Time to Get Out the Map – Day 2 in Beijing

For all the perfectly captured pics, tales of spectacular sights, and recountings of the joys of travel, there are about ten times as many behind the scenes mishaps, moments of boredom, long lines, and spending seemingly hours trying to find ANYWHERE and ANYTHING to eat. This is especially true when visiting China's capital city, a... Continue Reading →

Finding Heaven – Day 1 in Beijing

Stepping off the plane in Beijing, we already felt the difference from Guangzhou in the dry and chilly winter air. Not a trace of humidity in this city that hadn't seen rain or snow since October. We were stunned at our good fortune as we stared at an ice blue sky, no clouds or smoggy haze in... Continue Reading →

Gaudy and Gorgeous: Yuexiu Lanterns

My phone screen lit up, a message from my Chinese friend briefly lighting up the screen ‘元宵节快乐!Happy Yuan Xiao Festival.' A cute picture of a dog dancing with a lantern hanging off its paw accompanied her holiday greetings on the last day of the Chinese New Year holiday. Yuan Xiao is a 2,000-year-old holiday in... Continue Reading →

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