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Perhaps the most obvious cultural attraction in Beijing is to catch a local performance featuring acrobats and a "Peking opera". There are plenty of options for you to choose from, but somehow we decided on the options that tries to blend that with a feel for an old Beijing tea house. We made our way […]

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Xiamen was a very pleasant surprise. It’s not too crowded, quite tourist friendly, very well developed, and has a special charm which combines the scenic beauty of a coastal city with lots of colonial and regional history.   To summarize my trip to Xiamen, following are the posts I wrote about my short visit to […]

26 Nov, 2012 in Xiamen
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Gulang Island is gorgeous. I think it’s one of the nicest places I’ve visited in mainland. To summarize the Gulang island and Xiamen experience, following are photos I took around the island …   Previous posts on Gulang Yu : Local Street Food : Gulangyu Island – Xiamen The Houses of Gulang Yu : Xiamen […]


My second trip to Korea was very different than my first one. My first visit to Korea was with an all-Chinese no-English organized Taiwanese group, which – while been the most amazing travel bargain I’ve ever experienced – was completely out of my control. I felt like I was treated like a spoiled kid, or […]


Not too far off Seoul is the Goguryeo Folk Village, offering you a glimpse into two important aspects of Korea’s culture – history, and TV. The Koreans constructed a small blacksmith town from to resemble what a traditional Korean town would look like in the times of Goguryeo dynasty, and this has later served as […]

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Last year I took some time off during summer break to get away from Hong Kong and visit one of the nearby sensational tropical attractions. At that time, a new budget airline by the name of Airphil Express just opened up with insane return fares going from Hong Kong to Cebu for 750HK$ (~95US$), and […]

From Ann Arbor to Washington DC : US/Canada Road Trip Summary

Following the successful completion of my qualifying exams last year I made a short trip to the US and Canada to get a taste of American academia in Ann Arbor so that I can explore possible research directions and then followed by visiting close relatives up in Toronto-Canada and making a drive down to Washington […]

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There’s lots to see and do in Washington DC and everything is really top notch attractions. Even though I was only there for a few days I was able to see much of what Washington DC has to offer.     To summarize my Washington DC trip, here are some of the highlights I posted […]


I recently had a most wonderful trip to Puerto Rico, a Caribbean gem, that comes bundled with gorgeous beaches, lovely touristic attraction and friendly welcoming people. I spent a few days wondering around the small island with a rental car and seeing some of the tourist highlights.   My trip was, …

7 Nov, 2012 in Nanjing
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If you want to see Nanjing from above, make your way to the Nanjing Purple Mountains (紫金山, Zijinshan). After wrapping up a few temples, ancient city walls and lakes in Nanjing, we set to see a bit of the nature surrounding Nanjing. As usually is the case for me with China travel, this just happened […]

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