All the Way to China

Donna and I have just returned from an exhilerating trip to China, a two-week whirlwind that spun us through Shanghai, Beijing, Harbin and Suzhou. So many experiences to remember: ancient palaces, modern skylines, a wide variety of delicious meals, a world-class jazz performance, and a one-of-a-kind Winter Festival. We shared these good times with old friends Matt and Amy, and new friends Richard and Angela, and just about everyone we encountered was happy to see us.

That may be what I remember most about the trip. Despite what we hear about environmental and labor conditions in China, the people seemed generally happy. Perhaps it’s just effective propaganda, but I found the music, the advertising, the art and the overall attitude to be very positive. Well, except maybe the taxi drivers in Harbin.

I’ll post a more comprehensive photo album on Facebook, but here are some highlights for my anti-social-media friends and family. Click on each thumbnail for a larger version of the picture.

Pudong skyline, Shanghai
Pudong skyline, Shanghai
China's oldest teahouse
Shanghai’s oldest teahouse
Donna and Mike at the Great Wall
Donna and Mike at the Great Wall
Locals love to get picture taken with Col. Sanders
Locals love to get picture taken with Col. Sanders
Mike pushing his luck with the guards at the Forbidden City
Mike pushing his luck with the guards at the Forbidden City
Snow and Ice Festival, Harbin
Snow and Ice Festival, Harbin
St Sophia Church, Harbin
St Sophia Church, Harbin
Angela and Mike acting on a dare at the Shangri-la Ice Bar, Harbin
Angela and Mike acting on a dare at the Shangri-la Ice Bar, Harbin
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