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Saturday, August 11, 2012

During my recovery from jet lag, I was able to post a few blogs about my trip to China, and I do have a couple more to post. Once I recovered from the flat out jet lag related exhaustion, I have had to stay focused on getting things done. There was no time for spring cleaning while I was neurotically emoticon preparing for my trip. Now it is catch-up time; first cleaning and organizing every room and closet in my house, then on to organizing and decorating my classroom. Unfortunately, I am very good at avoidance - I am easily distracted. So I have been getting on task first thing in the morning before other things call my name. Social networking on hold.

It has been good, though. I am not an official hoarder, but I have a tendency to accumulate things I no longer need. I also do not enjoy the task of housework. So I have been trying to get into the Zen of purging and cleaning and have been making huge headway emptying cabinets, drawers, closets, shelves, getting rid of what I don't use, scrubbing and dusting surfaces, and putting back only what I actually use. The all natural cleaning supplies are leaving things smelling fresh and airy. Clutter is GONE! This is such a great way to prepare for the new school year.

Of course I started with my Girl Cave so I would still be motivated to practice and I have been getting at least an hour in every day. It is such a great place to focus in on my music.

In addition to getting the house sparkly, I have been back to my walking routine - another victim of jet lag. Well, also of the HEAT! Now that it has cooled off, I can definitely go further and faster than I could when it was edging 100 and humid.

On another front, I did get my new camera. It is a DSLR Canon Rebel. I have been learning some of its features and still have a lot to learn, but I love it!




Today, I am going to a dollhouse expo with a friend. I have never been to one before and am looking forward to seeing what the 'pros' have done. Hopefully, I won't spend too much at the vendor booths. This will be a nice break from my cleaning projects and I don't expect to be distracted by a new project because dollhouse building is more of a winter project for me.

China? Do you want more, or are you bored with it?

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KOMAL53 8/17/2012 10:18PM

    The re-organising that one has to do after the Vacation is extremely tiring but necessary!!You have also motivated me to take up one more Hobby that I'd forgotten about--Photography!!Unlike you I'll get myself one of those automatic Cameras where I just aim and click---but your Pictures are always so fantastic---and those new ones taken with your new Canon are simply mind blowing!!! An expert like you already has got the hang of the Camera---Thumbs Up to you My Friend!! emoticon

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    Definitely more!

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ROCKMAN6797 8/14/2012 1:23PM

    More please!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 8/13/2012 7:43PM

    Place looks perfect, so does Stella!

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IUHRYTR 8/13/2012 9:18AM

    Never get tired of looking at your photos, Chris. I, too, agree your music room with its inspiring view seems relaxing and peaceful and conducive for music. Good going on the clutter. Little by little I'm also making progress but there seems so much more stuff to get rid of. Maybe one day it will be gone. Hope you have a terrific week. -- Lou

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    More please.

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JLITT62 8/12/2012 5:18AM

    Would love to see more of china!

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AQUAJANE 8/11/2012 11:29PM

    I love your blogs, whether frequent or not. I have clutter issues too so this one's inspiring. emoticon

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MCGS62 8/11/2012 9:36PM

    Glad to see you back and it was not someting serious.

HEY I see at least 2 hours worth of instruments in the cave

thing are changing rapidly here tell you later -- some if it may be good.

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GUITARWOMAN 8/11/2012 7:29PM

    Oooh, I love your girl cave!

Nice to get the housecleaning done, isn't it?

Yes, more China plase......fascinating. emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 8/11/2012 4:54PM

    More, more more!!! Please!!

Love your new portrait of Stella! Looks like you are swiftly mastering the new camera! emoticon

And tho you were missed, you are perfectly allowed some time to take care of things at home and try to get rested from your trip AND get ready for school! emoticonWhew!! I could never keep up with all you do!!!

Hope you are having a super weekend!! Love to critters!!! emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/11/2012 4:25PM

    I don't mind what you blog about, Pudle, they are all great!

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MUSICNERD1993 8/11/2012 10:55AM

    I'd like to hear more about your trip to China. Sounds like you have been very productive and taking great photos!
I love your music room!

