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A note from Ron/AlbertaTime

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April 26, 2013 03:28AM
Hi everyone:

I'm in Beijing at the moment, wrapping up what has been an incredible month in China. I haven't put together any posts over the past little while and I figured I'd best explain why, and it's simple smile ...

I've been just plain too busy with pretty much non-stop activity due to the (I'm trying not to over-use superlatives, but...) astonishing generosity of the people have been meeting.

Over the past week and a half or so, since leaving Shijiazhuang (where I acquired over 25 watches, and also met with Ma Rong and another friend I'l detail in a later post), I've:


  • toured the Sea-Gull factory again (and I have surprises to relate from there, including: yup, I bought something wink )
  • met with Mr. Jiang, the Chairman of the Tianjin Watch and Clock Collecors Association (again, more suprises to relate)
  • toured the Tianjin Watch and Clock Museum (private, owned by Mr. Jiang)
  • visited a major Tianjin scenic attraction three times with really jaw-dropping photos to show for it,
  • walked miles along the Hai He (Tianjin's central river) both day and night, and
  • met with a Tianjin friend (he lives there) that I'd happened to meet in scenic Peace River

Then I went to Beijing where, so far, I have ...


  • revisted Mr. Cao at the Da Liu Shu market, this time for watch repairs
  • met with Mr. Li Wei (a friend of Joel Chan) who escorted me while I....
  • visited the Beijing Watch Factory flagship store in Beijing (again, yup, I bought something wink )
  • visited a store selling the newer fashion and tool-watch oriented wristwatch brand Longio (2000 meter dive watches, etc), and
  • had a shocking-to-me visit to the store/culture center of master watchmaker Mr. Liu Shuli where I was shown his own vast collection of horological history (and more surprises),

...and today in about an hour I will meet with Mr. Liu Shuli and a British master watchmaker that I have not yet been introduced to for lunch (and who knows what will follow...).

And I have one more day (tomorrow) left in Beijing and have lots of parting arrangements to make including shipping home stuff I just can't fit in my luggage. That's a high class problem wink...

So, it's quite likely you won't see new posts from me about this trip until I get back to Peace River, but I'l do my best to post events in order so that they follow the chronology of my travels.

And many, many thanks to all of you for the inspiring support you've shown me for my postings so far!!

Ron/AlbertaTime
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A note from Ron/AlbertaTime

Anonymous User243April 26, 2013 03:28AM

Wow, you really manage to turn your travels into adventures Thumbs Up (n/t)

Reto95April 29, 2013 09:10AM

I had a lot of incredible help making the adventure from...

Anonymous User96April 30, 2013 09:54AM

Glad to hear it has been so fulfilling !! (n/t)

tingrin85April 27, 2013 11:52PM

Ron, every time you post an update during your travels, I 'm...

saskwatch96April 26, 2013 01:36PM

Cheers! Ron, you are the man! We will be expecting the continue....Thumbs up!Cheers! (n/t)

IF89April 26, 2013 10:48AM

Still very excited for you my friend! Thumbs up! (n/t)

BobbyMike97April 26, 2013 04:01AM



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