Dave Chamberlain 2005


Travels - China

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From October 1994 through July 1997, I lived in the People's Republic of China. For the first six months, I had the opportunity to travel around the country and see many of the fascinating historical sites. From March 1995, I worked at the Shangri-La Hotel in Shenzhen (across the border from Hong Kong) and was able to visit Hong Kong regularly.

Pictures of Huangguoshu Falls
Anshun, Guizhou, China

Huangguoshu Falls (Summer)
Niki at Huangguoshu

Here is a picture of Huangguoshu Falls, the largest waterfall in China, taken in the summer.

This is my friend, Niki, dressed as a Huamiao (Flower Miao) at Huangguoshu Falls during Spring Festival 1995.

Friends at Huangguoshu Falls
Tianxingqiao Falls

Here we all are at Huangguoshu Falls. These are the people Niki and I met the day before at Longgong. They insisted on meeting us at Huangguoshu and we had a great time together.

The next day, Niki and I went on our own to Tianxingqiao (Milky Way), a series of falls and walking trails downriver from Huangguoshu Falls about 10km. We had a great time, but wish we could have spent longer in the area.

Pictures of the Dragon's Palace
Anshun, Guizhou, China

The Dragon's Mouth
Through the Dragon's Mouth

At the Dragon's Palace, you start out here at the Dragon's Mouth.

Walking through the Mouth, you see the falls inside.

Niki and I with our new friends
On the boat with our new friends

Here's Niki and I with some of the people we met on the boat tour.

And here we are preparing to enter the Dragon's Palace with our new friends.

Through the Caves
Leaving the Cave

To see the Palace itself, you ride a boat through the beautiful caverns.

At the end, you can leave here and walk back through the countryside, or ride back through the caves once again.

Pictures of Xi'an, China

Big Wild Goose Pagoda Xi'an at Sunset

This is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built in the Tang Dynasty to commemorate the journey of the monk Xuan Zang to India to bring the Buddhist scriptures to China. This story, by the way, became the basis for the novel, Journey to the West, featuring the Monkey King.

The city of Xi'an is very beautiful, even as the light fades.





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