Monthly Archives: March 2013

Expectations, Disappointments and Appreciation

Tuesday, March 5, 2013- Changzhou A note on expectations, disappointments and appreciation I began Monday in great anticipation of a visit to a real silk factory.  I expected an opportunity to see the process of silk making from hatching the … Continue reading

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Dreaming of Gardens, Silk . . . and Food

Monday, March 4, 2013- Suzhou Today we took a day trip to visit the nearby town of Suzhou with our first stop at “The Garden of the Humble Administrator”. Built as early as 1509 the Humble Administrator’s garden is one … Continue reading

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Smiling Buddha Makes Me Happy

Sunday, March 3, 2013 – Changzhou, China Spent a leisurely morning at the hotel and met Maggie at 1:00.  We walked around the city and then went on a tour of Tianning Temple.  This is a Buddhist temple with a … Continue reading

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Spectacular Shanghai

Saturday, March 2, 2013 – Shanghai, China Today we took the fast train on a day trip to Shanghai – a 70 minute trip travelling at speeds up to 300 kilometers per hour.  We were accompanied by Stellar and Maggie, and … Continue reading

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Magical Scooters

Friday, March 1, 2013 – Changzhou, China The thing that strikes me most about Changzhou are the number of scooters and bicycles on the road.  Unlike the scooters in Paris, which are driven mainly by aggressive young people in leathers and … Continue reading

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Beautiful Changzhou

Day 2 – Thursday February 28 Wow, what an incredible day. We met Stellar for breakfast at the hotel – which was a fusion of Western/Asian foods – omelets to order, cereal, yogurt, bacon, eggs, potatoes, congee, Chinese pastries, noodles, … Continue reading

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China awaits

February 26-27 Our adventure is starting.  Left Vancouver under grey skies and a light rain arriving at the airport in good time. Due to Ron’s elite status we breezed through check-in and security.  Once we reached the Air Canada lounge … Continue reading

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