Our meals arrive
As we wait to start our 10 day tour of Shanghai, and then southern China to see landscape and indigenous villages.
On the great-cirlce route over Russia
Cabin flight display
En route eo Beijing, then Shanghai
Selfie pose at Beijing Airport.
21st Century Shanghai
Left of center is the Shanghai Tower, with a height of 2073 ft., the tallest building in China.
Shanghia Museum guardians
New building since I visited in 2003
Selfie in a mirrored door
Four floors of exhibits
Painting by Ren Xiong
One of the three famous Rens
Miles of shops
Near our hotel in Guilin
Dual pagodas, nighttime
Atrium, Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel
Taken from glass elevator
The Waterfall Hotel waterfall
Every night at 8:30 pm
The Elephant (drinking) Rock, Guilin
Boat views available.
A tea-pickin' good time
institute of Tea, Guilin
A Chinese tea ceremony
Tea bags are abominable.
Rice terraces and a Zhuang village
Longji Mountain, we had lunch in a village
The making of silk comforters explained to us
(We had Chinese-Americans on our tour, and Kansas Mennonites.)
Buses in both directions
Often there was a moped or small car in the formation.
Typical Guilin scene from the bus
We came here for a Li River outing
Boats on the Li River
Dawn, hotel spa above the Xunjiang River
Dongxiang Sanjiang Guest House
Ready for the new Bates Hotel.
Greeting song by the Miao villagers
A modern village built by the government who needed the historic village site for a hydropower project.
Unhappy with the program
At a village of the Miao people
Tour members in borrowed finery.
They were always looking out for us.
Parked "organ donors"
Silent electric-motor bikes that save power by not using lights at night.
Backdrop for a rural temple stage
Longshengzehn from hotel window
Sanjiang Drum tower (civic pagoda) interior
With guide Steve and kids on wheels
Kids on little wheels
Village of the Dong people
Where Patrick got lost, for a bit.
Last hotel window view, Guilin
Then in one 36-hour calendar day we flew to Beijing, LAX and SFO.