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Mar 24, 2015 - China

We got up at 3 am to leave for the airport. Our flight went well, but getting out of the airport some how became a challange. We got through customs, but some how took a wrong turn and ended up in the domestic terminal. We got on the elevator and headed towards the outside, but that was wrong. We got back in the elevator and got to arrival area but then we had to start walking on where you exit so we could find our guide! Kevin Wang is our guide. Found out he chose his English name from a choice of three his boss gave him...Tom, Jack, or...

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Dec 25, 2014 - Six Hours in Beijing

Some things from our post-14 hour flight and 8.5 hour, Christmas day layover in Beijing. 1) I've never been a minority in my life and it was SO. AWESOME. Nathan and I were gawked at everywhere we went. 3 Chinese girl asked for their photo with me because I was the first white girl they'd ever seen. #CelebrityStatus 2) During Chinese sign of peace at Mass, we all bowed to each other and I want that to come to the U.S. LOVE.  3) The fact we were in a communist country was SUPER apparent and I honestly felt uncomfortable with it almost the...

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Dec 24, 2014 - Beijing (In Transit)

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD The Beijing airport was almost deserted when we arrived early Christmas morning. That was just fine by me as we headed directly to the business-class lounge and settled in for our long layover. The food was delicious and before long, I opted to check into one of the complimentary sleeping pods. One of the attendants tapped on my door a few hours later, thinking I had probably left without letting her know and she was most apologetic. I didn’t mind because I was just waking up and was thinking to have something...

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Oct 20, 2014 - Day 4: Summer Palace

Day four began with our new tour guide meeting is in the lobby. Her name is Juni, and she is delightful. Our first stop in a long and very eventful day was the Summer Palace. From what I gathered, this was built by the emperor as a place to escape the summer heat of Beijing (40C is hot as balls). It's absolutely gorgeous. Juni told us that in China, dragons represent men, and the Phoenix represents women. During the time that the palace was built, the empower was a young boy (7 or 8 years old). He had a female advisor called the Dragon...

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Oct 20, 2014 - Beijing!!

Beijing blog - Oct 20-27, Kelly After a year and some living in the tropics, I am finding my ability to handle cold has diminished, just ..like ..that. Beijing has not been that cold, but I have been freezing. Beijing is amazing, polluted, awe inspiring, friendly, all at once. We arrived just as a sandstorm from the Gobi desert was arriving, so the air has been thick as mud...for days. It was so bad that Adrienne even tried the surgical mask, though her adolescent sense of appearance quickly re asserted itself, and she took it off after...

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Oct 18, 2014 - Days 2 and 3

We spent most of Saturday lazing about our hotel room and catching up on much needed rest. Hilarity ensued when Ian and I scattered our Chinese cash on the bed and had an American Beauty-esque photo shoot. I'll spare you those pictures. Don't worry, there was no actual nudity. That night when Mom returned from the class she was teaching, we went to a restaurant down the street. It was an interesting experience. One of the waitresses seemed to be afraid of us and literally ran away from the table more than once. The food was great, despite...

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Oct 16, 2014 - The Unholy Awfulness (long flights are the worst)

We started our journey in the wee hours of the morning. After sleeping only three hours, my parents picked us up at Ian's and we drove to the airport. We thought that staying up would help us sleep through the long flight. This tactic worked for Mom and for Ian. Me? Not so much. The flight from San Francisco to Beijing was long, cramped, and basically just fucking terrible. It was the kind of flight that made me never want to board another plane. We arrived in Beijing around 4pm, after traveling for nearly 15 hours. Our "guide" met us at...

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Sep 30, 2014 - Home

SEP30: Shanghai - Beijing - U.S.A. We had a 5 am wake-up call to meet in the lobby after breakfast to board the bus for a 1 hour ride to the Shanghai airport. We Took a 2 hour flight to Beijing and then after a 2 hour layover a flight from Beijing to San Francisco. Our luggage through in Shanghai was checked through to San Francisco so we didn’t have to deal with in Beijing. Our flight in Beijing took off at 4 pm on Tuesday and we arrived at 11:30 am Tuesday, an oddity caused by crossing the International Date Line. In actuality, we left...

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Sep 18, 2014 - More tours in Beijing

SEPI8: Beijing - Xian After breakfast in the hotel, we visited the Temple of Heaven where during the winter and summer solstice and Chinese New Year the Ming and Qing emperors would perform rites and make animal sacrifices to Heaven praying for good harvest for their empire. The most striking edifice is the "Hall of Prayer of Good Harvests", which according to the emperor's Fengshui masters, is the exact point where heaven and Earth met. Built in 1420, this masterpiece of Ming architecture was built without a single nail. The building is...

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Sep 17, 2014 - Great Wall visit

SEPI7: Beijing Another busy day starting with a 6 am wake-up call. After breakfast, our first stop was at the “Sacred Way of Ming Tombs”, regarded as China's finest example of imperial tomb architecture. We don’t actually visit the tombs but walk the pathway that the emperors walked when visiting their predecessors. Built during the Meng dynasty (1400’s AD), the emperor would walk the 500 yard pathway lined with 36 massive stone sculptures of officials, lions, elephants, camels and mythical beasts. Our next stop was at the jade workshop /...

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Sep 16, 2014 - The Forbidden City

SEPI6: Beijing We had a 6 am wait-up call to get ready and have breakfast before meeting with the tour guide at 7:50 am. After initial introductions we boarded our bus for today’s tour or the imperial treasures. It turned out to be a very long day. First stop was Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world, capable of holding a million people; I think there must have been a million people there today as it was very crowded. But it was very impressive. Along the east, west and south sides of the square are an assortment of...

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Sep 15, 2014 - Travel day to Beijing

September 15, 2014 Beijing, China We took BART to SFO for our non-stop flight aboard Air China to Beijing, China; a 12 hour flight. We cross the International Date Line so we will arrive 1 day later than our departure date. We will be 15 hours ahead of PDT so we are expecting jet lag issues. We arrived a few minutes late, 5:45 pm Monday. Their airport is very big and modern. Customs was simple and quick despite the long lines. We had to take a tram from the international terminal to the baggage claim; it was packed with people. upon...

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