Monthly Archives: November 2012

Trekking Through China…The Chongqing Pandas!!!

As usual, we were on a very tight schedule. After our 4-day respite of slow-cruising down the Yangtze River, we were immediately thrown back into “frenzy mode” the moment we disembarked at the dreary, amenity-challenged dock in  Chongqing (it was … Continue reading

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Trekking Through China…Cruising Down the Yangtze River

Actually, did you know that most Chinese do not know what or where the “Yangtze River ” is? Even if you could say it (“Yangzi”) in Mandarin, most people in China would not know what you are talking about.  The … Continue reading

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Trekking Through China…The Yangtze River…Through the Locks

Ever since I was a child, ship locks have fascinated me. Since my birthday was in the summer (which meant not many kids being available for a birthday party), my Mom used to take me on birthday trips instead. One … Continue reading

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Trekking Through China…The Yangtze River…Three Gorges Dam

The transition from Shanghai to our cruise ship in Yichang was the longest day of the trip. We left our hotel in Shanghai very very early (with meager breakfast boxes in hand) to catch the early flight to Wuhan. Then … Continue reading

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Trekking Through China…Shanghai

Up until my visit to China, I had only had two experiences of Shanghai…one from Burl Ives’s song, “Shanghaied” (there’s a handy link at the bottom of this page if you want to listen) which I’d been listening to since … Continue reading

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Trekking Through China…Potty Break

Enquiring minds want to know. I apologize in advance if the subject matter offends anyone, but enough people have asked me about it to make me think there’s enough interest to warrant a wee mention. (But I will respect all … Continue reading

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Trekking Through China…Xi’an…Terra Cotta Warriors

The numbers are staggering. “700,000 forced laborers were sacrificed to construct his [Qin Shi Huang’s] tomb which was begun as soon as he ascended the throne. All workers and childless concubines were interred with him to safeguard its secrets.” (Read … Continue reading

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