Life is short and the world is wide and full of beauty. I see no other choice but to travel where I can while I can.
Harbin, China

Tigers and Ice – A Brief Guide to Harbin

Tigers and Ice A Brief Guide to Harbin’s Attractions (China)   Harbin lies in China’s far northeastern province of Heilongjiang. The city has long had a distinctly international flavor. In the late 19th century, Russia based the administration of the recently constructed eastern section of the Trans-Siberian railroad in Harbin.  This led to the influx of a large Russian minority to the city.  These imigrants influenced everything from architecture to education and even today the city has[…]

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Fenghuang China

China: Fenghuang – a short guide to the Phoenix Ancient Town

Fenghuang, China A Short Guide to the Phoenix Ancient Town Fenghuang – the Phoenix Ancient Town is one of China’s most famous “Ancient Cities.” Stone streets meander under the peaked eves of the famous old houses that make up the core of the town.  The broad Tuojiang River drifts placidly down the center of the historic district adding a kind of magic to what has become a busy, commercial tourist zone. Early in the morning, a[…]

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Cliffside Trails on Tianmenshan in Zhangjiajie, China

China: Epic Roads – the 99 Bends and Tianmen Mountain

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part XIII: Epic Roads – the 99 Bends and Tianmen Mountain   Tianmen Shan – Heaven’s Gate Mountain in Zhangjiajie is one of China’s tourism hotspots.  A Cable Car takes you from town up to the mountain top and gives you a glimpse of the 99 Bends – one of China’s most spectacular roads.  Cliffside walking trails crisscross the towering mesa[…]

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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

China: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Stories and Pictures

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part XII:  Zhangjiajie National Forest Park …In stories and pictures The Story of The Buses (Day 1) I arrived at the Wulingyuan entrance to the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park at 8:15 in the morning.  I found the ticket window, purchased my ticket, and pushed through the gate. I was immediately confronted with a choice and none of the tools with which to[…]

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Yangjiajie Cable Way in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

China: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park – Guide

A practical Guide to  Zhangjiajie National Forest Park 张家界国家森林公园 Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is one of China’s most beautiful national parks. It is quite famous inside of China and draws large crowds during holidays.  The astonishing natural beauty inside the park, however, makes braving the crowds worthwhile. Getting to the park from the city of Zhangjiajie The park entrances are between 30 and 50 kilometers from the town of Zhangjiajie.  You can take a bus[…]

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Train from Yichang to Zhangjiajie

China: Yichang and the train to Zhangjiajie

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part XI:  Yichang and the Train to Zhangjiajie An Afternoon in Yichang The day was dull, miserable, and gray.  A steady rain fell and turned the clean portions of the sidewalk into reflecting pools.  The less-clean portions transformed into puss-pools filled with the grimy refuse of incontinent children and a hundred street food vendors. Pedestrians negotiated a mess of broken pavement, puddles, food-stands.  Cars inched[…]

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Three Gorges Dam, China

China: The Three Gorges Dam

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part X:  Locks, The Three Gorges Dam, and the Xiling Gorge   I woke to the sound of my alarm clock ringing softly.  It was 2:30 am.  I looked out my window and saw a cement wall that stretched higher than my window allowed me to see.  When I stepped onto the balcony I leaned over the railing and saw the top[…]

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