Some Down Time in Hong Kong

It was time for me to adventure out in my own since Leslie had to go to work. I decided to take the day and head to Kowloon and conquer the Ladies Market. I had a friend that requested a few items and I took my negotiation skills and pictures to the market to find…

Bali. Bali. Bali!

Asia was not part of my plan when I set out on my backpacking journey, but when you receive an invite from some friends from university that live in Beijing and Hong Kong, you have to go. One friend was already in Bali and my other friend and I flew in on the same day….

Temples and shops and palaces, oh my.

Day 5 brought us to our last few sites in Beijing before our flight to Shanghai. We stopped by the Temple of Heaven, the Pearl Shop and the Summer Palace. At the Temple of Heaven during the winter solstice, the Ming and Qing emperors would perform rites and make sacrifices to Heaven praying for good…

You are not a hero until you climb the Great Wall

Chairman Mao said, “You are not a hero until you climb the Great Wall.” There are various interpretations of this quote but the¬†general idea¬†is there. Day 3 in Beijing had a lot in store for us. We started with a trip to the Sacred Way of Ming Tombs followed by a visit to the Jade…

Beijing’s Imperial Treasures

Day 2 in Beijing was the first official day of our tour. Included in our great deal from ChinaSpree was breakfast at the hotel every morning. There were options of Western as well as Chinese meals and coffee and tea and juice. Needless to say, breakfast really became the most important part of this trip…

A quick trip to China? Why not?

I found myself taking a quick trip to China because of an amazing deal I found on Travelzoo for ChinaSpree. My good friend Kalindra decided to be my partner in crime for this epic adventure and we really had no idea what we were getting into. ChinaSpree is a great organization that plans everything for…