Category Archives: China

A Remarkable Coincidence

We strolled to Yangshuo Park in the late morning.  We expected a park with wide lawns, and, now, we’re not sure we saw any grass at all.  Children played on sculptural animals, rode amusement park rides, and ate sweets from … Continue reading

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Inspired by a movie

After we saw the movie “Painted Veil” with Edward Norton and Naomi Watts, we knew any future trip to China would have to include a visit to the scenic karst mountains.  We don’t remember much about the story line of … Continue reading

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The high point of our China trip: we made it!

Continued from the previous blog… Everywhere we looked the scenery urged us on to the next perspective as we hiked toward Ping’An, a small village surrounded by the Longji Rice Terraces. The view just kept getting better the further we … Continue reading

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The high point of our China trip – and the problems encountered

We knew the high point (literally) of our trip to China would be a visit to the Longji Rice Terraces in North Guangxi Province.  We just didn’t know HOW to do it, so we put the idea aside and continued … Continue reading

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Dressing up for a photo

In China, we observed professional photographers taking photos of (mostly) women who were dressed in traditional costumes and who posed in front of a scenic backdrop.  We saw it in Guilin.  We saw it in Shanghai. The lakes in Guilin … Continue reading

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Take a break!

We’ve been on the road for over nine months and we’ve learned an important lesson. Every once in awhile, we need to take a break. That doesn’t mean going home.  It means a pause in the busy-ness of traveling, time … Continue reading

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The romance of train travel (maybe?)

We looked into flying from Shanghai to Guilin, China, and the two fares would have been almost $600.  Taking an overnight train seemed romantic and less expensive, with a fare of $224 for two of us in sleeping berths.  What … Continue reading

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