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    • Not your typical mountain top.
      Not your typical mountain top.
    • At the halfway point you can see the stairs leading to a pass.
      At the halfway point you can see the stairs leading to a pass.
    • Steep stairs from here to the top
      Steep stairs from here to the top
    • Prayer locks and prayer flags.
      Prayer locks and prayer flags.
    • Made a new friend on the way down.
      Made a new friend on the way down.

    Climbing the Stairway to Tai Shan

    From Jinan city it is only a 20 minute train ride to Tai An, a city at the base of Mount Tai (泰山, Taishan).  From the train station to the trail head is a 45 minute bus ride.   The path to top of the mountain is paved with stone.  It has to be.  This is the most climbed mountain in China.  The path would have been washed away years ago without thos...

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  • Facebook’s Rating System has Changed

    Facebook’s Rating System has Changed

    In an attempt to improve reliability, Facebook has changed their 5-star rating system to a “recommendation” system. This is a good move, because the 5-star system is routinely abused by people making false complaints (thankfully, not on our site) We are hoping you will help us leverage this opportunity to promote the school, particularly becau...

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    • You want me in the middle?
      You want me in the middle?
    • Am I doing this right?
      Am I doing this right?
    • When can I put my leg down?
      When can I put my leg down?
    • This isn't that difficult.
      This isn't that difficult.
    • Qi gong
      Qi gong

    Practicing Taichi at Daminghu Park

    Every morning at 7AM a group of adults gathers in a corner of Daminghu Park to practice Taichi. It was clear from the banter that they knew each other well. In fact you could tell they cared a lot about each other. Asking about each others children, discussing recent trips, etc. I think they are very fortunate to have an excellent teacher and such a lar...

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    • Evening entertainment on Quancheng Lu
      Evening entertainment on Quancheng Lu
    • Tallest building in Jinan in the background.
      Tallest building in Jinan in the background.
    • Learn the words and improve your Mandarin!
      Learn the words and improve your Mandarin!
    • Entrance to Furong Jie from Quancheng Lu.
      Entrance to Furong Jie from Quancheng Lu.
    • Quancheng road is kind of quiet in the morning.
      Quancheng road is kind of quiet in the morning.

    Quánchéng Lù, Music in the Streets

    This busy avenue in Jinan is lined with hotels, department stores, and restaurants. My first stop in Jinan was the Starbucks on on Quancheng Lu. The owner of my next Airbnb met me there, and escorted me to the place a couple hundred yards to the north. I was pleased to find that not only was it spacious but, literally one block from Dàmíng Hú Park. L...

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    Qu Shui Ting – Delightful Water Street

    Qù Shuǐ Tíng is lined with water features This picturesque street is famous for its ponds, canals, willows and ancient buildings. It is like stepping back in time. I explored the area on a sunny Saturday. It was an abundance of families, performances and food carts. Many of the activities were sponsored by local businesses. With so many people, and ...

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