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WATERMELLEN 8/11/2012 10:07AM

    Love your China blogs. More please.

And admire your self discipline in decluttering: just what I need to be doing myself big time . . . with all the same "explanations" for why not!

Welcome back. Great samples from your new camera. You are an inspiration!

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CLAIREINPARIS 8/11/2012 9:20AM

    What a lovely music room, with that big window! Good for you for decluttering all your home! Woohoo, you must be feeling great now!!!
Please, I would love to see more of your China trip! emoticon

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MAHGRET 8/11/2012 9:15AM

    I love hearing about people's travels, so more China please...

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/11/2012 9:02AM

    Very nice photos and sounds like you had a good trip. Yes, once I started uncluttering, I couldn't stop. It's an amazing feeling.

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0309COOKIE 8/11/2012 9:00AM

    Glad to hear that you are being productive. If only I could force myself to do the same!

I love the pictures, especially of Stella.

I would love to see more of your China adventures.

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LMB-ESQ 8/11/2012 8:58AM

    Welcome back! Glad you found your Zen!

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MARY1313 8/11/2012 8:24AM

    Hi Chris the Teacher! I'm so glad you are back and in your usual mode just before classes begin. Nope, I'm not tired of the pictures of China. I'm always interested in other cultures and landscapes!


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China - Entry Five, Cooking School

Monday, July 23, 2012

At the end of our Li River Cruise we arrived in Yangshuo, a gorgeous rural mountain town where our cooking school is located. It was a very hot day, but beautiful day (think Cuba in terms of climate), and no AC in the kitchen. So while we were cooking, we were cooking!

Authentic Chinese food is nothing like the version we get in America. The thick sauces and prevalent use of breading and deep frying are not typical Chinese dishes. The actual cuisine of China is much healthier, although it has more sodium than I am used to eating.

We prepared egg wrapped dumplings, steamed chicken with mushrooms, red dates, and goji berries, stir fried pork with vegetables, Yangshuo eggplant, and steamed greens with garlic for our lunches.

Our kitchen.

Our sink.

Cleaning brushes.

We had to pay very close attention to our teacher, who would demonstrate the preparation of a whole dish, then we had to duplicate her cooking technique on our own.

Egg wrapped dumplings. These were filled with pork, mint, and hot peppers. Fantastic! Vegetarians could make them with tofu and lotus root.

Yangshou eggplant. I couldn't eat mine since I am allergic to nightshades, but I enjoyed sharing it with my vegan friends.

My completed lunch minus the dumplings which we ate as an appetizer.

We ate al fresco in the serene beauty of the Yangshuo mountains.

You can see why I'm glowing in my profile pic. It was the heat!

This was some really great eating and healthy, too. I prepared the eggplant dish, substituting the eggplant with fresh garden zucchini, for Mike and I last night. I am planning to make the egg wrapped dumplings tonight.

What a great opportunity this was!

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KOMAL53 8/17/2012 10:11PM

    This Blog has made up my mind----China will be the top priority on my Wish List!!!I'd seen a feature about this School on Discovery Channel---their Techniques for slicing,seasoning and cooking the Food are so simple and light as well as very aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.The other Kitchen that fascinated me was the Thai Kitchen---here the Royal Recipes from the King's Kitchens were taught to young people-----specially young Girls from the aristocratic families---- in special courses as part of their finishing Schools.This too was featured on Discovery Channel and was extremely intriguing as well as informative.The fact that you actually got to cook in that authentic,traditional Chinese Kitchen---must have been an experience of a lifetime!!!
Thank You for everything--the wonderful Pictures and the experience!! emoticon emoticon

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IUHRYTR 8/13/2012 9:22AM

    Such delicious looking food and wonderful sights. Looks like a lot of fun. -- Lou

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MCGS62 8/6/2012 3:39PM

    have to re subscribe -- things are falling off my page because I haven't had time to keep up.

