2009 Group Trip to China-Shanghai, Zhouzhuang, Beijing, Dunhuang, Xi'an

Welcome to the travelogue of our October 2009 group shopping and touring trip to Shanghai, Zhouzhuang, Beijing, Dunhuang and Xi'an.

FUN FOOD     Xian Building    SAY CHEESE



The Group: Three groups of eager journey seekers left separately from the USA, enroute to China to begin our soon to be shared journey. Ellen & Gerald, patent attorneys, and Patricia (Trish) & Joe, petroleum engineers, from the Houston area, Judy and Marion, interior designers, from the New Orleans area, and Robert and I...



Modern Shanghai: Move over beignets, grits, and grillades and say good morning to congi, curry, fungus (mushrooms), dumplings, and tea. Our breakfast...



Canal-City of Zhouzhuang Sightseeing: With our group refreshed from the previous days of traveling and sightseeing, we headed off to a tour of the canal city of Zhouzhuang, the Venice of the East....



Shanghai to Beijing: Zhuling, our tour guide, herded us onto our bus from our Shanghai hotel to the airport and to the boarding area for our flight to Beijing. Being good little sheep, we obeyed and offered her our gratitude for her... ...



Fun-Filled Day in Beijing: The early morning risers and the brave (Ellen, Trish, Joe, Gerald and I) arrived at the magnificent and beautiful park and gardens surrounding the Temple of Heaven monuments seeking to join in the daily tai chi exercise routines of the...



Lily's Antique Furniture Showroom: Lily is perhaps the most respected antique furniture dealer in Beijing and she graciously agreed to present a history of Chinese antique furniture to our group. Judy and Marion being interior designers,...



The Great Wall, Shopping & Hot Pot: With Robert and I needing to continue our shopping for Silk Road Collection, the rest of the group headed out on a private tour to see and walk on the 2,000+ year-old Great Wall of China, located outside of Beijing. The Great Wall is over 5,000 miles long...



The Flea Market & Scorpions: Saturday is the main day for the Beijing outdoor weekend market, Panjiayuan and often referred to as the dirt market; as it used to be held outdoors on the ground. Today...



Dunhuang, Ancient Walled City: Dunhuang is an ancient walled city located along the historic Silk Road. Travelers on the ancient Silk Road viewed Dunhuang as one of the last western outposts in China before...



Camel Ride in the Gobi Desert: Judy, inquired a few times—“a three hour camel ride, are you sure we should do this?” Our group was taken to a camel den on the outskirts of the city, pre-dawn....



Dunhuang to Xian: Xi’an is the ancient eastern beginning of the Silk Road and was the home to numerous Chinese emperors for thousands of years before moving to Beijing. Today it is a city of about 10 million....



Xian - Banpo, Terra Cotta Army & Big Wild Goose Pagoda Temple: This day we are to visit the Banpo museum, big Wild-Goose Buddhist Pagoda temple, and the magnificent site of the terra cotta buried warriors.....



Beijing-Folk Opera & Surprise Birthday Party: Most in our group had made plans upon arrival in Beijing to do some last minute shopping before we met in the evening to visit the Chinese folk opera and then dinner. After....



Beijing-Forbidden City, Acrobats & Peking Duck: This being our final day in Beijing and in China, there were still many things to see and to purchase. ....



China to USA: Suitcases heavy laden and our bodies feeling the “joys” of two weeks of travel, each of us said goodbye to China and welcomed our return home.



Next Group Tour - 2011: You are invited to join Silk Road Collection on its annual group shopping and sightseeing tours. Each year we visit different cities and different regions in China searching for antique Chinese furniture treasures and silk, jade, porcelain, fresh-water pearls, and local crafts. The 2011 trip may be to Tibet and southern China-Hong Kong, Zhuhai, Macau, Guangzhou & Guilin.



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