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{ Yearly Archives } 2006

SFM #20: China. Vehicles and Traffic in China

Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends One of the most challenging aspect of working in China is traffic hazards.  When I traveled by car around Guangzhou in early 1990s, I saw on average one serious accident a day.  For example, a van speeding on a highway suddenly tumbled and cart-wheeled; a large truck’s entire […]

SFM #19: Maker. Model Sword Project Completed

Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends As a continuation of SFM #18, this describes the conclusion of the model battle sword project. it took a total of two weeks to complete. A piece of leather was shaved to proportionate thickness to make the model scabbard. The piece of leather was folded, stretched […]

SFM #18: Maker. A Retirement Pleasure, To Make a Model DaDao (大刀)

Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends One of the pleasures in being retired is the abundance of time to do things that were too time consuming to be done when gainfully employed.  I am glad I can use my hands and simple tools to make things that please me and keep me active.  In […]

SFM #17: China. Seven East China Cities in Seven Days, Part 3: Monumental Projects of the Ming Emperors

Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends In late 1300s, China drove out the despotic Mongol rulers and established the Ming Dynasty. This was the first time in centuries when a unified China was ruled by the Han people. The first Ming emperors undertook several monumental projects that were and still are astonishing […]

SFM #16: China. Seven East China Cities in Seven Days, part 2: The Good, the Bad, and the Greedy

Star Ferry Musing #16: The Good While on the road, I encountered some unusually nice and trusting people. In Yangzhou, I came upon a restaurant with a long line of waiting customers.  Experience tells me that local people gather for good food, and I readily fell in line.  The restaurant served mainly hot pots and their tables […]

SFM #15: China. Seven East China Cities in Seven Days, part 1: Shanghai maglev train; The Grand Canal

Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends I roamed 7 cities in the Yangtze River Delta in seven day, traveling by bus and visiting sites. In the following few SFM installments, I will describe some of my observations. Shanghai has truly grown in the 20 years since I first visited it on business. […]

SFM #14: China. Hiking the Great Wall

By Robert Wu for his family and friends Happy 2006! I wish you all the best wishes for a healthy and happy new year. One of my 2005 resolutions is to visit as much of the Great Wall as possible. This may seem to be an impossibly difficult task since the Wall is immense, meanders […]