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Her Take: China Wrap-up and Final Impressions

Her Take: China Wrap-up and Final Impressions

Average spent per day: $43.83 Total days in China: 20  Our Route When we first arrived in China, both Kyle and I had great first impressions. The food was cheap, the people seemed friendly and we were loving the sights of Beijing. Unfortunately, as time went on, these impressions slowly began to transform as we found ourselves on an emotional roller ... Read More »

Her Take: Tips for Sightseeing in Hong Kong

Her Take: Tips for Sightseeing in Hong Kong

Arriving in Hong Kong was a relief after spending about three weeks in China. Until you’ve traveled somewhere that allows shitting and spitting in public places, it’s hard to describe the joy one feels upon seeing signs that warn of a hefty fine for horking up snot in the subway. For someone who comes to Hong Kong from anywhere but ... Read More »

Her Take: How We Fell in Love with Yangshuo, China

Her Take: How We Fell in Love with Yangshuo, China

After our difficulties with transportation and generally everything during National Week, we were happy to finally arrive in Yangshuo, China. Our plan was to stay here for about five days, and participate in all activities this destination had to offer, including rafting down the river in a bamboo boat and taking a dip in the mud caves and hot springs. ... Read More »

Her Take: Enjoying the Scenery at Huangshan Mountain

Her Take: Enjoying the Scenery at Huangshan Mountain

Our experience with Huangshan Mountain was not an easy one. First, it was near impossible to get to the place due to National Week where the entire population of China goes on holiday. Most people book their train/bus tickets well in advance, but because we do not have a Chinese ID or bank account, it was impossible for us to ... Read More »

Her Take: How to Survive Toilets in China

Her Take: How to Survive Toilets in China

There are three things you will need to survive the perils of toilets in China: a constant supply of toilet paper, hand sanitizer and a strong stomach. We had read before coming to China that toilets were something to be avoided at all costs, and if entered to be sure you come equipped with the proper tools. Considering we were going ... Read More »

Her Take: Top 5 Areas to See in Shanghai

Her Take: Top 5 Areas to See in Shanghai

I personally was not blown away by Shanghai, but for those who are planning to visit the city, here are my top recommendations for things to do and see. My comparison between Beijing and Shanghai will give readers more detail on why I think there are better places to visit in China, but this land of towering skyscrapers should be ... Read More »

Her Take: The Train Ride from Hell in China

Her Take: The Train Ride from Hell in China

I’d heard a few colourful adjectives from friends and fellow travel bloggers to describe China before coming here, not all of them positive. “Dirty” was a common term being thrown around, but as a farm girl who made money by shovelling shit for the next-door neighbour as a kid, I would say I have a pretty strong stomach when it ... Read More »

Her Take: Shanghai by Night

Her Take: Shanghai by Night

Many people visit Shanghai for the eclectic cuisine and stunning skyscrapers, but after seeing Shanghai by night, I would recommend that any tourist take a stroll down The Bund after sunset before heading home for good. Kyle and I went to The Bund (the main walkway area beside the river in Shanghai), during the morning on our first day, and ... Read More »

Her Take: Comparing Beijing and Shanghai

Her Take: Comparing Beijing and Shanghai

Beijing and Shanghai are two very different cities in China. While the capital is steeped with ancient history and a gritty, authentic vibe, Shanghai could very well be placed in the middle of Europe without anyone even noticing. The main point I’d heard about Beijing before coming to China was that it’s a big city, nothing more, nothing less. Most ... Read More »

Her Take: 5 Must-See Sights for Two Days in Beijing

Her Take: 5 Must-See Sights for Two Days in Beijing

For those who only have two days in Beijing, there are certain absolute must-see sights to check off before heading home. Beijing is a city filled with history and culture, and one way to dive into both is through extensive walking and testing your stomach through a off-the-beaten path food joints. Below is a general itinerary of how to make ... Read More »

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