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Home to majority of the earth’s population.

Steeped in thousands of years worth of history, China is without a doubt one of the most impressive civilizations. Whether you’re seeking to explore rural villages or simply trek the Great Wall, China is the perfect place to experience the familiar in an unfamiliar way.

 

 

Foto Friday: The Streets of Shanghai

Foto Friday: The Streets of Shanghai

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of the streets of Shanghai. Wandering around Shanghai, the streets were often narrow, dirty and filled with poor wire jobs. Buildings all looked the same, clad in red bricks. The ground level comprised of a variety of small shops with housing on the second and ... Read More »

Delighting in Dumplings at Din Tai Fung

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The xiao long bao (小笼包) is a regional specialty of Shanghai. Street stalls all around the city sell the delicious dumplings, but the best we found were at Din Tai Fung, a Michelin starred restaurant from Taiwan. As xiao long bao are not typically eaten as main dishes, we ordered a few other items to go along with our dumplings. ... Read More »

Foto Friday: East Nanjing Road, Shanghai

Foto Friday: East Nanjing Road, Shanghai

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of East Nanjing Road, Shanghai. East Nanjing Road is like the Michigan Avenue of Shanghai. The shops lining this neon flooded road are mostly big name international stores, including Apple, Forever 21, and Coach. It’s crowded at all times of day, with shoppers and street ... Read More »

Foto Friday: Pagoda at Night in Shanghai

Foto Friday: Pagoda at Night in Shanghai

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of a pagoda in Yuyuan Bazaar at night in Shanghai. Located downtown Shanghai, Yuyuan Bazaar is mainly a commercial tourist district. Here you’ll find many shopkeepers aggressively peddling overprice souvenirs and a lot of western eateries. Although I’m not a big fan of these touristy ... Read More »

Foto Friday: Communism in Shenzhen, China

Foto Friday: Communism in Shenzhen, China

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is from Shenzhen, China. Shenzhen may be one of the fastest growing cities in China, but it’s also the youngest. At only 30 years old, Shenzhen was the first Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The city’s sole purpose was to make money through introducing capitalism to communism ... Read More »

Foto Friday: Chenghuang Temple, Shanghai

Foto Friday: Chenghuang Temple, Shanghai

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is from Chenghuang Temple, Shanghai. Chenghuang Temple, or City God Temple, lies in the heart of Shanghai. It is a popular temple that worships three city gods– Huo Guang, Qin Yubo, and Chen Huacheng, all whom were once either chancellors or generals. Today, Chenghuang Temple ... Read More »

Shanghai Top 5

Shanghai Top 5

We knew we wouldn’t have long in Shanghai; after all, our time there was just a glorified long layover (17 hours on the way to Japan and 23 on the way back). I came up with a list of things I wanted to see and do during our short stay and luckily we did manage to experience most of it; ... Read More »

My One Night Stands with Shanghai

My One Night Stands with Shanghai

Dear Shanghai, We can’t keep meeting like this.  I had always hoped that we would someday meet, so I must admit I was secretly excited when the opportunity arose. I thought I would love you with your rich history and culture. But now you’ve left me nothing but confused. The first time we met you were cold and caught me ... Read More »

Foto Friday: The Bund, Shanghai, China

Foto Friday: The Bund, Shanghai, China

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is from The Bund in Shanghai, China. Shanghai is China’s most populous city, and honestly not too different from Hong Kong. The city is a blend of East meets West, with popular Western stores lining the streets. My favorite part was visiting The Bund, which ... Read More »

Meeting Mainland China

Meeting Mainland China

I’d been living in Hong Kong for almost a year now and had still never been to Mainland China, despite it being only a few miles away. Though this was mainly due to needing a ridiculously expensive visa, once I finally acquired one, I had no excuse. So I packed my camera and headed to Mainland for a day. The ... Read More »