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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Jodi on May 3rd, 2009

For us, Kunming served as a transit point to reach the ancient cities of Dali and Lijiang but we spent a few days there just the same. We made our way to Kunming by train from Guilin. For this train ride though, we secured ourselves soft sleeper berths. In truth, they’re not much different than [...]

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