The Guangxi province was one of the top places on our “must visit” list when we came to China. We originally aspired to take a full week in the area to visit Yangshuo’s dramatic karst landscapes, as well as the nearby Dragon’s Backbone Longsheng Rice Terraces outside of Guilin. Too many places to go to and too little time… one long weekend would have to do with just a half day in the rice terraces.   If we could go back to the rice terraces, we’d definitely want to spend…

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…

Authors Note 1: we were supposed to spend this three day weekend in Jiuzhaigou National Park, which is supposed to be one of China’s (and the world’s) most visually stunning natural landscapes. Our flight was cancelled the day before, though, so we decided to go to Shanghai. Author’s Note 2: We made this trip in March 2014. I actually wrote the whole blog in March also… I’ve just been slow to upload and add the pictures. At this point… we’ve actually now visited Jiuzhaigou too. 🙂 Friday 星期五…

Note: This is a repost of the Wide Load- Incredible Photographs Of Overloaded Vehicles In China article posted by Victoria Casal-Data. I figured you all might find it entertaining (it is to me – and we totally see this all the time!). Overloading, as you can clearly see, is a serious problem in China; about 80 percent of trucks (or any means of transportation used to transport goods) are overloaded. These vehicles have been damaging the country’s already-crumbling highways and they have been the cause of collapsed bridges in the…

Since we’d done such little detailed research prior to this vacation, we were truly blown away by so many parts of our trip. Shwedagon Pagoda was the first of many times that we would be struck speechless by the beauty in this country.  Myanmar is still in the process of re-building and upgrading the infrastructure needed to handle the rapid growth and increased tourism it’s seen since 2011 (Channel NewsAsia had an informative documentary of this a while ago.  Link for the video is here.).  As such, the…