Jiuzhaigou: natural paradise with a side of Vegas

21 to 25 May 2017 Leaving the heat and history of Beijing behind, it was time for a few days in the natural beauty of northern Sichuan province. It was a refreshing change to go from 35 degree heat to around 15 degrees as we stepped off our direct flight at Huanglong airport, which sits…

Ninghai hikes and hot springs

Many travel companies offer weekend getaways from Shanghai, but they often involve a very intense itinerary, with overnight trains and a rushed sightseeing tour. However one advertised trip to Ninghai appealed to me with a combination of hiking and hot springs!

A cool Chinese New Year in Japan

With Chinese New Year came a week off work and a great opportunity to avoid the crowds in China by escaping to Japan! I also managed to convince my brothers and some Aussie friends to meet me there for a week of skiing ­čÖé

Xela – hiking and hot springs

(Day 54) My birthday started off with Clinton making coffee then presenting me with several birthday cards from home. A lovely way to start the day before a fairly boring travel day ahead!