China

China

This was an intimidating destination for me.  I’m not sure why but the idea of traveling to China just seemed so foreign and so different.  Just the visa process alone was enough to make me second guess it.  But it was also going to be great because one of my best friends is from China…

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Shanghai!

Shanghai!

Shanghai is going to be an amazing part of my travels because I will be staying with my friend Mylie’s family while I’m there.  Mylie and I met when I rented a room in her house outside Portland and we’ve been friends ever since.  It’s going to be so cool to see Shanghai with a…

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5 Ways China Surprised Me

5 Ways China Surprised Me

I was wrong in my expectations of China. These were the 5 biggest surprises: 1. I thought China would be dirty, I expected to see lots of litter and trash. It was actually very clean in the cities. The only thing that was dirty was the air, which brings me to… 2. I thought the…

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Trip to the Terracotta Warriors

Trip to the Terracotta Warriors

I went to Xi’an to see the Terracotta warriors.  It works out pretty well if you plan to see both Beijing and Shanghai because you don’t have to go terribly far out of your way to stop in Xi’an along the way.  You can see them in about half a day.  The best way is…

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China’s Environmental Dilemma

China’s Environmental Dilemma

The train ride to Xi’an today showed me China is absolutely incredible in terms of how fast it’s growing. If you look at the pictures below you can see how many cranes are working at once. This is a common site in every place we passed. The entire route from Beijing to Xi’an on a…

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Train Travel in China

Train Travel in China

What I’ve learned is that traveling by train in China is a bit trickier than it has been in other countries.  There are a few reasons for that. The first, is that you really need to book online ahead of time if you want to have a comfortable ride. Secondly, the class system is different…

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Nightlife in Beijing

Nightlife in Beijing

It might not be what you think of first when you’re in Beijing, but the nightlife is definitely something you need to experience. There’s a bit of everything in Beijing; sports bars, breweries, distilleries, but that’s not the best.  Go to the Hutong bars. Hutongs are narrow streets and alleys that make up the old…

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Peking duck

Peking duck

After the visiting the Great Wall I went out for Peking Duck with some people from the hostel in what used to be Peking. It was awesome. They sliced the head in half and served it. It had a sad face. I didn’t eat it.  

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The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

Today was one of those days where I couldn’t believe I get to live this life and have these experiences. I just felt so grateful and so lucky. I got to visit the Great Wall and it was incredible. It’s funny because it feels like such an accomplishment. But really, it was such a simple thing…

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