A couple weeks ago, one of my friends/co-workers from Hong Kong came to visit for work for the week so I took her out to the Great Wall. Which it turns out is just as impressive as I remember it being! Enjoy some pics:
Like I said in my last post, last weekend we returned to Shanghai for the first time since I made my very first trip to China (as a tourist!) in 2008. It’s pretty convenient these days getting from Beijing to Shanghai — we can take an overnight train down to Shanghai that leaves on Friday night at 9 p.m. and gets in around 8 a.m., and on the way back on Sunday we can hop on the high-speed train, which takes only 5 hours to make the nearly 800-mile trip. Continue reading
This weekend, I returned to Shanghai for the first time since my very first trip to China back in 2008 (!) to run the city’s half-marathon.
Despite incredibly high pollution levels that made running more like burning my lungs, the race was pretty fun and I had the chance to meet up with several old friends over the weekend.
More photos of that ever-evolving Shanghai skyline coming soon.
I had to get back to Beijing from Laos, and the quickest way to do it was via Hanoi, which has a direct flight. And since I’ve been Ho Chi Minh but not to Hanoi, I figured what the heck, might as well stop over for a day and grab some pho if I was going to fly out of there. So 36 hours in Hanoi capped off my two-week Southeast Asian tour. Continue reading
The third leg of my trip to Southeast Asia was the highlight of the vacation: Laos. (And because I have so much to say and so many photos from there, I’m splitting this into two posts.)
After three years in Hong Kong, I’d managed to get to every other Southeast Asian country (at least every ASEAN one except tiny little Brunei) except Laos, so this year it was high on my list. Continue reading