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Aug 22, 2013 - Welcome to China!

First impression: city of shanghai rrhhh awful. But remember, you have 3 kids and you are POSITVE. We are all going to love our life here. All people living here, love it :-) Arrival at the hotel: issue with air cond, we need to take another room while they fixed it. It is so hot here. But we are positive. We are going to love our life in Shanghai. Vinz forgets that kids are kids and when it is time to eat, they are hungry. When kids are hungry, thay cannot wait for Dad to come back from the bank because this last one thought it was more...

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Jun 18, 2013 - After a whirlwind

It has been a while, but now we are back in Shanghai after finishing up the ship cruise, having 2 days in Shanghai with the tour, then meeting our Chinese friend and her husband and taking a 6 hour trip on a Chinese bus to Wuhu,spending 4 days there touring, including a side trip to Nanjing, and taking another 6 hour trip( by ourselves this time ) back to Shanghai. Now we are back at the Ritz Carlton where we stayed before, and are going to take nap. I will try to include some photos. The highlights of this part of the trip was the birthday...

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Jun 6, 2013 - Shanghai, China

6/6 – 6/8 In the morning Yoyo took us to the Big Cien Temple to see the Big Wild Goose Pagoda which was built in 652 AD. This Pagodas was built to house Buddhist scriptures. After the visit Yoyo took us to lunch and then to the airport for our flight to Shanghai. Again we were escorted to the ticket counter and helped procure our boarding passes. Our plane arrived on time and we were met by our final guide, Shawn. He took us on the high-speed train into town. This train is really fast, it has a high speed of over 248 mph but on our short...

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Jun 3, 2013 - Shanghai provides good vibes

Hi all my following Tripologists Well it was a shame to leave Bifenxia, my beautiful Pandas, lovely clean fresh mountain air and the lovely family we stayed with who were so hospitable towards us. I used to see the kids off to school on the bus in the mornings and they were always so pleased to see me again in the afternoon when they returned. I doubt my beautiful Pandas will miss me as all they worried about was their next loaf of panda bread and more fresh bamboo. They did actually recognise their Carers though. Felt good vibes on arrival...

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Jun 1, 2013 - Very sad news from home

Today I dedicate my travel journal page to my soulmate, Priscilla. I received a message last night to say that her baby sister, Blanche had unexpectedly passed away. Priscilla, my thoughts prayers and heartfelt sorrow are with you and the rest of your close knit family. I feel your pain and wish I could be with you to support you. I feel too sad to write up my journal today. Words are sometimes just not enough at times like this!

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Mar 20, 2013 - Shanghai/Suzhou, China

On our second visit to Shanghai, we experienced a much different side of this area on a day visit to the water town of Suzhou, China. About 1½ hours out of the main city of Shanghai, Suzhou had an entirely different feel than the ultra modern feel of Shanghai. Central Suzhou, once a citadel built to protect the royalty of the region, is entirely surrounded by water, either rivers or canals that also served as motes for protection. It is the center of beautiful gardens in this region of China with over 200 inside the city itself. A highlight...

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Mar 7, 2013 - Shanghai, China

Shanghai, known internationally as the “Paris of the East” rivals the opulence of Hong Kong, or in our minds, surpasses Hong Kong both in size and “awe” factor! With 23 million residents in 8 times the land area as Hong Kong, Shanghai didn’t feel nearly as crowded. The average size of the living quarters for the locals , similar to Hong Kong, is about 400-500 square feet for a family of 3 to 4! The skyline of Shanghai, especially at night, is a “jaw dropping” experience that leaves you just saying, “WOW”! And they are planning another 2000...

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Jan 8, 2013 - Shanghai

Wow what a day! Last trip out on a bullet train for a while :'( I'm going to miss the efficient rail transport system they have here. But 'Harmony' got us to Shanghai, in good time to get across the city via metro to the highlight of the day - MAGLEV. *Disclaimer - at this point Cen baby would like to point out that this is just another part of the public transportation system in operation within the city and nothing to go getting excited about, 'typical tourist'* Yeah, right - and when was the last time you travelled at 430 km/h? A short...

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Nov 19, 2012 - Musings after the trip

November 19 – Musings after the trip This is Lois writing. Now that we have been home for a few days, we have some thoughts and observations about the trip to China that never really got said during the course of the other postings, and friends and relatives have asked us about some of these things. So here goes. The first thing I noticed when we landed in Detroit was that there were stars in the sky. It was a clear night and it was even more apparent on the drive home from the Traverse City airport. In China we never saw stars. We do not...

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Nov 16, 2012 - Shanghai it is then!!!

I checked, double checked and was advised it would take at least 5 days with no guarantee i would get a visitors permit for Tibet because I'm a foreigner. B@st@ards! I tried Shangri-la too but due to the winter weather, transport was risky and the national park in the local area was beginning to ice over. So sod it, I'll head straight to Shanghai on the train... fookin 32 hours that was but still a good journey. Spent the time chatting to a lad using his phones translator and the rest of it trying to convince the other guy who was with us...

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Nov 15, 2012 - Home sweet home

A last note from Lois: The visit to the English class on Wednesday at the Guilin Institute of Tourism was really fun for John and me. We spent about 1.5 hours chatting with the class of 21-22 year olds, with the teacher, our travel advisor Kelly and our guide Li/Merrick looking on. Another English instructor came in to take pictures. The students asked us about life in America and also about our travels in China. Most of them grew up in rural areas, and live on campus at the university (which has a gorgeous expansive campus). They asked...

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Nov 13, 2012 - Days 23 & 24 Yangshuo Continued

Day 23 & 24 Yangshuo Continued Lois writing now: We are really glad to be here in a more rural area of China, because not only is the pace not as frenetic as the other locations we have been, but we are getting a taste of what life is like for a huge chunk of the population that does not live in cities. Out here, many of the farmers and fishermen are clearly living a subsistence lifestyle. In the States, there are people who grow their own food, but it is usually by choice. Although every home seems to have a TV, the houses are the sort...

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