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Visiting a Country Town – Liao Yuan

Visiting a Country Town – Liao Yuan

The country people in the smaller cities, towns and villages are the heart and soul of China with their traditions, beliefs and customs that have been largely unaffected by western influence. A great way to see a different side of China is to visit these smaller of the beaten path towns in the middle of

Express Hong Kong China Visa Run

Express Hong Kong China Visa Run

What is a Hong Kong China Visa Run? With few exceptions every foreigner living in China is here on a visa that last for 3, 6 or 12 months and must be renewed before expiry. Normally renewing a visa is trouble free BUT some times due circumstances beyond our control such as forgetful (negligent) schools

Two Days Hiking Huangshan

Two Days Hiking Huangshan

Hiking Huangshan Huangshan (also called Yellow Mountain) is one of the most beautiful mountains in China, listed as a world heritage site and a must see for anyone travelling in China who likes nature and hiking.  With a maximum height of 1,864 meters, Huangshan is not a tall mountain. Its charm comes from the profusion

Great Wall of China Hike – Jiankou to Mutianyu

Great Wall of China Hike – Jiankou to Mutianyu

Hiking from Jiankou to Mutianyu on the Great Wall of China Normally when you visit the Great Wall of China, you are seeing just one section of the wall such as Badaling or Mutianyu. The walk along that section will take a few hours and you’ll have a great time and an excellent experience.  Another

Awake at the Tiananmen Square Flag Raising

Awake at the Tiananmen Square Flag Raising

Tian’anmen Square Flag Raising When you are travelling in Beijing there is a whole bunch of typical travel stuff you can do like climb the Great Wall, wander through the Forbidden City, eat the delicious Beijing Duck and watch the raising of the Chinese flag at Tiananmen Square. For me, watching the flag raising was

2012 Resolutions for Travel in China

2012 Resolutions for Travel in China

Travel last year was awesome with trips to just about every part of the great wall, hiked the Leaping Tiger Gorge, visited more classical gardens than I can remember and went on a Beijing drinking spree that finished at 5 in the morning.  With 2012 just starting, this is an ideal time to take a

Surviving Jiankou Great Wall of China

Surviving Jiankou Great Wall of China

There are at least 5 major sections of the Great Wall near Beijing and each section of the wall is different in character and in the type of tourist it appeals to. For example you have Badaling which is easily accessible, immaculately restored and extremely crowded and then you have sections like Gubiekou that are

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain on a shoestring

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain on a shoestring

One of the great things about travel is the people you meet and the unexpected experiences you have. During a recent trip to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (JDSM) nature reserve in Yunnan province, I met two university students from Hunnan province and we had a great day on a tight budget in JDSM. A

Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge

Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge

Hiking Leaping Tiger Gorge Tiger Leaping Gorge is an incredible hiking trail on the head waters of the Yangtze River north west of Lijiang in Yunnan province. I first learnt of Leaping Tiger Gorge earlier this year from a fellow traveller in China and every thing I heard about it was incredible. The Yangtze River

Legless at Mutianyu Great Wall of China

Legless at Mutianyu Great Wall of China

After Badaling, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China is the most famous and visited section. Mutianyu is also the longest restored section of the wall, much more enjoyable to walk and most half decent Great Wall tours go to Mutianyu instead of Badaling.  I had never been to Mutianyu so during a

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