12 Tips for Traveling within China

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We all come across challenges when traveling abroad and China is no exception. As we recently returned from a trip to China we recognized some things that we thought could help you on your next adventure there. Here are 12 tips for traveling within China. 1. Use CTrip If you want to book tickets and/or hotels within China, Ctrip.com is handsdown the best website to use. Their service is very good as… Read More

Twins, Family and Religion

Taiyuan Pagoda in China

In the previous blog I wrote about my (Chloë) road trip with my parents, from Beijing-Datong-Taiyuan-Pingyao-Xi’an-Beijing. Now it is time to write about Taiyuan in the Province of Shanxi. We spent only a couple of days here, mostly because there were so many other destinations on our way. There are three major sights you should visit while in Taiyuan. The Twin Pagodas, the Jinci Temple and the Qiao Family Court which is just… Read More

Large Buddhas in Caves | Datong

Entrance to Yungang Grottoes

In January-February 2013 I (Chloë) went on a roadtrip with my parents through China. We went from Beijing – Datong – Taiyuan – Pingyao – Xi’an – Beijing. This blog is about Datong and soon the other cities will follow in a blog as well. I chose to do this because there is too much to write about every city. We were only two full days in Datong, but we saw a… Read More

Photos: The Many Faces of China Part 3 of 3

Little kid in Pingyao

Background A little while back I published two photo journals titled Faces of China. Check out Part 1 of 3 and Part 2 of 3 for more photos of the Faces of China. These are the photographs of the many faces of China. We hope you find them interesting! And we would love to hear your comments!

Photos: The Many Faces of China Part 2 of 3

This amazing little boy was at Jingshan Park

Background A little while back I published a photo journal titled: The Many Faces of China Part 1 of 3. This is part 2 of that entry, where I took photographs of the many faces of China. We hope you find it interesting! And we would love to hear your comments!

Photos: The Many Faces of China Part 1 of 3

Lady from the Li minority in Sanya, Hainan Province

Background I have found photography intriguing as long as I can remember. My dad used to be a professional photographer and still is an amateur photographer today. He shared his passion with our family and my mom and I both developed a passion for photography too. When I was abroad in China for the first time in 2006, I found the Chinese people very fascinating. Some of the faces there told stories and I… Read More

5 Reasons Why You Should Not Rent a Motorcycle or Scooter in Asia

Beijing University

It is so tempting within many parts of Asia to rent a motorcycle or scooter as a foreigner. As time passes you become tired of hiring people to drive you around (black taxi) or taking public transportation. Many tourists choose to rent a motorcycle and go cruise a destination themselves. Unfortunately it is often a negative decision that puts them in situations they would rather avoid. Renting a motorcycle or scooter might seem like a… Read More

Beijing World Park

Gothic Castle

Beijing, China

Tiananmen Square

In the year 2012-2013 I was studying abroad in Beijing for a year and in the second semester my fiancé and I met. Before we had met I went traveling with my ‘sister’ Carin (she is my best friend and we are like sisters) and later on with my parents, and my sister joined the last few days. My other best friend Stéphanie also came to visit me for two weeks and… Read More