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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Wu Gorge on the Yangtze River

China: Cruise Into the Three Gorges

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part IX:  Into the Three Gorges “Forecast: Overcast, high of 33 degrees Celsius (91 Fahrenheit)” the itinerary on my table told me when I returned to my cabin from breakfast. The itinerary showed a busy day.  After a stop at the Prince Island, we were to sail through two of the three gorges, visit the Goddess Stream, ride through the five locks of[…]

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Yangtze River Cruise, China

China: Down the Yangtze River

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part VIII: A Yangtze River Cruise Loud drums out of tune trumpets rattled my window pain. I slid open the balcony door and looked down to the dock below where another tour group boarded the boat.  All the groups were greeted with this raucous and brassy fanfare. I arrived at the quayside much earlier in the afternoon and strolled across the floating[…]

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Ronghui Hotsprings in Chongqing, China

Hot Pot and Hotsprings – 24 Hours in Chongqing, China

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part VII: Hot Pot and Hotsprings – 24 Hours in Chongqing, China   Chongqing is a huge city. Many in China claim it is the world’s largest city. If you count all of the rural areas inside the government’s administrative boundaries, they are right. The administrative area of Chongqing has an estimated population of just over 30 million.  The urban area of Chongqing, however,[…]

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on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway

A Journey on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part VI: A Journey on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Chongqing lies is about 1476km (918 miles) east of Lhasa – that’s a little more than a two hour flight away. A rugged mountain range separates the two cities forming a barrier for rail.   To get around this barrier, the Qinghai-Tibet railway runs north and then east, skirting the northern edge of the mountains. It is 43 hour[…]

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