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May 3 - May 22, 2017

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China 2017 itinerary - May 3, 2017 - May 22, 2017

+ May 3, 2017 Wednesday
SFO to Beijing on United
Dropped off by Wendy
+ May 4, 2017 Thursday
Arrive China, clear customs, ATM
Share cab to Dengcao hutong, I got dropped off first
Beijing Fly by Knight Courtyard, No.6 DengCao Hutong, DongCheng District, Beijing
Josh came by Hostel
Dinner with Josh - Peking duck
Fly by Knight - first night
+ May 5, 2017 Friday
Breakfast at the hostel
Visit Soho Galaxy
Forbidden City – take photos by exit
Meet Li Hua
Walk to Jingshan park
Tea at government tea house in park
Walk up park hill with look out over Forbidden City
Meet up with Josh Friedman and take subway
Daoist temple with Josh
Dinner with family from Poland - Rafael, Magdelena, and daughter Sophia (15 yo)
Peking duck - second time, different restaurant
Fly by Knight - second night
+ May 6, 2017 Saturday
Breakfast at the hostel
Return visit to Soho Galaxy
Josh and Yilin met me at the Hostel
Rent public bikes
Photos of CCTV Tower
Go to the top of China World Trade Centre Tower III - at that time, the tallest completed building in Beijing
Ritan Park, a.k.a. Temple of the Sun with Yilin and Josh
Fly by Knight - third night
+ May 7, 2017 Sunday
Breakfast at the hostel
Stop at inn and meet Mike's friend, Lao Duan
Lunch at Lao Duan's restaurant
Great Wall at Gubeikou including sunset
Had my first opportunity to fly a drone
Dinner Lao Duan's restaurant
Drive back to Beijing, returning late
Fly by Knight - fourth night
+ May 8, 2017 Monday
Breakfast at the hostel
Walk to Lama temple
Green tea soft serve ice cream
Ditan (Dìtán) Park aka Temple of the Earth
Camera hitch failed and 7Dmark2 was damaged - SD card slot no longer functional
Walk through local hutongs
Subway back to hostel
Fly by Knight - fifth night
+ May 9, 2017 Tuesday
Breakfast at the hostel
Rental public bike (though Hostel staff)
Coffee with Lucy Hornby, Lucille Hornby and Josh Freedman - 9:30 meet-up at the Hatchery but it was closed
Walk to Tiananmen Square with Lucille - through several parks
Walk along Beiheyuan Street Park
Walk along Tiananmen East Frontage Park (off E. Chang'an Street but along canal)
Lucille went to museum and I hung out in the square taking pictures

"Altar of Earth and Harvests" Park by Palace Moat (park to the left of Mao's picture)

Beihai Park
Yoghurt from stand
Boat on Taihu Lake with
Qionghua (Jade Flower) Island
Climb stupa
Watch giant calligraphy demonstration
Pork buns at store font restaurant in park
Walk back to hostel

China Post ATM ate my card
Fly by Knight - sixth night
+ May 10, 2017 Wednesday
Breakfast at the hostel
Retrieve credit card from China Post with manager from the Fly by Knight
Pack to the hostel to meet up with Josh
Check out
Subway to meeting spot
Meet up with Bonan Shan who drive into the Mountains
Lunch at a small restaurant before getting to the park
Fangshan Global Geopark of China, BaiHuaShan Scenic District
Hiking with Josh and Bonan
Bonan dropped me off at Holiday Inn Haiden near Tsinghua - 1 night
+ May 11, 2017 Thursday
Breakfast at the hotel
Walk to Tsinghua
Laundry at Schwarzman
Lunch at Schwarzman
Taxi to airport with Jordan and Torre
Torre left her suitcase at the airport - realized it just after we boarded
Fly to Chengdu - Hainan Airlines - HU7247
Max, Jason, and Steph arrived much later in the evening and managed to find and bring Torre's suitcase
Meet at airport by Lao Yao who drove us to our hotel
+ May 12, 2017 Friday
Breakfast at the hotel
Panda Reserve - day one
Hotpot for late lunch
Scholars went back to hotel to work
Du Fu's Thatched Cottage park and museum with Lao Yao
Met two nurses and three photographers and we all explored together
Broad Alley
Met back up with Scholars
+ May 13, 2017 Saturday
Panda Reserve - day two with Jordan and Lao Yao
Hotpot with Lao Yao and Jordan
Baoguang Buddhist Temple with Hall of Arhats - 518 statues
Lao Yao drove us back to the airport
Fly
Dinner at hostel - Yak pizza
Jiuzhaigou Tibetan Barley Yododo Inn - first night
+ May 14, 2017 Sunday
Breakfast at the hostel - Yak noodles
Jiuzhaigou National Park
Super crowded most of the day
Dinner at hostel
Jiuzhaigou Tibetan Barley Yododo Inn - second night
+ May 15, 2017 Monday
Predawn drive down the mountain to the airport
Fly to Xi'an - Sichuan Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport
Long layover in Xi'an
Stop at airport Starbucks

