Category Archives: China

The Forbidden City within Beijing, China

Back in the days of the emperors, entering the forbidden city would cost you your head. Today, it will cost you about 10 bucks. This is the main entrance for tourists today. Here are a few factoids about the Forbidden City provided by China Highlights Tours. It is the world’s biggest ancient palace. It is considered to be among the […]

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Xian China, The Terracotta Warriors

This may well be the best reason to visit China. It is an amazingly well done attraction. Not crowded. Not hurried, you can take all the time you need, and you need a lot of time. This is a World Cultural Heritage Site. That should go without saying. The site provides abundant and detailed artifacts for historians and archaeologists to […]

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Tiananmen Square, Beijing China, 2014

  We visited Tiananmen Square just four days before the 25th anniversary of the big riot/protest that took place there. We were pretty sure that there would not be any ceremonies taking place to commemorate this event. We visited on a holiday and there were thousands of Chinese tourists here and in the forbidden city. This would be a great […]

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The Great Wall of China

Mao is quoted as saying , and I am paraphrasing here, “A man who has not seen the Great Wall is not a man”. I will take that to mean, a tourist who has not seen the Great Wall is not a world class tourist.   The Great Wall is just that. A great big wall. You will need to […]

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China 2014

My wife finally convinced me to go to China. I had resisted for four years. In the end, I am glad we went. I should start by giving an unsolicited shoutout to China Highlights Tours.  They listened to what we wanted to see in our very abbreviated trip and arranged for seamless in-country travel to cover the distances between our […]

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Kowloon, Lantau and Macau are Not Chinese Menu Items

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They are instead three islands near Hong Kong, which we took whirlwind tours of this week. All three deserve more time, alas our time is limited. I have not blogged for three days simply because when we get back to our hotel, have some real menu items to eat, a couple of TsingTao beers (the best beer with Chinese food, […]

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First Full Day in Hong Kong

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Mary Ann took charge of planning the day, over a post breakfast beer. She signed us up for a city tour. All in all it was a good experience. The only disappointment was when we got to “the peak” we were fogged in and could not get the best view of HK. We did however get some views from ½ […]

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The China Syndrome

A week ago, Japan was rocked. The triple whammie was capped by a nuclear “problem” that as of this writing could still result in a meltdown, and possibly burn a hole straight thru the planet. This very unlikely event is called “The China Syndrome” in the west. In Japan they probably call it the New Jersey Syndrome. We therefore came […]

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