Category Archives: Travel

April 26, 2018. Beijing

We have an early start in the Summer Palace.  Even at 7 AM there are tours lining up and people exercising, dancing, and walking throughout the grounds.  The air is cool and it is noteably quieter without the crowds.  We … Continue reading

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April 25, 2018. Beijing

Destination is the Forbidden City – the seat of power for the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Our morning is driven by our 10:30 ticket into the Shufanghai Palace within the city.  Unfortunately,  our guide didn’t allow enough travel … Continue reading

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April 24, 2018. Beijing

Off the beaten path and on to the Great Wall.     The wall was originally built as a series of disparate ramparts that were eventually united around 1500s.  It was breached by the Mongols in the 13 th Century … Continue reading

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April 23, 2018. Beijing, China

This was a half day of touring.  We start walking in the Shichahai neighborhood, northern part of the Grand Canal, dating back to the Jin Dynasty.  Today shops, restaurants, and boat tours are part of the area’s activities.  We turn … Continue reading

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April 22, 2018. Lhasa to Beijing

Early morning start in order to catch the plane to Beijing.  Unfortunately, the city closed the road in front of the hotel with no prior notice.  Our driver had to park a block away and we hitched our luggage for … Continue reading

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April 21, 2018. Lhasa, Tibet

We spend the day in central Lhasa and start at the Jokhang Temple which is the most revered religious structure in Tibet.  It was initially constructed in mid-7th Century with the site selected by the King’s Chinese wife and situated over … Continue reading

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April 20, 2018. Lhasa, Tibet

We start a little earlier for a day away from Lhasa and travel northeast along the Kyi Chu Valley to visit the Ganden Monastery.  Founded in 1409, it was the first monastery of Gelugpa teachings by Tsongkhapa, and is the … Continue reading

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