We were in China from July 22, 2002 through August 9th, 2002. It still seems strange to talk about this in the past tense, after living it for those few weeks. I kept this travelogue, on a daily basis, and in real time, while we traveled, making posts daily, where possible. The words are as they were felt at the time we were traveling, and I have decided not to edit them, as I think the thoughts of the day cannot be replaced by how we feel now. I want to remember our feelings at the moment, and not replace them with memories. I will, however, be adding an epilogue, and some commentary on such things as getting connected, and other topics I was not able to research, for planning. I took over 500 megs of digital photos, and will be getting these posted as time permits over the next several weeks.
The travelogue portion is now complete. Keep checking back for new updates and pictures.
Last Updated Thursday, January 16, 2003 PST
Added an epilogue, so you don't get a page not found message. It doesn't say a whole lot. Just some lame excuses for not completing this project yet.
The itinerary is here: Itinerary
Here is a travelogue, that I am trying to keep up to date as we travel, and have internet access
|Preparation and Departure||Day 9 - Arrival in Beijing|
|Day 1 - Hong Kong||Day 10 - The not so Forbidden City|
|Day 2 - Jiu Jiang and the Hall Village||Day 11 - We scale the Wall|
|Day 3 - Bungle in the jungle, and a life long quest to the family village||Day 12 - Stuck in Shenzhen|
|Day 4 - Guangzhou, a city in transition||Day 13 - Lunch with Auntie Sum, and the Night Zoo|
|Day 5 - Guilin, I hardly knew ya||Day 14 – Goodbye to China, Rail trip to Hong Kong|
|Day 6 - The Li river is Clean!||Day 15 – More Shopping in Hong Kong|
|Day 7 - The Terracotta Warriors||Day 16 – Our last day, and the not so smooth flight home|
|Day 8 - Shopping, and we play Frogger||Home at last, and a week of Jet Lag|
Here are selected pictures of our trip to China. There are a lot more, but I am only posting a selected few, as we travel.
Lorraine, Michael, Pat, and Josephine in front of Hong Kong Skyline A group photo in front of the Hall Village Temple Grandpa and Dai Bok in front of the house where Dai Bok was born Michael looks just like one of the village kids Barney and Karma in front of the giant Gun Jum The view of the village rooftops from the balcony of my Great Uncle. Foo Loy’s granddaughter, Michael, and Stephanie at the village temple. Monsoon hits our lunch Michael likes his snake The new Pearl River waterfront. This is a concert hall The old and new Guilin. Back in 1985, the entire city looked like the old half of this picture. Here are the Rockefellers, buying a few trinkets Here’s dinner, and yes, we did eat this. Pat, Josephine, and Michael on the Li River Group shot on the Li Li River Scenery Michael gets an autograph from the discoverer Terracotta Soldiers Barn and Karm at the hot springs Pat and Lorraine, with Maggie Trond is intensely fashionable Is this really worth it for a little KFC? Beijing traffic Steph and Bern get a manicure Beijing Street Scene Lorraine and Grandpa trying to keep cool Looks just like Disneyland Are we having fun yet? We scale the Wall Michael and Stephanie Rub the Longevity Turtle’s nose for a 130 year life What RMB$2Billion will get you The center of the Universe sure is crowded Waiting at the Beijing Airport Michael is getting to be a real pro at immigration Auntie Sum with Lorraine and me Michael picks dragon eyes Circus act at Chime-long night zoo Barnaby and Karma at the Singing Spring grounds Mary, Charlie, Edy, Alex, Joanna, and Doug Back in Hong Kong Some back home food, and shopping on our last day