Category Archives: China

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St. Regis Lhasa Resort Mini Review

Editor’s note: I realized that I had written, but not posted, a review of the St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Tibet. Without further ado, enjoy! The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is…

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Happy to be in Hong Kong

Our flight from Chengdu to Hong Kong was delayed by an hour, arriving into HKG at about 8PM and putting us into Kowloon at 9PM.  Ordinarily, this would not be…

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Shangri-La Chengdu Hotel Mini-Review

We stayed one night at the Shangri-La in Chengdu.   It is centrally located in Chengdu and stands over the river that runs through the city.  It is 36 floors…

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The Golden Flower by Shangri-La in Xi’An Mini-Review

The Golden Flower by Shangri-La is one of two Shangri-La-owned hotels in Xi’An. It is one of the original 4- or 5-star hotels in Xi’An which means that it’s an…

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Panda Spotting in Chengdu

Chengdu was a wet and comfortable 21C (70F) when we landed.  Water was sheeting down the airport windows.  They said it was the 4th straight day of rain.  The news…

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Grand Hyatt Beijing Mini-Review

The Grand Hyatt Beijing is a modern hotel and the center of Oriental Plaza built in 2001 by Li Ka Shing (richest man in China).  It is conveniently located above a…

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Lhasa with Lobsang

Lhasa At almost 12,000 feet above sea level, Lhasa is a very high desert. The air is dry and the temperature is mild.  The weather is highly varied, and thunderstorms…

Facebook, Twitter, Youtube blocked in China

Hi All, Apologies if we have not replied to Facebook requests or comments, neglected to respond to Tweets, and failed to post any more videos since Japan, but our wireless…

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Xi’An with Lily

They say that if you want to learn about life in modern China, you should go to Shanghai. If you want to learn about life 500 years ago, go to…

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Beijing

We arrived in Beijing about an hour late, but swiftly passed through Customs to the taxi line. Though cheap (106 RMB = $17.50), the ride takes about 45 minutes, but…

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Hot (Weather) Fashion Tips from China

When the mercury hovers around 95 degrees (35C) in China, it’s officially hot, and outside it’s hard to escape the heat. The local women (and a few men) carry reflective…

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Private Tours in China

While I’m not new to traveling to and around China, I have not done it on my own and usually have a guide of some sort.   While I vow every…

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Visas

When traveling internationally, it is important to verify the entry requirements for each country.  Many countries require visas prior to arriving, and these must be obtained from a consulate or…

Front wheel drive in China!

Surface Sectors

Once your round the world (RTW) itinerary and dates are finalized and tickets are purchased, it’s time to start planning or finalizing the surface sectors, if you have any. Surface…

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China Planning

For China, we felt like we will need some hand-holding. We don’t speak the language, and we are fish out of water, so we looked into private tours offered by China…

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