that cake across the street.

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Last Stop: Beijing

It is the last city on our nine-month tour of ten countries. It is a place of urban sprawl, history, smog, government control, the Forbidden City, the Olympics. It is Beijing. First we had to get there, from peaceful Pingyao. Our explorations … Continue reading

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Tasty Pinyao

And you thought Phoenix Goose Anti Majorline-Domination Dry Pot Monsters were delicious! Check out these mouth-watering offerings from Pingyao (click to see the larger pix).

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Peaceful Pingyao

Enough of skyscrapers and metro stations! We wanted to visit a smaller city in China. Leafing through the guidebook, Chris suggested we head for the ancient, walled city of Pingyao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is considered to be … Continue reading

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Exiting Xi’an

Besides the time we spent violating the graves of dead Chinese emperors, our visit to Xi’an was mainly about taking it easy. Chris and Angie rented bikes and took a spin along the top of the city wall. Meanwhile, Karen … Continue reading

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Terracotta Empire

So it’s 1974, and you’re a Chinese peasant in Xi’an. You and your peasant buddies are digging a well. You churn up some dirt… you notice a shard of terracotta… and you discover an underground vault containing thousands of figures … Continue reading

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Escape to Qibao

“When you tire of Shànghǎi’s incessant quest for modernity, this tiny town is only a hop, skip and metro ride away.” Lonely Planet’s write-up on Qibao had me mildly interested. Then they mentioned the daily shadow puppet shows, and I was … Continue reading

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