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JUDYAMK 8/4/2012 4:42PM

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful sights of China , I would love to go one day. My brother has been there several times. When I went to Jordan they had men & women going to the same bath room, I remember opening the door & I let out a yelp. the man came from behind the desk & in there language told the men to leave. Then to my amazement the toilet was flat on the floor round & wooden hole no toilet tissue, it was unbelievable dirty, no flushing of the toilets just a hole in the floor, & no doors on the stalls. When I went to Israel was not like that. I wonder why the Chinese cooks in restaurants here do not cook like they do in their country? I never knew that , thanks for the education of you trip. I love the history of countries.Did you drink the water & if so did you get sick? When I was in Israel Jordan & Greece I made sure any liquid was boiled. In Jordan I thought I would get bottled water, as it went into my mouth it was very warm & tasteded awful I had to spit it out. Here there bottled water in Jordan is taken right out of the spigot.The hotel I stayed in there was various members from the States that had awful diarrhea from the water. I had a wonderful 2 weeks on my trip, Thank you for sharing your trip with us!!!

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MCGS62 8/3/2012 1:30PM

    with pork, mint, and hot peppers--- wow
I am assuming you mean the mint leaves like my mom grows.

we've used them in tea --as tea on top of icecream but I never thought of putting it in a savory dish that pairing sounds good.

I know about the high sodium in chineese food -in this country they tend to use a lot of monosodium glutonate too
is that the same in china?
I've also heard that Chineese don't use cheese and I saw not a word about cheese in you food blogs. It is making me wonder about how much dairy we use here.

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MARY1313 7/28/2012 7:22PM

    this was awesome!!!!

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IDLETYME 7/24/2012 9:19AM

    What a wonderful experience for you. The extra sodium that you aren't used to may have added to your "glow" and made you feel the heat more. Thanks for the cooking lesson!!

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    My neighbors were from Hong Kong and everything they shared with me was nothing like what we get in restaurants here. They taught me "home" cooking and I shared bread baking with them. We combined our skills to make steamed, meat-filled bread buns one day. OMG I miss those days since they moved! emoticon

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JLITT62 7/24/2012 5:20AM

    We have a little restaurant near us that has much more traditional Chinese food - all sorts of interesting stuff! It looks like the class was great fun, altho I would've been dying without a/c.

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MEDDYPEDDY 7/24/2012 3:09AM

    Wonderful - NOW I am really envious!

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ROCKMAN6797 7/23/2012 10:36PM

    Wow, it looks like it was pretty hot in the kitchen, but what scrumptious looking dishes!
Thanks again for sharing!

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KICK-SS 7/23/2012 12:27PM

    In that first and second picture - it looks like a cutting board with kind of a circular wood grain? Is that what it is - It's absolutely beautiful. Do you have any idea what kind of wood it is or if it isn't wood, do you know what it is?

Loved your pictures and descriptions - all of them! Looks like it was a good experience.

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OLDERDANDRT 7/23/2012 12:24PM

    Yummy! Sounds just wonderful!!! Scenery is great! The kitchen is certainly different from what we're used to! What wonderful memories you have made!!! emoticon

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MUSICNERD1993 7/23/2012 12:10PM

    What a fantastic experience!! Lots of great pictures too!

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0309COOKIE 7/23/2012 11:47AM

    The food looks so fresh and tasty. You do look as though it was rather warm there, lol.

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PUDLECRAZY 7/23/2012 10:21AM

    No wok history, Laurie, just cooking technique. Yes, Mexican food is different in Mexico, too. And of course, the cuisine in both China and Mexico vary widely depending on regions. I especially love the regional spicy dishes from both countries.

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LMB-ESQ 7/23/2012 10:09AM

    Oh Yum! Everything looks so fresh and delicious! I've heard what we get here in the States is nowhere near authentic (same with Mexican, or so I've heard). What a great experience for you!

Did they tell you anything about the origination of wok cooking? I seem to remember an interesting story about cooking on the road during wartime, but I can't recall the whole thing

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GUITARWOMAN 7/23/2012 9:58AM

    Just fabulous, and what a unique experience!


