A country too vast to call
by one name, China is
truly regions, provinces,
cities, towns, and
villages, all unique,
isolated, diverse, and
China is not just one
place but many.
More a political
designation than one
country, the place we call
China is, of course, a
land of many cultures,
many landscapes, and
most importantly, many
Photos by Rain Rodolph
Soft seat travel takes on reality in China where trains
actually have a designated seating called "Soft Seat".
Depending on your ticket, you have either a padded seat,
(pictured below) or a hard seat,an unpadded, or wooden
seat. On those wooden seats only the most dedicated
travelers can survive the newly inaugurated 1142 KM
train ride from Qinghai to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.
Great Wall views
My expectations about China's Great Wall were
more than exceeded by its great size and surprising
beauty. My daughter lived in China at the time of my
first visit and she took me to a secluded section of the
wall most tourists never see, two hours beyond Bejing.
Once at the top. our view of the wall continued beyond
the horizon. As we walked, my shutter never stopped
trying to capture the incredible mass of wall, its curving
lines and hulking shapes.
While in Bejing we stayed at the Peninsula Hotel, a
place I would recommend to visitors. Although
expensive for China, the hotel proved a worthy
experience. For a westerner it was a good start into the
exotic culture of Asia, slightly Western in style, the hotel
felt familiar while at the same time a comfortable
doorstep into the exotic.
|Riding The Red Rooster
This book can evoke a
feeling about the
countryside and deserts
that makes you want to visit.
Riding The Red Rooster by
Paul Theroux has deep
insight into this vast region
and its ethnic diversity
Great Wall, Photo Rain Rodolph
China Vacation, Travel In China
|China might be
the best travel
right now with the
will continue to
show its best face
to the world.
Text and Photos by Rain Rodolph
China, Photos by Rain Rodolph
China's Great Wall was built over
many stages and by several dynasties.
Meant to keep out foreigners it is now
most responsible for bringing foreign
tourists to China.
At over 4,000 miles long the wall is
one of the only man made objects that
can be seen from space.
Dining in China
Noodles for breakfast, lunch, and
dinner, dining in China will include
This is what Marco Polo found when he
came to china and it hasn't changed
Noodles of rice and noodles made
from pasta of wheat, the Italians later
called it spaghetti.
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A good read before you go
|RMB is the China Yuan
Our China Vacation started in Bejing at the
Peninsula Hotel, a place I would recommend to
Although expensive for China, the Peninsula Hotel
proved a good start for a vacation in the exotic
culture of Asia.
China Great Wall tours