Posts Tagged ‘china’

 

Why does international travel matter? We have such a wealth of great places to see here in the United States. Our country enjoys a diversity of cultures, histories and natural landscapes that is rivaled by few other places on earth. The old domestic tourism mantra “See America First” encourages us to spend our free time…

 

Nine Thousand Words

Posted by Brian Jewell in Asia on March 01, 2011

 
 

This afternoon, I’ll board a plane in Shanghai and begin the 30-hour trip home. I leave China with a wealth of memories and images. We’ve seen and done so much more than I’ve had the opportunity to blog about here. So as a farewell gift, here are some of my other favorite images from this…

 

A Legacy of Art

Posted by Brian Jewell in Asia on February 28, 2011

 
 

So far, I’ve written a lot about China’s history, its imperial dynasties and how that heritage shows up in modern Chinese life. Today, though, we took a welcome break from history lessons to explore the Shanghai Museum, a free public institution that houses some of the best of Chinese artwork. Beautiful art is among China’s greatest contribution…

 

Eat Your (Ox) Heart Out

Posted by Brian Jewell in Asia on February 28, 2011

 
 

We’ve enjoyed a number of over-the-top meals here in China, including hosted dinners last night in Xi’an and tonight in Shanghai. Chris Lee, owner of China Plus USA, is very well respected here in China, and so when he brings a FAM tour on a visit, his tourism friends pull out all the stops. Last…

 

An Underground Army

Posted by Brian Jewell in Asia on February 26, 2011

 
 

  For tourists, Xi’an is best known as the home of the terra cotta warriors. Discovered by local farmers digging a well in the 1970s, the terra cotta warriors are part of the massive grave complex of Qin Shihuang, an emperor who ruled around 220 B.C. Previously, Qin was known in history for unifying China…

 

Dinner with a Dynasty

Posted by Brian Jewell in Asia on February 26, 2011

 
 

In Xi’an, a city of six million people in central China, the legacy of ancient emperors is still alive today. For many years, Xi’an was the imperial capital of China (the current capital is Beijing). After flying to the city this morning, we spend our evening attending the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. The Tang emperors…

 

A Home in the Hutong

Posted by Brian Jewell in Asia on February 26, 2011

 
 

As a city, Beijing is a sprawling mass of high-rise buildings, many of them apartment and condo towers built to house the 19 million people who live here. But in the Hutong area of the city, just a block behind the skyscrapers on busy city streets, quiet neighborhoods and charming one-story homes maintain a semblance…

 

Walking on the Great Wall

Posted by Brian Jewell in Asia on February 24, 2011

 
 

It’s not every day that you get to take a walk along a 2,700-year old wonder of the world. So for me as a traveler, today’s visit to the Great Wall of China was pretty special. We’ve all seen pictures of the wall, and probably heard various tidbits about it, such as the fact that…

 

Forbidden City in the Mist

Posted by Brian Jewell in Asia on February 23, 2011

 
 

  It’s a foggy day in Beijing, dreary weather for touring. But it will take more than mist to dampen my spirits — today, my first in China, we are visiting the Forbidden City, one of the most renown sites in the whole country. This elaborate complex of palaces and accompanying buildings was constructed more than…