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China - Entry Four -The Li River, Guilin

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Guilin, China is another place of great beauty that was on my 'bucket list' and I was not disappointed. We had a fantastic stay in Guilin and Yangshuo. We took a river cruise up the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo. The day started out rainy but by the time we took off up the river it was a lovely, sunny day. As usual, it was HOT but the breeze along the river was refreshing and it was so stunningly beautiful that heat could not keep me inside the boat. I needed to be at the top of the boat, drinking in the sites.

There were water buffalo along the river's edge.

We started out thinking the sights were breathtaking, but our guide told us the beautiful part was up the river from here. Wow!

This is the image that they chose for the back of the 20 yuan bill:

We had the choice of eating from the buffet on the boat, or ordering fresh food from the fishermen along the river. Fresh and authentic food for me, thank you very much! The fishing boat pulled right up to our boat to deliver the fish.

And it was cooked on board.

Prawns, crabs, and a delicious steamed fish with vegetables.

After awe inspiring sights and a sumptuous meal, we pulled into Yangshuo where we went to cooking school. But, that's another blog.

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KOMAL53 8/17/2012 9:57PM

    Oh those Mountains!!Their shapes are truly mesmerising!!And the Food---must have been a treat to eat it---that too freshly cooked!!!I really am thankful to you my Friend----these wonderful Pictures are truly whetting my appetite---maybe I just might decide to visit China too!!! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 8/13/2012 9:26AM

    More wonderful pictures, Chris. i love travelogues. I am intrigued by the hills that do not appear to be mountains but separate raised areas covered in what? -- Lou

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MCGS62 8/3/2012 1:18PM

    Yangshuo where we went to cooking school. But, that's another blog

I was hoping that would sound like an invitation--- to me emoticon emoticon

Those are beutiful lump mountains

are they what is considered a yard ang or wee they formed from erosion?

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STESSEDOUT27 7/27/2012 5:57PM

    That is incredible! and the food looks awesome! Happy Travels!

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MEDDYPEDDY 7/23/2012 1:29AM

    emoticon thanks for sharing!

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ROCKMAN6797 7/22/2012 8:24PM

    What beautiful scenery!
Again, thank you for sharing!

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OLDERDANDRT 7/22/2012 6:42PM

    More beautiful scenery!! Gotta love those huge water buffalo's, too! What an exciting trip!

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GIANTPANDA 7/22/2012 4:40PM

    Gorgeous! From the land of poets! I hope this isn't where the dam is going!

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0309COOKIE 7/22/2012 4:19PM

    What beautiful scenery! The food looks delicious. You look great in your picture. What a great blog. Thanks for sharing it.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 7/22/2012 4:01PM

    What awesome scenery.

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MUSICNERD1993 7/22/2012 12:08PM

    Those pictures are beautiful!

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COBBYCAT 7/22/2012 11:33AM

    yummy!! Love Chinese food and that fresh?! Fantastic!! Beautiful pictures!

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GUITARWOMAN 7/22/2012 11:24AM

    What unusual hills!

Just beautiful.


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IDLETYME 7/22/2012 7:51AM

    Those pictures are gorgeous! Cooking school - Wow!! emoticon

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KOMAL53 7/22/2012 6:37AM

    Those Mountains are simply awe inspiringly lovely!!!All that beautiful Scenery is the stuff to dream about in the Future---you've been very,very blessed and lucky to have actually been there Dear Friend!!!Besides you know that I live to eat---looking at all the photographs of that scrumptious Chinese Food has made me crave it--for I just adore Sushi and Chinese Food!!!Displaying it on your Blog was kind of sneaky---now I just must look for a Chinese Joint nearby that delivers Chinese Food for dinner!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 7/22/2012 5:21AM

    Swoon! I'd say that was the trip of a lifetime! Can't believe how much you did - and how fast you're blogging about it.

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JACEUG 7/22/2012 5:18AM

    Looks very nice. I am tempted to go!

