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Dec 13, 2009 - Zhengzhou

Sunday, December 13 Today we flew from Beijing to Zhengzhou in the province of Henan. We thought we were headed to a small town, which turned out to contain, between the city and the outlying area, 100 million people!!! We have not seen anything small in China yet. And everyone who has been here a number of years ago, has been remarking on the tremendous change and development that have taken place in the last few years. This is no longer a "bicycle" society... there is an incredible number of cars on he roads. Beijing alone is adding a...

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To China for Allegra

Jun 26, 2009 - Zhengzhou/Dengfeng

We decided to grab the cheapest tickets we could from Beijing to Zhengzhou. This turned out to be a major mistake. The "hard seat" berths are filled first in just the actual seats. This would be quite cramped by itself, but then they sell standing tickets. I'll not say much, just look at the attached picture. The woman across from Annie insisted on stretching her legs between, against, or whever Annie's legs were. Much to my displeasure, I also discovered that smoking is permitted on trains. The trip lasted six long hours. When we arrived...

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Jun 12, 2008 - Grotto and Monastary

We went to the Longman grottos this morning, a very peacefull site on the river, and high up bridge crosses the river here. Long man means dragon's gate. There are over 1000 caves of varying sizes with Buddhas of varying sizes all carved out of the rock of the caves. The first carvings began in A.D. 493. The earliest carvings show the influence of Indian art but over time the figures gradually become Chinese. In the Tang Dynasty, womeen who were fat were considered the most beautiful and it is during that time that the scupltures started...

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Jun 11, 2008 - moving on to Luoyang ..a short train ride...5 hours!

Hi all, Well, this morning the city turned the power off in our quadrant of the city to test the lines. Each room was given a small flashlight to help reduce the impact. We were forewarned not to take it away with us or we would be charged for it! Actually the hotel had a generator so the elevators and hall lights worked - no room lights or air conditioning. Luckily we had mainly packed up. We checked out at eleven and went off for another feast! During lunch Nick left us and went off to the airport heading to Australia via Shanghai. After...

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Jan 28, 2008 - Long delay for flight out of Shanghai.

Alarm clocks were dingling and jangling, calling us from our beds at 7am. Too early for wisdom, but we got up and got ready to leave. We had to take our bedding to the office, and get back our key deposit money, then left to find a taxi for the airport. This was not an easy task, as there were not many without passengers, and those that were vacant did not stop! After quite a long and frustrating wait, a man in a four wheel drive pulled up, and offered to take us there for 80 RMB. We had paid 54 to get there, and we did not seem to have...

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Oct 18, 2007 - Luoyang

Today we went to the Dragon Gate Grottoes near Luoyang. It was really amazing, the figures carved into the cliffs along a river. We took a 9 seater golf cart from the parking lot to the entrance, since it was almost a mile away. The only Empress from this area used her cosmetics budget to do some of this art. Many of the figures are female, which is unusual. The most stunning is the Ancestor Worshipping Temple. It's very large and looks even more impressive from farther away. We were able to witness this, because we took a boat from the end...

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Reef Asia trip 2007

Oct 17, 2007 - Zhengzhou/Luoyang

Woke up at 6 when the lights came on and immediately went to the bathroom. The toilet is a squat style with a metal floor which is always wet, and not with water if you know what I mean. It smelled so bad I can't even describe it, I gagged so much I almost threw up. Not a good way to start the day! We met our new guide, Frank at the station. He is an English speaking guide and complimented me on my English (I didn't tell him I was from the USA, not Mexico). Zhengzhou is one of the most polluted cities in the world. Even with all the...

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Reef Asia trip 2007

Oct 10, 2007 - Yangtze River - Chongqing to Feng Du to Yunyang

We arrived at Feng Du early in the morning and Errol and Kaye, Jack and Helen, Eilish, Barb and I and our guide Tracy left the boat to explore the Ghost City. The temple was located on the top of Mt. Mingshan and we rode a cable car which was like being on a ski lift.....it scooped you up from behind at the bottom and you jumped off when you reached the top. Upon our arrival at the temple entrance Tracy explained the proper procedure for crossing the "Naihe" or "Nothing to be Done" Bridge into the area of the temple. Women had to cross the...

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Sep 10, 2007 - Shaolin Kung Fu

Jeg har vel funnet ut at aa reise rundt alene ikke er min favoritt, men aa sitte paa et hotelrom i Beijing aa sture i 6 dager foer Jo kommer er uaktuelt. Hun foreslo en tur til Shaolin, hvor kinesiske munker fant opp Kung Fu for 1500 aar siden (tror jeg). Det hoertes eksotisk ut, og et greit alternativ til hotellveggstirring... Jeg saa for meg Shaolin som et mystisk eventyrtempel omhyllet av taakedis, med en haandfull skallede munker i oransje kapper i stand til aa slaa og sparke som ingen andre. Og saann er det! Det er ogsaa en stor...

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May 15, 2007 - Shaolin

's middag met de bus naar Shaolin gegaan. Dit doe ik samen met Luke, een Australier die ik in de trein van Xi'an naar Luoyang tegen kwam, hij was ook op weg naar Shaolin. Na een kort ritje aangekomen bij Shaolin. Zoals bij alle grote attracties maakt ook dit hier een erg gestructureerde en commerciele indruk. Ik blijf 3 nachten in een hotel naast de school waar een paar duizend kinderen wonen/leren. De zoektocht naar een restaurantje was niet echt succesvol, alles was of smerig, of ze hadden niets dat op de menukaart stond... dus maar weer...

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May 1, 2007 - Vaer hilset kammerater! (Kaifeng)

Saa er det blevet 1. maj. Her i Kinas gader er der (man troede ikke det var muligt) flere mennesker end normalt. De har vist gang i en hel masse forskellige festligheder over hele byen. Endnu flere kinesere, der staar foran en butik og gjalder i en mikrofon end ellers, endnu flere akrobatshows og andre optraedelser. Det gaar nok helt amok i aften! Guiyang var... som sagt, doedsyg. Store betonhuse prydede gadebilledet. Vi var der nu kun en nat, fandt en kaempe Wal Mart (i kinesisk udgave) under en af deres store parker. Saa vi var gjalt...

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Aug 20, 2006 - Drive to Luoyang via Song Tombs

Wake up call this morning at 6:30 and off the Luoyang at 8:am. First to the Song Grottoes which date back to 492 (the same year Vesuvius erupted at Pompei). Caves with Buddhas carved - most heads and arms broken off. Some stolen for other country's museums but alot have been lost because five different times in Chinese history, Emperors have declared "Buddha killing" when they felt people were becoming too religious and honoring Buddha instead of Emperor. In one of the temples Judy saw a Chinese man with a tee shirt that said "ARKANSAS"...

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