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Sep 1, 2017 - Luoyang, Henin province

Luoyang is situated 90 minutes by high-speed train and though today an industrial city was the capital of China for over 4,000 years covering 13 different dynasties. Like Dunhuang Luoyang attracted early adopters of Buddhism, monks and wealthy followers who wanted to express their faith by filling over 2,000 niches in what is known today as the Longmen grottoes dug out of a range of limestone ridges along the picturesque Li river, today adorned with picturesque willow trees. Buddha images from a few centimetres high to 100 feet are either...

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Apr 26, 2014 - Terracotta warriors and chicken feet

The longer I spend in China the more uncertain I am about my reaction to it. Just as I'm getting very impatient with the appallingly rude way people behave on public transport, I then meet some totally charming and friendly people on the train, keen to practise their English and offering me food and snacks. I'm finding the over-exploitation of historical sites annoying, but then the caves at Datong were stunning. Another example is checking into the hostel here in Kaifeng. It was my first brush with Chinese officialdom. I arrived in the...

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Six months in Asia

May 26, 2013 - Stage 4, Wuhan to Luoyang

The trip from Wuhan to Luoyang was uneventful. No issues with getting to the station, getting on the train or getting to the hotel at the other end. This time we actually had seats with a decent view. Just a shame that the ever present smog greatly limits the view. It is probably no more than 1.5 - 2 km in any direction. It is a shame as you can see the outline of mountains in the distance but there is no definition. Even the close up images are shrouded in grey leaving everything dull and lifeless. This was a decent leg distance wise, 3...

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Nov 20, 2011 - Keeps getting...Well you get to decide :)

Well hello all! How has everyone been these past few weeks? Well for me not so hot... Hmm where do I begin? So much to tell. I think I will start with how I am feeling as of this moment. Welp, I have learned that everyone here in China are LIARS!!!!! I don't trust anyone here. Its like they lie about the stupidest things...I find it shocking of the things the people lie about here. And right now I am just totally confused and most of all annoyed by anyone that wants to say to me "you're my friend". You dont know me well enough to say such,...

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Oct 28, 2011 - Where have I been?!

Hello allll!!! I finally have a moment to steal to write to you guys. Well, things here have been a bit stressful...Let me just put it to you this way, there were many times I have thought to give up and just come back to the states. Then I thought, what purpose does that server? Get your ass out there and make something of your life! For the past two weeks, I have learned that I can only trust in God and Him alone. NO one else. It is so ah, man it is so amazing to know that racism is here in China. What is even more funny is that Chinese...

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Oct 10, 2011 - Learning so much more

Hello world I have a whole week of things to tell you...That could take sometime so I will attempt to give you the short version. October 3-5: I left for Hong Kong on this day. Being in Hong Kong was a two-day affair. Early morning flights are a good thing in America but suck in China. Apparently if you come early to the airport you cant check-in until like 1 hour and 30 minutes before the flight leaves. So I was in the airport for 2 1/2 hours before my flight actually left. I flew to Shenzhen then took a bus to Hong Kong. Both were pretty...

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Oct 2, 2011 - What's Been Happening

Hello World! How is everyone out there? Awesome I hope...I think I say this in almost every journal entry but, been busy so I havent had the chance to post something everyday. I will try to give you the short version of what has been going on here. Well, yesterday (October 1, 2011) was a celebration for the Chinese declaration day. It was the day that China was announced as a country on October 1st. The celebration is a whole week! Can you believe that??? I honestly believe the country celebrates very thing! Last time I talked about how...

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Sep 28, 2011 - So Thankful...and I should be!

Well hello world! How are you all doing? I hope supercalifragisexy :) Well I am totally over this cold! No more sneezing, coughing and snot everywhere! Whew! Bring sick in China is a drag, everything seems to annoy you and I was starting to get really irritated...EASILY! I dont usually get irritated easily but maybe its all from the pollution...but whatever... Okay, havent had the chance to post everyday been super-duper busy. But I have a little down time since I have a break in between my classes. In the past week *I am sure I will say...

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Sep 26, 2011 - Just an Ordinary day

Well hello there WORLD!!!! Aren't you all just fabulous?!! Well I finally feel back to my normal energetic self! I am over this 7 day cold that I had. Or was it more like 10 days??? Hmm...I don't know but whatever... So for the past couple of days things have been pretty steady not much have changed in my schedule; I mean I am not complaining. Oooh yeah I forgot to post the other day so I will tell you in this entry what I did this past weekend. Okay, so I finally decided to give it a try with the Chinese clothing. I mean I could constantly...

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Sep 24, 2011 - I Shall Have...

OK so this morning I feel somewhat better than a few days ago. Maybe my body is telling me that I need to rest and not constantly on the go, but I see it as I'm in this new city and I should explore! It's another sunny day here and I am totally enjoying the sun. I mean it is the little things that matter when you are far away from "home". The first week I was here, it literally rained non-stop; so I will be thankful for the sun :) Moving right along, yesterday was very interesting. I went to work and tried something different with the...

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Sep 24, 2011 - It's the Same all Around the World

This is my second entry of the day...Its later in the evening for me so I guess I can give you a breakdown of my day. Well before going off to work I had a wonderful video conversation with my besties *you guys know who you are*. They really made my morning and it felt so wonderful to say a stupid joke and be understood by what was said and I could just be my goofy self! Oh those girls I love so soooo much. *just thinking about them makes me smile* So I get off to work and have a wonderful day. After class, I walk back to my apartment with...

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Sep 22, 2011 - Even when I dont want to...

So today marks the second official day that I am terribly sick. This is so not cool...at all! I must say that comparing yesterday and today; today was a better day. I am really sad that one of my friends that I went to college with is leaving. Her time is up and now she has to return to the states. She has showed me some of the cool places she enjoys visiting. I secretly hopes she comes back, I mean there isn't anything like having another person that is from the same area as you and you guys can relate. But I have also met some of her...

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