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China - Entry Three - Pandas!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

After our visit to Xi'an, we flew to Chengdu to visit the panda reserve.

Sadly, the giant panda population is dwindling. While they are trying to protect and increase the panda population, they have not figured out a way to release the pandas born on the reserve into the wild.

They have a breeding program here. This is one of the incubators for the babies. I love the little pink pillow!

We could not view the babies, so these pics are from a poster. How cute are they! There was a panda cam there so we could watch a mother interact with and nurse her baby.

These are adolescent pandas. They spend a lot of time draped in the trees where they eat and sleep.

This one was having a meal of bamboo.

And these two were having a playful wrestling match.

There were red pandas there as well as giant pandas.

The park was very lush and very beautiful.

Hopefully, these wonderful animals can eventually be raised so they can live of the preserve and thrive in the wild.

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MILLISMA 8/3/2012 1:16PM

    Now I'm really jealous!!!! Some of my favorite creatures.

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MCGS62 8/3/2012 1:12PM

    OH!!! OH!!! OHHHH !!!

Me fuzzy teddybear looking for a com-panda just like that.

Please to you bring me one home? next time?? emoticon

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MARY1313 7/28/2012 7:18PM

    red pandas! oh I've never seen them before! Loved these pics!!!

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MEDDYPEDDY 7/23/2012 1:31AM

    Never knew that there were red pandas...wow!

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GIANTPANDA 7/22/2012 4:39PM

    Thank you for these great photos! I love giant pandas and red pandas, both favorites at the National Zoo in D.C. I dream about seeing the giant pandas at Chengdu some day, and I hope you got to see Tai Shan, our beloved panda who now lives there.

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CLAIREINPARIS 7/22/2012 4:07PM

    I had never heard of red pandas! They are beautiful too. Thank you for another very interesting blog!

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DANCINLOVE 7/21/2012 11:56PM

    Great pictures, and looks like you had an amazing trip!

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KOMAL53 7/21/2012 10:56PM

    Fascinating!!!I never miss any programs featuring Pandas and Koalas---truly find these two Breeds so invitingly cuddly!!!The natural,lush beauty of China has always fascinated me--as does my own Country for both these Ancient Civilizations along with Japan have much in common.Be it the Music,Terrain or the History dating back to Pre- Historic times all these Countries are wrapped in such deeply intriguing mystery that many more hundreds of years will pass before these are completely decoded!!!Thank you for the beautiful insight into one of my favourite Cultures!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 7/21/2012 8:33PM

    Awwww!! I just LOVE Pandas!!! How adorable those babies are! I'm glad they had a panda-cam for y'all to be able to watch them. What a great place!

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GUITARWOMAN 7/21/2012 8:19PM

    Pandas ahve a huge coolness factor.....I have seen red pandas at the Toronto Zoo, but never the other guys.

You are so fortunated to have been able to see them!


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0309COOKIE 7/21/2012 4:55PM

    I didn't know there were red pandas. They are really different looking. I love the black and white ones. Love the pictures on this blog. Thanks for sharing them.

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CHALLENGER15 7/21/2012 4:36PM

    Thank you again! I have love the three China blogs.

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DOR2BFIT 7/21/2012 2:24PM

    They are just such amazing creatures! emoticon

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SOLUCKY12 7/21/2012 1:19PM

    Awesome photos and experience. emoticon

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MUSICNERD1993 7/21/2012 12:36PM

    So cute! Thanks for sharing!

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ROCKMAN6797 7/21/2012 12:12PM

    OMG, those baby pandas are so tiny!
Great pictures, thanks for sharing!

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MEOWMAMA3 7/21/2012 11:55AM

    Welcome home!
Breathtaking photos! I always excpect a human to unzip the "panda suit" and step out. They are such interesting animals! There's hope for me if a panda that looks that big and clunky can climb a tree.....
Get some rest! I'll check out the rest of your pics and trip blogs later, gotta get going.

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JLITT62 7/21/2012 11:08AM

    Cute overload!

