Chinese Bible

I think pretty much everyone in the room laughed in recognition, as Gene Sherman told the story about the promise she and her husband had made to each other. As she noted they had been married forty-seven years, and were a family that "kept promises", she went on to say they had agreed and promised... Continue Reading →

Nexus Holidays China Sampler

BACKGROUND: When my friend Sue first spotted the "Nexus Holidays China Sampler" late last year, we both thought it sounded "too good to be true". For about the cost of a return flight from Sydney to Beijing (about $1200-$1300), the sampler price also included an internal flight from Beijing to Shanghai, accommodation in "five star... Continue Reading →

China – Shanghai

There was a moment today when the guy sitting behind me, Paul, said “You know I think I wouldn't mind living in Shanghai for a year of two”. Without hesitation, I told him I'd thought the same thing earlier in the day. It's odd, of course, because we'd only been in the city for less... Continue Reading →

China – Tea Plantation

I learned more today about green tea than I have my entire life. Our day started with a visit to a nearby village of Mei Jia Wu, where they seem to grow nothing but tea. Amongst the things I learned included: how the different size of tea leaves produce different flavours; how the spring harvest... Continue Reading →

China – Shopping Day

Partly by design, and partly by chance, this ended up as a “shopping day”. The planned part was a visit to a “silk worm factory” in Suzhou. And when I say “factory”, I really mean showroom. The unexpected shopping expedition was when we went looking later in the afternoon for somewhere to have my haircut... Continue Reading →

China – Surprises

I never thought I'd ever find much interest in silk embroidery images of the Mona Lisa and Chairman Mao, but somehow today I did. We're spending the night in Suzhou, the silk capital of China (apparently) located about ninety minutes by bus from the centre of Shanghai. The day started early. Really early. A four-thirty... Continue Reading →

China – Day of Contrasts

Today was a definitely a day of contrasts. We started the day off at a medical clinic where we learned a little about the principles of Chinese Medicine. Minutes later, a group of doctors and medical students made their way around our group. While the doctors free advice to the tour group about a range... Continue Reading →

China – Group Tour

Sue and I went out for a meal tonight at a nearby Chinese restaurant where the food was a little more spicy than what we've been experiencing over the last couple of days. I like spicy food, I like challenging food, I like to try new things. In contrast, the food in the last few... Continue Reading →

China – Beijing Blog

At first I thought I thought it was a simple check of the numbers. But when I saw virtually every flight attendant walking up and down the aisles with clicker counters I became curious and then worried. "Oh my goodness, they don't have enough food", I thought to myself. There has already been quite a... Continue Reading →

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