Travels with Elizabeth

Adventures Around the World

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Lama Temple and Peking Duck

I awoke again about 5:00; DH around 5:30.  Messed around the room and had another hearty breakfast in the Lounge.  Headed out about 8:30 by taxi to the Lama Temple.  The taxi ride was quite an adventure.  Traffic signals and painted lines on the road seem to be only suggestions.  Everyone has the attitude “I dare you to hit me.”  Organized chaos, and random actions by all involved. Continue reading

Arrival in Beijing

The time change had us arriving on the next day after we left,  about 2:30 after a 14 hour flight.  When we landed and got our bags, we passed through Beijing Passport Control after a 30-minute wait in line and zipped through Customs at walking speed.   Our Hilton Wangfujing hotel driver was waiting outside Customs with one of what seemed like hundreds of name signs.  It was great to have someone standing there holding up a piece of paper with my name on it.  Continue reading

Adventures in China

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