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...

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...

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...

Mount She – The Pagoda

The highest point in Shanghai, China is called Mount She. There is a national park there, which is well maintained and beautiful. As you climb the mount, you will pass a pagoda. Out of all of the pagodas I have seen, this would be a pretty tall one. I always find the...

Fruits and Vegetables

It is interesting to me how few overweight people I see in China. Is it because the Chinese walk more that Americans or because they do Tai Chi? Perhaps it is because of their diets? I am sure that has lot to do with it. China has an amazing number of green houses, so...

Brooms

One of the many things which has surprised me during my time in China is a certain type of broom that is used. This particular broom is made of materials found all around us, so it can be made at home. The handle can be of any length you want, and the section that...