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AH, BACK TO NORMAL. WELL, SORT OF.

AH, BACK TO NORMAL. WELL, SORT OF.

Well, we’re back and our first full day we decided to pick up Devon from his school. We headed for the park and let him run around in the sprinklers. What a great thing to see, kids running and screaming, spashing and kicking water at each other. And then there is that great invention,...

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WE HAD ONE MORE ADVENTURE AS WE LEFT OUR SHANGHAI HOTEL FOR THE AIR PORT

WE HAD ONE MORE ADVENTURE AS WE LEFT OUR SHANGHAI HOTEL FOR THE AIR PORT

Sometimes a story is best told from the end and then moving back in time before pulling the tale around so that it makes a full circle. Does that makes sence? Well to be more clear we’re home. But before we left China, not 5 minutes from our hotel we were stuck on the...

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TO BLOG OR NOT TO BLOG IN CHINA

Well, I cannot get into my blog and when I had one of the women who works in this internet/business room in our hotel she translated for me what I had not been able to understand for at least four days. I cannot access my blog sight here in China and I can no...

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I’M HAVING A GREAT DEAL OF TROUBLE WITH THIS BLOGGING THING

I’M HAVING A GREAT DEAL OF TROUBLE WITH THIS BLOGGING THING

AS IT TURNS OUT MY BLOGGING DAYS ARE PROBABLY OVER UNTIL I CAN GET SOME ASSISTANCE. ALL OOF THE BLOGGING INSTRUCTIONS ARE IN CHINESE AND THOUGH I’VE BEEN ABLE TO GET SOME STUFF DONE, FOR THE MOST PART THIS HAS BEEEN A GREAT DEAL OF TROUBLE. AND TONIGHT I REALLY FOUND IT TERRIBLY FRUSTRATING...

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HOUTONG

HOUTONG

On our first day here before the tour started we walked around an old district of BeiJing. I’m now sure what the area was called but it was near the Antique Market.The houses were very assembled in something akin to blocks with eack section containing a courtyard that all the homes shared. These are...

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THE FORBIDDEN CITY

THE FORBIDDEN CITY

The entrance to The Frbidden City is just acorss the large roadway that surrowds Tian’anmen Square. Chairman Mao’s portrait sits atop the enormous gate to this huge place. The interesting thing about this site is how immense it is. I don’t know if any of my photos will express just how huge this place...

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CHERRY VENDERS

CHERRY VENDERS

I cannot keep up with all the things that we are doing. So, I’ll be giving a view of what we are seeing and doing as I have time. The potograph above is a common sight this time of the year. Cherries are sold all over this city, piled on top of fold out...

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TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE

TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE

Yesterday we had gotten our first view of Tian’anmen Square from a taxi window as we drove passed. There were thousands of people crowding together. It was late in the afternoon and the sky was threatening rain. So when our bus unloaded us at the entrance first thing Monday I had a good idea...

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SINGING MOUNTAIN

SINGING MOUNTAIN

Probably the most difficult for me to explain is our next stop at the Singing Mountain Park that overlooks the Forbidden City. As we stepped through the entrance we immediately heard a large group of people singing. Their voices rising and falling and seeming to call out in unison and I was immediately reminded...

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OLD DISTRICT IN BEIJING

OLD DISTRICT IN BEIJING

From the mosque we took a taxi to another part of the city, a very old quarter that will most likely be torn down in the next couple of years to make way for large and ugly apartment buildings. We saw many remnants of the communist ideals painted on the walls. Slogans regarding friendship,...

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