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We're back from 2 wonderful weeks in Europe. I'm now in the process of making my travel pages. Got Budapest page up but having problems uploading photos. Still working on it.
I hope to update my China albums as well as get a new album for our Europe trip.
China. Land of history, enchantment. A place in my dreams or a reality? Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I'd go to China, much less fall in love with it.
When my first wife died, I decided to meet new people and had many pen-pals. After receiving and writing many letters I decided to narrow my interests down to China. I met many friends there and in 1996 made my first trip to Beijing. Then again in 1997.
My friends took me to all the wonderful places of interests. The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace. and much more. Beijing in my mind was the cultural capital of China.
The best thing was I wasn't on a organized tour. I was personally escorted by friends so we had all the time in the world. Spent the better part of a day at the Great Wall so we had a chance to hike quite far from the crowds.
Actually I love taking photos of just street scenes. In my 2 trips to Beijing I got to know my way around fairly well. And being personally escorted, we stayed away from the 'expensive' tourist places. Instead we ate at the local noodle shops for lunch and dinner at nice Chinese restaurants. In fact I was the only Westerner at the hotel in 1996. 3 star hotel and quite nice and confortable.
Since I love trains, I asked my friend to take me to the train station. She got us a "platform pass" so we could walk around the station. I met some railway workers. Since I am a engine driver (engineer for you USA types), we were automatically brothers so I got some personalized tours of the trains and engines. I'll have some photos up soon as soon as I figure out how to make a photo album here.
I've added another chapter and a photo album. I don'tknow how much more I'll get in here as we're off to Shanghai in 4 days. Will be there 3 weeks. This story will be on a Shanghai page I'll create after I'm done with my Beijing page.
Please keep checking back.
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