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Photo Essay- Beijing

Some photos from Beijing: Olympic preparations, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven. Continue reading this entry »

Ming Tomb & Great Wall

6/4/08 14:50 CST (Hotel)

BEIJING- Today we visited the imperial tomb of the Ming dynasty and the Great Wall. Before reaching the tomb the tour bus brought us to the state run jade carving factory/store/museum. Judging by the scale of the facility, it produces jade carvings and jewelry for other stores and export as well. The concept of the jade facility and a similar vase producing one, visited later in the day, is odd but makes a lot of sense. The facilities put on a show explaining the history and construction of the product, then ushered you into the store to push merchandise. I imagine similar facilities produce all of the Chinese Kitsch found in stores across America. Both of these facilities pumped tourists in by the buss load. Continue reading this entry »

En Route

6/2/08 23:30 UTC (Zulu)

SOMEWHERE NORTH OF RUSSIA-This experience did not feel real until set foot on the plane. Three months ago I knew little about China. In several more hours I will land in the capital city, Beijing.

Everything I have read so far suggests China suffers from a bit of an image problem. A relic of the Cold War, China is perceived as “those commies across the Pacific”, threatening democracy. China is a several thousand year old teenager coming of age socially, politically and economically. It knows it is bound for greatness; look at the progress made in the last decade. Undeniably, China still has miles to go, but it wants to be part of the global community, and seem willing to play the game. Hopefully my experience here will reveal the truth of this situation.