Taxi solo to see the warriors - very expensive
Terra Cotta warriors
Hire guide - Peter
Meet Yang Zhifa - farmer who accidentally discovered the warriors
Driver waited with my stuff and drove me to the Muslim quarter - negotiated a deal through the guide
Lamb skewers (yangrouchuar) and yoghurt
Two taxis together to the airport

Fly to Zhangiajie - China Eastern Airlines
Drive to Wulingyuan
Wulingyuan Zhongtian International Youth Hostel - first night
Room with Jordan
+ May 16, 2017 Tuesday
Zhangjiajie National Park - day 1
Purchase multiple day park pass
Tram up the mountain
Dinner in town
Noah and I got foot massages
Wulingyuan Zhongtian International Youth Hostel - second night
Room with Jordan
+ May 17, 2017 Wednesday
Zhangjiajie National Park - day 2
Tram up the mountain
Monkey encounter - crossing the river in the late afternoon
Max, Bonnie, and Jason headed back to Beijing
Wulingyuan Zhongtian International Youth Hostel - third night
Jordan moved in with students
+ May 18, 2017 Thursday
Zhangjiajie National Park - day 3
Hike up the mountain with Jordan and Noah
Jordan and Noah headed down and I stayed in the park
Meet and hike with Justin from Taiwan
Hike to Celestial Bridge and Emperor with Justin
Hike solo to One Dangerous Step and Cock Peaking
Meet back up with Justin and walk to bus station
They decided not to run my bus since I was the only person who wanted to go
Pay a local to take me to the elevator - Justin helped me negotiate
Bailing Elevator down
Free park bus back to Wulingyuan
Got back after dinner
Jordan went with me to some stands to grab some pork buns
Wulingyuan Zhongtian International Youth Hostel - fourth night
+ May 19, 2017 Friday
Breakfast at restaurant a few doors down from Hostel
Yellow Dragon Cave (Huanglong Cave)
Cab together to hotel in Zhangjiajae (40 km)
Emma, manager from the hotel dropped us off at a nearby restaurant - not my favorite
Wangyi Hostel - one night
+ May 20, 2017 Saturday
Breakfast (solo) at hostel - excellent, including bone dry cappuccino which I taught the staff how to make
Tianmen Mountain
Mango smoothy for lunch
Noah introduces us to the purple mangosteen
Emma was eager to show us her boss's collection of tea paraphernalia, including some antique items
Taxis to airport
Sent back to check-in with Noah - my suitcase was held up due to Luci lamp solar panel.
Second hold up in security as they made me remove my ankle brace
Rush to get plane
Fly back to Beijing via Changsha
3 hour delay in Changsha due to traffic in Beijing
Take separate cab to hotel arrive after 3:30 am
Holiday Inn Express Dongzhimen - first night
+ May 21, 2017 Sunday
Breakfast at the hotel
Great Wall at Chenjiabao
Meet up with second car with Wayne, Vivian, and two middle schoolers - Bill and Isabella
Refined my drone flying skills - second time
Lunch on the wall
The other left early and we continued to hike
Hike past interesting transition zone where the wall abruptly goes from unrestored to restored
Although I saw one other person in the distance, we did not actually encounter a single other hiker!
Hike down off the wall and back along the road - antlion encounter
Dinner at Great Wall Fresh
Drive back
Jordan sent the stuff I stored in his room over to the hotel by cab
Holiday Inn Express Dongzhimen - second night
+ May 22, 2017 Monday
Breakfast at the hotel
Cab to airport
Cross dateline and arrive before I took off
Supershuttle home
Get to Stanford in time to teach my Virology Inquiry Project class

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Acknowledgements

There are many, many people to thank for making this such an extraordinary trip.
(It feels like I am about to make an academy award speech.)
These include people I already knew, people I got to know, as well as many transient encounters that will result in enduring memories.
I must begin with Jordan Shapiro and Josh Freedman - two former students and dear friends.
Their generosity in time and spirit and in sharing their network of friends defined the entire trip.
(It also helped that their Mandarin is excellent.
In Chengdu, Lao Yao was an amazing host!
It was a tremendous pleasure and education to travel with seven Schwarzman Scholars, studying for the year at Schwarzman College Tsinghua University:
Jordan Shapiro, Torre Lavelle, Steph Burrell, Max Seunik, Noah Elbot, Jason Heo, and Bonnie Lei.
On two separate days, Mike Cooper took me with him to the Great Wall and shared his love and knowledge of this amazing architecture feat.
I am hooked.
Josh also introduced me to Yilin and Bonan Shan, two of his friends from Beijing. I spent a wonderful day with each of them.
It was great to be able to meet up with Lucy and Lucille Hornby,
Lucille being the sister of my dear friend Liz McLoughlin.
Every day, I met many people who added wonderful and unexpected components to my experience.
On my first morning, a departing Swiss couple on their way to the airport handed me their subway card with several remaining rides.
The second night, a Polish family invited me to join them for a wonderful Peking duck dinner.
A few days later, Lao Duan treated us to a delicious lunch and dinner at his restaurant
Josh's friend Bonon drove us into the mountains near Beijing for another wonderful day of hiking.
A Taiwanese sociology student, named Justin, became my hiking partner one afternoon in Zhangjiajie.
And so on.
To EVERYONE who contributed to this extraordinary experience, I offer my sincere gratitude!

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