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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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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Lhasa Tibet Window Curtains

Tibet: Welcome to Lhasa

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part I: Welcome to Lhasa A Mountain Sea From the window of the plane I saw deep, dark-green valleys. Cloud-rivers spilled across the mountain valleys, moving ever downwards in a cascade of fog and mist. Tall, snow-capped peaks rose above the deep green valleys below far below. I felt a sudden thrill: Tibet. For Chinese citizens, a visit to Tibet is[…]

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Imperial City in Hue, Vietnam

Photogallery: Ancient Hue

Ancient Hue – A Photogallery Hue, Vietnam: a city steeped in history both glorious and violent. Often described as “Ancient Hue” the old things in Hue are not actually very old. The city became the Imperial Capital of the Nguyen Dynasty in 1802 when the first emperor, Emperor Gia Long, united Vietnam. Hue’s importance as the center of government in Vietnam lasted until the abdication of Emperor Bao Dai in 1945. All of this is[…]

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Saigon by Night

Vietnam: A Snapshot of Saigon

A Snapshot of Saigon in words and pictures   Saigon: a city of contrasts. A city where dull, dirty, and grey low-rise buildings with rusted balcony railings watch silently over the chaotic streets surging with the fluid color of round helmets carried through streets as if by a rush of water, or the wind. A city where dull, grey block buildings give way to ornate Baroque facades that speak to the delicate tastes of the[…]

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Shekou Boardwalk

China: First Impressions of a New Home – Shekou

First Impressions of a New Home Shekou, China in Words and Pictures   Impression: City Streets Large, salty beads of sweat drip from my forehead leaving a trail down my cheeks and neck before turning the collar of my grey t-shirt dark with moisture. I’ve given up trying to wipe the sweat off my brow. It isn’t exactly hot in Shekou – it is barely 27 degrees Celsius. The humidity, though, makes those 27 feel[…]

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