Category Archives: Asia

Highlights of China

Fast Facts about China Travel • The currency is the Chinese Yuan and 1USD is about 6.67 CNY • Always carry toilet paper as you will not find it in most bathrooms in China. • The internet is a pain in

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Tea tasting scams

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Tea Tasting – Scam? I have heard of a lot of tea tasting scams happening in China. You should always search for scams in the area you are visiting. Basically, they offer you tea and conversation and then the bill

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Cruising the Bund

Cruising the Bund in Shanghai is a must do for all visitors. Cruising the bund in Shanghai on the Huangpu River has become a must for most visitors to Shanghai. Cruise ships vary in size, decoration and amenities, with the

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The Terracotta Army

A farmer who found the Terracotta Army in March 1974 when he was digging a well which is quite ironic as it is not recommended to drink the water in Xian because of the mercury content. It is from the

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Great Wall of China

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The Great Wall of China spans 13,170 miles from Hushan in the east to Gansu in the west. After Emperor Qin Shi Huang unified the whole nation, he had the different sections connected and since then, the wall served as

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Hutongs of Beijing

Hutongs of Beijing In the modern city of Beijing lies a place where you can still see the authentic old Beijing. The place is known as Shichahai Area where most local residents still live in traditional courtyard-styled houses dotted along

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Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City

Tiananmen Square One of the great things about our hotel location was that it was so close to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. We were just one metro stop away and since its so cheap to take the metro

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Summer Palace in Beijing

Summer Palace in Beijing As I mentioned in my arriving in China post, I had a hard time connecting to the Internet and getting my VPN to work. While I was out for the morning I stopped at a cafe

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Pandas at the Beijing Zoo

Pandas at the Beijing Zoo One of the top things on my list for Beijing after the food was to go to see the pandas at the Beijing Zoo. As I still couldn’t get access to the wifi I had

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Black Sesame Kitchen

Black Sesame Kitchen

Black Sesame Kitchen I was googling Chinese cooking classes in Beijing when I came across Black sesame Kitchen. Technically not a cooking school but more of a cooking experience in a Hutong where the host tells you about the dishes

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Arriving in China

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Arriving in China Back in March I made my first visit to China over the Easter break. I was looking for somewhere I could go for 10 days or so and direct flights from New Zealand. So I decided to

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Kerala – the jewel of the south India

My time in the southern part of India was short and sweet but it definitely has a lot to offer.  I was lucky enough to spend the day on the backwaters of Kerala near Alleppey.  This is the main spot

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Varanasi

Varanasi We spent a lot of time visiting the ghats in Varanasi on the Ganges river. We went for a cruise first thing in the morning to watch people say their prayers and bathe.We also took a cruise at night

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Cruising down the Ganges River

Ganges River

Ganges River We had a lovely time cruising down the Ganges River towards Varanasi. The weather cooperated for us. The food was the most amazing food I’ve tried while here. Absolutely delicious. We started in Allahabad and spent the day

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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

 When I first started planning my trip to India I knew stopping at the Taj Mahal would be a must for me.  Known as the ‘crown of palaces’, the Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum built for Mughal emperor

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