China

Visiting Tienanmen Square in Beijing, China

Tienanmen Square Mao’s creation lies at the heart of Beijing, a massive stone desert providing a scenic entrance to the Forbidden City. A playground for children to run wild, laughingly spinning in circles and flying brightly colored dragon flags. A…

Walking Along the Great Wall of China

Great Wall – Jinshanling to Simatai Jinshanling to Simatai – a ten kilometer stretch of Wall punctuated with watch towers, steep plunges, and scrambling accents along the Greatness of history. Possibly classified as one of the best backpacking experiences of…

Traveling in Bejing, China

First Impressions Thick yellow haze hangs in the air, hovering at eye level and drifting up to the gray, windowless buildings above. Relentless horns from passing motorist and jingling bicycles echo through the narrow Hutong alleyways. Another traffic jam perhaps?…

Overnight trains in China

Ode to Night Trains Night trains have become a common part of travel in China. I’ve adapted to the swaying, therputic rocking motion of a night’s sleep as well as sharing a bunk with strangers who have unfortunate staring issues.…

Meeting China’s Giant Pandas

I promise to feed it and cuddle it and take it for walks everyday and I’ll love it forever and ever…… On second thought, I don’t think the horses on the farm would cooperate with a lazy, overweight bear sharing…

Discovering Yangshou China

Rain, rain go away Yangshou is somewhat like the Kao San Rd of China. Touts are everywhere, shopping trollies with wares for sale and little men selling wooden flutes are every ten feet. Lights, blinking neon and flashing disco balls…

Traveling on Trains in China

Once upon a two day train trek, I wrote a small tale to tell. Sit back and listen as the story unfolds, of our true train adventure from “hell”. A flight was just too much money. There was no road…