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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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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Freeways In China, Free, But Not Free

In urban areas in China, roads are very congested. Especially in the old areas of cities, where the roads are narrow and were not built to handle the car traffic that didn’t exist years ago. But in the newly developed areas of cities like in Suzhou and Wuxi, roads are much wider with multiple lanes,…
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Getting Through US Customs

Yesterday when I went through the US Customs upon my reentry to the US, I was asked to go for baggage inspection. I wasn’t surprised. As soon as I handed in my passport and the agent verified it in the computer, my passport was handed over to another agent standing by the window who then…
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