Thursday, May 21, 2009

Back to Freedom in Blogging

In the last weeks or so in China, we ran into some difficulties being able to blog there. If you'd been following our exploits, you would have noticed that it was working. But that was until we wrote about a disappointing experience at the Diaoshuilou Waterfall. After that, Blogger stopped working. Moreover, wasn't working either!

Anyways, after a long day of planes and trains, we went from the North Capital (i.e. Beijing) and made it to the East Capital (i.e. Dongjing if you're Chinese and more famously known as Tokyo).

At least now, freedom of speech is restored and we're back in business so long as internet service is available.

So what did you miss in the last week of China?

Well, after a waterfalling drought since Hukou Waterfall because we didn't get to see the Yuanyang Waterfall in Zhangjiajie and the Baofeng Waterfall was fake, plus the Diaoshuilou Waterfall was essentially dry, we finally got to see a real waterfall in Changbai Shan.

Even though it was too early in the year to visit this area (Heaven Lake was frozen), there were some waterfalls we did get to see such as the Changbai Waterfall, the Green Deep Pool Waterfall, and the Dongtian Waterfall.

After that, we went to Beijing which was surprisingly cleaner than expected and perhaps even cleaner relative to all the other places in China we've been to except maybe Hong Kong. The subway system there was excellent and convenient, and we were able to see all the major sights from the Forbidden City to the Temple of Heaven. We were also able to see the out-of-town sights like the Great Wall and the Summer Palace.

All in all, China was varied and educational. It definitely has World Class Nature though we do fear that its environment is deteriorating rapidly. We also learned more about who we are as Chinese-Americans and got a heavy dose of Chinese culture and way of life.

But now, we're in for another 3 weeks of Japan. And unlike China, we're completely on our own here. Since we don't speak or read/write Japanese (aside from a few kanji words, which are traditional Chinese characters), there's a lot of anxiety about whether we'll be able to execute on this trip. Still, this is what the travel experience is all about, and sometimes the unexpected and uncertain moments yield the highest of highs that can only be experienced if you put yourself out there...

Wish us luck!

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