Nanxun, China

China: Water Towns of the Yangtze River Delta – Nanxun

China: Water Towns of the Yangtze River Delta – Nanxun Time Out Shanghai lists Nanxun as their favorite water town – the least commercial and the most interesting.  So I caught a bus from Suzhou to Nanxun. During the Tang and Song Dynasties, Suzhou was at the heart of China’s Silk production.  By the end of the Yuan Dynasty (1368), Nanxun had taken over the production of the finest raw silk.  Silk made the town wealthy.[…]

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Suzhou, China

China: Water Towns of the Yangtze River Delta – Suzhou

China: Water Towns of The Yangtze River Delta Visitors go to the water towns of the Yangtze River Delta to get away from the bustle of the nearby cities of Hangzhou and Shanghai.  They come to absorb the beauty of the Classical Gardens and to bask in quiet of the tiny lanes along murky canals. The famous city of Suzhou and the towns of Tongli, Luzhi, Zhujiajiao, Xitang, Wuzhen, Nanxun, and Zhouzhuang each draw thousands of[…]

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Xi'an, China

China: A Weekend in Xi’an

What to do with a weekend in Xi’an Xi’an was once a great capital city that was home to the confluence of cultures that met at the end of the silk road.  Today, Xi’an is China’s second most popular tourist destination. Like many travelers, I had only a short time to explore this great city.  Here is what I did on a short weekend in Xi’an. 1. Come Face to Face with the Terra-cotta Army The Terracotta Army of[…]

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Long Layover: 6 Hours in Shanghai

Long Layover: 6 Hours in Shanghai My bus pulled into the Shanghai South Long Distance Coach Terminal at 9 am.  Since my flight wasn’t scheduled to depart from Dupong International Airport until 7:20, I wanted to make as much as I could of my six hours in Shanghai. I did a little research and opted for a circular route beginning and ending at People’s Square and encompassing several of Shanghai’s most popular attractions.  Here is what I did with[…]

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Hong Kong's Wilson Trail Stage 1 Violet Hill Hike

China: Hiking Hong Kong’s Wilson Trail

Hiking in Hong Kong A Practical Guide to Hong Kong’s Wilson Trail Hong Kong’s Wilson Trail is one of the region’s three long distance trails. The 78 kilometer route is broken into 10 stages ranging from 5 to 15 kilometers each.  I hiked the wilson trail two stages at a time over the course of 5 weekends in late 2016 and early 2017.  While the Maclehose trail tends to hit the peaks, the Wilson trail crosses ridges[…]

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Exploring Subic Bay and the Bataan Peninsula

The Philippines: Exploring Subic Bay and the Bataan Peninsula

Exploring Subic Bay and the Bataan Peninsula We spent four days in Subic Bay and the Bataan Peninsula.  During this time, we took a trip to Corregidor Island, explored the towns of Subic Bay and Olongapo, and visited as many of Bataan’s attractions as we could. Here’s what we found: 1. Subic Bay: the Town and the “Boardwalk” Subic Bay is not a resort town. This part of town was all part of a large US navel operation[…]

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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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