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DUNHUANG: Hot cross stones

In CHINA, Eating / Food, Gansu On October 26, 2005 0 Comments

Here’s another one of those “cooking at your table displays” I like so much. They brought out a wok and stir-fried beef and onions in it — with… Read More »

HANGZHOU: Dragon Well tea

In CHINA, Eating / Food, Hangzhou, Sights On October 26, 2005 1 Comment

In the hills surrounding Hangzhou’s infamous West Lake grows the famous Dragon Well green tea. Chinese emperors and poets have praised it for centuries. Many people believe it… Read More »

HANGZHOU: Vegas, baby, Vegas

In CHINA, Hangzhou, Sights On October 24, 2005 0 Comments

Moving south, we spent some time in Hangzhou, a pretty city just two hours from Shanghai but without the smog or constant traffic jams. And only Hangzhou can… Read More »

CHINA: Journeys by train

In CHINA, Transportation On October 23, 2005 0 Comments

Train travel is one of the cheapest ways to see China. It is also one of the most aggravating. Lining up on a train platform is the best… Read More »

MOGAO CAVES: Hidden treasures

In CHINA, Gansu, Sights On October 18, 2005 0 Comments

The Mogao Caves near Dunhuang is one of the most breathtaking places I’ve ever visited. Unfortunately, photography is forbidden — you have to check in your camera at… Read More »

FLAMING MOUNTAINS: Hot monkey

In CHINA, Sights, Silk Road/Xinjiang On October 18, 2005 0 Comments

When I was a kid, I remember reading picture books about a kung-fu fighting monkey king. He had a friend named Pigsy who liked to drink. Sometimes there… Read More »

XINJIANG: Cute Kid 3

In CHINA, Sights, Silk Road/Xinjiang On October 15, 2005 0 Comments

This child was singing on the banks of Heavenly Lake. I think he and his goat would pose for pictures with tourists for a fee. We never found… Read More »

GANSU: Stretch yer noodle

In CHINA, Eating / Food, Gansu On October 12, 2005 0 Comments

Whether it’s some guy rolling a shawarma or a teppanyaki chef flipping his knife around, I’m a sucker for watching my meal being prepared in front of me…. Read More »