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Yubeng Village Trek Near Deqin, China

After feeling disappointed by the town of Shangri-la, which was rather underwhelming, I was really keen on going further north in the Yunnan province to be closer to the mountains. Since going to Tibet was out of price for my budget, I decided to venture up to Deqin, a town on the border of China […]

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Mount Emei, China

I arrived in Baoguo, a village at the base of Mount Emei in the Sichuan province, in the early afternoon. Soaring at 3,099 metres, Mount Emei is the tallest of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains in China. Over 30 temples and monasteries, linked by stone-paved paths, staircases, and bridges, dot the mountain range. My plan […]

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Beautiful Jiuzhaigou in Sichuan China

My nine-hour bus ride from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou was a fitting introduction to the classic long-distance bus journey in China. As the bus tore through the narrow, windy cliff roads, swerving around hairpin corners and braking sharply to dodge sudden oncoming traffic, I held my breath and felt every muscle in my body tie up […]

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Exploring Chengdu, China

My hostel gave me a colorful and user-friendly English map of Chengdu highlighting the main bus routes. After deciding on a couple of places to visit,  I studied the map thoroughly, jotting down some bus numbers on an index card. With a basic image of the map etched in my mind, I hopped on a […]

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Day 1 in Chengdu, China

I arrived in Chengdu, China, on Tuesday afternoon, nearly two days after I left Washington D.C. Soon after I checked into my hostel, I was already out and about, fed by a curiosity to discover what the neighborhood was like. I picked a direction and just walked, observing as I went along. Home appliance stores, […]

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