Trip to China, June 22-July 5, 2006
Our trip to China
had 9 parts:
We flew to Beijing
from Seattle, arriving
the afternoon of Thursday June 22. The next day we visited the Great Wall.
Saturday we flew to Luoyang
(a 2 hour flight south of Beijing) and then
visited the Shaolin Temple, about an hour drive
Sunday through Wednesday of the next week we
stayed in Luoyang, while Kevin attended a
Thursday we visited the
Longman Grottoes near Luoyang (Tammy also
went there on Monday) before taking a 5 hour train ride to Xiían.
On Friday morning in Xiían our host gave us a tour
of the city; in the afternoon Kevin gave lectures at three schools and
Tammy shopped with one of our hostís students.
Saturday morning we visited the Terra Cotta Warriors with our host and his family;
in the afternoon we did some more sightseeing around
Sunday we flew to Beijing
and took a city tour, seeing Tiananmen Square, the
Forbidden City, and the old city.
Monday was a full day of lecturing for Kevin.
Tuesday we visited the Summer Palace.
The reason we went to China is that Kevin was invited to
be a Plenary Speaker at a conference
Kevin will also be going back to Beijing in October, when he will also be an
invited speaker at another meeting
While in China,
most of our arrangements were handled by our hosts at the conference and the
various schools we visited. However, for the air travel within China, and our visits
to the Great Wall, the Shaolin Temple, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City,
the Beijing old town, and the Summer Palace, we used services provided by China Connection Tours http://www.china-tour.cn .They are based
in Xiían, but make arrangements all over China. We thought they were great.
They seem to understand the needs of western tourists. You can contact them via
Michael at email@example.com