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People's Republic of China
People's Republic of China

A Second Home
Have been back in Shanghai for about two weeks now. Was planning to venture up north, but somehow the days have passed by quickly. Ran around a lot in terms of getting some stuff done before heading h... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Shanghai, China – September 14, 2006

City of Hot Peppers, Teahouses, and Pandas
Back in muggy China again after a pretty scary, bumpy plane ride from Lhasa over some pretty high mountains (doesn't help either if you've got the plane crash scenes from the television seri... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Chengdu, China – June 1, 2006

A Route To Finding Tibet
After talking to quite a few travel agencies (the ones by the budget hotels, hostels, and hotels where most foreigners stay at, and even some Chinese ones) and travelers, we decided to forego the trad... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Lhasa, China – May 28, 2006

On the Way to the Great Canyon of Yarlung Tsampo
A lot of the places and towns we drove through, actually all, were not listed in the Tibet section of LP China (which in turn is teaching me to rely on that book less). Didn't have LP Tibet with ... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Eastern Tibet, China – May 28, 2006

Holy Sites
Ornately detailed and haunting...

Jokhang Temple

Posted by SUEP in Asia – Lhasa, China – May 25, 2006

Lhasa, A City Of New And Old
Been wanting to go to Tibet for a very long time. I've heard from quite a few travelers, friends, and even my brother, that I may be disappointed due to much Chinese-influence and modernization t... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Lhasa, China – May 24, 2006

Enjoyed the scenic ride to Zhongdian, also known as Shangri-la (the town was renamed). Passed by quite a few minority villages, gorgeous nature scenery, and even the entrance to Tiger Leaping Gorge (a... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Zhongdian, China – May 22, 2006

Loud Lijiang
At first, hardly saw any tourists and locals while walking from the bus station to Lijiang Old Town. Though once inside the old town, weaving through the hordes of massive tour groups to look for a gu... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Lijiang, China – May 20, 2006

Dali Removed
Set off to Dali the next morning. Dali used to be a country within a country, called the Nanzhao Kingdom. The Bai minority people ruled the four-walled city with four main gates before the Hans took o... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Dali, China – May 16, 2006

Kunming, An Oxymoron Almost
To my surprise, Kunming is a pretty laid-back Chinese city, which is an oxymoron almost. Walking out of the airport, we expected the hustle bustle of a modernized city, a plethora of people, and of co... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Kunming, China – May 15, 2006

Shanghai Spring
After coming from a warm and sunny place (Rio de Janeiro in the midst of summer), to a month of nonstop, cold rainy weather in northern California, it was nice to finally reach a part of the world tha... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Shanghai, China – April 7, 2006

A Few Tips For Traveling China
I found traveling in China to be quite rough, so my advice is best to be prepared. A lot of it was due to traveling in an environment that is bombarded with pollution (smog, smokers, other colorful ch... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – General Tips, China – November 7, 2005

A Day Out Of A Possible Movie Scene
Decided to head to Shanghai for a flight to somewhere warmer. By this time, Rick was not getting any better from his bronchial bug(s). So we headed off in a rush to the Suzhou train station after view... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Suzhou, China – November 5, 2005

Suzhou: Garden Central
Took the 2 1/2 hour soft seat train from Nanjing to Suzhou. Suzhou is known for its many beautiful classical stone gardens as well as other types, quality silk, tasty food, and beautiful women.

Ar... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Suzhou, China – November 4, 2005

Ladybugs At Sun Yat-sen Memorial In Nanjing
In Nanjing, we visited the Sun Yat-sen Memorial. An unbelievable number of steps to climb to the very top, but the view was breathtaking and worth it. While I was taking a picture in front of the main... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Nanjing, China – November 3, 2005

A Cancelled Flight Situation
Made it to the Xian airport in time for the flight at 1pm. Unfortunately, the flight got cancelled and the next one was scheduled at 6:50pm. A big angry mob of locals ensued quite quickly in front of ... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Xian, China – October 29, 2005

A Breath of Air
So, I arrived sick as a dog by the overnight train from Beijing to Xian. I'm sure by now I've picked up all sorts of bacteria, viruses, and not to mention some funky chemical pollutants from... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Xian, China – October 27, 2005

Xian As A City
Xian is known for its intact city walls and drum and bell towers. The city is also home to a few ethnic minorities, like the Hui. A majority of the Hui are Chinese-Muslim and live in the Moslem Quarte... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Xian, China – October 27, 2005

Taking A Local Tour Geared Towards Foreigners
Before going to China, I was strongly advised to go on a tour geared towards foreigners, so I can escape the pains of organizing everything on my own. So, I took one. All I can say is one is enough to... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Beijing, China – October 23, 2005

Beijing: Under Construction
Visited many of the main sites in Beijing and found that quite a few are under construction for the Olympics in 2008.

Posted by SUEP in Asia – Beijing, China – October 22, 2005

Beijing: Not All Under Construction
Although many of the sites are being renovated for the Bejing Olympics in 2008, many of the sections of these sites are still open for viewing.

Posted by SUEP in Asia – Beijing, China – October 22, 2005

Zhujiajiao: An Ancient Water Canal Town
Less than a couple of hours by bus away from Shanghai, I visited a preserved water canal town called Zhujiajiao. Many of the Shanghainese consider this place as the countryside, which I found pretty f... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Zhujiajiao, China – October 19, 2005

Old Shanghai
Decided to wander around the "old" parts of Shanghai today. Well, I guess the Bund would be considered old too, and I did that the other day... Anyway, headed off to this renovated part of t... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Shanghai, China – October 17, 2005

Have You Been Shanghai-ed Lately?

tasting shiao long bao (crab and pork dumplings filled with soup, you have... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Shanghai, China – October 15, 2005

Going For A Ride In Shanghai
Flew into Shanghai from Tokyo and took the crazy No. 2 bus from the airport to Jinan Temple. Too bad I couldn't get any good shots of the ride. I was sitting in the front, right behind the bus dr... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Shanghai, China – October 14, 2005

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