We’ve crossed the official 2/3 point in our Chinese adventure and looking back on it, one of our best decisions was to prioritize traveling in China.  Since Chengdu sits near the geographic center of the country and the airport is a major regional hub, we have over 100 direct flights from which to choose.  Many of these are short (<2 hours) and frequent (many flights available per day), so we have found ourselves spoiled with options. We haven’t gone outside of China for the last five months- all…

Many tourists visiting the Great Wall of China go to the Badaling (restored section of the wall, most visited tourist location too) or Mutianyu (another restored tourist friendly spot with a toboggan ride down). These restored sections do not show the wear and tears on hundreds of years’ time and make for an easy drop-in photoshoot. Our wall photoshoot required hiking boots (seriously). We were lucky to have Matt Zedler, longtime friend and Beijing rock-climber as both our driver and guide (huge thanks to Matt!).  Matt brought us to the Huanghuacheng (‘Yellow flower’…