Dragon Riverboat Festival – Qu Yuan

Last week, I was in China and I had the honor of celebrating the Dragon Riverboat Festival with some very good Chinese friends. The festival is called “Duan Wu Jie” in Chinese; it is held to celebrate a poet and patriot, Qu Yuan. Admittedly, I don’t know enough about...

Delicious Ham!

During a recent trip to Shanghai, I encountered something interesting at a restaurant. I was told that this restaurant was famous for having delicious ham, but we couldn’t have any, because we didn’t order any in advance. When we entered the restaurant, there at the...

Cars!

With China’s recent improvements in their economic standing, people now have more discretionary funds for nice things… like cars. This has brought about some interesting challenges for China. Many of the cities were not designed to handle this increase in the volume...

Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

Kite flying is so popular in China that the city of Wei Fang has been designated as the kite flying capital. I have actually been in the airport there; they have some huge kites on display in the lobby and waiting areas. The kites come in many shapes and colors too....

Works of Art

As I have traveled around China, I have learned that you never know what you will see next. During a recent trip in Shanghai, I was delighted to see many pieces of art which caught my eye. For example, this unique globe was on the way up the hill to the observatory on...

Mount She – The Observatory

There is an old observatory on Mount She that was developed by French Jesuits. Situated on the highest point in the Shanghai area and away from the city lights, this is a great location for an observatory. Here is a view from inside the observatory. You can see where...