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The Chinese Countryside: Guilin, Yangshuo, Fuli, and Longji (June 19 – 23)

This portion of my China tour began in Guilin city but honestly, all I did in the city was spend the first and last night in a downtown hotel and eat a couple of meals.  The city was just a … Continue reading

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Shanghai, Suzhou, & Hangzhou (June 15 – 19)

Day 1: Shanghai My three-week tour of Southern China and Tibet began in Shanghai.  Shanghai is a relatively new city by Chinese standards at only about 150 years.  Shanghai is also the largest city in China at either 25 million … Continue reading

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Jeju Island, South Korea (June 7 – 11)

Jeju Island is located just off the southern tip of the South Korean mainland.  After a short flight, I arrived on what is known as Honeymoon Island in South Korea.  The island has a reputation for natural beauty with pristine … Continue reading

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Seoul, South Korea (June 4 – 7)

My visit to Seoul began as a somewhat misadventure.  It started out fine – I managed to find and board the correct high-speed train from the airport to Seoul Central Station.  And things were looking pretty good until my roller … Continue reading

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Kyoto, Japan – (June 12 – 15)

I began my Kyoto tour with a series of temples – no surprise there!  My first visit was to Ryoanji Temple originally a country house for the Tokudaji Clan.  It was bought in 1450 to be used as a Zen … Continue reading

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Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) May 31 – June 4

I was very fortunate in that I met a lady from Taipei on my first day in Sydney, Australia on a tour of that city.  While seeing the sites of Sydney, Mrs. Fan offered to be my free tour guide … Continue reading

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Quick Hits to Manilla, Hong Kong and Macau

Manilla (Philippines) This portion of my trip was the most disappointing of my travels though I am not prepared to blame the cities.  In Manilla, I simply chose the wrong location in the country to visit.  Besides a few interesting … Continue reading

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Good Morning Vietnam

I ended my visit to Vietnam with mixed emotions.  Probably the same as many Americans viewed Vietnam 50 years ago.  The country possesses an abundance of naturally beautiful sites, the country’s industrious people and entrepreneurs have built a modern economy … Continue reading

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Bangkok – City of Many Contrasts…

By day the city is a busy commercial hub sporting modern skyscrapers, modern Mega Malls like the Platinum Fashion Mall, the Siam Paragon, Central World, MBK Siam, Siam Discovery, Siam Center, and ICONSIAM and Observation Towers in the tops of … Continue reading

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On to Cambodia – On the trail of Lara Croft Tomb Raider! (kinda anyway)

Cambodia exceeded my expectations!  My time here was split between a brief and unsuccessful visit to Phnom Penh and a fantastic visit to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.  The visit to Phnom Penh turned into pretty much of a bust … Continue reading

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