Chapters 1-10 of this document were written in 1995. We were much younger, there were still baiji swimming in the Yangtze River, and China was a different world. A lot has changed for all of us since then...
Stefanie with an elephant on the Avenue of Stone Animals that leads up to the Ming Dynasty Tomb on Purple Mountain.
Donald with a pair of camels on the Avenue of Stone Animals that leads up to the Ming Dynasty Tomb on Purple Mountain.
Donald at the Qixia Buddhist Temple, about a one hour drive (we took the bus) outside of Nanjing. Qixia is the smallest town we visited in China, but they clearly get a lot of tourists visiting the temple. At one point, we got lost walking around the town trying to find the road to the temple. An old man on a bicycle, without a word from us, turned us around and pointed us in the proper direction to find the temple.
The Qixia Temple grounds and buildings are very beautiful and peaceful, almost like a large park, despite the presence of vendors hawking cheap souvenirs along the main path as you first go in. Lotus flowers bloom in a pond at the Qixia temple.
Stonework at the Jade Buddha Temple.
An old man strains to pull a cart heavily-laden with coal, which is widely used for heating and cooking fuel in China.
Nanjing Donglu, the main shopping street in Shanghai, at night. (Yes, those are all people crowding the street!)