China Videos

Today Zoe and I went on a long walk around town: to the playground, for a picnic, then to Sinjang street for some ice cream and to the market for garlic. She enjoyed the walk and only asked to be held on the way home. I’ve finished 2 videos about our china trip. The first […]

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Home from China

Well we made it back to our apartment easily yesterday. We spent the last of our yuan on a cab ride to the airport, found out our tickets included a seat for Zoe!, and then hopped the lux-bus back here to Songtan. We then walked back to our apartment since it was nice outside (and […]

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China Trip – Beijing Summer Palace

Today was our final day here, and the first bad weather we had.  And, actually it wasn’t that bad, just sprinkling and overcast periodically through the day.  We made the most of it by putting on our raincoats and heading towards the summer palace.  We took a city bus to the zoo and from there […]

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China Trip – The Great Wall

Today we did the BIG sight: the Great Wall! Again we went local and took a city bus up to a giant gate called Deshengmen. From there it was a challenge to find bus 919 to Badaling, but we finally got it. Frustrating, however, was the immense dishonesty we encountered. One man was dressed as […]

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China Trip – Beijing

So, I think we should’ve done Beijing at the beginning of our trip.  We would’ve been much more impressed and fresh.  Yesterday after getting settled into our hostel we walked to the Forbidden City.  It was big, hot, and paved as far as the eye can see.  The architecture was amazing; bigger buildings followed by […]

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China Trip – Lhasa Express

We just got into the Lotus Hostel here in Beijing after our 48 1/2 hour train ride from Lhasa.  The train was quite fun.  Zoe really enjoyed it, and didn’t want off.  The first day we checked out of our hotel in Lhasa where Tsering (our guide) met us and a bus came to drive […]

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China Trip – Lhasa on our own

Yesterday we slept in a bit in Shigatse then boarded the bus for our return trip back to Lhasa.  The drive typically takes 4 hours, but currently there are speed restrictions so it takes 6.  This meant that our driver had to check in at a police booth to get a card timestamped, then they […]

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China Trip – To Mt. Everest

So yesterday we woke up in Shigatse and toured around the Tashilhunpo monastery. It is where the Panchen Lama is traditionally housed.  Currently, though he is in Beijing…it’s controversial….anyway, it was huge and amazing like the other places we’ve been.  We have been getting a bit monasteried-out, but it was still neat to see the giant […]

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China Trip – Tibetan Countryside

19 MAY – This morning we had breakfast at our hotel and then boarded the bus to start our 3 day journey toward Mt. Everest.  Our bus is a medium sized one, so we all have room for bags and to spread out.  Bryan, Zoe and I snagged the first row of seats so there […]

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