Category Archives: China

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Older Pictures

With little time and even less material to work with, here are some older photos that I like. Continue reading

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The Textbook

A new semester brings about the need to buy a new textbook. Buying a used version, I find that it contains the thoughts and bizarre notes forgotten by the previous owner. Continue reading

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I dream of characters

I try to write the simple characters, Qing wen, two that I have known from my earliest studies.  They are not hard to write, not hard to remember, yet every time I try to put them down on paper I … Continue reading

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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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