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Nanjing - City of Ancient Governments and Modern Tragedy

Nanjing is a city that I have wanted to visit since I first started studying China.  It's a city that has served as the capital for multiple Chinese empires; some of the first Asian sites of human habitation were located in Nanjing.  When the last dynasty was overthrown by the Xinhai Revolution in 1911, the newborn Republic of China chose Nanjing as the capital.  The mausoleum of Sun Yatsen, the Republic's first president, is located just outside the city limits, along with the mausoleum of a Ming emperor (which says a lot about how revered Sun Yatsen is by the Chinese people).

The great metropolis of Shanghai

Shanghai is known all over the western world, and why? Because it is a major financial and trading center.  It is the western version of China.  At least, those were my thoughts when I decided to visit Shanghai.

Travel Time!! Guiyang

Hello everyone!!

It's my first post in a while--I'll try not to ramble.  I've finished my semester at Sichuan University, taken all my tests, etc.  Now I'm traveling throughout southern China!!  My trip can be divided into five legs, based on city.  I am visiting Guiyang, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Xi'an (there's room for one more city in my itinerary, but I haven't decided where to go yet...).

It's Christmas time in the City~!

Hello all!

It's been almost one month since I last updated this blog, and I'm sure you're all just dying to hear about every second since Thanksgiving.  Well, thankfully I discovered this awesome new technology that records every passing moment!!  You can listen to me snore, learn about my dreams, and even learn how my teeth feel after I eat breakfast!!!  It's called the *NEW* Chrono-corder!!!  The best part is that you can now buy it at half the in-store price by calling this toll-free number--

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A truth I should have known

Words are highly subjective, and people are very good at obscuring the truth even as they reveal it.