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Tagged With: China travel

The Final Leg

This three-week journey through central China capped off my 11-month stay in China. After it, I returned to my China home of Zhuhai for two days of preparations, reflection, and final good-byes to all of China. Bu first, my three week trip ended with a brief bit in the historic city, Xi’an. An ancient capital … Continue reading »

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Tai chi: Practicing the Present

My trainer and I arrived at the tai chi school mid-morning. Last time I showed you a few pictures of what this mountainside martial art boarding school looked like. After dropping my stuff in my room, my trainer took me back outside to begin. Not wasting any time. On the other side of the street … Continue reading »

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Up the Mountain

I had a decision to make. After the small-town experiences in Henan province, was I going to travel north to sight-see the Longmen Caves? There, centuries ago, Buddhist monks decorated hundreds of caves with a museum of sculptures. Or was I to head south, into the adjacent province of Hubei? I read about a beautiful … Continue reading »

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Old-School China = Bone-Breaking Pressure

In China around 1000 years ago, a unique trend began in the area of fashion, custom, and duty. Parents started to tightly wrap the feet of their young daughters so the feet wouldn’t grow large. This binding became extreme enough to require the breaking of the toes and of the arch. And it evolved to … Continue reading »

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Small Town Saturday Night

Howl at the moon; shoot out the lights. The folksy folks of small town China reminded me of the community I grew up in. After chugging along 12 hours of train track southbound from Beijing, I arrived at my destination: small town Henan province. Tada! I know. It’s not the first thing on most people’s … Continue reading »

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Hong Kong: From Me to You

Okay. So after Macau last week, now it’s time to jump over to the other side of the delta to see the other recently-handed-over, former Western colony in these parts: Hong Kong It’s a place we’ve all heard of, but most know little about. And that’s a small shame, because Hong Kong isn’t “just another … Continue reading »

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