China: Skylines and Circuses

Returning to downtown Shanghai after a recent side trip, I’m quite keen to find out what this iconic city has to offer. We start the morning off in the section of town known locally as the Bund. Famous for its eclectic nineteenth century European architecture, the Bund is situated in a prime location along the… Continue reading China: Skylines and Circuses

China: Nixon, Green Tea, and Internet Restrictions

  We depart Shanghai this morning and drive two hours southwest to the city of Hangzhou. Known as one of the seven capitals of ancient China, Hangzhou has a population of 8 million people in the city proper and 21 million in the greater metro area. I find it remarkable that there are all of… Continue reading China: Nixon, Green Tea, and Internet Restrictions

China: Airlines, Newspapers, and Car Horns

  I have the unfortunate task today of getting up at 3:00 AM in order to catch an early morning flight to Shanghai. Having never flown on a domestic Chinese airline before, I am not sure what to expect. Thankfully, our plane appears to be quite modern and its crew and flight attendants seem to… Continue reading China: Airlines, Newspapers, and Car Horns

China: Great Wall, Pandas, and Invitations

We¬†travel two hours north of Beijing today to get our first glimpse of the Great Wall of China. The section of the wall we are going to see is not the one usually visited by presidents and Hollywood celebrities. Rather, this section is far less popular with tourists and is considerably steeper to climb. As… Continue reading China: Great Wall, Pandas, and Invitations

China: Pearls, Forbidden City, and Peking Duck

After meeting up with our tour guide just outside the hotel, my fellow tour group members and I board a bus and head to our first stop of the day. As we approach the pearl museum, it appears to be a small independently run establishment. Once inside, we are given various lessons on the history… Continue reading China: Pearls, Forbidden City, and Peking Duck

China: Economics, Jet Lag, & Air Pollution

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated by the people and cultures of the Far East. As a child growing up in 1980’s America, it was nearly impossible to ignore the news stories concerning Japan’s economic rise. Time and time again I would spot magazine covers referencing to America’s imminent economic… Continue reading China: Economics, Jet Lag, & Air Pollution