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Nature’s Alarm Clock

At almost exactly 5:23am every morning, a bird flies up to our bedroom window and begins chirping away until I (Shorel) get up. When I do it, flies away to begin chirping elsewhere. This bird has been so regular I haven’t had to use my alarmclock for the last two weeks. I suppose it’s been

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Viewing a Gorge

We recently visited a park near the Yangtze gorge that’s closest to us. We didn’t have time to hike the path to the river (the park workers actually opened the park up for us after hours), but it was a beautiful sight even from a distance.

Closer view of the gorge.

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Chinglish #10

A sign we passed while climbing Mt. Tai. Well, I’ll be glad to be protecting.

You Thought Chinese Was Hard

Reasons why the English language is so hard to learn:

1.) The bandage was wound around the wound. 2.) The farm was used to produce produce. 3.) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse. 4.) We must polish the Polish furniture. 5.) He could lead if he would get the

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Three Visitors Cave

About 10km from Yichang is the “Three Visitors’ Cave”. In 819, three Tang Dynasty poets were traveling the Three Gorges area. While enjoying the spectacular scenery, they inscribed some poems on the cave walls. During the Song dynasty, three more famous poets visited the cave and carved a few poems on the wall. Since

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Dragon Boat Festival 2005

Thousands gather for the Dragon Boat Festival held in Zigui, an hour away from Yichang.

Here the bicycle club is in the shorter of the two different length dragon boats. The short boat holds 10 rowers, one drummer and a helmsman. The longer boat holds 20 rowers.

The drummers pound away, urging

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