Traveling in China and in Asia 30 years ago was often a challenge. It involved much planning as it was often very difficult and often impossible to reserve plane or train tickets ahead of time.
However it was always interesting to travel and meet people who were eager to practice whatever foreign language they could muster and meet and genuinely help foreigners.
One of the most fascinating journeys I ever made in China was a one-month trip by jeep from Kashgar in Xinjiang to Lhassa with a group of scientists. It was another world…..