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All Things Mao Leave a comment Read more »

All Things Mao

Our good friend, Luo Qiu Ping has volunteered to drive us to Shaoshan,the former residence of Chairman Mao. It’s a long drive, about 104 kilometers from Changsha. Along the way, we are entertained by the interesting road signs warning drivers not to drink or not…


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Changsha Day and Night

June 6, 2011 We arrive at Changsha’s airport at night and my wife’s friend Luo Qiu Ping is there to greet us and help with luggage. He drives us to our hotel in downtown Changsha, and we get a glimpse of Changsha at night. When…


Our Journey to China Begins Leave a comment Read more »

Our Journey to China Begins

June 5, 2011 We return to China after three years to take my wife’s parents to Changsha, their home town in Hunan province on the mainland, to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. We take off from SeaTac airport, on our way to Beijing for the…


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China Through My Lens

My first visit to China surpassed all of my expectations. I expected a China that most westerners have been taught to think of when they think of China – namely a poorly developed socialist country where people work for the common good and they all…


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