Time to Retire after 25 Years!

There is always a time to retire from what I never considered a job but one of my pleasures of life.  After 25 years of traveling throughout China planning tours and trips for over 2,500 people it is time to retire.  I will still have the web site up for the balance of this year but will try to continue to write my Blog and help people with their questions and tours at no cost.  I worked in China for 5 years also working with Chinese companies and government agencies.  This gave me a wide entry to the Chinese market place and I found my enjoyment of learning all about China from the late 1980’s to the present experiencing the fantastic growth and changes in China.  From the late 1980’s when there were only 26 modern aircraft in the whole country to todays ultra modern airports, trains and the latest aircraft to serve the tourist industry.  I look forward to your questions on tourism in China and Tibet using me as a source of free individual information.   My friends call me  ChinaDave and my email address is interlak@eskimo.com     It has been a very interesting adventure learning about one country and having many rewarding experiences that make for good memories.Dr.-Ho0006ChinaDave0001ChinaDave0002ChinaDave0003Silk-Road-TourFamily-Visits0001Dave-and-the-Pandas-03Facing-Potala-Palace_07Villages-of-Yunnanabout100ChinaDave

Stone Tea Pots

I have travelled throughout China for 26 years.  There are thousands of things one could collect in China but of all things, I found that I admired their hand chiseled Stone Tea Pots.  Very rare now as a special stone must be used so they do not crack or break while being chiseled.  Some often takes months to make.   They are expensive because of the detail required to make them and is fast becoming a lost art.  The special stone was quarried south of Nanjing where there use to be a school to learn how to make what I believe is ART.   During my travels in the last 10 years I have not found any again and the ones I have purchased were from the artists I found at art fairs.  Perhaps you may find some art treasures as well during your visits to China.  IMG_1153IMG_1151

The Bamboo Sea

There are many National Parks in China.  One that is often overlooked is the Bamboo Sea.  Just a few hours by car or van from Chongqing, it contains a wide assortment of Bamboo groves.  You may take a cable car across the park to view the bamboo from the air as well as walking through the bamboo forest.  If you would like to stay a second day there is a fantastic resort just outside the park that I have stayed at while working in the area.  For more information on visiting the park, please contact us in Seattle.  Our email address is   interlak@eskimo.com  Fall-20070001Elephant-Preserve0001Fall-20070004