The purpose of this blog is not to win any awards, it is to share my journey in China with my friends and family. I apologize in advance for my lack of writing skills, I'm a passionate writer from the heart not the mind..lol
A journey like the one I'm about to embark on is a chance of a lifetime. It is not everyday one gets to fly 1/2 way around the world to experience a totally different culture. Who knew when I was a kid trying to dig deep enough to try to get to China, I would actually go there by plane someday.
My journey will be without my family but with my friend Tracy. She is one of the few people that I can spend everyday with and still like them just the same. I have known Tracy since high school and look forward to our travel adventure.
We will fly to Beijing on Feb 6th and spend 4 days there and then we will fly south several hundred miles to 3 other smaller cities. I believe you can learn something from every person and experience you come in contact with, I'm looking forward to sharing with all of you my experiences of the fabulous people and places I come across.
February 17th 2011
Day 11, Today we flew northwest to Kunming. When we got to the airport I was not too excited about this stop. We had been to this airport once before and it's just kinda dirty and over crowded. I thought if the airport looks like this then what does the city look like? I wasn't too impressed flying over it either just looked big and dirty as well. We are staying in a hotel on Green lake. I'm very impressed with the city and the area we are in. I would say it's a pretty upscale area. It's kind of refreshing staying in nice place and a clean city as well. After dinner Tracy and I decided t go to the spa and get massages. It was an experience let me tell you. First they brought ... read more
February 16th 2011
Day 11 This is our last night in Xi Shuang Ban Na, tomorrow we are flying to Kun Ming until friday, then it's back to Beijing on Friday and head home on Sat. Today was pretty cool...first stop was a JiNuoShan Village. This village was a way better than the other villages we went to yesterday. The JiNuoShan were found in 1979 so they have had much more time to develop themselves and seem to be doing very well. They make their money solely on tourism. They have opened up their village to the public to see their way of life. One of the interesting things that I have learned is unlike the rest of China, girls are very important and the boys are less significant. There is no limit on how many children they can ... read more
February 15th 2011
Day 10 I not sure where to even start on todays adventures....Wow! What an amazing day! I feel like I'm Anthony Bourdain or Samantha Brown from the travel channel. We are doing some pretty amazing stuff. Today we started off with breakfast at the hotel. I just was not in the mood to be pushed and walked in front of with no regard. I think I was feeling a little tired from the trip. In China there is no such thing as personal space. I always thought Asian's were so rude when they came to America. What I realize now is that they are not being rude it it just their way of life. Survival of the fittest lol. It's funny even when you drive a car their is no such thing as your own lane. ... read more
February 14th 2011
Day 9 Wake me up I must be dreaming! We were on our way to the airport this morning and I was gazing out the window of my delapetated barely running cab and listening to our angry Naxi speaking woman cab driver yelling at someone on her cell phone....and I thought to myself I feel like I'm dreaming. How cool is it that I'm experiencing something that not many people will have a chance to do in their lifetime. It is so cool to experience different cultures and see how people live in different countries. Many times in our China journey I have felt like I was in a movie. Today we spent most of the day traveling to our next city...XishuangBanNa. It is located in the southern tip of the Yunnan province. When we got ... read more
February 13th 2011
Day 8 Today was sort of a relaxing day not a real adventurous day. We started it this morning with breakfast at a 5 star hotel. It was somewhat western food not as ethnic. It was kind of nice to have a hard boiled egg and some Chinese ham and some fried rice. So....I guess the only western part was the hard boiled egg...lol Then we had an hour reflexology and foot massage that was much needed! I wish I would have brought a pedometer to see how many miles we walked in our China journey. After that we ate lunch and then shopped for the rest of the day. I have really enjoyed buying gifts for my family! I wanted to talk a little bit about the Naxi people here in Lijiang, There are about ... read more
February 12th 2011
Day 7 Today's adventure is Snow Mountain, it's tallest peak is 18,000 feet. It is the furthest southern glacier in the Northern hemisphere. In China many people don't have cars and taking the taxi is a very normal thing. But when you need a taxi for a long day you just hire a car and a driver. It is very cheap, I think we paid 150 yuan which is about 30 bucks. Once we got into the park we had to take a bus up the windy road to the gondola chalet. The ride was about 20 min to get to the point where we got off. We noticed a lot of people were buying little cans of oxygen to help with the high altitude. There were a set of stairs that lead to a higher ... read more
February 11th 2011
Day 5 Traveled all day yesterday about 1500 miles to where we are now. When we left Beijing yesterday morning it was snowing so our flights was delayed for about an hour. We flew to Kunming and then flew to Lijiang. When we arrived we were so impressed with the airport it was really cool! Our cab driver stopped all of the sudden and pulled over because cars are not allowed in the Old City and a bicycle pulled up with a cart and loaded all of our luggage in the back it was quite humorous! We went to dinner and ordered fish and the lady took it out of the water right in front of us and sacked it with a rubber mallet...Talk about fresh lol. Woke up this morning and had a Chinese breakfast ... read more
February 10th 2011
Day 2, 3 and 4 Day 2 This day was the day we went to the great wall...what a climb! It was so intense my calves were burning. It was so steep in some parts that if you would have look at us from the side we would have been walking almost vertical. It was a tough start to a long day especial when we were still suffering from jet lag. What a cool opportunity to be standing on the great wall of China! Our next stop was a marketplace that was about 5 levels of everything you can imagine: luggage,shoes, clothes, silks,tea pots and most importantly purses where we spent the next two hours haggling over the prices of them. Luckily we had Lan with us and she was so good at getting them down. ... read more
February 7th 2011
Well..... we finally arrived after 14 hours by plane. I used to think that a two hour flight was long. There wasn't much to do on the plane I think we watched 4 movies and read a little, took some IQ tests and walked around as much as I could. When we arrived we were feeling pretty tired but decided to push on and meet our friends for dinner. I had peeking duck for the first time. Not too bad , but I prefer white meat any day! We just happened to be here on the tail end of the Chinese New Year. Tonight is the night they set off fireworks in celebration of the new year. It was absolutly crazy! The fireworks lined the sidewalks and were exploding on every street corner. It's so hard ... read more