MB, China's a very interesting place with a very difficult language. I can speak enough to get around in a taxi, but I'll never be fluent. My brain is just not wired for languages.Hows China, Tom? Are you completely fluent by now?
I'll second Woodworkingboy's opinion on the craftsmanship in the temples and pagodas here. I watched them rebuild the Jing An temple in Shanghai in preparation for Expo 2010 (the World's Fair) and it was amazing. They completely disassembled it, refurbished/replaced/refinished all the pieces and reassembled it. It was worth the price of admission each week just to see how all the pieces went together. These temples put "Lincoln Logs" to shame!