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Nong Khai and Yoga

Nong Khai and Yoga

No words could do justice to Nong Khai, Thailand. No pictures could do the job right either. It’s a place for the inner soul to appreciate. It does not appeal by outer beauty, although it does sit beside the Mekong…

Kyoto’s Automatic Rice Shop

Kyoto’s Automatic Rice Shop

    Everyone knows that Japanese pursue convenience very seriously. This rice shop is the highlight of that pursuit. Clean, machine operated shop with all kinds of variety (from brown to white rice 11 different level, from 100% to 50%…

The Mongolian Horse Ride

The Mongolian Horse Ride

July 26, 2016 Written by Anita We were standing in the horse dung littered front yard of the guesthouse, where there were about a dozen of messy-tuft haired horses, tied to poles and swishing their bushy and tangled tails. We…

Inner Mongolia, China

Inner Mongolia, China

To the people with steppe and Chinggis Khan fervor: don’t even think about Inner Mongolia. The Mongolia you are looking for lies outside of China. Big, wide landscape with miles and miles of nothing except white felt gers dotting the…

K692 train to Hohhot

K692 train to Hohhot

July 11th, 2016 We were in Xi’an South train station. Well, we actually were inside the temporary waiting hall, made of metal slates and metal sheet roof. It rained outside on and off. Heavy. The walkways flooded. The water went by…

Huashan

Huashan

July 1st, 2016 It’s hard not to go climb Huashan, one of China’s most sacred mountains when one is in Xi’an. After all people literally come here just for this mountain and Terracotta army. We went on a very sunny…

Inside the Mongolian Ger

Inside the Mongolian Ger

Some people come to Mongolia to stay in a ger. We stumbled into it because of the rain. Our horses were tied up beside the fence. They cooked lunch for us. When we asked the guide where the toilet is,…

Xi’an, China

Xi’an, China

June 29th, 2016 From Beijing to Xi’an via Zhengzhou, roughly the distance between Seattle and San Francisco, or Florence and Berlin, the Chinese-made high-speed train whipped us by in only 4.5 hours. We’ve taken the Shinkansen Japanese bullet train everywhere…

More Beijing Photos

More Beijing Photos

Photo taken in June 2016 We spent one morning walking the Hutongs(old alleys) of the city. Not a whole lot of them still existed and the ones did, were totally commercialized. That said it still made good sense to walk…

The Great Wall

The Great Wall

We know that the Great Wall never worked in protecting the country it intended to. We know that the Great Wall doesn’t even exist anymore, after hundreds of years’ negligence, most of them are just earth mounds. And whatever we…

Beijing

Beijing

We haven’t been updating this blog for a long time and I hope the vacation is over. First a write-up of Beijing, China. It was actually a while ago now. We were in Beijing June 21st to June 28th, 2016.  …

Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng, Laos

It was bitterly cold in Muang Ngoy, the northern Laotian town. After dark, we had to do push-ups and squats to stay warm. We missed the tropical sun in the south again. The only way going south was to backtrack…

Eating Vietnamese Hot Pot on a Hanoi Sidewalk

It was damp and cold tonight. We found this hot pot place on a sidewalk of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. We had no idea how to eat it because they not only gave us the normal hot pot stuff, but also…

Some photos taken in Muang Ngoy, Laos

Some photos taken in Muang Ngoy, Laos

Muang Ngoy was an even smaller town in northern Laos. The only way to get there was by boat up the Nam Ou; road wasn’t built yet. The whole town had one dirt road. Well, if you count side streets…

Bumpy bus to Nong Khiaw

Bumpy bus to Nong Khiaw

One day in Luang Prabang, we went up the small 200 meters hill of Mount Phousi to see the famous sunset. The hill was sided by two rivers and the sun would set by the mountains behind the Mekong River.…