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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket May 3rd 2011

April 30th - May 5th Wow was I not ready for Thailand. I decided to save some time and just book a $60 flight to Phuket, rather then take a long $30 bus ride, two and a half hours after I landed in Bangkok. The only issue was my flight from Hong Kong to Bangkok was delayed one and a half hours, leaving me just enough time to run and grab my bag, go through security again, and find my gate. Even just in Bangkok’s airport, i noticed the number of 60+ year old western males with 20 year old gorgeous Thai women. I thought by going to the beaches of Phuket first, I can relax in a laid back atmosphere before going to Bangkok and starting another group tour. I couldn’t be more wrong. Since ... read more
Patong Beach
Patong Beach
Patong Beach

Asia » Hong Kong April 29th 2011

For the first time while I was in China the rain and humidity has caught up to me in Hong Kong. I’m kinda surprised but Hong Kong is probably my least favorite place so far. To be fair, Hong Kong seems like a city you have to spend some time in to enjoy everything it has to offer while I am just here for a day and a half. It is just so crowded and every 20 feet you have a bad smell coming from some store nearby. I think i was just enjoying the more laid back cities in China and suddenly i am thrown back to the western world. One good thing is the electronics here are pretty cheap and everyone is buying up everything like new netbooks, ipads, cameras and more. I ... read more

Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo April 28th 2011

April 24th-27th 2011 When we arrived in the scenic Yangshuo, I instantly started to like this town. This town is more how I imagined China to be, it has a very old fashioned feel to it. The city is surrounded by beautiful unique mountains, I believe they are called karst peaks, and a river run’s thru the city, markets, shops, and much more. As I started to walk around we found out Yangshuo is a backpacker’s city and nearly all the locals speak decent English, and for once, I don’t feel like the only tourist and that everyone is watching. Since we arrived at 5:30am, we checked in at our hotel and quickly freshened up before we all went to breakfast and took a quick walk around the main streets. We basically had the day to ... read more
Lazy boat ride view
Lazy boat ride view
Ja Ja Javier

Asia » China » Yangtze River April 26th 2011

April 22nd-24th, 2011 The first day was spent mostly traveling. We had to be up early at jumped on a public bus from 8am to 5pm. The bus did make two stops to use the squatters, but one was so bad people were coming out sick, so I decided to hold it. There was one interesting Chinese lady on the bus with us that picked up live chickens in the first city and was bringing them back to her home. First she tried to put them under the bus with our luggage, but since they were not caged they stopped her and she had to keep them near the bus driver up front. Not something you see often in America. The cruise was a three day trip through the three gorges of the Yangtze River ending ... read more
Chinese Friends
Chinese Friends
Chinese Friends

Asia April 21st 2011

April 19th-21st, 2011 We all got on a one and a half hour flight to Chengdu, quickly checked into our hotel for just the one night, and headed off to see the pandas at a reserve. That night we got to see a show famous famous for the art of face changing and shadow puppets at the Chengdu Opera. Face changing is when the performers come out in masks, and can change their masks so quick that most of the time you cannot even see their hands come close to their heads. I will try to post a video of this cause it really was pretty cool (sorry videos are taking to long on the internet here). The shadow puppets were also pretty cool and were all done by the same guy. The rest of the ... read more
Pandas
"Be Quiet"
Pandas

Asia » China April 19th 2011

I will keep updating this one so check back. Also some of the people I am traveling with got some great pics of Waldo (aka Wally) which I will get once we can get on facebook in Hong Kong... read more
Waldo at Great Wall
Waldo at Tiananmen Square
Waldo at Tiananmen Square

Asia » China » Shanxi April 18th 2011

We finally arrived in Xi’an after drinking to much on a sleeper train. There was no time to rest as we headed on a private bus for about an hour drive to see the Terracotta army. When you first walk in it is simply amazing to see how large these pits are. That feeling quickly vanished for me when I received my first elbow to the kidney. The Chinese tourist do not like to wait in lines and I am certain they come up with plans ahead of time of how they will get in front. My favorite move was when I got the elbow to the kidney (which felt like a steel baseball bat) and I looked to my right to see a five foot 60+ year old lady. The second I looked though ... read more
Terracotta Army
Overview of Terracotta Army
Wall at Xi'an

Asia » China » Shanghai April 17th 2011

Shanghai was the complete opposite of Beijing. Beijing is about the past whereas Shanghai is about the future. Enormous skyscrapers and crazy lights everywhere. One of the nicest things about Shanghai was that you didn’t feel as much of a tourist everywhere. In Beijing, everything we did the Chinese would be watching you or asking for your picture. In Shanghai, most didn’t look twice. After some quick showers after checking into the hotel, we walked to the Bund, which is a long boardwalk that shows off the massive skyscrapers everywhere. Our hotel was only a few minute walk from this and feet from Shanghai's famous shopping street, Nanjing Road. As a group, we attended a show by Shanghai’s famous acrobats which was possibly the best show i’ve seen in my life. These people had much ... read more
Hazy view from the Bund
Shanghai Acrobats
Nanjing Road at night

Asia » China » Beijing April 12th 2011

I started with the tour group Gap Adventures today and i am really impressed. So far, they really let us do whatever we want with the group which gives us a lot of free time to do our own thing, which i like. The group consists of 15 people and a chinese tour guide which speaks English well. The group is broken down like this: I am the only American 1 girl from Chile (solo) 1 guy from spain (solo) 3 from germany (a recently married couple and a girl traveling solo) 2 girls from denmark (friends traveling together) 2 guys from australia (traveling together) 5 from the U.K. (1 couple, and 3 girls each traveling solo) Out of the 15, around 10 are on round-the-world trips like me, but most are finishing theirs up whereas ... read more
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
Tiananmen Square

Asia » China » Beijing April 7th 2011

So I made it to Beijing, China! I sat next to one of the hottest Chinese girls i have ever seen for the 13 hour flight, and I lucked out cause in the 3 person row, nobody sat between us. I swear half way into the flight are feet and arms bumped and their was magic. The bad side is she only knew about 10 words in English but I was saved by the powerful chop sticks. She started laughing at my unorthodox style of using chopsticks (I taught myself how to use them for the first time about a month ago) and she tried to show me but was unsuccessful so she hinted at the Scoop and Slurp style for me. Besides having what seemed like thirty 3-5 year olds on the plane, the rest ... read more
Jingshan Park
Jingshan Park
Jingshan Park




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