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China isn't a country - it's a different world. Unless you have a couple of years and unlimited patience, it's best to follow a loose itinerary here, such as following the Silk Road, sailing down the Yangzi River, or exploring the Dr Seuss landscape of Guangxi Province. From shop-till-you-drop metropolises to the desert landscapes of Xinjiang, China is a land of cultural and geographic schisms. It's not that it has completely done away with its Maoist past - it's more that the yin of revolutionary zeal is being balanced by the yang of economic pragmatism.

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This is the group who had Ray as our tour guide. One local guide called us
 
Just in case you didn't think I REALLY climbed this thing!: by suziqtn, Views[8]
 
We stayed at the Kerry hotel in Beijing. This lovely woman was calling the elevator for us. Our guide told us there was a big toy in our room and he'd see how many of us knew what it was. It turned out to be a toilet the had a seat warmer, water to clean all parts, rotating backs, etc. Quite amazing.: by suziqtn, Views[60]
 
Many people on scooters had these blanket-like things that covered their bodies, heads and hands.: by suziqtn, Views[44]
 
This lesser panda was about 100 feet away, but as soon as he saw us coming, he ran over to the wall where we were standing and watched us as closely as we were watching him.: by suziqtn, Views[38]
 
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Photos: Chongqing

Mon, 26 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

Home to pandas, beautiful gardens and factories. In order to improve the air quality around Beijing for the 2008 Olympics, many of the factories were moved from Beijing to the area around Chongqing.
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Photos: Xian

Sun, 25 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

The reason Xian is most famous is for the discovery of the Terra Cotta Army in 1974.
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Photos: Shibaozhai

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

At the top of Shibaozhai is a three-storied hall dedicated to Manjusri built during the reign of the Xianfeng Emperor (1850–1861), called the Purple Rain Pavilion. In the year 1819, the nine-story pavilion was constructed adjacent to the cliff to aid ... Read more >
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Photos: Three Gorges Dam

Tue, 20 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

This is the largest in the world. Quite massive.
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Photos: Jingzhou

Mon, 19 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

There's a beautiful museum here and a great school.
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Photos: Tiananmen Square

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

Near the Forbidden City
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Photos: Great Wall

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

The Great Wall goes for several thousand miles and was unified during the Qin Dynasty about 221 BC. Take note, Donald Trump, it didn't keep the thundering hoards out.
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Photos: The Forbidden City

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

This complex was finished in 1420. It's located in Central Beijing.
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Photos: Beijing

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

We visited the Ming Tombs, the Great Wall, Old Town and the Forbidden City. We also saw the Bird's Nest from the 2008 Olympics.
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Photos: Old Town Beijing

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

Alleyways, called hutong, weave across central Beijing in the old city. This is the only place where people actually own their homes.
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Photos: A Tea House in Beijing

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

How can you not LOVE this stuff?
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Photos: The Ming Tombs

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

Located about 12 miles NW of Beijing, this is the site of the burial of 13 of the 16 emperors.
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Photos: Shanghai

Fri, 16 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

Shanghai sits of the banks of the Huangpu and Yangtze rivers on the SE coast of China. It is the country's most populous and vibrant city.
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Photos: China

Fri, 16 Nov 2018 | By suziqtn | Photo Gallery

This shows the itinerary we followed and the group with whom I traveled.
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Italian Adventure

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 | By zioned | Views [37]

Here I am Italy and I am not quite sure how it happened.  I applied for the Italian homestay program many months ago and so the idea of living in Italy had always seemed remote (and unreal). Even now, I am having trouble wrapping my head around ... Read more >

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