Jodi on May 21st, 2009

Well, it’s probably no surprise but we are again woefully behind on our posts. We’ve finished our last leg of the Trans Mongolian train along with a 12-day tour of Mongolia, and our nomadic family spring migration, and we haven’t even posted on much of China; such is the life of procrastinating travelers. We hope you [...]

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Jodi on May 18th, 2009

While in Chengdu, we decided to do a training hike for the Great Wall of China. We should know by now that our training hikes are always far more difficult than the actual hike. But, alas we never learn. Emei Shan or the Golden Summit Ascension of a billion stairs as we now refer to [...]

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Jodi on May 13th, 2009

From Lijiang to Chengdu, our transport options were limited. We could endure a 20 hour to 5-day(!!) bus ride; we could backtrack 13 hours to Kunming and catch an 18 hour train; or we could take a 1hr flight. We chose the latter, but not without a few discussions about our options. I eventually convinced [...]

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Jodi on May 11th, 2009

We enjoy China for all its exotic names. How can a traveler pass up sights with names such as the Dragon’s Backbone or Tiger Leaping Gorge. And thus, after our stay in Lijiang, we made our way to Tiger Leaping Gorge. A legendary tale, the gorge gets its named from a tiger that leapt the [...]

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Chris on May 8th, 2009

On our way to the ancient cities of Dali and Lijiang, we set off by train once more. We booked soft sleeper berths again, but this car was a bit different. It was a double decker with soft sleeper compartments down below and VIP cabins above. The VIP cabin consisted of a double bed and [...]

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