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A Visit to the Queen Mother of the West & parting Urumqi

Thu, 30 Aug 2018 | By krodin | Views [196]

Visiting the Queen Mother of the West  The car ride from Urumqi through what used to be barren desert landscapes was filled with new construction, highrises, and coal power plants, which may be a contributing factor to there being more air ... Read more >

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Dunhuang Region & Mogao Caves

Fri, 24 Aug 2018 | By krodin | Views [143]

Dunhuang and the Mogao Grottoes   When we got off the flight from Beijing we were confronted with a hot blast of air that almost took my breath away.  Yes, this is the Gobi Desert.  As we made our way with the taxi to our hotel ... Read more >

Tags: cities, landscapes, off road, religious sites

A Day in Urumqi

Thu, 30 Aug 2018 | By krodin | Views [143]

A Day in Urumqi  We were flying at dusk as we came close to the capital city of Xinjiang province and were greeted by a spectacular scene off the left side of the plane. The Tian Shan mountains rose in rivets of brown waves to crest in white ... Read more >

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Shanghai 2019

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 | By shaz | Views [10]

This was to be my first visit to Shanghai. I always wanted to go so this stopover with free visa stay was an ideal time to go exploring. I arrived at 6am, headed straight to immigration, and got my free visa stay without any hassle. I mooched about ... Read more >

Read This First

Mon, 1 Jan 2018 | By bodiekern | Views [479]

This blog is rated "G/PG." Don't put anything on here you wouldn't want attributed to you if you ever run for President, Principal or Pope. The content is all mine, except as noted. Copyright William B. Kern 2008. Borrow anything you like, ... Read more >

Italian Adventure

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 | By zioned | Views [79]

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 >

Photos: Shanghai 2019

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 | By shaz | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Urumqi & Tian Chi

Sat, 25 Aug 2018 | By krodin | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Day Trip from Dunhuang

Wed, 22 Aug 2018 | By krodin | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang

Wed, 22 Aug 2018 | By krodin | Photo Gallery


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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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