Monthly Archives: September 2013

A Glimpse of Shanghai

I’m not usually a fan of big cities. Don’t get me wrong- there are some fantastic cities I’ve been to that I’ve enjoyed and some I could even picture calling “home” for a while. But, when traveling, I find that it’s the smaller towns, villages, and off-the-beaten path spots that are usually the most interesting places to visit. These are

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Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge

During the few weeks I’ve been in China, I’ve gone on a couple great treks. My first one was through the beautiful lush rice terraces of Longsheng outside Guilin, and the other was the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek in the Yunnan province, a three hour bus ride outside of Lijiang. The Tiger Leaping Gorge trek is one of the most

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A Week in Yangshuo

After spending my first week and a half in China attempting to navigate through insanely crowded and polluted cities, I was looking forward to spending some time kicking back and relaxing in Yangshuo. Yangshuo is about an hour and a half south of Guilin by bus and is a much smaller town, by Chinese standards. I noticed it was difficult

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