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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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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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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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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Tibet

Tibet: Altitude, Agencies, and Weather

Altitude, Agencies, and Weather Some tips for planning a trip to Tibet So, you are planning a trip to Tibet. I confess, I’m a bit jealous! The short time I spent in Tibet was both inspirational and transformative.  I remember it as one of those rare places that embed themselves in every part my being. Last spring when my friends and I planned our trip, we had a number of questions and concerns.  Many of those questions were answered by our travel[…]

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