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[…]Read more
Like most of the earth’s continents, the continent of Asia can be divided into several distinct regions.
Central Asia is the area of Asia sometimes Dubbed the “Stans.” Afghanistan, is perhaps the most notorious today, but Tajikistan with its majestic Pamir mountains; Kyrgyzstan with its ancient lake Issyk Kul; the giant of a country, Kazakhstan with it’s expansive steppe; Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan with colorful mausoleums and ancient cultures all bring flavor and color to this under-explored region of the world.
Eastern Asia comprises of Korea, Japan, and China while the countries of Pakistan, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos make up Southeastern Asia, My road has yet to lead me to those part of the world, but if you have recommendations for a journey to take I’d love to hear them.
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[…]Read more
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[…]Read more
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[…]Read more
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[…]Read more
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[…]Read more
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[…]Read more