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Visiting China

Whether strolling Hong Kong’s harbor or Shanghai’s Bund, you’ll find China’s cities to be a feast for the senses. Visit the Forbidden City in Beijing to begin peeling away centuries of history; temples and warriors (of the terracotta variety) are further reflections of a past both serene and fierce. Whether strolling Hong Kong’s harbor or Shanghai’s Bund, you’ll find China’s cities to be a feast for the senses. Visit the Forbidden City in Beijing to begin peeling away centuries of history; temples and warriors (of the terracotta variety) are further reflections of a past both serene and fierce.    Close

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Riding the Iron Rooster

Written by SeenThat on 11 May, 2011

Unexpectedly, The Cross of Bethlehem begin and ends in China. This was one of the very few changes during the editing stage, since the original manuscript ended in Vientiane, on my dramatic escape to China. Any other of the countries mentioned in the book -…Read More


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The Back Door to the Middle Kingdom

Written by SeenThat on 11 May, 2011

I woke up in Boten, Laos and, waiting for the bank to open, ordered a coffee at the shop next to the guesthouse. First, they served me a cup of green tea, then a big bowl of noodle soup with fresh sliced tomatoes and, after…Read More


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Running Out of Lines

Written by SeenThat on 11 May, 2011

A bit before 8:00 AM I arrived at Kunming, the city of a million bus stations. With no trash bin in sight, I took the nylon bag, filled it with my last dinner and spent a few minutes in the station searching for a place…Read More


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A Casual Encounter

Written by SeenThat on 11 May, 2011

The next morning Xian was covered with snow and frost. My new beard helped me to cope with the cold. Rooms around the main road in front of the train station were expensive, maybe due to the many tourists. I decided to try my luck…Read More


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Carla Forever

Written by SeenThat on 11 May, 2011

Next morning, train tickets to Beijing were still unavailable at the train station. An agent nearby wanted a forty-Yuan premium over the ticket price. Hoping to find something better, I wandered around and spotted an office selling tickets for the same day. There, the touts…Read More


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Sheer Numbers

Written by pabrams52 on 28 Apr, 2011

There are many revelations to behold in China. As this was my first visit, I was in complete awe of them all. I could, and probably will, describe the usual suspects to which all visitors flock with great curiosity: the seemingly endless…Read More


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My first Tauck Tour

Written by pabrams52 on 27 Apr, 2011

Who needs Calgon, when one only has to sign up for Tauck tour to see the world. The many adventures that Tauck offers are truly some of life’s more pleasurable experiences. If you are fortunate enough to be able to afford such a…Read More


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Week 67b - The World's Most Disappointing Army

Written by Shady Ady on 05 Apr, 2011

Hand on heart, if there’s one thing I can say I hate with 100% certainty, it’s Chinese train stations. I swear, if you sent all the rapists and paedophiles to a Chinese train station for a week, they would never re-offend for fear of similar…Read More


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Week 67a - Panda 'Masseurs'

Written by Shady Ady on 03 Mar, 2011

Travelling on trains in China during Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) is something which brings only stress and frustration. It has been said that during this national holiday, the busiest on the Chinese calendar, there will be three billion journeys made across the train network.…Read More


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Week 66b - Prostrating Pilgrims

Written by Shady Ady on 13 Feb, 2011

Lhasa is home to some of the most important Buddhist sites in the world. There are enough monasteries, temples and palaces to keep even the most avid of pilgrims happy, another thing Lhasa isn’t lacking. For some it’s the Potala Palace, once the seat of…Read More


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