Hutong Visit

Hutong Visit

After my first trip to Beijing, I made another trip in 2002 but this time it was for leisure. There were a lot of changes to the city back then. Cars were now the kings of the road and the humble bicycles were slowly but surely disappearing from sight, while skyscrapers were sprouting out of the ground everywhere. As the modernization of Beijing progressed, I took some time to see some of the disappearing sights.

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Great Wall of China and Ming Tombs

Great Wall of China and Ming Tombs

There is a Chinese saying, 不到长城非好汉 which literally translates into  “He who has not been to the Great Wall is not a true man”.  How did this come about? Read on to find out. So during my weekend in Beijing, I had the Sunday to visit one of China’s, and also mankind’s greatest engineering achievements, to see and climb the Great Wall of China.

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Beijing’s Imperial Past

Beijing’s Imperial Past

My first trip behind the bamboo curtain was a business trip in 1997. It was a trip to give technical training to one of our Chinese customers who had bought our equipment. Normally, such training sessions are not stressful. But as this customer was in China, I had to give my training in Mandarin. As an indifferent student of the Chinese language, and attaining just a bare minimum passing grade in school, I was beginning to wonder if I should had been paying more attention in Chinese language classes.
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Time Travel to the Cultural Revolution – Jiayang (嘉阳) & Bajiaogou (芭焦沟)

Time Travel to the Cultural Revolution – Jiayang (嘉阳) & Bajiaogou (芭焦沟)

This was originally featured in my earlier blog post on Chengdu and Leshan, but I’ve decided to have a separate post for this instead of having it being lost in an old and long blog post. Located in Sichuan, China, is this preserved coal burning steam locomotive that travels deep into the mountains to a unique village where time has essentially stood still since the Cultural Revolution. Continue reading “Time Travel to the Cultural Revolution – Jiayang (嘉阳) & Bajiaogou (芭焦沟)”

Zhouzhuang Water Village, Kunshan

Zhouzhuang Water Village, Kunshan

This is the oldest and most well known water village in China. Located in Jiangsu province and in the county of Kunshan, it is often called the Venice of China due to its numerous canals. It can be visited in a day trip from Suzhou or Shanghai.  If you have never seen a Chinese ancient water village before this would be a good introduction. Zhouzhuang has a history of more than 900 years old with many houses built during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Continue reading “Zhouzhuang Water Village, Kunshan”