Hui-Ling Chen sees Canada’s Niagra Falls for the first time!

On a two week motorcycle trip to Canada in the summer of 2011,

Hui-Ling Chen a native of Shanghai, China and myself (her husband) an American citizen born in New Bedford, Ma. visited Niagra Falls USA and Canada.

For those who don’t know, the USA – Canada border runs right through the Falls.
If you do travel there be sure to go to the Canadian side for your stay.
They have superior viewing and facilities. There is a honky-tonk sort of downtown area with tons of souvenir/gift shops as well as restaurants and motels aplenty.

We traveled across Ontario to Quebec and here in the old city we had a great time.
It was hot despite the latitude.

We had been here before so we knew what we wanted to do to some extent.

Best of all for me is the old city up high where you can meet people from all over the world.

During a brief rest on a park bench I spoke with a gentleman who worked for the United Nations in Africa bringing water to poor villages and training them in agricultural methods. 

 We camped all but one night and found that  the KOA campgrounds are pretty reliable.

The motorcycle held up well.
The Honda Goldwing is well known for reliability and it’s  just about the best long distance cruising bike made.

The trailer allowed us to carry things that you just couldn’t pack on the back of a motorcycle.
Two weeks on the road … we like our luxuries.

We found WIFI at the KOA campgrounds and others as well.
I was happy to have my laptop and be able to keep in touch with facebook etc.
Hui-Ling used the laptop to do a Skype type of video call to China.

We took advantage of the video camera on the laptop and we walked around the campground showing off the tent and campground to people watching 12,000 miles away.
That’s all for now. More to come.

Roger Chartier Walking & Talking On The Great Wall of China

A lot of us think that it would be exciting to go to China and walk on the Great Wall.  I did.
It is amazing in that it is a massive and very long structure.
The trek is exhausting if you have to walk to it from the bottom of the mountain ridge.
We were fortunate because we got there early and the bus could go most of the way to the top.
Later on the small parking lots near the top get full and the people have to climb from farther down below. Many people died to build it. It can even be seen from outer space!

My neice’s wedding in Shanghai

My niece Zhou Yi  got married in Shanghai on June 18, 2011.

The Chinese customs are a bit different from Western styles.

Ten years ago it was more common to wear older older style traditional wedding dresses. Some went with modern western styles.

Now western style clothes are more the norm but not western customs.

As an example she wore 4 different dresses and pairs of shoes. during the one day of festivities.

There are a ton of photo opportunities for a wedding photographer and those who can afford it pay big bucks for the pics taken during the day but the photographer is working a lot harder than a typical western wedding.

This white wedding dress cost more money than I would want to spend but it was “her ” day and although her parents and his are not wealthy they did have a fantastic wedding reception.

I get a kick out of the “70’s style tuxedo.

It’s pretty cheesy by western standards but they haven’t caught up to our styles or should I say they haven’t adopted out newer styles.

There are customs like having tea at the brides parent’s house before the reception and setting off fireworks in front of the door to the house to announce to the neighbors  that a wedding party is taking place.

Although they could have been legally married months ago it is socially unacceptable to live together until after the day of the ceremonies and reception.

He has changed his suit in this photo.

The reception venue and the food was over the top by some standards.

Since most people who have children who are in their early twenties were only allowed to have one child there is only one wedding to help pay for.

Here she has a blue dress.
Every one of her dresses were custom fitted and made with top quality materials.

This candle lighting ceremony is similar to some candle lighting ceremonies performed in western cultures but with an Eastern touch.

More to come about China and Chinese customs, people and places.

Travel in China – 2001

These Shanghai schoolchildren are learning English and love to hear me speak.

They were delighted to meet me and very friendly and very curious about me, the
“Da Meiguo” (Big American) .

The red scarfs denote a certain level in school.
This was in 2001 and now they use green scarfs.
Why the wear them is a mystery to my Chinese friends who are all past school age.

I taught an English class for adults one afternoon and they are very interested in learning.
There is a remarkable difference in the students’ attitude toward learning and their teachers from the attitudes in the USA.

With their positive attitudes toward education the Chinese kids of today will out compete Americans and all of the other educated societies soon enough on the global scene.