What It’s Like to Travel China | A Map to Anywhere

What It’s Like to Travel China

September 30, 2016 6 min read

What It’s Like to Travel China I’ll be honest, 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.  I didn’t know anyone who had been there and I had no idea what it’s like to travel China. Just the…

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Shanghai! | A Map to Anywhere


September 25, 2014 2 min read

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 | A Map to Anywhere

5 Ways China Surprised Me

September 23, 2014 1 min read

5 Ways China Surprised Me I was wrong in my expectations of China. Here are 5 ways China surprised me: 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…

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How to See the Terracotta Warriors in China | A Map to Anywhere

How to See the Terracotta Warriors in China

September 21, 2014 2 min read

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 | A Map to Anywhere

China’s Environmental Dilemma

September 20, 2014 2 min read

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 | A Map to Anywhere

Train Travel in China

September 19, 2014 2 min read

Lessons Learned on Train Travel in China What I’ve learned about train travel in China is that it’s a bit trickier than it has been in other countries.  There are a few reasons for that. 1. You really need to book online ahead of time if you want to have a comfortable ride. If you…

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The Great Wall of China | A Map to Anywhere

The Great Wall of China

September 17, 2014 2 min read

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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