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The Wind and the Rain

Sanjiang (saun-jiaung) is the capital of the Dong Minority Autonomous County and as a bus bearing my new French traveling companion Lori and I rolled into town we hit a police checkpoint. The fellow manning the doors and the fares as new arrivals flagged us down hopped out and registered our bus in the log […]

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Trekking Through the Hills

Greetings from quite literally the middle of nowhere! I’m actually near the small village of Dazhai, which I had my first ever trek in getting to! After my post yesterday morning I met up with the Quebecois fellow (Guillaume), as well as our new French (Lori) and Chinese (Neo) friends and the four of us […]

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Into the Hills

Greetings from the little minority village of Ping’An (peeng-awn), nestled high in the hills, surrounded in every possible direction by absolutely stunning rice terraces named “The Dragon’s Backbone.” There is no road or vehicle that comes directly here. This was the culmination of two bus rides through China’s back country. First to a town called […]

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Up River to the City

Greetings from Guilin. Located a mere 90 minute bus ride north of Yangshuo, also on the banks of the Li River, Guilin feels other worldly from the calm and character that was Yangshuo. Though tiny compared to the size of Guangzhou or Hong Kong, Guilin feels like a metropolis after Yangshuo. It’s also considerably chillier […]

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A Kingdom of Karsts

Greetings from Yangshuo, a small town nestled along the banks of the Li River in the Guangxi province. Nestled is certainly the key word here, as Yangshu0 is tightly surrounded by towering karsts. Many friends back home have asked me just what karsts are. Well this is not my first run in with them…Vietnam’s Ha […]

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On the Banks of the Pearl River

Greetings from Guangzhou (pronounced Guangjoe), my first stop in China! Located a couple of hours north of Hong Kong along the banks of the Pearl River (which is a block from my hotel), Guangzhou is a bustling town with a population of 10.5 million (compared with NYC’s 8 million). Some of you in the West […]

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Gateway: Asia

Hong Kong. I don’t think I can quite sum up in words just how fascinating this eclectic city is. With its storied past, it is a place of contradictions, and much like every big city, character. The city is a teeming metropolis that can feel cozy at times. On the surface its rush, rush, rush. […]

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An Odyssey of a Flight

23 hours. That’s how long it took from my takeoff from JFK to my touchdown in Hong Kong. The single longest of these segments was the first. My (hopefully) 5-star, 14 hour flight from JFK to Seoul (ICN). Curious for the experience, I boarded my very first 777 to find a roomy feeling cabin with […]