Some of you may remember that last year Nick E took a trip to China to speak at a conference. This year, they decided that they wanted someone even more awesome to come, so . . .

 

I GOT TO GO TO CHINA. How ridiculously amazing is that?

 

The Great Wall

 

And now, through the magic of the internet, I will share my journey with you. It was a quest filled with adventure (the Great Wall!), drama (I’m on stage and my computer just exploded in a shower of sparks!), and heartbreak (I want to eat more food but I’m totally full!).

 

Join me as we journey to the other side of the globe, where everything is upside down—but that includes you so it all looks right side up anyway.

 

On Stage

 

The first couple of days I was speaking at the conference and watching my fellow speakers share their stories. I know it looks like I’m doing a magic trick—and maybe I am! You’ll never know for sure.

 

During the conference, I got to hang out in a very special place:

 

VIP

 

That’s right, I got the straight up VIP treatment. In China, they know how to treat you right.

What goes on in the VIP Lounge? It’s INSANE. There’s, like, sandwiches. And power outlets. And free water. It’s totally baller.

 

Also, they had a famous Chinese artist create caricatures of all the speakers. Here’s mine:

 

Caricature

 

Yep, even in a caricature I’m still devastatingly good looking.

 

After blowing some minds at the conference telling them about the great games and community that we have here, I got to take a few days to check out the sights.

 

So where did I go?

 

The Forbidden City

 

Chinese emperors lived in the this palace for over 800 years, up until the early 1900s. It has huge courtyards and massive buildings, and I can only imagine how exhausted the messengers must have gotten running from one building to the next. 

 

Forbidden City

 

Since this is me we’re talking about, you can be sure that I acted with the utmost of dignity and grace in this deeply historical location.

 

Elephant

 

In China, the elephant is considered a symbol of happiness, longevity, and good luck.

 

Gold

 

Coat me in gold and I’ll scare trespassers just as well as this guy.

 

Bird

 

Such grace and majesty.

 

LEGO

 

Okay, you got me. This one wasn’t actually taken in the Forbidden City.

 

Boiled

 

By the end of the day, the locals were ready to boil me alive.

 

 

The Ming Tombs

 

Ming Tombs

 

The Ming Tombs were the final resting place of many Chinese Emperors. They are beautiful architecture situated in a peaceful valley. I was lucky enough to stop in when they were performing a traditional sacrificial ritual. Luckily, the sacrificial cows were made of plastic, so sadly there wasn’t a barbeque afterwards. But at least no animals were harmed.

 

Water Spout

 

Also, this happened.

 

 

The Great Wall

 

It's probably illegal to go all the way round the world to Beijing and not visit the Great Wall.

 

Selfie

 

Here’s the obligatory selfie to prove I was there. The thumb in the corner proves that it's authentic.

 

Climbing

 

I totally climbed to the top of the Great Wall, and did not fake this picture by having my bottom foot cropped out. Kids, don’t try this at home. Also, don’t try it at the Great Wall.

 

Wounded

 

If you’ve played Infinity Ring Episode 4, which takes place on the Great Wall, this scene should be familiar. If not, you think I’m a total weirdo. Well, you probably already thought that. But this proves it for sure.

 

 

Eating Things!

 

This is by far the most important part of any trip. And China did not disappoint! 

 

PekingDuck

 

Eating Peking Roast Duck is a whole skill unto itself. My waitress gave me a lesson, and I spent the whole meal practicing. You basically have to learn to build and fold a mini burrito . . . using only chopsticks.

 

Coke

 

China has all the major US brands, often with a slight twist. 

 

Food

 

There were many mysterious foods. Most of them were good. Some of them exploding in your mouth with the heat of a supernova, leaving nothing but a shattered shell of a person behind. 

 

The best food of the trip came on the last day when I wandered into a random restaurant where no one spoke English and had to order through a mixture of pantomime and telepathy. But the flavors were intense

 

In conclusion:

 

Statue

 

China rocks! This was a great adventure, and I’d love to come back again some day, once I do daily exercises to stretch my face out into even more ambitious expressions.

 

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I just laughed so hard!!!!!!!!!

 

We missed you, great to have you back! Looks like China was a blast!!!!

 

 

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That was hilarious.

 

By the end of the day, the locals were ready to boil me alive.

 

Gavin B. is awesome!

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That is totally awesomesauce with a side of coolsyrup, Gavin, dude! Question: Other than your "magic trick" and hanging with two kids who were probably too young to read in any language, how much time did you actually spend promoting T39C or anything Scholastic book experience - compared to being all touristy and being a VIP and having your caricature drawn? Did you represent us MBer's well or what? Because we have reputations to be upheld, you know!!! AND, the Vesper Hunt takes us to Beijing and Shanghai all of the time. Were you on the alert for Vespers? Because that stuff exploding in your mouth with the heat of a supernova - could have been poison, dude. Just saying! George

 

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*contorts self into strange positions trying not to laugh because my siblings are in the room*

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I feel like I just went on an adventure.

And it was awesome.

I'm glad you had a good time, Gavin!!!! China looks sugoi!!! (Hm. I just used the Japanese word for 'cool' on a thread about China. -_-)

 

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Ha!!!  *snigger*  You were almost boiled alive. :)

 

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That looks like so much fun! I'm glad you came back AGB though!

 

 

 

 

 

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When he's lying against the wall, it looks like he's the dying hyrule gaurd from Ocarina of Time. XD

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*facepalm* There are no words to describe this.

 

You blew their mind talking about the websites? I'm assuming you told them about me, then.

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Awesome!! The pics made me laugh! Thanks for making my day! :D XD

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This looks so cool.....I'm so jealous, I want to go to China!

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Aww...

 

 

I want to go to China.

 

 

My family wants to go to some boring place like the U.K or something.

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Gavin, you're awesome.

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Awesome! My parents went to China together when they were almost done with college in a summer

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And here I was worried Gavin was going to embarass us in a foreign land.

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OH MY GODS I'M CHINESE ALTHOUGH I HAVE A US CITIZENSHIP I'VE BEEN TO THE FORBIDDEN CITY AND HE GREAT WALL I'VE HAD ALL OF THOSE FOODS BEFORE AND KNOW HOW TO USE CHOPSTICKS CHINA IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

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39 Clues: THe Clue Hunt: The Emperor's Code: Book 8 also happens in China!

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Wow! That's awesomesauce! The awesomeness level of those places must have been Infinitigavins!

But who did you speak to? Publishing Companies? 

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@Gavin: OMG THAT IS NOT YOUR LAST NAME!!!! What?! Wat!!!! Oh, wow, it is. You probably get lots of comments on that. -_- Your trip looked AWESOME!!!!

 

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that is a very sugo post my tutor went to china and said the great wall is falling apart literly he found a piece of it but didnt keep it

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@Jen: Your fears were not unfounded...

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Oh Gavin! XD

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Well, I saw the title and had a heart attack. 

Glad you had fun. :)

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I have a question. Is the coke there better than here?

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Of course China was awesome! But I didn't need a lecture on all the history, we already have Chinese History exam next week...

 

BUT WHY DIDN'T YOU VISIT ME? WAS IN CHINA.

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Awesome!!!!

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