This blog is a collection of snapshots, anecdotes, and insights from my travels to China.
COVID did a thorough job destroying my best laid 2020 travel plans. And it looks as if I have to wait at least until spring 2022 to start the next chapter. With no new far away places to explore for a while, I decided to start the journey all over and revisit the places on Mainland China and in Taiwan that I've been to since 2010.
I'm a passionate female solo traveler, immigrated to Canada 25 years ago, love meeting and sharing ideas with people from all over the world. I've been to many countries, but no other place has surprised and changed me so profoundly as China.
Traveling back in time is an interesting experience. Each picture I share on these pages stirs up strong emotions and a deep sense of gratitude. Maybe in a year or two we can set off freely once again, but will it ever be the same? Will people continue to keep a physical distance? Will fear and misuse of the popular phrase finally have created the social distance? Will strangers still welcome me with open arms? Will friends still happily invite me to their own and their relatives' and friends' homes? This journey back makes me realize how special every day has been and how privileged I was.
Up to this day, there's hardly been a place in China that didn't have big surprises in store.
This time, let's go back to 2016, revisit Zhangye and explore the famous rainbow mountains, Pingshanhu Grand Canyon, and the grottoes of Mati Temple.
Next up will be Zhengzhou and Kaifeng.
Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Shangri-La
Kunming - Chengdu - Xining - Tibet - Shanxi
Beijing - Xining - Qinghai - Xi'an - Kunming
Shanghai - Ningbo - Beijing - Xi'an
How does it feel to live in a high-rise complex with about 10,000 others? I tried it for five weeks in Harbin.
Traveling the Roof of the World surprises with ever-changing landscape, colorful buildings, devoted pilgrims, thin air, contentment, poverty, and prayer flags everywhere. And Mt. Everest? This time it has a different story to tell...
At the last moment, a tragic event shatterered our hopes to visit Everest Base Camp and we got stranded in Old Tingri, a tiny, run-down town at the foot of the mountain.