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07 February 2008 @ 07:03 pm
China vacation recap~~ ^__^  

Good-bye china!! Well, I have to say that the two weeks that I spent in China meant a lot to me.. I felt things that I've not felt in years (such as the solitariness that came standing on the top of the Great Wall, all alone), enjoyed time with a friend that I don't get to see often (whom I was staying with), got to see amazing things that I've never even dreamed about until now (both places and people), tried so many delicious foods (I'm completely spoiled now!), found some new favorite foods (Chinese soy milk yuuuuuuum! Hawthorne juice yuuuuum!!), took a million pictures and finally figured out what I want to do with my life, and took my first real solo vacation (so to speak =))

There were also bad times.. I was freezing any time I had to set foot outdoors, I was concerned that I would get sick from the unsanitary conditions everwhere I went (and in fact I had a persistent cold the entire 2 weeks), was constantly assaulted with smokers and smoke (which is a big issue to me), had a fight (brought on by my abhorrence of smoke, actually), saw animal torture (and had no recourse), was attacked (and again had no recourse). But I would rather remember the good times over the bad ones, so I will surely hold them tight in my heart..

I chose my favorite pictures:
The Great Wall of China:

Chinese writing on a bell:

So many prayer tablets...

The Chinese flag in Ti'an'anmen Square:

Chinese writing near the Forbidden City:

In the Summer Palace:

Again in the summer palace:

These two near the lake in the summer palace:


Yummy food by yummy native people =D

The streets of Xi'an:

Delicious food for the local palate:

The famous Terra-cotta warriors:



The streets of Harbin:

From the 731 compound..

I'm curious, so.... does anyone have a favorite post or a memorable photo from the posts that I made about China? Did I make you more interested in China at all...?

Well, that concludes my China trip notes! ^o^ I would say that I wonder when my next vacation will be, but I'm leavning this Saturday at the crack of dawn for the Hokkaido Snow Festival! We've been planning this trip longer than I planned my China one for. Yay! I hope that it will make me feel a little bit better. ^^
autumnaldaveautumnaldave on February 7th, 2008 10:56 am (UTC)
lo there,

my name's dave and I'm a causal observer.
The photos you've been posting have been great.

How close did you get to the tiger in the picture above?

you need to roll to kyoto for a day or two... go visit sanjusangendo temple, you're statement of "I've felt things I haven't in years" kinda rings true of a solid vacation...

keep up the fun photos and interesting posts.
rock on.

デスsurealistic_des on February 7th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
damn those are really pretty photos <3

the favourite would have to be of the Great Wall... *o*

Hope you had a good New Year :3

hehehe Soy milk is lovely stuff... have you tried the green one? Its usually bland since there's no sugar added...
chibichan03 on February 7th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
It is always nice to know other people's experiences in a certain place. There have always been a few places in China I wanted to see like the teracotta soldiars and the great wall, but I think I was went on a trip outside Japan while I am over there, I would go to the Phillapeans as I have friends over there. I must says pictures of the teracotta soldiars are aweinspiring for me. I love the history behind them and have heard soo much about them in my wold civilization class.

Lucky, you are going to the Hokkaido Snow Festival. I have always wanted to see that ever since I saw some of the awesome ice sculptures that are created during the festival. If I get accepted to the JET Program I hope to check that out. Interview is on the 21st of this month...
Britin Anne McCarthy: Gar: Get Down and Funkybritin on February 7th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
I found you through MJ's journal and your pictures reminded me that I am stuck in boring, dreary Illinois and gave me something interesting to look at while I was bored at work. People like you and MJ amaze me cause you have the opportunity to live out your dreams...the most amazing thing I saw recently was a hubcap come flying out of the trees at my Da's car while we were driving behind mine that was stuck on a flatbed.

I <3 your pictures! But my favorite is the fish one up above, it would make an awesome wallpaper.

+babymoss on February 7th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
I really love that fish photo <3
That's my favourite.
Jovitarmegakazul on February 7th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Been watching your journal for quite some time now.

Favorite picture...the one of you sitting on the railing in the Summer Palace...because I've always loved ancient chinese architecture! But all of your pictures were awesome so it was hard to choose.

Happy Chinese New Year!
Anguilaelectragretchen on February 7th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Well, for me you're like an inspiration, you have a lot of goals, but you don't only sit down and write about them, you actually make them possible little by little. I don't remember how or when i began to read your jornal, but really, you're are admirable and yet so human, with so many ups and downs, and always accomplished to move on.

Thanks to you I decided to not fear what's out and now i'm trying to go abroad and study. Other thing i learned with you was english xD Reading your journal has helped me a lot, thanks : ) *hugs*

Have a happy day~

P.S. Love the composition of the photos with the perspective and all.
suteki_ran on February 7th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Its kind of hard to choose a favorite, though those tigers are pretty awesome. Its makes me really want to see China. Once I get settled on my own I'll have to plan a trip.:)
Chiakichiaki777 on February 8th, 2008 10:37 am (UTC)
I personally liked all the temples. they are relevant to my field of interest afterall ^^

Thanks so much for the photos! I enjoyed them.
Idyllkaidyllka on February 11th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
terra-cotta warriors are my favourite!
I wanna see them cause, I read about them so much, it is the first time I see them under the roof, though
and, and Great Wall <333 KIREI~!

btw You have beautiful hair (^___^) I like it's colour XD

and I have already written that You have inspired me...
(Anonymous) on March 28th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
I like the Great Wall pic where it zig-zags all the way into the distant hills, but all the ones you've chosen here are beautiful really. It seems like an exciting place where the old and new are mixing in a giant free-for-all. As you can see, there's a huge pollution problem - factories, cars, and smokers. But then there's the DongTan eco-city, which I'd love to see when it's finished. So many contradictions!