Oct 062010

My parents have been nagging my sister and I to go back to China with them.  After years of talking about this, we finally made it happen back in May…..  and I finally feel like posting up the pictures…  in October….  We spent a good two weeks in three of China’s major cities.  Xi’an, Beijing and Shanghai.  Pictures were taken with a Sony WX1.  Sorry if some of the pics are blurry, I bought the camera the day before I left so I never had a chance to get to know it.  I was also carrying my old Windows Mobile phone with the GPS running, tagging my position every 5 seconds.  I used the GPS tracks to geotag all my photos so you know exactly where the picture was taken.  You’ll need to save the picture and view it in Picasa or iPhoto to show the picture’s geographical location.  I’ll have to write another blog entry on how to do that another time.

Anyways…  the trip..  The flight to Shanghai was just over 12 hours and after another 3 hour flight, I landed in Xi’an in the evening.  Our hired driver met us at the airport and drove us out to some bunk ass hotel on a university campus.  We got a night of sleep and was up bright ‘n early for the first day in China.  As a car person, my first impression was how incredibly smooth the roads were… look past the roads and you’ll notice how spotlessly clean the streets were.

Our first day was full of activities, we went to see the Terracotta Warriors, some palace where the KMT held it’s last stand before fleeing to Taiwan, a Muslim street market and we checked out the worlds largest water fountain that was built in front of a 7 story pagoda.