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German-born, but American citizen of American father. Photography, travel, nature hikes - all kinds of stuff.
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Need help translating Chinese note on our door. Looks serious.

Posted on June 7, 2012 at 8:39 8 Comments

I would be much obliged if some one could translate the following note that we just discovered on our door. We have already had one surprise two weeks ago. Returning from a short trip to Mudanjiang we found we had no power - had to throw all of our food out. Our employers were supposed to take care of that.

Is this note along those same lines. I'm just so tired of being nervous over things that supposedly we weren't even supposed to have to worry about.

Tom in Jilin

La Fa Shan Question

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 14:42 6 Comments

A question on La Fa Shan (near Jiaohe, 40 miles east of Jilin). Has anyone been here? We are looking into the possibility of hiking there, spending the night in Jiaohe - or closer.

Also, any hotel recommendations?

Enjoyable trip to Dandong

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 10:00 0 Comments

The trip itself was not without its irritations, but that would be a different story.

But we really liked Dandong. For me, at least, the highlight was waking up that hill to the pagoda on the summit. It was a little over a km. There was plenty of good nature, larches, aspens, interspersed with the occasional park feature like bump car rides and kiosks. Also a moderate amount of people, so you never are alone - at least on the main paved wide path that circles…


A quick question on getting Wi-fi

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 9:45 6 Comments

A quick question on getting Wi-fi: Do I also have to get a subscription or account, or is the price of the wifi unit the only thing I need (as my boss assures me)?

I have used my father's wifi back in Kansas, but have never actually set up a wifi account, so this is all new to me.

My school here in Jilin gave us an old computer with slow dial-up connection, but I also have my laptop which I brought over - good thing too! The old dial-up is good…


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At 2:18 on July 6, 2012, CCF Beijing said…

Hi Tom,

I have something to e-mail you

What is your e-mail address?




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