Mar 27

Gone to China

Ready, set, go!

3rd article in this series. Go here for the first article where I talk about planning this trip and here for the second with information and ideas about preparing for the trip.

The plan has been a long time in the making. I’ve done much reading and research from various source material. I’ve also had the benefit of personal recommendations from students and given careful consideration to suggestions offered from friends. For a first visit to China, I think I have a fairly good plan. This trip is a slow introduction to the vastly complex culture of the Orient. There will be so much more to see after this trip and with the new 10 year visa, coming back for future visits is a breeze. No more forms to fill out and no other approval required. Just book a flight and go!


IMG_1053I picked up a handy little book to help me with the language. It is a Barron’s publication; Mandarin Chinese At A Glance – 3rd edition, a Phrase Book and Dictionary for Travelers…..I should have been studying it months ago!


This was the 3-CD course I purchased a couple of years ago.

This was the 3-CD course I purchased a couple of years ago.

Actually, I bought an audio series- 3 disc set. I purchased this two years ago and after listening to a few lessons, I was totally intimidated. The material seemed far too technical for someone who has never seriously studied a foreign language.

I plan to do a crash-course over the next few days and while I am traveling…..but I should have been studying the language for months. I am relieved that I have so many English speaking contacts in China and quite certain I would be lost without their guidance. I thank you all in advance for your patience.



Some tips for packing; here and tips about saving space in the suitcase. Also more tips here from folks who travel as part of their profession.

Here is a link to a handy pdf. format packing checklist for international travel.


A couple of websites that were interesting from a tourist viewpoint, The Beijinger and Shanghaiist

This site offers maps of various cities in China.

The hotel reservations are confirmed. All air and train reservations have been made. Contact has been established with as many students as possible and arrangements made to meet and greet students and friends in all destination cities.

I have packed my bags and charged all devices (and extra batteries) so they are ready to use when I arrive. There will be no posting while I am away, but stay tuned for when I return. I will have full reports of the places I visit, the foods I eat and the many sights I see, with plenty of pictures. I expect that editing the pictures will be the biggest job.

For all of my students, we have set our calendar for late April. I will need a day or two to unpack and decompress. I look forward to speaking with all of you after my return home.

See you soon!

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    • Echo on March 30, 2015 at 4:33 am
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    Congratulations, you finally are making this happen!

    Everyone is well prepared as well waiting for you here, looking forward to seeing you soon.

    Bon Voyage!

    1. Yes!
      All the planning and preparation are coming to fruition. I am very grateful for you assistance in planning and all of the terrific suggestions from your team.
      Counting hours now….
      See you soon.

    • Cheney Wu on April 6, 2015 at 9:33 am
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    Hope you have a good time in Jinan!

    1. Hi Cheney!
      Thanks for your kind wishes.
      I returned home last night after 18 days of travel in China. I have over 800 pictures to edit and then I will write about 5 articles about where I went and what I did while traveling in your country. I will also be sure to give high praise to your company for your terrific guide service on the Great Wall. Stay tuned and feel free to comment when you see the posts in these coming days.
      Wishing you the best,

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