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Nov 12, 2012 - Days 18 - 22 Guilin, Longji, Li River Cruise, and Yangshuo

The 1.5 hour flight from Kunming to Guilin was uneventful and pleasant. We have been on four different domestic Chinese airlines and they have all been better than US carriers. They have all been on time, there appear to have been no over-bookings, and they serve a meal if the flight is during a normal meal time, even on flights as short as one hour. In Guilin we were met by our guide Merrick, and brought to our hotel in the center of Guilin, across the street from a park and lake. The quality of the room was better than a Hilton Hotel in...

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Nov 12, 2012 - Days 16 - 18 Kunming and the Stone Forest

Day 16 – 18 Kunming (Note: Most Chinese who work with English speaking people adopt an English name so it is easier for us to address them. As a result, we have guides with names like Sean, Jack, Vicki, and so on.) On the way back from Tiger Leaping Gorge Jocelyn got sick. When we got back to the hotel she went right to bed with a temperature of 100+ degrees. She felt a little better in the morning, but didn't really feel like eating. The plane ride to Kunming was uneventful, but when we landed, we didn't realize how big the airport was,...

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Nov 6, 2012 - Pleasant surprises here in China

Some pleasant surprises in China Many Americans are not familiar with China's medium size cities. Before I started planning this trip, I didn't know Kunming exists, yet it is a modern vibrant city with China's fourth largest airport, and has five million people. Look at the photos to see a view of the arrivals area of the airport in Kunming. This airport just opened eight months ago. I think there is a feeling that China's public bathrooms are dirty and primitive. It may be true that a Chinese portable squat toilet is worse than most of our...

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Nov 6, 2012 - Days 13 -16 Lijiang, Snow Mountain, and Tiger Leaping Gorge

Day 13 – 16 Lijiang, Snow Mountain, and Tiger Leaping Gorge On Saturday we flew from Huangshan to Lijiang, a four hour flight. The Chinese expressways are great, but they have not linked all cities yet. On the secondary roads you can only average 20 -25 mph. The countryside around Lijiang is a blend of West Virginia and Colorado, except the mountains are 18,000+ ft, while the city is at 8,000 ft. After we landed, we were met by our guide Liu, we checked into our hotel, did a quick walking tour of the old town, and climbed up to see an old...

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Nov 3, 2012 - Days 8 - 12 Huangshan, Yellow Mountain, and Hangzhou

Day 8 – 11 Huangshan and the Yellow Mountain Before I describe our activities in Huangshan I want to make a few observations about China. The infrastructure is much better than I imagined. The roads in the country are in very good repair, are wide and well signed. The expressways are not crowded and in general people obey the traffic rules. The city streets are another matter. Here the law of the jungle rules and motorists have little regard for pedestrian safety. The streets are filled with electric motor scooters, and they don't bother...

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Oct 29, 2012 - Days 4 & 5 Suzhou

Now it's Lois' turn to write. On Thursday Oct. 25 we met our next guide, May. She is about 45, and wasn't nearly as good as the guide we had in Shanghai. She had several speeches memorized regarding the places we were visiting, but really never answered our questions if they varied at all from what she had memorized. She also talked very fast, and complained about her husband. And twice she spent a good deal of energy and time trying to persuade us to buy stuff – expensive things like a silk quilt or a string of freshwater pearls – "We can...

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Oct 29, 2012 - Days 6 & 7 in Shanghai

Day 6 & 7 Shanghai and Mt Huangshan We changed the schedule a little and drove back to Shanghai right after breakfast on day 6 (Saturday - October 27) Jocelyn, Roseanne, and Henry wanted to see an art gallery, and Lois and I wanted to see the Bund and East Nanjing Street, so we split up. East Nanjing Street has been turned into a pedestrian mall, and it is lined with high end shops. There was a huge Apple store with a line of people waiting to get in, and several Haagen Daz shops with lines of fifty to one hundred people waiting for a...

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Oct 26, 2012 - Friday 26th October

Up early, breakfast, then a nice walk around the neighbourhood admiring the goods in sll the name brand shops. We took the Maglev (magnetic levitation) train (this is supposed to be the first revenue producing MagLev train in the world) to the airport. We reached 300Km per hour during our 7 minute ride! During peak periods the train gets up to 450km per hour. Late and last Chinese lunch in the airport before boarding ur 12 hour flight home. after boarding we had another 2 hour wait while they fixed a faulty fuel pump. Just finished my pizza...

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Oct 26, 2012 - Monday 22nd October

Spent the day sightseeing in Shanghai. Took a taxi to the Jewish Refugee Museum. Interesting background to the community as it existed. According to our guide taxi fares are subsidized. A 20 minute ride was around $3. Spent the afternoon in the Nanking Road, a pedestrian only shopping street. The only downside was being accosted six times in about 200 yards with dubious offers of body massage and other assoted services!!

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Oct 23, 2012 - Day 2 (of our trip) - Shanghai

The flight over was long (14 hours from Detroit), but uneventful. Our guide met us at the airport, took us into town on a high speed train (300 kph), and helped us check in at the hotel. We all slept fine and didn't seem to suffer from jet lag. Today (Tuesday) we were on our own, and we planned to walk to famous scenic places in Shanghai. We started with an enormous buffet breakfast which is much more varied and elaborate than a Sunday brunch at a fancy restaurant in the US. We all ate so much no one wanted lunch! We left the hotel about 9...

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Oct 9, 2012 - the way home

On the flight from Shanghai to Seattle, peripheral chatter suddenly comes into focus. “I have some Wet Wipes.” “I remember two and half years ago…” “Everyone’s sitting down except for me. I’d better sit down.” Movies on the plane are in English, and the five I watched were the first thing I've seen in a month other than an episode of 30 Rock in the rice terrace village. Some sadness, letting go of my beginner’s mind to return to familiar language, and the complexity of our regular lives. But I have brought back an internal sense of...

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