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The Hanging Monastery

The Hanging Monastery

by Carl at 2008/3/12; Views: 1408; Comments: 0;

About 20 miles south of Datong, in Shanxi Province, our taxi broke down.   Smoke poured out from the engine. ?We had a busted water pump. We'd arrived in   Datong from Inner Mongolia by train earlier …

The Would Be Photographer Saves His Roll

The Would Be Photographer Saves His Roll

by Mark_smith at 2008/3/12; Views: 977; Comments: 0;

The idea is to capture not an image, but a  feeling within the image.? Not a detail,  but a culture within the detail.? And in  Tiennanmen Square, the feeling and the culture of the place were going t…

Pickpocket

Pickpocket

by Mark_smith at 2008/3/12; Views: 1572; Comments: 0;

The bus was crowded, a lurching, lumbering microcosm of China itself. Actually, I should clarify: the bottom half of the bus was crowded.  The top part, where my neck was craning to keep my head from…

Hutongs and Highrises

Hutongs and Highrises

by Mark_smith at 2008/3/12; Views: 1718; Comments: 0;

Is it called the Forbidden City because it is a threshold between the rich on the eastern side and the poor on the western?  It certainly seemed so. When I walked out of the hair salon I was dismayed…

The Genitalmen of Xian

The Genitalmen of Xian

by Mark_smith at 2008/3/12; Views: 1263; Comments: 0;

If my guide had spoken no English, rather than some, he might have been easier to understand.  But this was shoestring tourism, and I was lucky to have a guide at all. He was a very slight young man,…

18 Oddities to Savor Yunnan

18 Oddities to Savor Yunnan

by carl at 2008/3/7; Views: 1169; Comments: 0;

First: Eggs sold in bundles  People in the Longling County of baoshan area are used to tying up eggs, and into a bar with rice straw and selling them in bars in the market.  Second: Young Girls Ca…

Shandong Travel Tips

Shandong Travel Tips

by david at 2008/3/6; Views: 1296; Comments: 0;

The following travel tips are some instructions for travellers travel to Shandong, some are the same in the other part of China, hope it helps. People in Shandong are famous for their warmness and ho…

Uygur Etiquette

Uygur Etiquette

by harry at 2008/3/6; Views: 1145; Comments: 0;

Traveling in Xinjiang, China's most beautfill palce, it is helpful for tourists to know about some local etiquette. First shake hands with him/her and then say Salamu (meaning May you good luck) or Y…

Li River hiking trip

Li River hiking trip

by sunny at 2008/3/6; Views: 1169; Comments: 0;

OUr  bus dropped us off at Yangdi, a small village standing on the bank of the Li River. No sooner as we got off, a group of small girls swarming around to sell us flower wreath, vine wreathen stuff f…

Night Spent At Great Wall of China

Night Spent At Great Wall of China

by carl at 2008/3/5; Views: 1108; Comments: 0;

A few years back, I decided, along with a few friends, to spend the night on the Great Wall of China.  We asked some locals in Beijing if this was allowed.  They thought it was strange, but as far as …

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