Category Archives: “Discovering China”

My two weeks as a guest of the Chinese Government. A thank you for assistance provided by SUNY following the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan.

The City Revisited

If you search for Leshan on Google you will find much about a Buddha and little else. After a week in the city, I would like to add to this little information. Food, lights, and strange rumors of foreigners who wish to remain undiscovered (no, not expats). Continue reading

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Leshan

Having been swept away from the other members of my group, I eat my first meal with my host family, or rather, I had them watch me eat. We take a tour of Leshan Teachers College and meet many eager students, as well as getting photos taken. Continue reading

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The Road South

The ride to the city of Leshan remains in my mind as a great part of our trip. Major car accidents, fear home-stays and an interesting trip to a rural gas station. The rise of the long awaited culture shock. Continue reading

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Landing in Sichuan

After almost a week in Beijing, we boarded a plane and flew to Sichuan province, almost 1000 miles to the Southeast. New places, bogus schedules and the start of the most memorable part of our trip. Continue reading

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The 8th Wonder of the World

An amazing New Years day trip to the Great Wall of China and a large tourist oriented gift shop. Looking back on a discussion I had with a student on the wall, I wonder about the underlying purpose behind his questions. Continue reading

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Last day of 2009, decades on Tian’anmen

In the last hours of 2009, we find ourselves in Tian’anmen Square; the center of Beijing and the focus of two decades of fearful anticipation. The position this place holds in Chinese culture is hard to say. Continue reading

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Despite My Best Intentions

Writing about traveling to China seems to require much more than a simple review of my experiences. How do you begin to cover elements of culture in a country with 5000 years of history? Continue reading

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Schools, Galleries and Louis Vuitton

Freezing weather, visiting China’s two most famous universities, a trip to the 798 art gallery, and an evening of haggling and the famous Beijing pearl market. In China, continuity is relative. Continue reading

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Day one in the Northern Capital

Our first true day out seeing the sights of Beijing. A look back at my first exposure to the legendary Beijing smog, and some thoughts on the overwhelming nature of the sheer size of this city. The intended tourist attractions proved to be far less memorable than the things I saw along the way. Continue reading

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Arriving in Beijing

After many hours of Travel, our group arrives in Beijing. We meet our ever charismatic guide Ronald McDonald, a man who would develop nothing short of a fan club during our stay, and travel to our hotel. Welcome to China. Commence sensory overload. Continue reading

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