China, 1992-1999, mostly Guilin but also Xingjiang
These are some more photos of my time in China, mostly between 1992 and 1995, when I was an English teacher at Guiln Geology College in Guilin, China. There are also some photos from between 1995 and 1999, when I was working as a assistant sales manager at the Guilin Royal Garden Hotel. Most of the photos are from the countryside around Guilin, or nearby towns like Daxu and Yangshuo.

Guilin's mountains are very beautiful and have been famous in China almost as long as China has existed. The Qin emperor, around 220 BCE, had the Ling Canal built, some 50 miles north of Guilin, which connected the Pearl river to the Yangzi. Keep in mind that this was the same time that Rome was fighting the 2nd Punic war and Hannibal snuck into Roman territory via the Alps and nearly sacked Rome. At that time "Rome" covered about the same terrirtory that Italy does today.

Guilin literally means "Osmathus Forest" and the streets of the city are lined with sweet smelling osmanthus trees. The mountains of Guilin are karst - eroded limestone. Vietnam and the Former Yugoslavia also have karst hills. Guilin's limestone was set down in the Carboniferous and Devonian periods, between 300 and 400 million years ago. The limestone is the gradual accretion of shelled marine life and coral. Other sedimintation probably covered this and at some point the land rose. The mountains formed as a result of erosion, rivers gradually exposing and cutting the limestone.

There are also photos from my 1992 summer train trip to northern China with another teacher, Pan Xiaojin. We traveled together first to Xi'an and north to Yen'an, where Mao Zidong made his historic base after the Long March. From there we traveled north to Yinchuan in Ningxia province and then up into Inner Mongolia. At that point the security bureau told me I couldn't travel there and had to go back asap so Mr Pan went on and I headed back down to Xi'an. After a little mistake of getting off the train in a restricted area - China's nuclear program was located there - I finally made my way west through Gansu province and out over the western deserts of Xinjiang to Urumqi. On my way back I spent a short time in the mountainous part of southern Gansu province, where Tibetians still live. I had to leave because of altitude sickness.

There are also some photos of other places like Beijing and Guangzhou (Canton).
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