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In preparation our departure from the region, we decided to head up to Rocky Mountain National Park. Despite living near it for years, I’ve never gotten up there. Every time I do go, the highway running through the park has been closed for the winter season, so I’ve never even seen the park. Perhaps in […]

This happened a while back, but due to the winter course and a desire to complete the write up of my New Year trip, I am only now getting to it.

All vacations must come to an end, and this one was no different.  On Sunday we went to a small city park and walked around a short bit but mostly sat on the grass eating pickled fruit and peanuts. Then we gathered our things and departed for Guangzhou. Just a couple of photos here.   […]

On Saturday I took Katherine out for a morning walk to give Susan a chance to sleep in a bit. I walked out for an hour or so until I came to some older woman selling these lovely cardboard “doll houses.” I thought it too bad for Katherine that she wasn’t a bit older or […]

On Friday we headed for a nice park, similar to Guangzhou’s Baiyun Park. This park was big and was on a mountain. At first I wasn’t feeling the park. But we walked a bit and came to an open space where we had a picnic of swiss rolls and crackers.  Susan and I walked over […]

Firecrackers served as a wakeup call, albeit a rude one. For the next few days, firecrackers would be heard every morning. After our usual breakfast, we headed off to the flower market. Susan and I wanted to head to town but most other people planned to sit around and watch TV. That is pretty much […]

AT MIDNIGHT, a gazillion lighters lit a bazillion fuses, and countless shells were hurled into the sky. With a hunk of magnesium alloy in each hand, I ran up to the roof to view the fireworks. The show went on for over 30 minutes with the “mortars” flying everywhere and firecrackers banging away. Thankfully I […]

DAY 3 started about 8AM for us, but some were up much earlier. This was New Year’s Eve, so Uncle Buick’s mother was up killing chickens and washing clothes by hand despite the washing machine that was sitting there. Since it is a custom to take a shower on this day so that one is […]

TUESDAY morning was the model for all mornings that would follow. The day started around 9-10AM when breakfast was served. I pretty much skipped the Chinese food and went straight for the banana bread that we brought along with us.

FOUR AM came much too soon for my tastes after the long hours of teacher the day before, but our flight to Nanning was fairly early in the day, so we had to complete final preparations and get ourselves to the airport. Unfortunately, the apartment wasn’t as clean as I would have liked, but it […]

There were quite a few that I liked from Day 3, so I thought I’d post a few more before I close this chapter of our China Adenture.

ON WEDNESDAY, we decided to see more of these watchtowers, even if it meant. . . joining a tour! Thankfully this was not necessary as Susan was able to figure out which buses went to where we wanted to go which today was Ma Jianglong village and Zili Village. We boarded bus no 13 which […]

TUESDAY’S hours slipped by as we prepared to depart our hotel and head over to Chikkan but we got out and headed over to the post office to mail off the post cards we wrote to friends and family. After that, we boarded a bus for Chikkan.

TWO weeks ago, I decided that I wasn’t seeing and doing enough in China. Life was becoming a bit “normal.” The new plan was to take advantage of the many opportunities to experience more of China, or at least get out of the house on the weekend I compiled a to do list of things […]

Heading to Bangkok this week for a few days so that Katherine can reenter China on her American passport. Should be loads of fun, though it has been pretty expensive. Round trip tickets for Susan and I, hotel for 2 nights, plus transportation around. Our plan is to arrive in BKK around midnight tonight, check […]

A short walk from the metro station took us to the  Zhu temple (Ancestor Temple) we planned to see.  I think the highlight of the tour was seeing the lion dance training school. There were a couple of students practicing and receiving constant pointers from their instructor. We spent a bit of time watching the show.

LIKE many towns in the coutry, Hezhou has some older areas with houses built in the 40’s or older.I wanted to head to one of these areas to take some photos. I didn’t really get much worth showing but we approached the area where my wife used to live way back when. Her apartment was […]

SOME aunt owned an orange farm and we decided to go over there and pick a few. The whole family piled into two vehicles and we set off. Don’t know much about the Chinese orange farm industry, but the aunt apparently hires a hundred or more workers for picking, so I figure there is probably […]

ONE of the things to see near Hezhou is a famous national park but being next to a not so famous town, it doesn’t get the huge publicity that some of the other sites in China get. This isn’t a bad thing I guess. My wife and I decided to travel there and visit this park, […]

HEZHOU is a town similar to Liuzhou. Nothing terribly special, about 2 million people, and a healthy population of tall building cranes. My in laws live in a small country “village” just outside the main city. A few minutes’ walk and you are deep inside farm fields. Since my wife was still tired from our […]

MORNING came to Liuzhou and we set out to look around while we waited for our bus. During these big holiday weeks, transportation can be hard to find so we got the only tickets left. Normally the front row of seats on buses (interestingly enough, the only seats with restraints) is not sold. On the […]

THIS morning my wife was still a bit tired so I kidnapped our daughter and went out for a walk around the lake. I took quite a few photos. Chinese tourists also took quite a few photos. . . of my daughter! She is a crowd stopper. I’m not sure what the big deal is but […]

GUILIN is one of China’s most famous cities, at least in China. It is very old, and has an abundance of natural and man made beauty. Fortunately not everything was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. The natural beauty is made up by the lakes and rivers, as well as the mountains which are “karst” formations. […]