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His Take: How Much You Can Expect to Spend in China

His Take: How Much You Can Expect to Spend in China

Alright, this is probably the most boring post that Jamie and I will have done up until this point, but hopefully this will provide some help to those planning a trip to China in understanding how much everything costs, and thus how much you should be saving in advance! Below I’ve outlined our accommodation expenses, food expenses, transportation expenses including ... Read More »

His Take: A Breath of Fresh Air in the Longsheng Rice Terraces

His Take: A Breath of Fresh Air in the Longsheng Rice Terraces

As Chinese National Week concluded, Jamie and I rounded off the holiday with what we will both look back on as the most – um – eventful train ride we have ever taken. Needless to say, we were in the mood to be as far away from people as humanly possible. Although Mars would have likely been ideal, we were ... Read More »

His Take: How a Local Saved Us From Homelessness in Huangshan

His Take: How a Local Saved Us From Homelessness in Huangshan

Imagine this… you know that while you will be visiting China, all 1.3 billion inhabitants will be going on vacation for one week. What do you do? Do you pick a nice hostel in a large city and wait for the holiday to end, assuming that people will be more likely to leave the big cities and venture out in ... Read More »

His Take: A Rant on How to Survive National Week in China

His Take: A Rant on How to Survive National Week in China

If I have learned one thing from this adventure in China, it is that as a foreigner who does not speak mandarin, traveling in this country during National Week is the equivalent of trying to find a hooker who hasn’t had sex with Tiger Woods: it’s damn near impossible. First of all, only residents of China can book train or ... Read More »

His Take: Eating on the Cheap in Beijing

His Take: Eating on the Cheap in Beijing

When travelling on a tight budget, as Jamie and I are, you learn to appreciate the spots that are easy on your wallet. As I write this, we are currently resting from a day out in Shanghai, a city that serves up some absolutely incredible food… if you can afford it. Quite frankly, we cannot. Thus, I am reminiscing about ... Read More »

His Take: The Great Wall

His Take: The Great Wall

The Great Wall of China is one of the very few bucket list attractions I’ve visited that has managed to live up to the hype. It is, for lack of a more imaginative word, spectacular. However, if you’re planning on a visit to the Great Wall any time soon, it takes a bit more work than simply taking a bus ... Read More »

His Take: Arriving in Beijing and an Introduction to China

His Take: Arriving in Beijing and an Introduction to China

Jamie and I landed in Beijing at 4:50pm on Tuesday. Sounds fine, but considering the fact that this is also 1:50am in the city that we departed from (Vancouver), we were a bit tired upon arrival. Exhaustion aside, our enthusiasm for landing in China managed to hold open our eyelids until about 9:00pm Beijing time (6:00am Vancouver time). We have ... Read More »

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