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2010 Journeys: China

by Kathy 24. April 2010 20:25

Who is not mesmerized by images of the Great Wall snaking up and down jagged mountain ridges and fading into the distance? For me, the ribbon of stone has always held an aura of mystery with a heavy dose of enchantment. I knew that one day I would visit the Great Wall and see all of that beauty in person.

Last year, I had a vivid dream that I was finally standing next to the Wall; but I was blind, so I couldn’t see it. I could only reach out and feel the rough stones with my hands. This dream remained sharp in my mind the next morning. What did it mean? Soon, I had a map of China pinned to my bedroom wall, and I began plotting a family journey for the following spring.

The dream was not a premonition, as I did experience the visual wonder of the Great Wall. It was magnificent.

In addition to seeing the Great Wall, we traveled to six different areas of China. Among our many activities, we explored the Forbidden City and Summer Palace in Beijing, visited a “hanging temple” that was built onto the side of a vertical cliff wall near Datong, viewed the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, climbed along the holy mountain peaks of HuaShan, witnessed the ongoing transformation of the ancient town of Lijiang, relished the tranquility of a rural community near Yangshuo, and experienced the bustle and bright lights of Hong Kong.

Below are detailed photo-stories about our experiences.

Day 1: Beijing, Lost in Translation
Day 2: Beijing, Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden City
Day 3: Beijing, The Great Wall
Day 4: Beijing, the Summer Palace and 798 Arts District
Day 5: Datong, Hanging Monastery and Yungang Caves
Day 6: Xi’an, Within the Walls
Day 7: Xi’an, Hiking on HuaShan
Day 8: Xi’an, Terracotta Warriors
Day 9: Lijiang, Black Dragon Pool
Day 10: Lijiang, Lion Hill and Wangu Pavilion
Day 11: Lijiang, Impressions Show
Day 12: Chao Long, Just What the Doctor Ordered
Day 13: Chao Long, Peaceful Tranquility
Day 14: Yangshuo, In the Rain
Day 15: Chao Long to Hong Kong
Days 16 and 17: Hong Kong and Home

Comments (6) -

4/25/2010 12:22:53 AM #


i'm waiting in anticipation.  this is on the top of my "to do" list...traveling through china...and then get the drift.  sigh.  at least i can live vicariously through you...for now.  i hope all is well and everyone is happy and if you don't mind, i might borrow a picture or two and link over to this site from my blog.  say hello to the kids and to ben...lots of love, becky

becky United States | Reply

4/25/2010 4:54:53 PM #


Becky, I too have so many countries that I would like to visit.  Sometimes it is hard to select the "next one," but last year's dream skyrocketed China into the top place.  I know that you will get to China one day; in the meantime, I am happy that you are enjoying my stories. Yes, please borrow whatever photos you like!  I check into your blog every day . . . hope you're feeling better soon.  Give my love to Nick and those beautiful kids of yours!  Love, Kathy  

Kathy United States | Reply

4/25/2010 7:03:09 AM #


I can't wait for more details! China is high on my wish list as well. I loved all the in'laws pictures and stories from their trip (they said it was the most interesting place they had been) and can't wait for yours. Love and hugs and appreciation from Nevada City.

Polly United States | Reply

4/25/2010 5:01:58 PM #


Hi, Polly!  China is indeed an "interesting" place. The country is so vast, with different climates and cultures.  I'm still emotionally processing all of the experiences we had.  Hopefully, I'll be able to capture those swirling thoughts and write the first few stories this week.  Much love and a big hug back to you!  Kathy

Kathy United States | Reply

4/25/2010 8:27:15 AM #



Ready and waiting.  Tell the family, Hi!


Donnie United States | Reply

4/25/2010 5:04:23 PM #


Hi, Donnie! I'm glad that you will be following our China journey. Say "hello" to Sheryl for me!  Kathy

Kathy United States | Reply

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For us, each journey begins with the initial heart pangs to venture to a certain part of the world. Then the ideas start coming together . . . ahh, the possibilities . . . and the dream evolves gradually into an actual plan. But, oh, the joy of the dream!  Click here to learn more about how we plan and prepare for our journeys.

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