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Biking through Yangshuo, China

Jesse and I spent several days in Yangshuo before heading on to Hong Kong. Yangshuo isn’t far from the more-popular Guilin, but we opted for the slower pace and smaller crowds of Yangshuo, where we enjoyed biking and kayaking and rafting along the gorgeous rivers and country roads. The karst mountains were absolutely brilliant. We […]

Moon Hill, Yangshuo, China

Jiuzhaigou, Parts One and Two

Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park is–hands down–one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever seen. The park is full of lakes and rivers with water so impossibly clear, you can hardly tell it’s there. Some of the lakes are brilliant shades of turquoise, and you can see straight through to the bottom. There are also impressive […]

Jiuzhaigou National Park, Sichuan Province, China


Making Chinese Guards Angry

I couldn’t resist. The water was too pretty. The sun was too warm. I jumped in, even though I wasn’t exactly supposed to (though, to my defense, our tour guide┬ádid say that plenty of people swam there even though they weren’t supposed to–there was a precedent). And, okay, yes, I did make the Chinese guards […]