Harbin, Heilongjiang – Not just Ice and Snow

Harbin has a special mix of my special interests in China: interesting history, foreign connections, a northern/cold city, but warm

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Wuhan, Hubei… Where North Meets South in China

For centuries, trade and transportation within China was conducted by waterways. With the arrival of railways and the development of roads, one major waterway became an obstacle. That was the mighty Yangtze River (or the ChongJiang, as it is know to the Chinese themselves)….

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On a Hard Seat Coach from Wuhan to Changsha

I was on the train to Changsha (Hunan) from Wuhan (Hubei) and chose to travel “hard seat” this time. Across from me was a university student. He watched me do Sudoku—the addictive number game…. Here we were, very close to the big lake (Hu) from which the Province of Hunan (south of the lake) and Hubei (north of the lake) get their names.

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