Important Notice For Dec. 2005!

Many who have visited this site have contacted me expressing their thoughts about the site and the photographs on the site. These expressions have been overwhelmingly positive and I have enjoyed reading them. Anne and I are happy to know that the information and photos we have on the site for our trip to China in 2001 has been appreciated by so many that they took the time to write and tell us. Thank you.

Since so many have expressed their fondness for the photos on the site I have put together a calendar for 2006 with 12 photos from our trip. The calendars are small desktop size (5 inches by 7 inches). Each page contains a single photo. They are intended to sit on a desktop using a plastic bent frame, or hung on the refrigerator using a magnetic frame. Each page is an actual photo print and not computer generated print so the quality is excellent. You can purchase a calendar for $12.00 (plus $4.00 for shipping within the US only). If you would like to purchase a calendar just send an e-mail with your name and address. Upon receipt of your e-mail I will e-mail a payment page for you to make your payment using PayPal.

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The story you're about to read and the pictures you're about to see are the realization of a dream. A dream Anne and I shared for many years. It was a simple dream ... to one day visit and walk on the Great Wall of China, but it took almost twenty years realize it.

During our first trip to Hong Kong (1984) we saw brochures for tours to the Great Wall and thought how wonderful it would be to do that, but it was too far and we had little time. I believe it was then we first began to dream about walking on the Great Wall. We suffered the same problem on our second trip to Southeast Asia (1994), no time and still to far away. However, we were confident we would, one day, realize our dream, we just didn't know when. It was only a matter of time and planning.

The time finally arrived late in 2000. My sister, Carol, and her husband, John, came for dinner one evening and the topic of discussion turned to our wanting to visit China. They, too, wanted to visit China. It seems that the pending completion of the Three Gorges Dam was creating a sense of urgency for all of us. Another dream we developed over the years was to cruise through the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River before the area was flooded and gone forever. Construction on the dam began in the early '90s and the initial flooding is scheduled for 2003, so there was limited time for us to act. With that in mind we began planning for our trip and searching for the right tour. Within a month we'd all agreed on Grand Circle's 3-week China and Yangtze River cruise tour. We also decided to add on the optional 4-day extension to Bangkok. Having visited Bangkok previously we knew my sister and her husband would enjoy seeing the sights in and around Bangkok, especially the Grand Palace.

The selected tour covered much ground in the three weeks. Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuhan, a 5-day cruise of the Yangtze from Wuhan to Chongqing, Xi'an, Guilin and Hong Kong. Just reading the names of the cities doesn't tell the story of what we would see and enjoy. While we spent only a few days in each city they were jammed-packed with sightseeing. Among the tour's highlights would be:

In Beijing: The Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Ming Tombs, Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall of China. Shanghai: Yuyuan Gardens, the Bund, the Temple of the Jade Buddha, and a full-day excursion to Suzhou, China's Venice, on the Grand Canal. Wuhan: time for dinner only before boarding the ship for the Yangtze cruise. Five days cruising the Yangtze with stops at: Three Gorges Dam Project, the DaNing River (known as the Lesser Three Gorges), and Wanxian, a city soon to be underwater. Chongqing: a quick tour of the city, including a visit to the local zoo to visit China's best known ambassador, the Giant Panda. Xi'an: home of Qin's Terra-cotta Army and the city wall. Guilin: home of the famed limestone peaks of the Li River. Hong Kong: Repulse Bay, Stanley Market, and much more.

The trip sounded so wonderful my niece, Alicia, decided to join us and several of our friends were also interested in going. As it turned out, only the five of us would make the trip. Others who had signed up canceled after the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

Meet the happy travelers:

The five travelers to China
Photo taken our first night in Beijing

It would prove to be a wonderful trip, another of those "once in a lifetime adventures" that Anne and I have been so fortunate to enjoy.

Use the links below to view our album of pictures. The first link ... Grand Circle Tours, is a critique of Grand Circle, and the second addresses the issues of travel to/from and within China. The remainder of the links are self-explanatory. To view the pages in sequence use the "Next" link. Use the "Previous" link to return to the prior page.

Anne and I hope you enjoy your short visit and the many pictures you see. As always, should you have any questions we are just a short e-mail away. Bon voyage!

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Welcome to our China 2001 Photo Album
Planning and Getting there: Grand Circle Tours and Northwest Airlines
Beijing : Arriving in Beijing | Tiananmen Square | The Imperial (Forbidden) Palace (1) | The Imperial Palace (2) | The Nine Sons of the Dragon
The Imperial Palace Garden | The Summer Palace | Summer Palace (2) | Summer Palace (3) | Summer Palace (4) | Local Beijing Market
Local Beijing Market (2) | Hutong | Bell Tower | Hutong Family, Dinner and the Opera | Cloisonné Factory | Ming Tombs | Ming Tombs (2)
Great Wall of China at Ba Da Ling | Temple of Heaven
Shanghai : Arriving Shanghai | Yuyuan Garden | Yuyuan Garden (2) | The Temple of the Jade Buddha | The Bund | Day Excursion to Suzhou
Silk Process | The Administrator's Garden of Suzhou | Shanghai Museum of Art
Cruising the Yangtze River : Yangtze Cruise, Day 1 | Yangtze Cruise, Day 2 | The Xiling and Wu Gorge | The Lesser Three Gorges
The Lesser Three Gorges (2) | The Qutang Gorge | Wanxian | The Last Day of Cruising | Regal China Cruise Lines
Chongqing : Chongqing
Xi'an : Xi'an and Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors | Emperor's Qin's Terracotta Warriors (2) | Great Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an City Wall
Quilin : The Limestone Peaks of the Li River | The Limestone Peaks of the Li River (2) | Guilin and the Childrens Park | Children's Park (2) and Reed Flute Cave
The Hotels: Hotels, rail and air travel in China
Hong Kong : Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Fishing Village | Hong Kong at Sunset | Hong Kong Bird & Flower Market
| New Territories Fishing Village | Hong Kong Farewell Dinner
Bangkok : Jim Thompson House and Golden Buddha | The Flower Market | The Food Vendors | Grand Palace | Mystical Figures | Brightly Painted Masks on Mystical Figures
Golden Mystical Figures | Buildings of the Grand Palace | Lunching at the Shangri La Hotel | Loy Nava Rice Barge Cruise | Ayutthaya, Ancient Capital of Siam
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and the Reclining Buddha | Bang Pa In, The Summer Palace |

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