Category: Alison’s Blog

Macau
[ 0 ] October 3, 2012 |

Macau

Leaving mainland China by ferry, we arrived in Macau just an hour later. This city known to many as the Vegas of the East has a little more than only bright lights and slot machines to offer. Macau was the first and last European Colony in China. In 1999 China took formal sovereignty over Macau […]

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Shangri-La (Zhongdian), Yunnan, China
[ 0 ] September 22, 2012 |

Shangri-La (Zhongdian), Yunnan, China

In the very northwestern tip of the Yunnan province, bordering Tibet is Shangri-La or Zhongdian, Yunnan, China. This area is primarily a Tibetan county. With very strict regulations and rules to enter Tibet, this was as close as we were getting. Shangri-La is located at an altitude of 3,200 meters and the climate is much […]

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Lijiang, Yunnan, China
[ 0 ] September 22, 2012 |

Lijiang, Yunnan, China

Sometimes a place deserves a second chance to win you over, certainly a country as large as China deserves a segmented review. Overall my first impressions were pretty hasty and harsh, but with a second look I realized China offers much more than meets the eye. From a tourist perspective, China doesn’t need you. This […]

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Sleeper Bus to China
[ 1 ] September 22, 2012 |

Sleeper Bus to China

Our first of several “Chinese Sleeper Bus” experiences broke us of any trepidation we had about managing travel in China. During the 27-hour bus ride from Laos to Kunming, China, the language changed, the government changed, the people changed. It was on. A sleeper bus isn’t something I’d recommend for persnickety travelers. There is a […]

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Sa Pa, Vietnam
[ 1 ] July 31, 2012 |

Sa Pa, Vietnam

After riding through mountainous narrow winding roads we arrived in Sa Pa, Vietnam. This gem of a town is the capital of the Lao Cai Province, located in north-west Vietnam close to the Chinese border. The landscape and the ethnic minority people were our main draws to this region. The most eastern of the Himalayas, […]

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