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2011 : Bruce Peck Adventures
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Then Tell The World

The Dalai Lama said, “Go to Tibet and see many places, as much as you can; then tell the world.” Here it goes… Visiting Jokhang Temple and Potala Palace, the former home of the Dalai Lama, was the most difficult day of the trip so far. The palace was stunning. Perched on a hill overlooking Lhasa, it has all the history, spirituality, and humble grandeur the home of the Dalai Lama might be expected to command. But today, it’s a kind of tomb. A tomb placed... Read More

36 Hour Train to Tibet

If we had any trepidations about going to Tibet on this trip, they were alleviated when we learned the Dalai Lama gave his okay for his supporters to go as tourists. But how to get there? Well, that was never in question… The highest elevated train in the world, of course! Arrival in Lhasa The Qinghai-Lhasa railway is so high that they pump oxygen into the train cars (its highest point is almost 17,000 feet over sea-level). Apparently it’s an engineering wonder since... Read More

These aren’t the Terracotta Warriors You’re Looking For

Sasha and I were excited to see the famed Terracotta Warriors – over eight thousand human sized, 2200 year old Chinese warriors, each entirely unique, buried with Qin Shi Huang the first Emporer of China to protect him in the afterlife. Located in Xian, a sleepy town of over 10 million, the Terracotta Warriors are the most notable tourist destination in town. Since this week is the busiest week for tourism in China, because every one has a holiday, the city is packed with... Read More

Beijing “Cirque du Soleil”

We ventured to the Chinese acrobatic show on one of our last nights in Beijing. They could easily be recruited for Cirque du Soleil — seven women on a bicycle is always impressive. A bicycle made for seven.  Read More

Working-Out In Beijing’s Olympic Park

Josh and I made a quick visit to the Olympic Park one night. To get there we took the Subway which we used to get everywhere in Beijing and tickets are just 2 RMB (25 cents) a ticket. Bonus. There are actually two stations on Line 8 that you can alight at for the Olympic Park. Not being sure which one was best we took our cue from all the Chinese passengers to get off en masse at Olympic Green Subway Station. We followed like sheep and were not disappointed when we exited to see... Read More