Tag Archives: Xiamen

A Chinese Island Retains Its Old World Charm.

Who would have thought that my contractors, a husband and wife team, would have visited Gulangyu on their Asian cruise! After all, they had five or six countries to visit, and the cruise only allowed three stops in China. Surprisingly, … Continue reading

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All the Tea in China

  When sailing ships ruled the seas and Western merchants sailed to China for their tea, most of the tea China exported was shipped out of Amoy. In fact, the word “tea” originated in the Amoy (Hokkien) dialect. I mention … Continue reading

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How I Met My Chinese Husband, Part 1

              When people ask how I met my late husband, sometimes I simply give the short answer: “We were introduced by my parish priest.” But then, invariably, the questioner will look at me, waiting … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Ashes and a Chinese Soldier

It was 1983, our first trip to China, and though my husband had been born a few miles from where we now stood, he wasn’t entirely at ease. Let’s just say that until he knew the situation better, he preferred … Continue reading

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Gulangyu, a Chinese Island with a Storied History

Western-style houses on a Chinese island. In 1983, my family visited my late husband’s hometown in China. We arrived by ship from Hong Kong. After a small kerfuffle about our reservations, we checked into the Hotel for Overseas Chinese in … Continue reading

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No Cars Allowed

Chinese island nixes wheeled vehicles. No cars, no motorcycles, no buses. Not even bikes are allowed on the little southern Chinese island of Gulangyu. Not even bikes! When we traveled around China in 1987, it seemed that everyone rode a … Continue reading

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No Room at the Inn

Perfect vacation (for a writer) When vacation plans fall apart, a writer can always console himself with the possibility of turning his problems into material for the next poem or novel or essay. But when our family set sail for … Continue reading

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