Detour: Destination China   Leave a comment

I have been curious about China since reading my history books in college.  It is not just the history of the country it is the culture that has intrigued me.  There is something about the delicacy of the Chinese and their resilience, their fortitude, which has provided fodder for my romanticized desire to know better the land of the rising sun.

I am blessed to have been able to live my desire to spend time getting to know China.  Let me say that there is no way the month that I spent there could give me any inkling of the realities that China has brought and continues to bring to the world.  I landed in Beijing, catching a train to the coastal city of Qingdao the next day where I stayed for a week.  From Qingdao I flew to Changchun.  I stayed there for five days.  Then I took a train to Beijing joining a 12 day tour, operated by China Tours.  In addition to Beijing, the tour took two couples and me to the Great Wall; to Xian, where we saw the Terracotta Warriors; on a three say Yangtze River boat cruise; and to Shanghai.  You can read more about each of the places that I visited in future posts where you will find stories and some travel tips that came out of my month to China.

There are mounds of stuff to read for those who are interested in visiting China.  I was a voracious reader of blog, books and magazines before I traveled.  A special thanks to Reginald Smith, Editor BlackExpat Magazine who was incredibly open in sharing his experiences and knowledge of China.

I also am privileged to know Father Bob Rhodes, whose son Greg Rhodes recently authored and published Expat in China: A Family Adventure.  If you love learning about other cultures and more about yourself in the process, or if you are just plain curious about China, you will find Greg’s book entertaining and insightful.  The book can be found through the following links:




You can follow Greg’s ongoing adventures and observations at


Leaving Dulles

Posted June 15, 2012 by Wayne

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