A life-long interest in Asian culture, art and literature prompted us – Lisa Holmes and John Vincent – to travel to China for the first time in April 2011. We traveled as part of a tour group to Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin (with side trips to Longsheng and Yangshuo) and Shanghai (with side trips to Suzhou and Tongli).
While our photography and video efforts were hampered somewhat by the group experience, we tried our best to document our journey. We are pleased to share our experience with you.
DAYS 1-2: TRAVELING
Traveling to China takes time. Crossing the international date line, we started early one day and arrived late the next. Our trip started a block from our house where we caught the bus, transferred to the MAX and on to PDX. Flew to San Francisco then on to Beijing to begin our visit.
DAY 14: RETURN
The journey from Shanghai to Portland was one of the longest journeys of our lives. We left our Shanghai hotel at 6:00 am and arrived in Portland 35 hours later after flying first to Beijing, then on to San Francisco and, finally, PDX. Exhausted is an understatement.