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Nov 10, 2007 - Day 5

Today we leave Beijing and our guide, Ivy, for a two-hour flight to Shanghai. After meeting our new guide, Lili, we board our bus and travel two hours to her hometown of Suzhou. Lunch is followed by a visit to the centuries old Lingering Garden and the Leaning Pagoda at Tiger Hill. The Leaning Pagoda was built several hundred years before Piza...probably the same "low bid" contractor. As we left the Pagoda area, Ray was approached by 2 giggling Chinese young ladies who probably have never seen "westerners" up close and believe we are all...

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China November 2007

Oct 22, 2007 - Tongli / Suzhou

Hi All, Took a day trip to these two great city's. First Tongli which is referred to as the Venice of the East! So charming and time just stood still here. We took a boat ride down the canals and watched the simple life go by. Afterwards drove to Suzhou and took in some spectacular gardens, thinking we will have to do some relandscaping after seeing that!! Back to Shanghai tonight will visit the Bund and just walk around. Can't say enough of this country so far, very impressive!! More later. Inge and Steve

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Oct 5, 2007 - Shanghai, China

Visiting Shanghai was such a great experience, we almost considered getting off the cruise ship and staying on. As we sailed up the Huangpu River to where it meets the Yangtze, we took on immigration officials at 2am so that all the paperwork would be finished when our tour began at 7am. Since we have become geezers, we only get up early when we are on vacation, but this day of touring China's largest city was well worth it. Because it is still national holiday week here, our bus made it into town in record time without rush hour traffic....

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Sep 27, 2007 - We're on our way.

We are leaving for the airport. Have to stop at customs to document camera, laptop and Iphone so they don't charge duty on them when we return. Then to China Eastern Airlines to check in and get seat assignments. We're going business class on this leg of the trip so we will have some room to spread out during the upcoming 18 hours. Probabaly not much chance you will hear from us until late Friday or possibly Saturday. We'll be getting to the hotel in Beijing around midnight Beijing time on Friday, which will be around noon Friday Michigan...

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Sep 25, 2007 - Shanghai

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD As it turns out, we picked an auspicious day to fly to China. We arrived on the afternoon of the Mid-Autumn Festival. While not an official national holiday, the festival is celebrated all over the country as families gather to present each other with Moon Cakes, baked especially for the holiday. The festival remembers Chang E, the fairy tale guardian goddess of the Palace on the Moon. Chang E was once the wife of Hou Yi, the hero who shot down nine suns to save people from being burnt alive. The tenth sun was...

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Jul 1, 2007 - Suzhou

I took a day trip to Suzhou, well know for its canals and old private gardens. And because it wasn't Shanghai I liked it. I was in luck as I got off the train and met Madhur, Pooja and their family on their holidays, and as we all wanted to visit the same places, the six of us booked a taxi for the day to see the sights. We visited the Garden of the Master of the Nets, supposedly the most impressive garden in Suzhou, took a tour on the canals, and visited some other garden whose name I cannot remember. The day was rounded off with the six...

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Where's Malcolm?

Jun 19, 2007 - Quick sidetrip to Suzhou

I am getting used to bright white overcast skies. The weather in China has not been supplying me the kind of days I was hoping for. The sights are still quite enjoyable to visit, but don't provide the great lighting that makes for breathtaking photos. But, I make the best of it and will enjoy a couple of sidetrips from Shanghai--Suzhou and Hangzhou. Suzhou is famous for it's gardens. There are three main ones and several other smaller, less well-known ones. The "gardens" are nice just to sit and have a cold drink, or hot tea if you prefer,...

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Asia 2007

Nov 5, 2006 - Shanghai

As we board to the plane to leave, I look back and think of Shanghai as a much needed reprieve from the vulgarities and vagaries of Beijing. City dwellers seem a bit more refined here (they actually have signs asking their inhabitants not to Spit; 'No Spitting' signs are next to 'No Smoking' in many public places and folks actually obey the cross-walk signals, although not the 'No spitting') and less in-your-face then Beijing. In Beijing, locals openly gawked at us, whereas here, we're rarely awarded a second glance. Shanghai has everything...

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Sep 15, 2006 - Wuxi, Souzhou

Today is Monday, September 11, day 11. This morning we take a ride to the City of Suzhou, China's second "paradise city", Hangzhou being the first. Did I mention that? It seems like I forgot to mention a few things. For instance, when we left Beijing, our two original tour guides didn't go with us. Peter, the national guide, went with the group to Tibet. Tony, the local guide, is only there for the local Beijing so he went home. We picked up another national guide, This one also named Tony, who will stay with us until we catch the aircraft...

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Sep 13, 2006 - Day 2 in Hangzhou

Day 10, Sunday, Sep 10 Our second day in Hangzhou proved to be overcast but, thankfully, no rain. This was a free day for us to go sight seeing on our own or to go shopping. Eight of us set out at about 9:00 A.M. to look for some bargains. The one thing we all agreed on before we left the hotel was, "no chinese food today". Over the course of the day we found some great bargains, walked 'til we could hardly walk anymore and discovered how friendly and helpful the Chinese people are. And we kept our pact, not one of us had so much as a grain...

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Aug 15, 2006 - Train to Nanjing

Train to Nanjing - 2 hours. Trip was fine, fairly comfortable. I sat with a young lady who was going to the mountains to teach English to "seniors". Tough trek through the train station with all our luggage - up and down long flights of stairs. We were glad to see our hotel - the Hongqiao, ate our picnic lunch and off to sightsee. 6 million people in Nanjing; it's the capital of the South of China. First to China's largest bridge which spans the Yangtse River. FYI: longest rivers - 1)Nile, 2)Amazon, 3)Yangtse, 4)Mississippi, 5)Yellow River...

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Aug 13, 2006 - Drive to Zhouzhuang and then boat to Suzhou

This morning up early to bus to Zhouzhuang called "The Best Water Town in China". We entered the old city through the Ancient Memorial Archway. It was so humid and so hot and so crowded that our spirits were dampened and we couldn't enjoy this lovely tour as I would have liked to. In 1998 Zhouzhuang was included in the Supplementary List of World Cultural Heritages by UNESCO. It's history includes more than nine hundred years. The most famous spot is the Twin Bridges first built during the Ming Dynasty 1368-1644. "The Memory of Hometown"...

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