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Same Same and Something Different in Shanghai

June 7, 2016 4 Comments »

Shanghai Shopping

“It’s like China town…but it’s in China,” Ling my Shanghai guide said in a bit of a disappointed tone. I wondered if she had heard that from a former guest, as I doubt she had ever been to a China town in another country. But I laughed and agreed whole-heartedly with her. I surveyed the […]

What to Eat in China

June 2, 2016 11 Comments »

food in china

THWAK! The thick menu felt like an earthquake when it was put on the table. I looked at it in astonishment; it was the size of a Sears Catalog that I remember receiving when I was a kid! When I landed in China for my 8-day trip, I was excited about one thing – I […]

Travel Through New China and Old Traditions

May 31, 2016 No Comments »

what to expect china

I cringe when I hear the speaker crackle and pop as a high-pitched voice blares through the square in Xi’an. The speaker should have probably been retired 10 years ago, but it lives on and no one seems to care that it’s past its prime. I try to listen through the crackling and come to […]

Travel Charms

November 19, 2013 12 Comments »

evil eye

I’ve been traveling for 7 years, and thanks to a little luck, I’ve had relatively few bad luck experiences. Sure, I’ve experienced some issues – luggage delayed a number of times, flights canceled, items stolen, faulty gear, and illnesses. But none of these things were ever really serious or horrible. Not like my friend Charlie’s […]

China Syndrome

November 22, 2007 7 Comments »

I’m neutral on China. Some of it was better than expected and some worse. Then there were some things that met my expectations exactly such as the amount of people and the smog. Don’t let my neutrality fool you though, I am happy that I spent 4 weeks there, observing the largest populated country in […]

Electric Blankets and Chains – No, This Isn’t Porn

November 16, 2007 4 Comments »

For all photos of Deqin and the Snow Mountain – click here! For the 4 days we spent in and around Shangri-la we had the unique opportunity to experience the 4 seasons…one each day. The bad news is that my suitcase wasn’t really outfitted to experience the 4 seasons, and the Chinese concept of heating […]

The Many Meanings of Shangri la China

November 14, 2007 4 Comments »

Songzanlin Monastery Shangri La China

  Before coming to Southwest China, my sister and I were out one night with some of her Singapore friends and they wanted to know where we were going on our pending trip to Yunnan China. We rattled off a few places including  Shangri-la. There was an immediate ooooohh around the room as someone started […]

Tiger Leaping Gorge—ous!!!

November 13, 2007 1 Comment »

Photo: Sun rays kissing Tiger Leaping Gorge For the ‘best of’ Yunnan, China Photography – click here! For all snapshots of the Tiger Leaping Gorge hike – click here! One of the main reasons why Cyndi and I decided to come to Yunnan was to hike in the Tiger Leaping Gorge – a deep canyon […]

Confucius Says….You’ve been Punk’d

November 12, 2007 4 Comments »

When you go out for Chinese food in the US (and I’m willing to bet, most of North America) – what is the one thing that you are always guaranteed at the end of the dinner – fortune cookies. It’s a symbol of Chinese cuisine – not to mention the source of a lot of […]

Don’t Miss the Lijiang China Local Market

November 11, 2007 No Comments »

Lijiang China

  We were in the old town of Lijiang – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Lijiang is a tourist town of canals, tourist shopping, and red lanterns. The village streets were not crowded, but often a man with a pig or cow would walk down the dirt street as if he were taking his pet […]