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Connecting with H’Mong Villagers in Sapa, Vietnam

With its lush green foliage, cascading rice terraces, and beautiful rivers set against the backdrop of mist-shrouded mountains, Sapa is a nature lover’s paradise. Once a French hill station, this picturesque North Vietnam town nestled in the Tonkinese Alps provides a welcome respite from Hanoi’s oppressive heat and hectic pace of life. Sapa is also […]

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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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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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