Monthly Archives: August 2016

Gansu

I went to southern Gansu with a tour group (and my dad) at the beginning of August. For those unaware, Gansu is a province located in the western part of China. Southern Gansu is mountainous and is perhaps analogous to Wyoming … Continue reading

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Disneyland

Thanks to a lucky connection and an extremely nice friend, I was able to go (for free!) to the Shanghai Disneyland on a test day in May, which was before the park officially opened. Disneyland has its own subway stop:  . … Continue reading

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Japan

I went to Japan in June. I spent a day in Kyoto, a day in Tokyo, a few days in Matsumoto, and a day in Nagoya. Overall I give the Japan trip three and a half Yelp stars. Kyoto is famous for … Continue reading

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Longmen Grottoes

On the way back from Xi’an, I stopped by Luoyang, which is the home of the Longmen Grottoes. The Longmen Grottoes are famous Buddhist stone carvings. It was a very impressive site. Five Yelp stars. A “grotto” (shi2 ku1 石窟) is … Continue reading

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Xi’an

I went to Xi’an in June. This was a great place. Four and a half Yelp stars. Below is a photo of the traditional Xi’an fast food meal, consisting of liang2 pi2 凉皮 (rice noodle salad, left), and rou4 jia2 mo2 … Continue reading

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New Zealand

I went to New Zealand in early April. Overall I’d give trip four Yelp stars. In the interest of brevity, this post will consist of only a few photos. Peter Jackson et al. built the sets for the Hobbit movies to … Continue reading

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