China in 1984 – Part of a Journey

by Jim Spencer on December 30, 2009 · 2 comments

In 1984 I traveled around the world in about three months with a group of college students.  A leaky pipe recently required me to open the one cardboard box of memorabilia to revue and care for the contents.  I found nearly 500 35mm slides, 12 audio cassette tapes and 4 Beta-Max tapes.

To preserve the media, digitizing seemed like a natural next step.  I handed over a large box to Brian with no instructions and in a week he brought back this slide show that includes a few hundred of the best slides put to very appropriate music.

I expect that the videos will mean a lot to those I traveled with and it is for them that I am sharing these slide shows.


People, Buildings and Scenes

The chronological trip included the following major cities; Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xian, Beijing, Moscow, Zurich and Vienna.  The most time was spent in Beijing.

The slides are not set in chronological order so you will see European scenes mixed in with the more prevalent Chinese ones. It was quite an experience travelling across half the globe by train, including the Trans-Siberian railroad.  I have great memories of the trip and many of the people we traveled with.  I hope that many of my fellow travelers will see these video slide shows and smile.  Xie Xie.

Please feel free to leave a comment below or through the Contact form.  It will be fun to reconnect.

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1 Eric Nelson January 24, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Hey Jim… thanks for posting these!!! Great little trip down memory lane. Hope that the China Abroad group on FB expands to include everyone who went!

Looking forward to crossing paths with you again sometime. Had a nice (brief) meeting with your bro not too long ago. Great guy!


2 Rebecca Jones January 24, 2010 at 11:09 pm

That’s awesome! Thank you so much for putting that together and sharing it….what memories it brings back!! It’s funny how the memory works….seeing certain combinations of clothing colors in some of the shots taken from further away, still made certain people recognizable, bringing to memory the few clothes that we each wore over and over again that summer! Ha Ha! 🙂 ….and how names popped into my head with crystal clarity, that I haven’t thought of for a very long time, as I saw their faces. Some very nice close up shots of building details too. Ah, one city omission for your chronology….it was Moscow, Warsaw, Vienna, and Zurich. 🙂 What fun! Thanks again! 🙂 Xie Xie!

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