Revisit Jackson Hole In China

During my trip to China this summer in July, I had the opportunity to re-visit the Jackson Hole resort  community, located 2 hours north of Beijing in Hebei Province. I got to Beijing on a train on a Friday afternoon. After a brief rest at a friend’s apartment and almost two hours of driving, we arrived at their weekend vacation home in Jackson Hole. We…
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Lingshan Grand Buddha

Among the five largest world religions, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism, Buddhism is the largest organized religion in China. Buddhism has a big influence on Chinese culture. This is also reflected in the travel and tourism business. Buddhist temples and Buddha statues are big tourist attractions in China. We visited a couple of them…
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Walking Down The Memory Lane

On Thursday, July 1, 2010, I visited my childhood residence with my Dad and kids in Suzhou.  What I remembered was quite different from what I saw. Here are a few pictures. We lived on this street. It was much longer in my memory. I guess everything looked bigger back then since I was young and small.…
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Cultural Shock

When I came to the US in 1991 after spending 22 years in China and 5 years in Germany, I had this one word to describe my first impression: "big." Everything looked big to me: big milk/juice containers, big stores, big houses, big people, etc. I had never seen milk/juice in a gallon container. I…
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Public Transportation In China

If you think the United States is still the #1 in the world, you need to wake up a little bit. At least in some areas, US has been left behind by other countries. During my recent visit to China, I traveled by car, bus, taxi, subway, train and airplane. I felt that public transportation…
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