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Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian July 14th 2007

Saturday July 14, 6:30 am. *****click here to see my new YouTube video from Dalian***** First full day in Dalian is history. We started out going to the free breakfast at our hotel. It was not what I expected. Lots of green salty vegetables, a few of which were, according to my friend Miao, "from the sea." Miao seemed to enjoy her breakfast, as did the other 75 people that were waiting for the chow bell to strike at 7am. Me? I ate a few pieces of "cake" that was actually quite delicious (think jiffy cake with no frosting) and a few cookies that were also good. I was a little embarrassed though because Miao knew how hungry I was and then all I got was about 2 cubic inches of cake and 4 little ... read more
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Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian July 13th 2007

Well, I am here. Got some great photos and video already, but in this internet cafe the computers are very slow and my laptop battery is about to run out, so I only got a couple of quick things to share. Beijing was smoggy flying in. Made L.A. look like the wild blue yonder. Some coolie kid that would not take no for an answer lead me to my connecting flight then tried to "extract" some bogus charge because my "bags were too heavy" and tried to pretend that he represented the airline and I had to pay him 400 yuan (about $50) to be square.... gave him $20 instead because he did shave about 15 minutes off my transfer time, and all I wanted to do by this point was get my butt to ... read more
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Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian » Dalian January 3rd 2007

We arrived in Beijing on an icy cold night to find the international airport essentially deserted. Our trip had gotten off to a rocky start. I will spare you all the details, but it involved a flight cancellation and a frustrated hour on the phone with Air Canada. The day was eventually saved by a kindly airline representative (and a little white lie about making it to Beijing in time for a wedding) which enabled us to depart only a few hours later than oringinally intended. We spent the night in a hotel near the airport and by the next day were at the train station, facing the crush of New Year's Eve travelers in the world's most populous nation. We battled valiantly through the throng of people with a fair amount of pushing and shoving ... read more
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