The Return of the Monkey King Rolf W. F. Gross

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The Return of the Monkey King  by  Rolf W. F. Gross

The Return of the Monkey King by Rolf W. F. Gross
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In 1982 I received an invitation form the Chinese Academia of Sciences to present my work at a physics conference in Canton/Guangzhou and subsequently lecture at an institute in Beijing. Mainland China had not been among my foremost interests, and soMoreIn 1982 I received an invitation form the Chinese Academia of Sciences to present my work at a physics conference in Canton/Guangzhou and subsequently lecture at an institute in Beijing.

Mainland China had not been among my foremost interests, and so I began a year-long preparation, learned some basic Chinese, studied Chinese history and art, and laid out a plan for a trip of the country. In September 1983 I flew to Hong Kong and took the train to Guangzhou full of expectations.The improbable adventures of this trip are the subject of this diary. In those days one could barely travel in guided groups through China as a Western tourist - I traveled solo for 5 weeks making all reservations myself.

I had a clear idea what places I wanted to see. I ended up describing a large spiral from Beijing to Lanzhou in Gansu and Dunhuang at the edge of the great Taklamakan desert, saw Xining and Qinghai Hu, Sichuan and Emei Shan - one of the holy mountains of Buddhism - Kunming in Yunnan and flew from Guilin back to Beijing. My dreams of visiting Tibet and Xinjiang remained unfulfilled.Today the description of the happenings along my way reads like a fairytale. The country has changed so much since then that my Chinese friends view the photos on my website like historical documents.

For me this journey was, in every sense, one of the severest tests of my endurance and a high point of my many explorations.Text size: 75 pages



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