Beijing

Highlights of Beijing  There is so much to do in Beijing and as usual with travel you only have so much time to explore. We chose to do most of the tourist highlights in Beijing as they are so important to Chinese culture and political history. We were not expecting Beijing to be so crowded…

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Xi’an and Guilin

Xi’an Xi’an is a young city, home of dumplings and noodles. There is an enormous amount of ancient culture and history in the “small” city of 9 million people. The smog is similar to that of Beijing, and the summer months (July and August) are busy with Chinese tourists. As you know, Nick and I…

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Shanghai

Maglev – This is the fastest train on earth. We were able to cut a 45 minute train ride to 8 minutes by taking this magnetic levitation train. We hit 180 mph (300 km/hr) and it only cost 50 yuan (~$8). On the weekend they run it at “top speed” which is 400-600 km/hr. A…

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Tea Tips

While in Guilin, we visited the Guilin Tea Science & Research Institute, an organic tea plantation where every step of the production process is done traditionally by hand. We experienced a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and enjoyed Osmanthus tea, Liu Bao Compressed Tea, High Mountain Yellow Tea and a variety of oolongs. Do you know…

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