Page 5 of The Great China Roadtrip Travel Blog Posts

Asia » China February 5th 2012

There is no doubting that this 12,000km oddysey is going to be challenging. The schedule will require us to be on the road on average 4 to 5 hours a day. One of return legs is a long stretch requiring a whole 9 hours driving in one day. So I am taking the opportunity to have some sporadic pampering. In Beijing, we'll be staying at The Aman at the Summer Palace, and in Hangzhou, The Amanfayun. I am a self confessed Aman Junkie. For those of you who may not be familiar with the term, The Aman Resorts have developed a fan base of loyal travellers who may decide their vacations according to the global Aman map of resorts. I am not sure who first coined the phrase, but these devoted fans have become known as ... read more
An Aman Welcome

Asia » China February 4th 2012

So that this trip is not just a selfish trip to fulfil personal desires to explore the diverse landscapes, ethnic groups and culinary delights offered in this huge country, I have decided to also open this trip up to raising funds to a cause that maybe controversial, but is a cause that I am hugely passionate about. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society : Sea Shepherd's Mission Statement Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organisation. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal acti... read more
Sea Turtle
Black Tip Reef Sharks
Manta Rays

Asia » China February 1st 2012

As long as I can remember, it had always been a dream of mine to one day live in China, so when the opportunity arose almost four years ago, I grabbed it. Previously I had only visited Shanghai on business a number of times, but since Shanghai is really a showcase, I never really had the chance to get to know China until I finally moved here in July 2008. Even now, living in the Pudong New Area of Shanghai, I admit I am not totally immersed in real China. So hopefully this trip will allow me to see the real Middle Empire. The images of China that came to mind before I moved here were of bycycles, lots and lots of bycycles, noodles, Wham on the Great Wall, and PLA soldiers everywhere. Reality could not ... read more
The West Lakes
The birthplace of Calligraphy

Asia » China January 27th 2012

I mentioned that The Great China Roadtrip was item 7 on my bucket list. Drawing inspiration from the now classic movie and from some of the wonderful travel blogs on this site, I believe that everyone should have a bucket list, a list of things they want to do before they "kick the bucket". Here's my first mostly completed list : 1: Shoot a wild tiger in Rajasthan (with a DSLR !!!) I managed to get this shot on our third day in Ranthambore National Park with an excellent guide who could literally "smell" a tiger from miles away 2: Climb to the Tiger's Nest in Bhutan. The Taktsang Monastery is located on the cliff edge of the upper Paro Valley. Built in 1692 to mark the site where it is said that the Guru Rinpoche ... read more
The Tiger's Nest
Apprentice Monk
Back to school

Asia » China January 24th 2012

A team of six people, three guys and three gals, will leave Shanghai on 31st March for a one month roadtrip covering around 12,000km. Lead Car : 2010 Mazda MX5 Support Car : Either a Toyota Landcruiser or a Toyota Prado (TBD) The Team Driver, Lead Car and Photographer : Dean Ashley Owen Co-Driver, Lead Car and Entertainment Officer : Cao Li Driver, Support Car : Liu Yong Guide : Ying Chu Team Leader and Medical Consultant : Sinclair Patrick Owen Team Videographer, Event Planner, and scapegoat if we get in trouble : Stella ... read more
The Route

Asia » Bhutan October 21st 2008

What an incredible country Bhutan is. Words in a blog will inevitably fail to describe the beauty that is Druk Yul. Not only is Bhutan a Kingdom of incredible landscapes, majestic Dzongs, and crystal clear rivers, what makes the country special are the people, and most especially the children. If ever you are fortunate enough to find yourself here, take some time off your planned itinary to visit a school, any school, unannounced. Before your trip, prepare some boxes of stationary. I like to take boxes of those ball point pens with the three colours. For children in lesser developed countries, these pens are novel and useful, and make a nice small gift to the teachers to distribute.... read more
Bhutanese School
Bhutanese School

Asia » Bhutan October 21st 2008

I could easily spend whole days in the Dzongs of Bhutan. Watching the apprentice monks during prayer time, or as they innocently play hopscotch in the courtyard... One lazy afternoon in these majestic and spiritual sanctuaries will invigorate the soul and purify your body from decades of hedonistic city life. Bhutan is the only country that I have felt honoured to visit. It is the same feeling I got when a dolphin showed me his underbelly and then pee'd on me, but that is another story. If you ever have the honour of visiting Bhutan, do keep aside time to spend a couple of hours in each Dzong you will no doubt visit.... read more
A visit to the Dzongs
A visit to the Dzongs
A visit to the Dzongs

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