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2011 : Bruce Peck Adventures
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Mooncakes, Mooncakes Everywhere

The mid-autumn festival is one of the most important annual Chinese festivals and we were in Shanghai for the event. Our guidebook told us that it was an ancient festival to celebrate, worship and watch the moon. A romantic night too, we were told, for couples. And mooncakes are an integral part of the day. Kind of like mince pies for Christmas in the U.K. or turkey on Thanksgiving in the U.S. We set out to find out how modern day Chinese celebrate this age-old holiday. We asked... Read More

Mmm… Peasant Flesh

Stumbling through the language barriers in China has been a little more challenging than most of the countries we’ve been to on this adventure. Fewer people speak English or have English menus. Which hasn’t been too much of a problem. But it has been surprising to us that few places in China have picture menus compared to all the other countries we’ve been to. I fear we’ve become semi-dependent on them and I’ve come to wonder how I will order in restaurants... Read More

Yangzi “Cruise”

We usually share just the highlights of our trip with you, we try to spare you the bad, the boring and the mundane. But occasionally, an experience comes along that’s bad enough that it’s worth writing home about. The guide book says one of the top things to do China is to cruise down the Yangzi river on a boat. It said something similar about Ha Long Bay, so we didn’t want to miss out. Let’s just say rose petals weren’t sprinkled on our bed on... Read More

Shanghai Skyline

Shanghai is the most out of this world skyline we’ve ever seen. And it deserves it’s own post. Mostly because I want to share some of the pictures we took. Doesn’t it make you think that there’s an evil scientist that’s successfully set up shop in plain sight and threatens to “take-off” with his dastardly plan any day?  Read More

Now That’s a Big Buddha

You should have seen the toe nail clippers. We have seen a lot of Buddhas on our trip. It isn’t uncommon to find 10,000 Buddhas in a single shrine or museum. We see them in stores, hotels and at the countless shrines we’ve passed or visited. It wouldn’t surprise me if we’ve seen upwards 100,000 on the trip so far. But yesterday, we saw a Buddha that stands out from the crowd. It’s official name is the Leshan Giant Buddha, but I like to call it mega-uber-Buddha. See... Read More