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Asia » China » Dongbei » Dandong April 18th 2007

Sunday my invitation led me to an area where Dandong and North Korea are separated by a very thin part of the river and where Dandong is bordered by the end of the Great Wall. Eager to begin my mission, I was the first one to the tallest part of the Great Wall. From that amazing view, I scoped out the area. I studied the geography of the land. I planned my non-military, non-aggressive tactic. I located an area of a thin river and could make out stepping stones across the river. Bekah joined me as I ran back down the Great Wall and followed my plan of strategy. We crossed under a Great Arch, passed the fruit vendors, passed the village, and quietly walked past the white picket gate and followed it down the ... read more
great Wall at Dandong
Great Wall at Dandong
Great Wall at Dandong

Asia » China » Dongbei » Dandong April 14th 2007

I received a special invitation to be an honored guest at a city about four hours north from where I live. It was signed and dated by North Korea. They don't see many Americans on their soil. I accepted, and I was provided transportation on a bus with a large part of the faculty and a few students from Liaoning Normal University, who will claim to be honored guests as well. But don't believe them. We arrived and were fed. Then we walked across a bridge. However, I didn't realize until the very last minute, thank goodness, that the bridge only reached halfway across the river. "Now what is the purpose in building a bridge, if it only stretches across half of the river?" I thought as I caught myself from descending 500 meters into ... read more
Dandong/North Korea
Dandong/North Korea
Dandong/North Korea

Asia » China » Dongbei » Dandong October 7th 2005

So we're finally on the train back to Dalian. Unfortunately we have tickets for regular seats instead of sleepers so I will be sleeping sitting up or curled into a ball tonight but soon we'll be back in Dalian. Yesterday I went to Five Dragon "Hill" (even though the character is "mountain" they call it "hill"). It was a really cool place. Unfortunately I had a cold so I didn't get to climb up to the very top but I did get to climb a very long way and see almost all of the temples and two gardens with all 12 animals for the Chinese calendar years. I got some beautiful pictures. Then Cat and I took another bus to Tiger Mountain. She didn't come with me to the wall but I got to go to ... read more
Yalu Bridge
Yalu Bridge
Yalu Bridge




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