China Blog 2011

Bonsai, Suzhou, China
Traveling for 2 1/2 weeks with good friends on a HEE Travel tour, I got to experience China in 2011. It was 24 years after I taught there in 1987. You'll find entries here from Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Zhangjiajie--an incredible new tourist location. After the others left, I stayed another two weeks traveling to Guilin, where I had not gotten to go in 1987, to Xi'an where I had taught back then, and finally to Dunhuang, way out in the Gobi Desert to experience ancient art at its best. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas, 2011

12/25/11

Merry Christmas, 2011. A photograph of Beijing Christmas snow, from the warm comforts of home in Georgia! ...more

Homeward Bound!

11/30/11

Just off a 22-hour train ride from Dunhuang in the Gobi Desert, EAST to Xi'an. All travels head home now! ...more

Ancient China: Magao Caves and Hechang Ruins

11/27/11

Magao Caves ??Hechang Ancient City??? ...more

Nirvana in the Oasis: Dunhuang

11/25/11

I've found Nirvana in the Gobi Desert! After being woozy with some bug through a 22-hour train ride from Xi'an to Dunhuang, I fell into the capable arms of local guide, Adam. He diagnosed my needs and took me to Oasis Cafe for pizza! and a milkshake! And then...a massage! Perfection! ...more

Xian: 1987 and 2011

11/23/11

Two entries today, so you'll want to skim down to Guilin entry as well maybe. Xi'an had been a visit in time for me. Not just historically, but personally. ...more

Guilin...and IPad is DEAD

11/23/11

Hello dear friends, I'm lost in Xi'an without an Ipad. It finally totally died. So I'm writing from hotels for $.25/minute. You'll hear less as a result, but I'm keeping a written journal and will post more blogs with photos later. ...more

Zhangjiejia: Totally WOW

11/13/11

Paradise meets Avatar meets an Olympics levels production! ...more

Suzhou, the Modern China

11/11/11

Life in the new China is improving...both for me and at least for a lot of Chinese. Below I ask: are we in Oz, Wonderland, or a sci fi novel. ...more

Tired...

11/11/11

I am not a tour girl! ...more

Blind Person Massage and Pedicure

11/10/11

A favorite sign seen on Nanjing street building, "Blind Person Massage and Pedicure.". Gotta love these translations! ...more

Ups and Downs...

11/7/11

I am learning so much about myself as a traveler! We're not in Scotland any more, my dear! Traveling with a group, bus rides, 12-hour days.... Ah for freedom, speaking the language, the leisure same bed every night. So a bit of self-analysis tonight. ...more

Shopping Beijing

11/2/11

From high class (name a designer and they are here) to low at the swarming Silk Market ("shoes, lady, best price, lady"), to a walmart-like grocery selling everything in the world, Barbara and I got to know Chinese as consumers today. ...more

From Beijing!

11/1/11

We had an easy 12 hour flight from Detroit. Nearly empty plane meant I skipped my comfort economy seat in trade for a whole row to lie down in! With a good 1/2 an Ambien I slept at least 8 hours, with water drinking wake ups every couple hours. ...more

What I'll be reading in China

10/29/11

I-Pad packed, now what to read for nearly five weeks of travel in China? Here's what I've chosen. ...more

Sally Ross Travels China

10/25/11

In 1987, I taught at Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an for four months. I’m thrilled to be returning to the new China, after 24 years of incredible change. ...more