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  • Visiting QufuSituated in the southwest of Shandong Province, Qufu is one of the first of 24 famous historical and cultural cities announced by the State Council. It is 160 kilometers (about 99 miles) from the capital of Shandong Jinan and 45 Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | May 9, 2008
  • Jiankou Great Wall adventureLocated in the mountain ridge of Xizhazi Village, Huairou County in Beijing, Jiankou Great Wall was an important section of the wall in Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Owing to the need for renovation, the wall is regarded as one Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | May 2, 2008
  • Harbin in SpringHeilongjiang Province, the most northwesterly part of China, when viewed on a map has the shape of a swan. Its capital city is Harbin, which is located south of Heilongjiang. Not only for its special position, but also as the Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Apr 7, 2008
  • Beijing's new CCTV tower and 798 Art SpaceAs Beijing is reaching its building climax (construction will be stopped between July and September) I asked one of my students if he could give me a tour of the CCTV tower which is suppossed to be completed just in Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Mar 20, 2008
  • Chinese New Year CelebrationsHappy New Year China; it is 2008, the year of the rat. Besides meeting with friends, attending a Chinese Family New Year celebration and visiting Temple Fairs, I am taking it easy and enjoying a rather quiet BJ. I don't Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Feb 10, 2008
  • Drum and Bell Tower and skating on Houhai LakeWintertime in BJ offers opportunities for ice skating/ice chairing and skiing. There are a couple of man-made ski resorts within 1 or 2 hours driving distance from BJ. We went to Houhai Lake for the skating and to Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Jan 22, 2008
  • Beijing Crosstalk anyone?As I mentioned earlier, I have been to two Xiangsheng performances and one Pingshu performance. For the uninitiated, let me give you a little background info on Crosstalk Crosstalk, xiangsheng in Chinese (literally, "face and voice"), is a traditional fo Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Jan 22, 2008
  • The latest perambulations in and around BeijingBrowsing through my travelpod entries, I realized that I have neglected the faithful friends, family and travelers. And so, on the 2nd snowy day in Beijing, while drinking the 3rd cup of tea and listening for the 3rd Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Jan 22, 2008
  • Impressions of MacauThe Macau marathon trail;-) I fly into Zhuhai and crossed the border to Macau from there. Wayne, my CS host, was waiting for me on the Macau side. The border was extremely busy and I feared being sent back to Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Dec 15, 2007
  • Beijing Life IIIIts getting cold in BJ but there is always time to go hiking and explore new places. I finally made my way to Datong to visit the Yungang Caves. At the Feitian hotel where I stayed, I met Mark,a Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Nov 13, 2007
  • October Holiday Hiking adventuresDuring the October Holidays, my friend Carol and I went to Pinggu for 2 days to stay with a farmer and do some hiking. We had a wonderful 5 hour hike following a goat trail up into the mountains. Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Oct 24, 2007
  • More hiking around BeijingShidu - <a href=http://www.chinats.com/beijing/beijing123.htm>the Guilin of the north</a> Shidu means Ten Ferries, or Ten Crossings. The name derives from the fact that before the new road and bridges were built, travelers had to cross the river ten times Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Aug 26, 2007
  • Thinking about Burning ManI wished there were a <a href=http://www.burningman.com/> Burning Man Project </a> in China. The Art Theme for Burning Man 2007 is "The Green Man" which concerns humanity's relationship to nature. Do we, as conscious beings, exist outside of nature's swa Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Aug 24, 2007
  • Beijing Life IIFot the past couple of weeks, Sue and I have been hiking around Beijing, meeting locals and tasting lots of "wild" foods the villagers prepared. Out recent trips took us to the Mentougou District. Mentougou District is situated on the Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Jul 24, 2007
  • Beijing LifeIt has been awhile since my last entry, so let me get you all an up-to-date account of life in BJ. In June, I moved into my new apartment in Dongtanzi hutong and I absolutely love it (picture will Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Jul 8, 2007
  • In search of my German heritageI spent about 2.5 days in Qingdao, staying at a well-run and friendly hostel on top of Sifeng Lu, exploring the old town by foot and strolling the along the Ocean waterfront from the Old town in the west to Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | May 24, 2007
  • From Huangshan to PutuoshanAfter spending 3 absolutely pleasent days in Hangzhou where I stayed at the Youth hostel by the lake, explored the hills and backstreets and tasted yummy food at the Hefang Street nightmarket, I set off for Putuoshan. Little did Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | May 14, 2007
  • The wonderful people of Nu Zi Wu XiaoNu Zi Wu Xiao isa women's martial arts schools in the hills of Denfeng, about 2 km from the famous Shaolin temple. [img=http://photos.trave Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | May 8, 2007
  • From Mt. Taishan to Luoyang and beyondAfter school finished at the end of April, my friend Heather who came to visit me for one week and I took off to [[http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/shandong/taian/mt_taishan.htm| Mt. Taishan]] in Shandong province. We took the overnight train f Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | May 5, 2007
  • Early Spring visit to Beijing Botanical GardenThese fotos are the last fotos with our INTI students. We went to the Botanical Garden to enjoy the spring blossoms. Enjoy! [img=http://photos.travellerspoint.co Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Apr 19, 2007
  • Pecha Kucha anyone?Pecha Kucha arrives in Beijing (from cityweekend) The idea is simple: get a handful of Beijing's best and brightest artists and designers on stage selling their work to an attentive crowd. But complicate matters by giving each presenter a mere six Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Apr 16, 2007
  • Land dispute - stand-off with the governmentLocation: Huairou District Town: Luzhang Village Landmark: Hongluo Temple Park Problem: Land dispute, access to GuanYin Temple - stand-off with the government This report is entirely based on the conversation we had with villagers involved in a stand-o Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Apr 11, 2007
  • Dead fish alive - eating at a menguo restaurantDead Fish Alive - My Experience At A Menguo Restaurant In A Xidan Hutong If you are ever in the Xidan neighborhood looking for food after an exhaustive day of shopping or an entertaining evening at the Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Apr 11, 2007
  • Beijing poetryEvery Wednesday, the Bookworm hosts a International Poetry night. Though I am more an infrequent than frequent guest, I enjoy listening to the stories and poems and chatting with fellow like-minded people. So, I sat down and wrote Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Apr 11, 2007
  • Walk on the wild side of the Great Wall15 towers hike This stretch of the Wall is to the west of Shen Tang Yu valley and east of Mu Tian Yu. There are many stretches of the wall in this area. The Wall is accessible after a few Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Mar 26, 2007
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