Tag Archives: China

My Favorite Earth Day Photos

In celebration of Earth Day – which is today, in case you weren’t sure – I’d like to share some of my favorite photos from around the globe. Since I’ve been fortunate enough to set foot on all seven continents, I’ll do one for each. In no particular order, here they are – starting with […]

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Climbing the Stairs at the Great Wall of China

Just ask the Mongols; climbing the Great Wall of China is no easy task. I did it twice, though, on my trip to Beijing. Once at Badaling, which is the section all of the tourists seem to go to – and it shows with a carnival-like atmosphere – and out to Simatai, which is pictured […]

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Souvenir Shopping at the Great Wall of China

My favorite stop on my trip to China a few years back was the Great Wall of China at Simatai. I loved hiking along its crumbling ramparts, stopping occasionally to admire the view. This 5.4km-long section of the wall is approximately 120km northeast of Beijing, and much more authentic in nature than the more touristy […]

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Great Journeys of the World

It’s hard to find much better writing or photography than in a National Geographic magazine. So when I found a book of theirs at a liquidation sale, I made no hesitation in snatching it right up. Great Journeys of the World, the hardcover version, was beautifully bound with great pictures and intriguing story titles, so […]

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The Great Wall of China at Simatai

The Great Wall of China at Simatai follows the ridge line along a dramatic horizon.

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Country Driving

Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip by Peter Hessler, published in 2010, is one of those books which seems to have sat on my shelf much longer than it should. After reading another book by Hessler, River Town, I was looking forward to what I viewed as a sequel. In a way that is what […]

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River Town

Before Borders Books closed their doors I picked up as many armchair travel books as I could find. At eighty percent off, the deals were just too good to ignore. The closeout sale helped expand my author base, too, since I was able to justify taking a chance on a writer I had never heard […]

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To a Mountain in Tibet

Colin Thubron’s Shadow of the Silk Road has remained one of my favorite armchair travel books since reading it a couple of years ago. I have been looking for something new from him over that time. I could have gone back and picked up something else, which I’ll still do, but I wanted to see […]

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