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Tiger Leaping Gorge and the scuba diving girl

I like meeting people on my solo trips and often stay in touch with them after the trip ends. Facebook became popular at the right time for me to stay connected with people across the globe with whom I might have spent just a day or a few days travelling. Some of these people have […]

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Hills of Yangshuo

This trip was into Guilin and Yangshuo in China, places known for their limestone cliff (karst) scenery. Online and in-person reviews gave starkly different opinions between Chinese and foreign visitors. The Chinese maintained that Guilin was the better spot to visit and worth more time. The foreigners all said to use Guilin as the entry […]

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Eating in Sichuan

I travelled to the Chinese province of Sichuan to visit some interesting limestone formations. Sichuan is known for its food – very spicy food. I am game for almost any food, but “very spicy” is outside of my comfort zone. Beads of sweat start forming on my shiny bald forehead as soon as I see […]

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The Old Town of Lijiang

I visited the town of Lijiang in Yunnan, China for a short Christmas break in 2017. To be more precise, it was one day of a four-day trip. I also spent some time in Dali, visited the nearby Tiger Leaping Gorge and hopped through Kunming for my flights to/from Hong Kong. My time in Dali […]

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Airports of Shanghai

  I was in Shanghai for a quick weekend getaway when I chanced upon this misadventure.  I flew into Shanghai Pudong Airport late into the night by a Hong Kong Airlines flight. My attempt at flying back out was what would prove eventful. I took a taxi to my hotel, making a mental note to […]

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Earth buildings of Fujian / Fujian tulou

My first leisure trip to China included my most unusual homestay so far – two nights in a Fujian tulou. Fujian is a Chinese province to the north east of Hong Kong. Tu-lou literally translates to earth building. The buildings are traditional communal houses of the Hakka people of the area. A Fujian tulou is […]