INTRODUCTION TEXT

PAGE 1 covers Alaska and the Bering Sea crossing.

THIS PAGE is the Oriental part of the cruise, Sapporo to Beijing.

PAGE 3 is our post cruise tour of China

Then we began our Oriental port calls. The Tourist Center at Murano Japan held an open house with volunteers helping us do caligraphy, make kites, arrange flowers and perform the revered Tea Ceremony  Although language barriers existed, the good will and friendliness overcame any minor difficulties.   The restored ancient settlement of Ainu Village gave visitors an insight into the life of northern Japan many years ago.
 The village chief had limited English, his wit and humor was dry and sharp. We were always well taken care of in the dining rooms. Our favorite maitre d' called us "his girls!"
Vladisvotok is the Pacific home of the Russian Fleet.  This outpost, far away from Moscow and at the end of the Siberian Railway, is reminiscent of St Petersburg.  The dance school there trains children from 4 years of  age through their teens.  The dancing and costuming is wonderful. Souvenir shopping was easy with vendors just outside our ship.  Here $US were readily accepted. Our hostess guide showed her apartment to us with pride and plied us with fruit, salmon and vodka as well as sweets.
Beomeosa is one of many Buddhist temples around Busan, Korea.  Yes, there are 100 steps to the temple but first there is a LONG steep incline through the trees.
 It is beautiful and serene but the climb is challenging It is a rewarding experience.
Booths showcasing the local culture were set up near our ship. We were able to try on local dress as well as enjoy indigenous games.  The Tourist Board offered souvenir fans in exchange for completing a brief survey,
Quindao China offered us ample opportunity to support the local economy.  The Arts and Crafts store is worth visiting even without buying anything.  Jade, silk, ivory, carvings and such are certainly eye candy.   Susan enjoys a refreshing cup of tea in a local tea shop--most welcome after shopping.
Dalian China exhibited the welcome we had everywhere .  Our stop at the Communist Cultural Center (a senior community) was a delight as the residents performed traditional dances outside and in.  They encouraged our participation and delighted in having their pictures taken with us.
Parasols 32 The local people are very friendly.


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INTRODUCTION TEXT

PAGE 1 covers Alaska and the Bering Sea crossing.

THIS PAGE is the Oriental part of the cruise, Sapporo to Beijing.

PAGE 3 is our post cruise tour of China