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Converted 1994 Asia Travel Journal – DONE!

I have FINALLY converted an ancient Dreamweaver coded Travel Journal to WordPress!

Travel Journal to Asia in 1994

It was good to clean up some of the code, and get “it” back to a base standard in html!

Part of the joys over jumping various web platforms over the years…

In re-linking the various jpeg image files, I realize that I do need to go back and re-scan some of the old slides!

So if you are interested, please take a look and let me know what you think!

– Andrew
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Tiananmen Square and The Great Wall

Note – All images are scanned from slide film.

Tiananmen Square

  • Tiananmem Square Overview
  • Monument to the People’s Heros
  • Museum of Chinese Revolution & History
  • Working People’s Cultural Palace
  • Great Hall of the People

13th Ming Emperor’s Tombs

  • Map of the Tombs
  • Walking up to the tombs
  • Walking up to the tombs 2

It is very hard to show pictures of the Tomb because they are all underground.

At the entrance, you walk down about 100 feet of stairs, and then opens up into a series of large vaults.

In these vaults are the various items buried with the Emperor.

Back above ground, one is treated with a great view of the surrounding country side.

  • Looking Out
  • Looking Out – Detail 1
  • Looking Out – Detail 2

Lunch in a ‘tourist trap’

Lunch in the upstairs portion of the building.

A tour bus of Chinese tourists came in toward the end of the meal.

Shopping around the International Store.

The Great Wall of China

The drive north-west of Beijing/Peking

There is some beautiful mountains that you drive through to get to the wall. I just kept looking out the window in the amazement of nature.

I was also amazed to see portions of the wall traversing the tops of the mountains. Here was this extremely rugged terrain, and on top of it all, this stone wall!!

Simply put, AMAZING!!

Robert did have a problem with the tickets because of his nationality.

Merchants selling picture books, buttons, and table cloths all along the wall!!

The higher I walked, the more and more I was amazed.

The Wall just stretches as far as the eye can see.

  • Great Wall Tower
  • The Great Wall 01
  • The Great Wall 02
  • Walking up some stairs
  • The Great Wall 03
  • The Great Wall 04
  • The Great Wall 05
  • The Great Wall 06

Drive back to Beijing

I saw a small fire in the under brush that no one seemed to care about. I did not see anyone tending the flames!!

Formal Dinner

Dad was the host for this meal

– Andrew
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First day in Hong Kong

Note – All images are scanned from slide film.

View from the Hotel Balcony

This was my first real viewof Hong Kong

Assignment: Get my Visa into China

Walking around Hong Kong

  • Interesting Building 01
  • Interesting Building 02
  • Between Buildings
  • Close-Up on the Bank of China

Cable Car to the top of Mt. Victoria

We took a very steep cable car ride to the top of Mt. Victoria, where we walked around the top. At one point, you can see the other side of Hong Kong.

We then took a taxi from the top, all the way down, and into Kowloon, where dad was getting new glasses.

Walking around Kowloon

I had a “Fast Food” Chinese meal!

Dad and I walked along the water front.

  • Looking back at Hong Kong
  • Side of a Museum
  • Museum Sign
  • Hydro Foil

Took the Star Ferry back to Hong Kong

Sat on the porch and watched the life before me

  • The Museum from Hong Kong
  • Construction 01
  • Construction 02

On the way to dinner, I saw forests of apartment buildings!!

Dinner on the Floating Restaurants

Sitting in the Emperor’s chair

While waiting for our table, a Chinese man tired his English on me, and only managed to say to me: “I’m a SEX MACHINE!

– Andrew
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Tour of Tokyo

Bus tour w/Yuri

Drove past the Emperor’s Place

Edo Period Museum

Beautiful scaled models of Old Tokyo City

  • Scale Model 01
  • Scale Model 02
  • Scaled Model 03 (Boat)

Lunch near Red Gate

Group Lunch

An elderly man tried to speak to me in English

Shopping after lunch

Exchanged money w/Yuri
My “local bank”

Geisha Theater

Daimo de jour!!

Shopping in Harajuku

Bought: Tea pot & T-shirts

Very LARGE dinner at Ikebukuro in downtown Tokyo

Actually a feast!!

Back at Akasu home

Yuri and her brother looked up in dictionaries what the tea set said
Writings of an ancient poet

– Andrew
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Culture Day – Japan

Note – All images are scanned from slide film.

Culture Day (Japan)

This morning I woke up around 04:00 A, and I have been puttering about the room. Getting the presents together to
take over later.

07:00 Breakfast

09:00 Meet Mr. Akasu in the lobby

Back to his home for the first time

  • We exchanged gifts
  • We watched the Waterloo Gardens tape

First experience on the Japanese train system

See the young men walking around in full decorative dress with wooden shoes that sounded like horses on
a cobble stone road.

Bus tour took us by…

  • Emperors place
    • Walked around the Emperor’s Place…
      • 500 yrs to build
      • 2013 Dwarf Pine trees in the Main Compound
      • Over 3 miles in circumference around the compound
    • Monuments
      • Samurai Warrior
    • The small stones around the gates where used to detect when someone approaching
      • Guard Gate 01
      • Guard Gate 02
  • The Diet (Japanese Government Building)
  • Russian Embassy
  • Tokyo Tower
    • Tower 1
    • Tower 2

Dinner at the Akasu’s

Agadashi and Delivered Sushi!!