Monthly Archives: July 2019

Chengdu – Home of Pandas, the Blight Marriage Market, and the Changing Faces Opera

I wasn’t expecting much from Chengdu.  As far as I was concerned it was just a transfer point from Lijiang to Lhasa.  Boy, was I mistaken!  I really wasn’t that interested in Pandas but the little firecracker of a tour … Continue reading

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Dali & Lijiang, China (June 23 – 26)

From Guilin, I flew to Dali and was met at the airport by Linda, my Dali guide who promptly proudly informed me she was Bi.  Our first stop was to look at Erhai Lake (also called Ear Lake – because … Continue reading

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The Chinese Countryside: Guilin, Yangshuo, Fuli, and Longji (June 19 – 23)

This portion of my China tour began in Guilin city but honestly, all I did in the city was spend the first and last night in a downtown hotel and eat a couple of meals.  The city was just a … Continue reading

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Shanghai, Suzhou, & Hangzhou (June 15 – 19)

Day 1: Shanghai My three-week tour of Southern China and Tibet began in Shanghai.  Shanghai is a relatively new city by Chinese standards at only about 150 years.  Shanghai is also the largest city in China at either 25 million … Continue reading

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Jeju Island, South Korea (June 7 – 11)

Jeju Island is located just off the southern tip of the South Korean mainland.  After a short flight, I arrived on what is known as Honeymoon Island in South Korea.  The island has a reputation for natural beauty with pristine … Continue reading

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Seoul, South Korea (June 4 – 7)

My visit to Seoul began as a somewhat misadventure.  It started out fine – I managed to find and board the correct high-speed train from the airport to Seoul Central Station.  And things were looking pretty good until my roller … Continue reading

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Kyoto, Japan – (June 12 – 15)

I began my Kyoto tour with a series of temples – no surprise there!  My first visit was to Ryoanji Temple originally a country house for the Tokudaji Clan.  It was bought in 1450 to be used as a Zen … Continue reading

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Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) May 31 – June 4

I was very fortunate in that I met a lady from Taipei on my first day in Sydney, Australia on a tour of that city.  While seeing the sites of Sydney, Mrs. Fan offered to be my free tour guide … Continue reading

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