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TIC: Part II

It has not been Diesel’s or my intention to discourage any of our friends to visit China.

China is an amazing place.  It has 4,000+ years of history.  It has over 56 ethnic groups (at least recognized by the government) that make up a rich cultural, linguistic, culinary heritage.  It has the Great Wall.  It invented paper, noodles, gunpowder, and the magnetic compass (didn’t you watch the Olympics???), just to name a few great inventions of humanity.

And no, I’m not just saying this because I’m Chinese.  If the last post convinced you not to come to China, I hope this post shows you that you MUST, MUST, MUST come to this country.

Diesel and I have been traveling for five months.  We are tired.  We are homesick.  There, I’ve said it.  We want to go home and see our family and friends, eat at Red Robin and Taco Time, run around Greenlake and watch Jon and Kate Plus 8 (me more than him on the latter) and The Hills.  We are tired of traveling in so-called developing countries and have revolted just like other developed-country-brats who’ve grown weary of squatting toilets, have learned of the dangers of really bad karaoke  and survived death-defying bus rides.

And yes, during this trip to China we’ve had an attitude problem many times.  China, like other emerging countries in SE Asia and Latin America has problems.  Only in China, these problems are magnified by 1.5 billion.  1.5 billion people, that is.  But China is not all problems.  It’s also an amazing country to visit.  This, my friends, is TIC as well…

Stranger Shows Us How to Pour Tea at Dim Sum

Stranger Shows Us How to Pour Tea at Dim Sum

Women Meet Every Morning to Dance

Women Meet Every Morning to Dance in One of Kunming's Squares

The Three Pagodas in Dali

The Three Pagodas in Dali

Prayer Tablets in Lijiang

Prayer Tablets in Lijiang

Naxi Ladies Hanging Out in Town Square

Naxi Ladies Hanging Out in Town Square

Grandma and Kid

Grandma and Kid in Lijiang

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Little Monk at Tibetan Monastery in Shangri-la

Little Monk at Songzanlin, the most significant Tibetan Monastery in Shangri-la

Tibetan Kids at Orphanage

Tibetan Kids at Orphanage

Daily Community Dancing Session in Town Square

Daily Community Dancing Session in Town Square

Dancing Till Late

Shangri-la Residents Dance to Folk Songs into the Night

Beautiful Ladies in Typical Tibetan Garb

Beautiful Ladies in Typical Tibetan Garb

Tibetan Monastery in Shangri-la

Songzanlin Monastery in Shangri-la

Thousands of Terracotta Warriors in Xian. Amazing!

Cuddly Pandas at Panda Reserve in Chengdu

Cuddly Pandas at Panda Reserve in Chengdu

Sweet Ladies at Tea House Who Talked about The Revolution and Gave Us Treats and Restaurant Tips

Sweet Ladies at Tea House Who Talked about The Revolution and Gave Us Treats and Restaurant Tips

Hilarious Peeps

Hilarious Peeps

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City

Summer Palace

Summer Palace

The Great Wall

The Great Wall

Being Silly at the Great Wall

Being Silly at the Great Wall

Playing Mah Jong with Long-Lost Relatives

Playing Mah Jong with Long-Lost Relatives

Sharing This Experience with My Parents

Sharing This Experience with My Parents

Delicious Soup Dumplings: Crispy on the Outside, Juicy on the Inside!

My Fave: Peking Duck

My Fave: Peking Duck

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3 Responses

  1. This was a great post, love the pictures!!! Can’t wait to see you. 🙂

  2. Tim, you look like you hate Mah Jong in that picture…

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