Tag Archives: China


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…


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…


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…



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…


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…


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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