Wednesday, September 23, 2009


We are headed to China from October 14th to the 30th.

Photo of Old Town in Lijiang

We arrive in Beijing on the 15th (after traveling via United to San Francisco, and then an international flight on Nippon Air). One of Judy's top priorities was to see the Great Wall. We will do that, but also go to the Panjiayuan & Hongquiao markets. On Oct. 18th we fly to Xi'an. Judy's other priority was the Terra Cotta Warriors. We will also visit the Great Mosque and the Muslim Quarter. On Oct. 20th we will fly to Kunming where we will be making a series of professional presentations to the Kunming Department of Mental Health. On Oct. 23rd we will be flying to Shangri-la, visiting a Tibetan family and the Songzanin Monastery. And then by car we will drive to Lijiang on Oct. 25th where we will stay for three days. Our trip will end with two days in Shanghai.
Stay tuned for our upcoming adventures.

Shanghai Skyline

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


This is a photo I took of the Tang Dynasty Dancers in X'ian in 2001. Our guide, before we went to the dumpling dinner and performance, said to me, "Oh, you'll like this. They're bombs!" She meant "bombshells". Its a great performance which I will be seeing for the third time on this trip. In 2002 I returned for my second time bringing with me photos (including this one) that I had taken the year before. I presented them to the troupe, and they took me backstage and then sat me at a table in front where I could literally rest my camera on the stage.
I have previously been to Shanghai, Beijing, Lijiang, and X'ian. I plan to again take copies of photos with me to give to people I may encounter again: performers, shopkeepers, etc. I hope this will facilitate some nice people-to-people encounters.


This is the fourth time I have been to China. For more about those trips visit my main blog:
The Grand Adventure Look for 2001 & 2002, and then our trip to Tibet in 2004.

You can also see some of the photos from those trips at: