DENGFENG — 1 November 2012 — When I was looking on the Internet for lodging near Shaolin Temple, I wanted to stay as close to the grounds as possible. The temple (a k a Shaolin Monastery) looked remote and I wanted to avoid having to travel back and forth from my hotel. But I had no idea that my choice was actually in a small village above the monastery, or that Kung Fu students would be practicing right outside my window: Continue reading
DENGFENG — 31 October 2012 — There are no trains to Dengfeng. To get there, you either drive, take a taxi or ride a local bus. I had hopped on the bus — the cheapest (36 yuan, or about $5.70) and hopefully, most adventurous option — and it did not disappoint.
First, it made many stops along the way, picking up passengers standing by the side of the road. Continue reading
KAIFENG –31 October 2012 — Kaifeng in the morning is not as scary as it is at night. As soon as I got up, I went out looking for a hot bowl of jo, rice porridge. And this is what I found: Continue reading
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 – I was four hours early for my train from Qufu to Kaifeng this afternoon, so I sat around the station and people-watched. Everything was quite ordinary until this arrived: Continue reading
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 – After visiting the world’s largest dinosaur pit yesterday, Pan drove me four hours to Qufu, the birth and burial place of Confucius (552 BC – 479 BC), which is also in Shandong Province.
I saw many sights along the way.
Monday, 29 October 2012 – Today I set out to see the largest dinosaur pit in the world.
It was not easy to find.
First, I flew from Bejing to Qingdao, where a friend of a friend picked me up at the airport and drove me an hour and a half to the city of Zhucheng, then out into the middle of nowhere. Continue reading
Sunday, 28 October 2012 – The Chinese have adopted many western holidays. Halloween is one of them. People have been dressed in costumes since I landed a few days ago. I wished I had thought to take pictures of them to include in this post.
Anyway, today I went trick-or-treating with my cousins, Katie and Claire. Continue reading