So where am I going? Taiwan and Korea! Taiwan? Who goes to Taiwan? (Good question.) Korea? South Korea, right? (Yes. Well, mostly.) People are always asking how I choose my destinations. [Read more…]
Shanghai and Beijing were the major destinations on my 2015 trip to China. Out of my 3 day trips, I was really impressed with Nanjing. Hangzhou has 2 must-sees: West Lake and Lingyin Temple. Tianjin isn’t the most exciting place (although getting a great Italian dinner in Italian Style Town is worth the 30-minute train ride from Beijing). In Nanjing, you get a bang for your yuan.
Must-Sees in Nanjing
Shanghai is a fantastically vibrant city. This comes as no surprise as it’s the world’s largest city. When it comes to sightseeing, Shanghai has a good mix of old and new, but tilting very much towards the new. This also comes as not much of a surprise. Shanghai didn’t start to become a major city until the Western powers moved in and took charge after the First Opium War. That was just about 170 years ago. Compare that with Beijing, which has been a [Read more…]
Summer Palace (and a Night at the Peking Opera!)
I feel like my trip to China ended on a fantastic high. This was due to 3 reasons: the Summer Palace, the Peking Opera, and the dinner I had between the two. You’ll have to wait for the Food Diary to read about the dinner. The rest is below. [I have a lot of pictures from the Summer Palace because it was such a gorgeous site to tour. Please don’t skip the part about the opera at the end. It was by far one of the highlights of my trip, and there’s a video included that I really hope you watch!]
Western and Northern Beijing
After a day in Tianjin, I was on the homestretch of my trip with 2 final days in Beijing. On these 2 days, the weather warmed up enough that I felt comfortable unzipping my jacket and leaving off the hat and gloves for the first time since I had arrived in Beijing. The deep freeze was over, but I noticed there was a yucky fog. (“Yucky” is a meteorological term.) After a while, I realized that it wasn’t just fog, and it was Beijing’s notorious smog. And it wasn’t just smog, it was the smog that led to led to Beijing’s first ever “red alert” for pollution. (You probably heard about it on the news.) What a delight to be in town when history was being made! Life-threatening smog notwithstanding, I had a very full day on Day 10.