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SILK ROAD TOUR: 50 Chinese people and one white guy

In CHINA, Silk Road/Xinjiang, Transportation On November 7, 2005 0 Comments

I suppose I should’ve posted this from the get-go. Here’s a map of our trip. From Beijing to the Silk Road then south to Shanghai at the end…. Read More »

BEIJING: No-dumping dumplings

In Beijing, CHINA, Eating / Food On November 6, 2005 1 Comment

One of my biggest peeves is Chinese restaurants that list “dumpings” on their menu. I mean, is it really that hard to stick an L in there? And… Read More »

SHANGHAI: Snake, turtle and drunken chicken

In CHINA, Eating / Food, Shanghai, The Strange On November 5, 2005 2 Comments

Xiao Nan Guo (“Little Southern Country”) is the place to go for classic comfort food in Shanghai. So it was a great last supper on our trip after… Read More »

JAPAN AIR LINES: Airplane food of the gods

In Eating / Food, Transportation On November 3, 2005 3 Comments

Canada is a fabulous country for hockey, donuts and yes it’s true, basic human pleasantness. But if we were judged on our national airline, we’d be seen as… Read More »

XINJIANG: Cute Kid 4

In CHINA, Sights, Silk Road/Xinjiang On November 1, 2005 0 Comments

I know it’s probably cruel to snap a photo when a kid is crying but really, he’s too cute. He was running around and crashed into another boy… Read More »

SHANGHAI: Clinton was here

In CHINA, Eating / Food, Restaurants, Shanghai On October 29, 2005 0 Comments

After almost two weeks of lamb and noodles in northern China, it was a nice change to sit down to something different in Shanghai. We had a great… Read More »

LANZHOU: Bingling Temple

In CHINA, Gansu, Sights On October 28, 2005 1 Comment

Lanzhou has a dubious reputation as one of China’s most polluted cities, if not the world. That’s because it sits in a narrow curving river valley which traps… Read More »

WEST LAKE: Lotus land

In CHINA, Eating / Food, Hangzhou, Sights On October 27, 2005 0 Comments

Chinese people eat a lot of lotus. Lotus root, lotus seed, lotus paste, lotus leaves (wrapped around sticky rice) — it all comes from this plant! I had… Read More »