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My Epic Adventure to Beijing and Beyond | China

China is going to be popular for Spring Break this year. Who’s going?

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I eagerly arrived at the Beijing airport, not knowing one word of Chinese.  Yes, I knew about the Great Wall, Chinese food, and yellow dust – the pollution, but my knowledge of Chinese history was minimal.  After collecting my bags and making my way through customs, I knew a driver should be, hopefully would be waiting.  He was.  His name was Eric; his American name he told me… one he had picked from watching an American tv show, his favorite tv show being CSI.  Eric had a genuine smile, spoke very good English and the best part, a sense of humor.  I knew we were off to a great start on this adventure.

After checking into the Novotel hotel, it was time for a short walk.  First stop,

Tiananmen Square – Stern-faced guards at the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong at the country’s political epicenter.

Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China, history

Over the next few days, my…

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