China: Top Things to See and Do in Chengdu

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Chengdu, located in the Sichuan province of western China is famous for so many things…most notably their rolling hills at the base of the Tibetan Plateau, their spicy cuisine and they hot Chengdu women!  The Sichuan province is one of China’s most popular tourist destination for all these reasons and more. Even as the capital […]

China: How To Get To Yubeng

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China tends to conjure up images of tourist hordes swarming the Great Wall or Forbidden City, but ask the locals and they’ll tell you Yunnan is the place to visit. Yunnan province borders Vietnam, Myanmar and Tibet, and is known in China for its stunning scenery, more than two dozen unique ethnic minorities, and delicious […]

Things To Know When Dating In China

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Dating in China, simply put there’s the good, the bad, and the ugly. That’s right, it’s exactly like dating wherever you’re from, but as with all new cultures there are some tricks to learn. I’ve spent four years now performing very diligent field research and I hope the totally scientific results I present here will […]

Living Abroad: Having a Great Experience and Leaving a Great Impression

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If you play your cards right, living abroad can be an extraordinary life-changing experience. You will face so much more than just new language, food and culture, you’ll be surrounded by countless invisible differences which conspire together to create that unique foreign charm. At times you’ll struggle to explain or comprehend what you see around […]

Is Tibet Still Exotic?

The Potala Palace, known the world over as an icon of Tibetan Buddhism, towered over the city of Lhasa casting a literal shadow on the hustle and bustle below.  Although from our vantage point, the profound symbolism of the building was lost amidst the chaos of modernity that swarmed below it.  As we stood in […]

Tibet: Price List For Tibetan Monasteries Around Lhasa

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If you’re traveling to Tibet then most likely you’ll be going on an organized tour.  But if your tour company doesn’t include all your monastery fees in the cost of the tour, then you’ll want to take a look at the price list below.  Unfortunately Tibet can be a very expensive country for foreigners, so […]

Spiti Valley: Day Hike From Kaza to Hikkim

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For anyone in Kaza who wants to do a day-hike and doesnt have a lot of time to venture out into the rest of Spiti Valley, the hike to Hikkim may be perfect.  Currently there are no roads that reach this village, although one is in the works and should be completed shortly.  Even once […]

Taiwan: Top Things to See and Do in Taipei (Tourist Attractions)

The capital of Taiwan has many wonderful attractions to satisfy the senses. Taipei is the cultural center of Taiwan and is also their global hub for commerce. It’s easy to spend days wandering around the city marveling at all the breath-taking views and amazing attractions it has to offer. There are many common areas in […]

China: Things to See and Do in Shenzhen (Tourist Attractions)

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When people think of tourism in China, the major cities that usually come to mind are Beijing and Shanghai. Fewer know about Szenzhen despite its status as one of the fastest-growing cities in the world and the financial center of southern mainland China. Travelers who are motivated to go slightly off the beaten path will […]