Chengdu, China- Happy & a Giant Panda

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Rate our ReviewsThe prospect of stepping into mainland China filled me with dread. The memory of puking outside the gates of the Forbidden Palace suddenly filled my mind; the outcome of either consuming the ‘weird but not so wonderful’, or the roller coaster ‘dive-in-dive-out’ driving, commonplace in China. Let’s not forget the vile, retch-worthy hole-in-the-ground-loos, […]

A Journey Into Tibet

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Rate our ReviewsThe famous Qinghai-Tibet railway, at 5072 metres, crossing from Chengdu across the remote plateaus of Lhasa, is hailed as one of the greatest railway journeys to experience. Six more hours to reach Lhasa; my back is aching, my lungs feel oxygen starved but the scenery is spectacular. The sky is a never ending cornflower […]

Leshan, China – Of Giants and Men, Hordes of Them

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Rate our ReviewsReligious statues, particularly Buddha statues, tend to claim superlative distinctions.  Currently, the world’s largest is the Spring Temple Buddha in Henan, China, at 128 meters tall.  Standing at the foot of the Leshan Giant Buddha, or Dafo, as it is known in Chinese, craning my neck to see the top of his head, […]

Chengdu, China – A Change of Heart of Gastronomical Proportions

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Rate our ReviewsChina is a huge country full of superlatives, wonders, and odd trivia.  For example, at about 1.4 billion people, it is the most populous country in the world, and a surprising 35 million of those people still live in caves.  Caves!  Not a statistic I expected at all.  There’s no shortage of architectural […]

China The Undiscovered, Tropical City of Haikou, Hawaii of China

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Rate our ReviewsHaikou (pronounced HIKE-oh) is the largest city on Hainan Island, directly east of Vietnam.  China is making an effort to brand Hainan as a tourist destination to foreigners.  In 2009, Beijing officials made the proclamation that the island is the “Hawaii of China.”  An ambitious claim, though it has brought more attention and […]