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{ Yearly Archives } 2007

SFM #26: China. 70 Year Memorial of the Rape of Nanking

I flew to Nanjing to observe the memorial services of the 70th anniversary of the Rape of Nanking in 1937. On December 13, I visited the former John Rabe residence and the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall. At 10 AM, the siren sounded all over the city to memorialize the fall of Nanjing to the Japanese […]

SFM #25: Japan. Autumn leaves of Japan

Hi, Sally and I spent 9 days in Japan in search of red maple leaves. We were not disappointed although we were one week before the peak. We spent most of our time in Kyoto and Nara and visited many shrines and temples where Japanese Maple trees are cultivated. Hope you enjoy the sceneries in […]

SFM #24: Peru. Peru trip photos

My daughter Tammy and I just visited Peru and its star attraction Machu Picchu. These are some of the photos of the trip. Some background information of the photos: Machu Picchu is perched on a precarious mountain peak 1,500 feet above a river valley. A train took us from the city of Cuzco to the […]

SFM #23: China. Tibet by Road & Railway

By Robert Wu For his family and friends ………………………………………………………………………………. Sally and I built up enough courage to tackle the challenging trip to Tibet the hard way. We took a 14 day trip to go up Tibet by bus via the Qinghai-Tibet Highway and down via the new railroad. We didn’t realize it, but we took […]

SFM #22: China. A Piece of Chinese American Saga is UNESCO Heritage Site

By Robert Wu for his family and friends ………………………………………………………………………………. Yesterday, UNESCO decided to grant World Natural and Cultural Heritage Site status to the watch towers (diaolou) of Kaiping, Guangdong Province. This decision was based on the unique architectural fusion of these “diaolou” that combined Western and Chinese architectural elements. All told, there are 1,833 diaolous […]

SFM #21: Taiwan. Hiking in Taroko Gorge

Written by Robert Wu for his family and friends My computer was cut off from the US for several days and I felt as isolated as when I hiked alone in Taiwan’s Taroko Gorge. The Richter 7.2 earthquake off Taiwan’s coast in late December damaged 6 submarine optical cables, leaving only one cable routing to […]