Tag: China travel

Sep 12

Return to Jinan

It was wonderful to receive such a heartwarming welcome from Team Q! You all are great! Your invitation to make Jinan my second home is touching and I thank all of you for your warm greeting. During this trip, I spent most of my time in Shandong Province. I visited the Shandong Provincial Museum and …

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May 01

Closing thoughts on Travel to China

Some final thoughts as I reflect on this fascinating trip to China. First — I will never understand the rules of the road in China. I have to say, it was a little scary just being a passenger. Actually, I am not certain there really are any rules of traffic. Left turn from the far …

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Apr 30

Traditional Chinese medicine, massage and acupuncture.

  I mentioned some of the differences between Eastern and Western massage in the post about my visit to Jinan, China. In this article I will go into greater detail. For starters, there are clear separations for the types of care and treatment in the U.S. As an example, massage practitioners are not permitted to …

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Apr 28


The flight was a little rough and booking it for late in the day was a mistake. I hate checking into hotel late at night. I still had a head cold and needed a good night sleep, but that was not likely as I checked in after midnight. Anyway, up in the morning for breakfast …

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Apr 27


Taking the high-speed rail again, this time to Shanghai a city of 23 million (+ or – depending on how you count), the biggest city I have ever visited. A city that appears to be highly modernized, yet when you scratch the surface there are still some relics of the past. On one side of …

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Apr 23

High-Speed Rail to Jinan

Jinan (population 8 million) – “city of springs” – 72 natural springs and the home of the ancient politician and philosopher, Confucius. The train I boarded in Beijing is a regular run between the Capital and Shanghai, with a stop in Jinan. I was duly impressed with China’s high-speed rail system! It is clean, efficient and …

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Apr 21

Beijing, The Forbidden City and Falling on the Great Wall.

Beijing, a city of more than 19 million (+or – a few million depending on how you count), is the seat of China’s national government and home to many famous ancient cultural attractions The vibe of this city is busy, bustling, crowded and everyone is in a huge hurry. The fast pace is typical of …

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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. …

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Feb 02

Preparation for the trip to China.

This is the second article in a series about my plan to visit China. To read the first article go here. *** Update*** I returned to the Chinese Embassy in NYC today and picked-up my 10 year visa! 02/13/15 * One of my Chinese friends, who is too shy to post a comment on the …

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Apr 24

Planning the trip to China

This article is the first in a series about planning and preparing for what is likely to be the most exciting trip of my lifetime! I’ve had a long time fascination with Asia, particularly China and Japan. Regular readers of this blog will remember the article from August of 2012, on Karate-do and found here. …

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