Our Tour Through China
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On this, our first trip to China, our goal was to take in as many of the must-sees of China as possible and still take time to see some of China's less traveled areas. It was a busy 27 days: we visited eleven major cities and endured eight in-country flights. Our past travel experiences cause us to have expectations about traveling independently and it is true that China did not meet those in some ways. However, setting aside our occasional frustration of feeling like we were being channeled to see only sanctioned sites, to eat and shop only at government stores and by the artificialness of some of the tourist attractions, we mostly had wonderful experiences and saw many great things. There is no doubt that China is an exciting, growing, rapidly changing country with much to offer. And there is no doubt that it is a country worth experiencing--we are very happy we did.