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China Homeland Trip
Hometown: Maplewood, NJ
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Well, I guess we were getting pretty tired from all our travels. We also arrived in Shanghai with a bit of additional gastric distress and Kaydi began to develop a fever. But our apartments/suites were rather swank (especially after our upgrade to the penthouse) and the rooms welcomed us in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2010 at Our China Homeland Trip's blog
Another hot day in Yangshuo (like every day in China, actually), but after a bit of rest in the morning, it was out to the next activity. Since midday was bloody hot, we chose the nearby Water Cave to visit. First, there was an underground river in the cave through... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2010 at Our China Homeland Trip's blog
(Trying a new strategy--posting via email. Fingers crossed.) We had an eight hour van ride from Changsha to Yangshuo. I'd arranged for that hire having learned that both air and rail travel would be problematic in some ways. I was concerned that this arrangement would be all right--it was made... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at Our China Homeland Trip's blog
So sorry for the gaps and delays...primarily owing to the intense heat, as well as not having a cable port on this (otherwise wonderful) computer, blogging has been tough. But to continue... We had two lovely days in Chengdu. The panda reserve was lovely and serene and Kaydi (as you've... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at Our China Homeland Trip's blog
We're at an airport hotel in Changsha (Hunan), waiting for other families to join together as a small group to visit Kaydi's orphanage (the ChangDe Social Welfare Institute) for a 60th Anniversary celebration. Once again, no WiFi. However, in the restaurant I noticed a businessman using a computer, and asked... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2010 at Our China Homeland Trip's blog
Can't quite recall where I left off...and the reason I can't just check is because the internet connectivity issues here abound. (I have to admit that I had no idea it would be so difficult). But here I go, using my ancient memory to reconfigure a couple of days' travel.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2010 at Our China Homeland Trip's blog
A happy group at the Summer Palace (had to start with a conventional tourist photo)! First day of touring, Sunday, July 4th. En route to the Great Wall, northern part of Beijing (near Olympic Village)..."trees" which were actually tiers of potted flowers...Monday, July 5th. These girls have been terrific, individually... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2010 at Our China Homeland Trip's blog
Conditions for using the internet at our apartment hotel haven't been optimal (plus, until today it was over 100º and we've been very tired from all the running around). While there is a cable connection in our room, we can't hook up to it...instead, I've had to go to the basement area (gym, pool, dining area) just to get WiFi. It's been a pain most days. There have been a few other technical and other problems as well. Nothing major, but enough to prevent what GZ is asking for. Tomorrow, when we travel to Chengdu, I'll catch up with pic postings and others will also do some writing. Not to worry...
We met with Qing once again and headed to Jingshan Park--a beautiful spot behind the rear wall of the Forbidden City. We climbed Coal Hill (an artificial mountain created to fulfill the need for a mountain behind an imperial palace) to get an amazing view of the entire City. We... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2010 at Our China Homeland Trip's blog
We were driven by Qing's husband, Vongshan (sp?), in his van to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. The drive there included a photo op at the Olympic Bird's Nest and a roundabout route that was very lush, beautiful as we passed through some minority areas and lots of fruit orchards.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2010 at Our China Homeland Trip's blog
So, it's been an interesting first few days, for sure. Intercontinental flying isn't that easy, I must say...I'm wondering if it's owing to my age (it certainly was not a function of the conditions in First and Business Class!). The flights were long but without incident--except for a dropped sweater... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2010 at Our China Homeland Trip's blog
So, we've begun our journey by traveling to Santa Monica. First Class wasn't too bad [ ;-) ]...Kaydi said, "Mom, they're paying a lot of attention to us and this meal is just like being in a restaurant! This is great!" I couldn't disagree, though I cautioned her against getting used to 'going in style', since I won't have any more piles of frequent flyer miles anytime soon. (So, I wait 'til my 50s for that experience, and she's all of 10...figures.) Gary and Marcy have been very hospitable and helpful; I've been efficiently attending to our remaining 'to do' items. Thank goodness for these few additional days before we fly off to China. Los Angeles is a strange place--but if you drive far enough, you can get to pretty much anywhere, need-wise.Kaydi spent much of yesterday visiting dogs--Gary took her to the homes of people he knows who have sweet pups...she thought that was heavenly, of course. Seems her licking quotient was satisfied, at least for now. Me, I'm packing and repacking...guess I'll eventually get it right. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2010 at Our China Homeland Trip's blog
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