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IDLETYME 7/21/2012 8:55AM

    I'm so glad you got to go (and bring us along)! emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 7/21/2012 7:29AM

    I am so envious! What a trip! Between these beautiful pandas and yesterday's entry about the terra cotta warriors, that alone is incredible. The stories behind those terra cotta warriors is so fascinating! What a beautiful and mysterious country China is.... can't wait to read more!

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LEFTHANDLUKE 7/21/2012 7:20AM

    sad but true for many other species of our world...i hate humans so much emoticon

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China - Entry Two; Xi'an

Friday, July 20, 2012

There were two places on my 'bucket list' that we visited in China. One of them was Xi'an and the terra cotta warriors. Due to a long flight delay and our itinerary we did not spend as much time in Xi'an as I would have liked to, but I am very glad that we got to see as much as we did.

I hope this link works, it is a panoramic video I took of the excavation site. It really shows the depth and breadth of the site. The section that is excavated is only a tiny percent of the tomb. They do not want to excavate further until they have the technology to preserve the paint on the warriors and avoid the deterioration that occurred when these were unearthed. Right now, the emphasis is on reconstruction of the warriors and horses that were destroyed.


We also had time to ride bikes on the Ancient City Wall of Xi'an. Again, I could have spent more time there, but am grateful to have gotten the time that I did. Unfortunately, due to my camera dying, many of my photos from this point on are blurry. I do have a few that worked out.

These impressive guys were in the courtyard of our hotel.

This lovely music group set up in the parking lot at the Ancient Wall and performed. It is one of the enigmas of China. Beautiful music and costume amidst the diesel fumes and engine noise of buses in the parking lot.

We went to an outdoor theater performance and enjoyed watching the performers got their make-up on.

I really enjoyed Xi'an and could have spent more time there than we had. If I ever go back to China, I will plan some more time there.

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MILLISMA 8/3/2012 1:13PM

    Beautiful photos!!!

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MCGS62 8/3/2012 1:05PM

    I've seen this on the discovery and history channel
the army must be awsome in person

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MINIUM 8/1/2012 6:06AM

    My son's name is Xi'an (and he's grateful you spelled it right! ;-)) and ClaireInParis sent me the link to your blog. We've always wanted to go as a family and your blog gave us a lovely preview of our trip to come (in a few years'). Thank you so much!

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MARY1313 7/28/2012 7:15PM

    Loved this!

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GIANTPANDA 7/22/2012 4:40PM

    Amazing photos! Thank you!

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KOMAL53 7/21/2012 10:46PM

    Simply mindblowingly Beautiful!!!I so envy you---for you got to visit the Terracotta Warriors in person---i've just seen them on National Geographic and Discovery Channel features!!I love traditional Chinese Music too---and spend hours on You Tube listening to Erhu and Duzu-----if you close your eyes it is easy to imagine being in a Bamboo Wood and the Wind sighing through it along with the tinkling sounds of Water!!!Unfortunately the only Chinese Opera I've seen is again on the two Channels I mentioned earlier.My Friend----you were truly blessed to have had this opportunity and I'm very happy that you made the most of it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 7/21/2012 4:34PM

    Thank you!

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IDLETYME 7/21/2012 8:53AM

    Wonderful trip. Thanks for taking us with you!!! emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 7/21/2012 7:05AM

    It makes me want to flight to China immediately! Xi'an would definitely be high on my list now!
Thank you so much, I can't wait for more!!!

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JLITT62 7/21/2012 4:51AM

    You certainly packed a lot in!

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MEDDYPEDDY 7/21/2012 1:24AM

    The blurriness gives a nice impression of reality, love your pictures, thanks! And I would have loved to bike around in China...

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    I am sooooo envious

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OLDERDANDRT 7/20/2012 7:27PM

    How wonderful!!! I am also interested in the site of the terra cotta warriors! All of your pics posted here are really interesting and beautiful! One word comes to mind..... emoticon!

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GUITARWOMAN 7/20/2012 6:48PM

    So nice!


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0309COOKIE 7/20/2012 6:48PM

    What beautiful and elaborate costumes!

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