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Filling up the picture tubes


After running out of disk space and fending off a hack attempt from a few days ago (oops… I’m slacking), I’ve gotten most of my pictures from my post-term trip up. 4807

Last Days


Hmm, it’s been a while. I’m back Stateside now, through a slightly torturous route. Shanghai to Shenzhen was no trouble, and nor was speeding back to Lingnan by minibus. I picked up my stuff and met a small party in Trevor’s apartment, where I picked up my luggage and got a taxi bargained for me… […]

Why I really like China


My last day in Kyoto, I saw the mostly worthless (but free) application-required tour of the not-so-old Imperial Palace. Yawn. More yawns followed during the night bus ride to Tokyo (nobody had a seatmate this time… excellent) and as I staggered through the early morning of Tokyo. In Tokyo, I wandered around Ueno before anything […]

Since my last post in Shanghai…


I pretty much wandered through the French concession for a day and a half or so. It was nice and… leafy. I like leafy streets, and they tend to be in short supply in this half of the world. I came down with a nasty little head cold on the morning of my departure, but […]

Shanghai Noon


The title of this post is, without a trace of irony, the title of the news program playing on the bus from the airport this morning. My flight wasn’t bad—no, wait, it was, actually. The last airport bus leaves downtown Xi’an at 1800, and my flight was at 2255, so I got to spend several […]

Mandarin and showers


A couple things that have been nagging at me for the past couple days: Mandarin: lots of gwailos (ex-teachers?) speak it here. I know I felt good about my street navigation ability a couple posts ago (and it’s really not anything to brag about in Xi’an), but these people make me feel bad about not […]



I never take the tour. I never take the tour. WHY DID I TAKE THE TOUR? With that out of the way, the tour was not as bad as it could have been—just two enforced 30-minute shopping breaks. Unfortunately, those were (by 5 minutes) longer than our longest sight-seeing breaks. Sigh. It was pretty cool […]

Chengdu to Xi’an


My last day in Chengdu was nice, a bit exhausting, and not entirely in Chengdu. I spent most of it on the road to, from, or in nearby Leshan, home to the Great Buddha. Built in the 700s A.D., and at over 70 meters tall, it makes the Lantau Big Buddha at Ngong Ping look […]

Chengdu: Second impressions


Being hot, tired and miserable didn’t help my first impressions. It’s gotten a bit better. It’s still gray and big and industrial, but I saw a few of the parks yesterday and let the Chinese gardens work their curvy magic on me. I also went to the central square, briefly admired the Mao statue, and […]

Flights for the post-term trip


23 May 3U 8704 Shenzhen 1600 – Chengdu 1800 26 May CA 4219 Chengdu 1850 – Xi’an 2000 28 May FM 9208 Xi’an 2255 – Shanghai (Pudong) 0105+1 31 May CA 0157 PVG 1705 – Tokyo (Narita) 2100 08 Jun CA 0930 NRT 1505 – PVG 1720 10 Jun CA 0930 PVG 1835 – Shenzhen […]