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Two Chesapeake Ladies Tour China Part II by

Bonna L. Nelson Ni hao. Hello. After leaving Beijing, Fran Tettelbaum and I were delighted to have the opportunity to explore the wonders in the cities of Xian, Guilin, Long Sheng, Yangshuo, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Tongli before flying back to Beijing, and on to New York during our “14 Day, China’s Best Treasures Tour” with China Spree Tours. Xian, an ancient capital of China and home to archeological treasures, is also our national guide Julie’s hometown. She put on her lo-

cal guide hat as we explored China’s heartland near the Yellow River. Julie said that Xian, situated at the end of the Silk Road, is considered one of the birthplaces of civilization beginning in 2200 BCE, and has seen 3,100 years of development and 11 dynasties, giving it equal fame with Athens, Rome and Cairo as one of the four major capitals of ancient times, as well of one of the wealthiest. A rural cave dwelling, or “Yao Dong,” meaning arched tunnel, was our first stop in Xian, provid-

The terra cotta warriors guarding China’s first emperor’s tomb. 49

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