My Travels: China
Bai Di Temple 白帝宫,
Founded almost 2,000 years ago when a
pretender to the
Han Dynasty believed he saw a magic tiger god here.
- China is nothing if not impressive. It is a fascinating country with a long interesting history, incredible
scenery and great architecture. On the other hand, China can be a frustrating
place to travel (with truly awful bathrooms) and has some miserable people.
But this is far from universally true--for every xenophobic or corrupt
jerk I met, I also met Chinese who were very friendly and hospitable. The
bottom line is: Prepare for frustration, but it's worth it -- and it will
rarely be dull. Some people love China; others hate it. I guess I love
it -- this is why I have been there four times. Links are in place for
pages that are completed.
- These scans are more than five years old and will eventually be
- The New
China Page is Here
My Trips to China:
- China One: Hong Kong (香港) and Guangzhou
(廣州) -- June 1992.
This was my first trip to China and lasted just a few days on a short trip
to Guangzhou. At the time I visited, I was still living in Taiwan
and China seemed so poor and threatening. As my time to return to
America approached (I was due to leave in July), I knew that I had to see
the "other China" before I left. While it was certainly
very different from Taiwan (esp. the relative poverty), there were quite
a few similarities (like the music). Although my trip was short,
I was very happy to have come.
- China Two: Beijing (北京), Tianjin
(天津), Hohhot (呼和浩特), Xiamen
(厦門), Fuzhou (福州),
Shanghai (上海), Guangzhou
Hong Kong (香港)-- September, 1996.
This trip was the longest I took to China and lasted a month between covering
much of September and October 1996. Because it was worked related,
I only had a little time on the weekends to see the country. I flew
all over eastern China and finallyy learned more about the "other
China" I had learned about from the other side of the Taiwan Strait.
- China Three: Shanghai
Hangzhou (杭州), Yichang
Gorges (三峽) and Chungching (重慶) -- February, 1997.
I took this trip in February, 1997 to see the Three Gorges before they
disappeared because of the new dam which will flood the entire region.
As long as I had known about the geography of China I wanted to sail down
the Changjiang (or "Long River" as it is known in Chinese) and
the Gorges which are located in Henan and Sichuan Provinces. As this
site develops I hope to add more about my journey. I also visited
Shanghai and Hangzhou on this trip.
- China Four: Shanghai
Suzhou (蘇州) and Wuxi (無錫) -- June, 1997.
This was my fourth trip to China and was relatively short. These
photos came from my visit to Shanghai, Suzhou and Wuxi, which are all united
being near the water -- Suzhou in on the old Grand Canal, Shanghai on the
Huangpu River and Wuxi is on Taihu (Tai Lake).
My Favorite China Links
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