After weeks of nonstop travel, we settled in Lijiang at Mama Naxi’s Guesthouse. Genuine and full of life, she’s a true gem along the backpacker trail.
After a multi-day train ride across China, we arrived into Shanghai and set off to explore the Old Town, downtown and of course, the shopping!
An overnight trek through Tiger Leaping Gorge in China’s Yunnan province offers spectacular scenery, brisk winds and a peaceful respite from the usual hum of backpacking.
After many nights in Shanghai, we bid China farewell. I left with mixed feelings about China, particularly about the government’s horrid treatment of Tibet.
Tiananmen Square, Mao’s creation in central Beijing, evokes feelings of awe-inspiring wonder and heart-sickening memories of extreme government brutality.
Hiking the 10-kilometer stretch of wall between Jinshanling and Simatai is a stroll along the Greatness of history, a peek into the Ming Dynasty punctuated with watch towers, steep plunges, and scrambling assents.