21 January 2017 Saturday Taipei,Taiwan to Ashland, Oregon

21 January 2017  Saturday Goodbye to Asia and Banyan trees with their sprawling roots. and packed my Wax Apples for the airplane ride. Too bad we cannot find Wax Apples in the States. Taipei Airport is very new and very nice, the New Year decorative display had one of...

20 January Friday SunYatSen Memorial & Taipei 101, Taiwan

20 January 2017  Friday  Taipei 101         Loretta and Harold have been giving me a crash course in Chinese language, culture, and history. I was taken to the Sun Yat Sen memorial, an enormous and imposing building (with a row of magenta flowers...

19 January 2017 Thursday Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

19 January 2017  Thursday   Palace Museum Taipei , Taiwan  Today, we took the obligatory sightseeing trip to the Palace Museum. We set out on foot on the main north-south artery of Taipei, Zhongshan Road, the street on which Chiang Kai -Shek (蔣中正, 蔣介石) lived and the...

18 January 2017 Wednesday Taipei, Taiwan

18 January 2017  Wednesday Taipei, Taiwan Today, on the way to the street market, we passed a restaurant with a Polynesian-Aboriginal theme. So busy looking at the curious carved wooden statues, we forgot to check the menu. We also passed the house in which Loretta...

17 January 2017 Tuesday  Grand Canal Museum

17 January 2017  Tuesday   Up at six, showered, packed, breakfasted (oh yes), ordered the taxi, and ready to meet Guang at the Grand Canal Museum. Not. An hour later, no taxi. Finally, my taxi arrives to take me to the museum, just as Guang’s taxi arrives to bring ...

15 January 2017 Sunday Zhejiang University, Hangzhou

15 January 2017  Sunday “Fifty errors” reported Professor Shen in the morning email. I blanched, and while working on emails, awaited his arrival for our late morning meeting with some trepidation. But it turned out that most of the problems involved Chinese...

14 January 2017 Saturday Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

14 January 2017  Saturday The morning was spent with Professor Shen assessing repairs to “China 1908,” offering a glimpse into all the things that I do not know and have yet to learn, such as – oh, dear, too many too recount.  The afternoon was equally...

13 January 2017 Friday Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

 13 January 2017 Friday BIG. It is all so big. Here, in the northwest of Hangzhou, Zijingang Campus of Zhejiang University is big and still being built. Zijingang Campus is one of the five that comprise Zhejiang University, which is one of the three most important...

11-12 January 2017 Ashland, Oregon, USA to Hangzhou, China

11-12 January 2017 What a great beginning for my China trip! For days, Ashland has been in the grip of snow and ice and ice and snow, the roads too often a skating rink, the cars twirling dervishes, not even the buses running. But Wednesday, just rain and the snow all...