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Jul 4, 2008 - Day 8 - Wuxi to Suzhou

After a very disappointing breakfast, Rachel met with us to take us to Tai Hu Lake, the Land of Fish and Rice, and to the fresh water pearl factory. There, at the pearl factory, we were shown the method used to cultivate fresh water pearls there at Tai Hu Lake. The pearls were gorgeous and we spent quite a bit of time shopping in the store immediately afterwards. I haggled down to a great price for a pair of champagne pink freshwater pearl earrings, ring and a cultured pearl necklace. Collin picked up the nickname "Purpur" from here. When...

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Jul 3, 2008 - Day 7 - Xi'an to Wuxi

We said our goodbyes to Linda and our driver. Linda was actually getting ready to leave for a 50 day trip to the United States to visit her sister on July 4th. Our flight from Xi'an to Shanghai took about 2 hours. When we landed at Shanghai, our gate was at the very end of the terminal and walked for what seemed like 1/2 mile before meeting with our guide. Our guide was male, and he introduced himself to my dad, but my dad couldn't understand what he said, and thought he said his name was Mary Beth. After boarding the bus, I asked our...

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Jun 11, 2008 - China - Suzhou

Despite the rain, we had a great time in Suzhou. Like true Brits we donned our wet macs and headed out into the wet... The local proverb "In heaven there is paradise, on earth there is Hangzou and Suzhou" may be taking things a bit far, but we spent an enjoyable couple of days exploring gardens, museums and pungent canals... and escaping the rain in various cafes. Our first stop, however, wasn't in the guidebook, and unlike the golden arches there WAS a halo above it - to our bellies at least. A big hotel with a grand foyer, serving a full...

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Jun 9, 2008 - China - Suzhou

We can't believe we've been in China for four weeks - time has passed so quickly! We've now reached Suzhou - probably our last stop before we fly out of Shanghai to Hong Kong next Sunday. Modern Suzhou is a bustling city surrounded by factories and high rises, but was once a merchant town of whitewashed houses, tree-lined canals and sumptuous gardens. According to the guidebook, if you look hard enough, the past is still evident - we have a few days to find out! Our hostel at least is situated in a pretty, traditional-feel area - down a...

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May 7, 2008 - nanjing

Arrived Nanjing -- was the original capital of china until it was moved to Beijing. It is now a developing city, many consider it the city left behind in China. Very different than Beijing. Arrived at the hotel (sofitel) and the checki-in was an education. All rooms weren't ready and they couldn't give me the key to the room they put me in as they said the key was already given out. We asked them to make a new one, but that's not how it works here.. they sent someone to the room to make sure no one was in it and then made the key. The keys...

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Kim's Asia Adventure

May 2, 2008 - Suzhou

Mavis and I took a high-speed train to Suzhou (pronounced “sue-joe”), a city that dates back to the 6th century. From the train station, we took a bicycle rickshaw. (This is a three-wheeled bicycle. We sit in back, the driver pedals.) In order to get up over a bridge, He dismounted and pushed! Our first stop was the Suzhou Silk Museum. It had exhibits showing how silk has been produced for the last 6,000 years. I was fascinated with how similar the process is to the production of wool or cotton cloth, with the obvious exception that you...

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2008 India & China

Apr 25, 2008 - Tongli

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We had hoped to make a few excursions outside Shanghai during the ten days we would be in the city, but there was so much to see and do that we ended up making only one trip which was to the canal town of Tongli. I had read about this city, of over forty-nine bridges, in our guidebook and wanted to explore it to see a little more of the old China. Tongli’s history goes back over 1,000 years. The bridges, built in a variety of styles, join the seven islands created by fifteen rivers and five lakes upon which...

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Apr 21, 2008 - Nanjing

Last night I boarded the cruise ship that would be my home for the next eight days. They tried to sell me on upgrading to their deluxe suite, called the Shangri-la Suite, at the bow of the ship. I compared it to a regular suite and decided on the spot to pay the upgrade. (See photos.) I figured that if I’m forced to be lonely, I can at least be lonely in paradise. People sometimes ask my why I continue to work if I don’t have to. Well, I assure you, if I didn’t have a job, I would not be in the Shangri-la Suite of a five-star cruise...

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2008 India & China

Apr 15, 2008 - Shanghai, Shanghai !

Depart de Beijing en train. 10h de train a 160 km/h environ, ce qui est une vitesse assez exceptionnelle ici. Depart 20h02, arrivee 8h environ, en couchette 'molle', ce qui est totalememt luxe ici il faut l'avouer. Un voyage tres sympa avec 2 businessmen d'une boite de traduction chinoise (chance encore car, comme en France (hahhahaha), trouver des personnes qui parlent anglais est tres difficile - je pratique le mime Marceau). Nous restons qq jours ici avant de repartir plus au Sud. Jour de pluie. Shanghai, c'est encore plus de...

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Supernanako in China

Jan 17, 2008 - My first few days in Nanjing

This entry is going to be a little long because I am trying to cover three days in one, so feel free to skip over anything unbearably mundane. Day 1: The day I got here was really easy. I left Chicago at 10:40am on January 14th and arrived in Shanghai at 3:00pm on January 15th. Now for those of you who can count, there are more than 24 hours between the time I left and the time I arrived. Given that my flight was only 14 hours long, I am at a loss as to how time works. That International Date Line is a crazy thing, where's Einstein when we...

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Gabe in China

Dec 6, 2007 - Suzhou - Wuxi

We saw more tranquil places around which Small" cities of 4 and 6 million people were built. Out in more "rural" areas ( away from the 3 major city centres) such that we started to see Villa style homes of the farmers. Gov't exempted farmers from taxes for another 3 years so they are hiring staff to run the farms and they are also owning business' in town. They flaunt by the size of their homes and the cars they drive - new ones). Did see our share of " rebuilding and westernizing ( not democratizing) where they are tearing down old homes...

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The Chinese Wall

Dec 5, 2007 - Beijing - Shanghai - Suzhou

today was a large travel day and only travel type pictures: airplanes, city buildings ( via bus rides) and several characteristic traffic jams ( even on taking the bus to the airplane for heaven's sake hten queing for take off. We were concerned when we saw a 747 pass us on theright ... Who knew! So -the gang was a tad happier since we travelled a bit through Shanghai enroute to Suzhou ( silk city). They saw the street vendors, and more street shopping scapes they have been lacking so far. However - the bus did not stop. We shop dec 6th and...

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The Chinese Wall

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