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Cruising along the Yangtze, China (photo credit Ann Burnett c 2013)

Cruising on the Yangtze to the Three Gorges Dam, China

The Yangtze river was low, the ship tied up far below us at Chongqing docks and the funicular train down to it was broken. We were faced with a long flight of stairs lugging our suitcases, then across several gangplanks to our ship. What were we to do? Our guide, ...
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Young pandas at play (Ann Burnett)

Peering at Pandas in Chengdu, China

I suppose I could have gone to my local zoo and seen pandas there, but it’s not the same as actually seeing them in their native habitat, or at least, their native country. So Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center was on my list of must-sees. But my first sight of ...
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The Chinese Public Bath Ladies Ladies' Entrance 
© Roberta Sotonoff

Soaking up the Unique Culture in the Chinese Public Baths

Before I went to China, I saw the Chinese movie, The Shower. In the film, the public baths were a place to forge friendships, unload your troubles and even play cards. Bathing was part of it -- but only part. It piqued my interest. I thought maybe a visit to one ...
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Hens' feet - a popular snack (Ann Burnett)

Hot-Potting in Chengdu, China

"But I have booked it!" My companion and I looked at each other in dismay. We’d had enough of side trips to various so-called exhibitions or museums that turned out to be nothing more than hard sells. No, we didn’t want jade or silk or our own personal feng shui rotating ...
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