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A Day at the Yulong Hot Springs Resort North East China

A Day at the Yulong Hot Springs Resort North East China

Ever wanted to be outside in -30C temperatures and surrounded by snow while soaking in natural spring waters at 35-40C? Bathing in natural hot springs is one of the best ways to get out, see some of the country and enjoy the winter in North East China In Jilin Province the two best hot springs

Fishing, Fast Trains and Marijuana

Fishing, Fast Trains and Marijuana

An excellent way to get out into the country and enjoy Autumn is to go fishing. The weather last Saturday was delightful so I went fishing with a local friend. My first time fishing in China. The Fishing Spot De Hui (德惠) is a small town around 80 kilometers north east of Changchun city. The

Visiting the Country In North East China

Visiting the Country In North East China

To really experience life in China, you need to travel to the country and spend a night or two there. Country people may lack the sophistication of city dwellers, be less aware of the outside world and a little rough around the edges BUT they are generally very friendly, hospitable, easy going and genuinely nice

Ski Season Starts at Beidahu – 3 Days of Top Skiing

Ski Season Starts at Beidahu – 3 Days of Top Skiing

Bei Da Hu 北大湖 is one of China’s best ski resorts and THE best (in my humble opinion) in the north east of China. So when the ski season officially kicked off a couple of weeks ago it was the place to be. For three days of glorious skiing!!! Back Ground on Bei Da Hu

Road Trip to China, Russia, Korea Border

Road Trip to China, Russia, Korea Border

What should you do after you’ve wined and dined in Shanghai, hiked the Leaping Tiger Gorge and gotten lost in the Forbidden City? Check out China’s borders. Ideally the border of China, North Korea and Russia. Koreans are one of China’s official 56 ethnic groups and they have their own autonomous region in Jilin Province

10 Days Touring the Silk Road in China

10 Days Touring the Silk Road in China

A 10 Day Silk Road Tour in Xinjiang Every year the Xinjiang tourism bureau holds an international tourism festival where they invite busloads of foreign and local tourism professionals to come to Xinjiang as VIP guests These VIP guests are wined, dined and taken on a full expense paid five star tour of the  Silk

A Day In Macau – Casinos, Churches & History

A Day In Macau – Casinos, Churches & History

Hong Kong to Macau and Back in One Day If you are in Hong Kong on a China visa run and you have a day free, what do you do? See Macau. This was my situation last time I was in Hong Kong so I arranged to meet a Polish friend U at Macau’s ferry

The Best of Hong Kong in 5 Days

The Best of Hong Kong in 5 Days

Hong Kong is full of contrast and contradictions, it is a part of China but it is also independent, it has mountains, deserted beaches and a skyline that rivals New York, it has a culture that embraces both Buddhism and a frantic pursuit of material wealth. With this amazing character, Hong Kong is an incredible

Third Time Lucky at Panjin’s Famed Red Beach

Third Time Lucky at Panjin’s Famed Red Beach

Panjin Red Beach Panjin is a very small city (by Chinese standards) in Liaoning Province that is famed for its gorgeous Red Beach.  After seeing photos of Red Beach that were just stunning and learning that it was nearby, I made plans with a friend Yangdi to travel there. Click here for details of Panjin's

Another China Travel Fail – Changbaishan Mountain

Another China Travel Fail – Changbaishan Mountain

Changbaishan Mountain & The Elusive Heavenly Lake Changbaishan is an incredible mountain range and nature reserve in Jilin Province on the border of North Korea and China. The highlight of Changbaishan is Heavenly Lake, a beautiful lake formed in a volcanic crater at the top of the mountain. For stunning photos and details of Changbaishan,

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