Monthly Archives: March 2017

Zhujiajiao, China

About a 90-minute drive from central Shanghai is the traditional “water town” of Zhujiajiao. At the risk of generalizing, there are a number of these type of towns in southern China, most notably Suzhou, whose Chinese garden coincidentally served as … Continue reading

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Shanghai Revisited

When Tanya and Jay last visited Shanghai, in 2001, the only building of any size on the east side of the Huangpu River was the Pearl Tower. Ten years before that, the eastside Pudho area was mostly rice paddies and … Continue reading

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A Morning on the Great Wall

A freezing winter weekday morning is the perfect time to visit a portion of the Great Wall.  Jay and Tanya stayed the previous evening in Beijing. We enjoyed freshly prepared vegetables and noodles at a tiny tucked-away neighborhood restaurant, where … Continue reading

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Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City

“A smoggy day, in Beijing town…” well, you get the picture. While the air quality was on the low side, the fun and excitement of visiting this incredible place in the world was definitely on the high side. Tanya and … Continue reading

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Back Home to Korea

When Tanya and Jay left Korea in 2011, after four years, Jay noted that “you can leave Korea, but Korea never leaves you”. That was the feeling we both got as we docked at the port of Incheon and took … Continue reading

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Kyoto, Japan: World Heritage Center

It is impossible to visit all the shrines, temples and palaces in this historically and culturally important Japanese city. So, in the limited time we had, after taking the train from Osaka, Tanya and Jay decided we would use the … Continue reading

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Nagasaki: A City of Life and Happiness

A crisp winter day in Nagasaki revealed a vibrant Japanese city mindful of its past but full of youth and beauty. One of the port city’s highlights is the series of stone bridges in the downtown area.  A particular bridge … Continue reading

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Kagoshima and Ibusuki, Japan

The pretty Japanese port city of Kagoshima is notable for its resident volcano, Sakurajima, and for the overall high level of geothermal activity in the area. But on this sunny mid-February morning, Jay and Tanya decided to forego hiking around … Continue reading

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Nara, Japan

Jay and Tanya have become real experts in negotiating the Japanese rail system. Having encountered the ticket vending machines on past visits, we found figuring out the machines this time was like riding a bicycle—once learned, easily remembered. It also … Continue reading

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