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Feb 15, 2013 - Luoyang

Luoyang 3 days. Day 1 On Monday we hopped an early 7am train to Luoyang about 2 hours from Xi’an at 186mph. Fast! Our plan was to spend several days in the area. Drew and I developed a plan to visit 5 UNESCO world heritage sites in 5 days. Stop number one White Horse Temple about 13km west of Luoyang. The White Horse Temple is regarded as the first surviving Buddhist temple erected on Chinese soil, originally dating from the 1st century AD. When two Han-dynasty court emissaries went in search of Buddhist scriptures, they encountered two...

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Feb 15, 2013 - Terracotta Warriors

Army of Terracotta Warriors The Terracotta Army is one of the most famous archaeological finds in the world. A life size army of thousands of soldiers stand watch to guard over the soul of the first unifier of China, Qin Shi Huang. The discovery of the site was purely a random event. A peasant farmer discovered the underground vault while digging a well in 1974. There are thousands of soldiers each with a different face modeled after one of the peasants who help to make the soldiers. After the completion of the army all the peasant workers...

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Jan 10, 2013 - Chilling in Changzhou

Well nice to have a bit of time to chill out - the last two days have been spent at Cen's hometown, where we are finally catching up on a bit of sleep after all those early starts! Family dinners out are continuing to expand my waistline, and the afternoons shopping has put a small dent in the bank balance, but its fun just taking it easy and not having to rush to the next destination. Meet the grandparents tomorrow, and maybe a day out at the park - hoping for some more sunshine! We'll have to think about packing after that - glad I got...

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Jan 7, 2013 - Temple Day

Well Cen baby has decided its time to convert me to Buddhism. After all the temples we've visited so far I'm quite surprised that I'm not one already! This time she had the home turf advantage, so off we went to the small temple in town. You know the one with the 14 storey pagoda? The one with the room full of 300 golden Buddha statues? The one with the largest bell in China? do I need to go on? Initially the temple looks a bit forlorn at the front entrance, yet as you progress through, the riches inside just keep getting better and better....

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Jan 6, 2013 - Quiet day about town

Finally a quiet day about town, just had to pop to the insurance company an queue behind 30 people for an hour or so! Train tickets booked for Tuesday trip to Shanghai, and we even discovered a Christian Church - quite odd with a layer of shops underneath it, but beautiful stained glass inside. It was a huge building, recently rebuilt but the original dated back to 1916. The dreaded tummy bug has eventually caught up with me - grrr. I guess it had to happen sometime! Ah well at least I have an excuse not to get fed too much tonight!

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Oct 25, 2012 - Xi'an

National Day – Autumn Festival We started the first week of in October with a week break for National Day and Autumn Festival. Two of my co-workers and my buddy Drew who teaches economics at Shanghai University flew to Xi’an “the old capital” for a week of tramping around the area. I had my first real experience with masses of humanity. I did not comprehend the population in China and traveling when 650 million people are on break and many are trying to see the same sights that I am. We flew from Changzhou to Xi’an on Sunday. Our plan was...

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Oct 15, 2012 - Sports Day At School

Four weeks down. The last month in reflection has gone by quickly. I can’t believe Monday is the 1st of October. We have a one week break. I am really looking forward to doing some traveling during our time off but it comes with a price. I have lots of work to do before and after so I can take the week off and not work on school stuff. Friday and Saturday was sports day. The Chinese have an interesting way of doing things. We were told we had to participate in some of the events. Low key, shooting free throws, doing a shot put, running if...

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Aug 28, 2012 - Arrived in Changzhou

Two weeks down thirty-eight to go. School. I forgot what it is like to work a 12-14 hour day. It am amazed at how much time it takes to prep for my classes every day. I am glad my work load is not greater because I have serious doubts if I could keep up. Just from a purely mathematical standpoint let’s look at marking papers. I gave a vocabulary quiz, there were 9 fill in the blanks and then students were to use the same 9 words to create their own sentences. If I spend two minutes per paper with 90 students that is 180 minutes or three...

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