I’m going to start our travel journey with a trip we took shortly after we retired.  I had always been enchanted by the mystique of China.  The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Yangtze River – all beckoned me to explore this fascinating country.  I also wondered whether Chinese food in China was any different than Chinese food in the good ol’ USA; whether silk clothing and embroidery was any finer than that we can acquire in the West; whether the pollution was as bad as we have heard; and whether the Chinese people are happy or seem oppressed. Continue reading