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Vacation to China

May 30, 2013

I just returned from an 18-day vacation to China.  It was eye opening and mind expanding.  Everything I had thought about China was wrong and was from impressions developed in a previous age.  There were no disappointments or anything to complain about.  I highly recommend a similar trip.

 

Before I get into details, thanks are due to Sarah Cirelli, our extraordinary social media leader for posting my blogs every Tuesday and Thursday during my absence.  Thanks to her, my twice a week consecutive string of blogs since February 2012 is intact.In Tianmen Sq

 

We visited Shanghai, Beijing, Xi’an, Wuhan, the Yangtze River Gorges, Chongqing, Guilin and Hong Kong by guided tours.  We saw modern cities and power plants that did not exist a generation ago with construction cranes everywhere we went.  We strolled in Tiananmen Square, walked in the Forbidden City, gawked at the Pandas, climbed the Great Wall (well a teeny part of it), marveled at the Terra Cotta Soldiers, had foot messages and were diagnosed and prescribed herbal remedies for our so-called ailments, went to Jade and Silk factories, learned Chinese Calligraphy along with a few Chinese phrases, participated in tea tastings and a family lunch in a private residence, attended Kung Fu, Acrobatic and Chinese Dancing shows, ate a lot of very good Chinese food, went to many other places and were surprised about the openness of the Chinese people we met and the capitalism prevalent in China today.  We were also paired with a great group of people along with our dear traveling friends and were led by well-spoken guides and an excellent and caring tour director.

 

I could go on for hours about the wonders we saw– both ancient and modern – and will be glad to share my experiences if you call me… but I don’t want to get to a point of boredom for those not interested.  Justice Felix Frankfurter once described a bore as someone who responds when asked “How are you?”  I can add to that question “…or how was your vacation?”

 

When I am on vacation, I don’t respond to phone calls or emails, or commit to prescheduled calls, unless a true emergency arises [keeping in mind that no one will die if I can’t be reached for a couple of weeks – especially with the strong backup I have].  Vacations are not just a change of scenery, but a time to rest the brain, reduce stress, rejuvenate your body and possibly experience and absorb new things.  I believe taking calls, answering emails, following up with clients, tracking staff and getting involved in the regular routine and activities thwarts the purpose and benefits of a vacation.

 

I hope all of your future vacations are as good as mine was.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Steven Oberg, CPA permalink
    May 30, 2013 7:53 pm

    Hi Ed,
    I did a similar China tour in 2008. Did you notice that all the airports were brand new and very modern and clean. Every flight I took was totally full of Chinese travelers. And most of the tourists I saw were Chinese. The middle class is growing fast. Time will tell how the political system holds up with the growing wealth and capitalistic system. I also recommend that others make the trip.

    Steve Oberg, CPA
    Hawaii

  2. Alan Zeitlin permalink
    May 30, 2013 10:55 pm

    Glad to hear you had such a great time let me know when all the photos are ready to be shown so we can get together will see you Tuesday at poker and golf on Wednesday hopefully Alan

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. June 2, 2013 1:07 am

    Thanks Steve and Alan for your comments.

  4. Sherry deDitiu permalink
    June 2, 2013 3:48 am

    Thanks for your thoughts fellow traveler. We too enjoyed the experience and were really amazed that our group got on so well together. Luis was supposed to set up the facebook. I haven’t seen it yet either. So, a shout out to our new friends both American and Chinese from Jim and Sherry DeDitius

  5. Maryann Saffold permalink
    June 2, 2013 4:54 am

    Excellent summary Ed. Thanks

  6. harriett hufford permalink
    June 4, 2013 4:33 am

    Harriett Hufford

    Thanks for sending your blog, Ed. I enjoyed reading it very much. We sure did have a great time. It was far better than I expected. It will be interesting to see how far China progresses in the next few years. It’s really mind-boggling. Our group was the best. Very supportive, very friendly, good sense of humor.

    I’m sure Luis will come through for us. He went on to Thailand so he must be exhausted and recovering from the trip.

    If anyone has a copy of the email addesses for our group I’d appreciate it. I lost the one I so carefully put in my purse. harriett.hufford@att.net.

  7. LUis permalink
    June 4, 2013 4:28 pm

    Hello Ed! Great work! Our page in FB (China with Harry Sun) is up and running! Enjoy!

  8. Harry Sun permalink
    June 12, 2013 4:03 am

    Hi, guys, so nice to see your thoughts and comments here. I really love to see more on the Facebook but unfortunately I can not get myself through .

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