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Our Travel Blog is where we share our real life travel experiences with you. We also provide information on Chinese culture, Chinese cuisine, and much more. We hope that this information helps you in some way, whether it be in designing a China tour, or just gives you interesting information on a new and exciting place.

Yao Mountain

2012-05-25 | China travel Guide | Comments(0) |   Views:(199)

 
Guilin is known for a few things, Elephant Trunk Hill, Seven Star Park, Li River, its weird mountains, its spicy food, and a bunch of other stuff. My favorite place in Guilin is the top of any mountain where there's no one next to me.

In short, all train rides in China

2012-05-22 | China travel Guide | Comments(0) |   Views:(201)

 
Now I enjoy having fun as much as the next guy, I really do. You ask me to go rock climbing, I’m down. You ask me to go jump over some fire, why not! You ask me to jump off a cliff into water, and you know what I’ll do it, you know why? Because all those things, granted are a little dangerous, but are fun! However, I believe everything has a line, and yes I cross that line a lot, but you know what when it comes to fun sometimes that line should be deeply etched into the ground, I draw that line when comes to riding trains in China! I see that line and I respect it, but sometimes I have to go and cross it.

A Strawberry Day

2012-05-16 | Life in Guilin | Comments(0) |   Views:(263)

 
For those who don't know what a strawberry day is, it is a current term that I have put into creation that refers to not a good but also not a bad day. You know, sometimes when you eat a strawberry it's nice and sweet, and some times when you eat them they're sour as can be, and sometimes you get one that's just in between sweet and sour, and it's just good enough to not spit out. That's what a strawberry day is, it's in between good and bad. And it just so happens that on this strawberry day, I went strawberry picking.

International Passenger Trains run between Beijing and Ulan Bator

2012-05-14 | News | Comments(0) |   Views:(377)

 
For the convenient of travelers travel to and fro between China and Mongolia, three international trains are operated between the Chinese capital city Beijing and the capital of Mongolia Ulan Bator, namely, train No.K03 (departs from Beijing), K23 (departs from Beijing) and K23 (departs from Ulan Bator). All of them set out in the morning at 08:05 and get to the destination the next day afternoon around 13:20 after 30 hours ride.

A good day for a pig ride

2012-05-07 | China travel Guide | Comments(0) |   Views:(171)

When you’re wooing a girl there seems to some socially accepted steps to do so. You know, first off talk to her, and later get her phone number after "accidently" bumping into her (after waiting for said "accidental" opportunity for an hour.) Than after a quick bit ask her out, give some flowers, yata yata yata and so on. Now maybe subconsciously I don’t know what these steps are, or maybe I just don’t like them, so in short to woo a girl I take her on a trip, and then can’t find a bus home and end up hitchhiking in the back of a farmer’s truck with her and a pig. Yep…I’m smooth.

Chinese, and travel

2012-05-04 | China travel Guide | Comments(0) |   Views:(204)

 

Now, I learned Chinese in Beijing, that means I learned my Chinese with all the R’s, my first time hearing Chinese was in Beijing and I kinda thought it sounded like a bunch of dogs barking at each other. Ruf ruf ruf ruf ruf. But hey that’s how I started Chinese, so in 2009 when I came to Yangshuo to start teaching, and to learn Chinese, I wasn’t even remotely used to their Chinese. None of the R’s I fell in love with, or for that matter really good Mandarin. At that time hearing the difference between Northern Mandarin and Southern Mandarin was like hearing a true New Yorker speaking his form of English, and hearing someone from the deep deep South in a swamp in the middle of nowhere’s English.

Bargaining in China

2012-04-27 | Cultures | Comments(0) |   Views:(224)

 
Now, when I was in America I never got the chance to bargain, where I went I just paid whatever the price was, no questions asked, no second thought. But you see, all that changed when I came to china, it was no longer I paid what the sticker price was, or what other people said it was, it all came down to how well I could bargain, how much I wanted it, could I grit my teeth longer and be more intense and more into bargaining then the person selling it.

Rock climbing in Yangshuo

2012-04-17 | China travel Guide | Comments(0) |   Views:(304)

Thanks to the peculiar karst landform, Guilin especially Yangshuo is endowed with abundant scenery made up of karst hills in various shapes, while some of them are more than landscapes. In other words, it is no exaggeration to say that you can find a hill suitable for climbing wherever you stand in Yangshuo. Thus, no airport, no railway, but that doesn’t stop climbing lovers from all over the world from rushing to Yangshuo every year.