Amazing Hikes You Must Do Before You Die: Yading Nature Reserve, China

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A breathtaking sight found in China, Yading Nature Reserve has become a popular destination for hiking. The mountains are a sight to see and its significance within the Buddhist community makes it a well -loved attraction. It was officially declared a nature reserve for the first time during the end of the 1990s.

For anyone who wants to be closer to nature, hiking through Yading is a recommended activity. Most people find that the best season to visit is autumn. As a natural reserve it is the home of China’s three holy mountains, which are Jampelyang, Chenresig and Chana Dorje. The belief held by Tibetan Buddhists is that these mountains are symbols of energy, compassion and wisdom; three things that the Buddhists believe are necessary when it comes to achieving enlightenment. [Read more…]

The Great Wall of China Hike 金秋漫步 – A Return to Jinshanling

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There was a mixed feeling in the air. The thought of leaving the Great Wall was much like the thought of saying goodbye to a close friend. There was sadness in the thought of leaving, but hope in the thought of being able to come back to see this historical masterpiece again at some point in the future.

It was the final day of our Great Wall adventures. The camaraderie in our camp had reached its pinnacle when we gathered together the night before to celebrate mid-autumn.  The full moon was the biggest, closest, and brightest supermoon in 12 years. The experience of that evening is something that I will treasure forever. [Read more…]

The Great Wall of China Hike 金秋漫步 – Dongjiakou, Huangyaguan and the Heavenly Steps

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Many people look up to the sky for inspiration. The heavens provide so much beauty for us that we often ignore because we see it every day. Moments that expose us to our own history change our perspectives as they speak to our very soul, reminding us of the beauty that is constantly surrounding us in its own way.

This is what the Great Wall offered to me during this part of the journey. It would be an offer that I would readily accept. [Read more…]

The Great Wall of China Hike 金秋漫步 – From JiaoShan to SanDaoGuan

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe second day of the Great Wall hike started out with an early and filling breakfast to get us prepared  for the journey ahead of us. With an eager and positive feeling that this day was going to be a fantastic day for a journey along the Great Wall, our team was ready to hit the road and begin in on the adventure.

Day 2 was expected to be a much longer trek than the one we started out with on Day 1. We were informed that it would take about 6 hours of hiking at an average of 500 meters above sea level for a total distance of 6 to 7 kilometers to complete the adventure. It would start at Jiaoshan and journey through until the ending destination of Sandoguan.

Excited to get started, the next 6 hours looked to have the potential to be life-changing in numerous ways.

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The Great Wall of China Hike 金秋漫步 – Laolongtou (Old Dragon’s Head)

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The 2nd season of the Great Wall of China hike began with an early morning wake-up call in Beijing and getting prepared to make the 4.5-hour drive to Hebei. After the epic adventure we had in our visit in 2014, I  was eager to let all the fun begin! This year we had a total of 23 participants. A quick stop for lunch at a local Chinese restaurant was both delicious and perfect as it held us for the rest of the trip to our tour of the Shanghaiguan Great Wall Museum.

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Destination Xinjiang, China

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By Lily Ho, Puchong

I was being asked, “If you could choose either love or freedom? I would rather choose the latter.”

New friends ask me whenever I am travelling on my own whether this is the last trip for me to travel alone without my husband. I don’t give them a clear answer, as I know this will not be the last and I am also unsure when my last solo trip will be.

I was invited on the Xinjiang trip by one of my yoga classmates. The first thing that came into my mind was “Xinjiang” – where is this place? I had never heard of it but I have the courage to travel and explore places. [Read more…]

Walking Through the Vibrant Jinli Ancient Street in Chengdu

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After my visit to Wuhou Temple I decided to walk towards Jinli Ancient Street and though I had always heard about how popular this famous Chengdu street was, it wasn’t until I stepped foot into it that I found myself soon surrounded by thousands of other people hoping to enjoy all that it has to offer. Large crowds have never really bothered me so I continued making my way down this incredible place where I got to experience the following aspects of what makes it so extraordinary…

Named as China’s “National Top Ten City Commercial Pedestrian Street”, Jinli Ancient Street is one of the oldest shopping streets in Sichuan. Its history can be traced back as far as the Qin Dynasty and it was one of the busiest commercial areas during the Shu Kingdom (221-263). Today, the street showcases the customs of Xishu and the culture of Shu Han (one of the Three Kingdoms from 221 to 263). [Read more…]

Exploring the Famous Wuhou Temple (武侯祠) in Chengdu

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Growing up, I had always had a fascination with the Three Kingdoms period and the story of brotherhood between Lord Liu Bei, Generals Guanyu and Zhangfei. So, as you can imagine, my trip to Chengdu and getting the chance to experience one of the most legendary places within it was something I had long been hoping would fall into place.  The following are some of the things I got to learn and experience while I was there. This will give you an idea of what you would get to see if you ever get the opportunity to visit this remarkable site. [Read more…]

SG50 Climb at Dafeng, Mount Siguniang with Khoo Swee Chiow

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Lying 200km west of Chengdu the majestic Siguniang National park is popular with hikers and climbers and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mount Siguniang is also known as Four Maiden’s Mountain and lies in the National Park surrounded by three valleys, straddling the border between China and Tibet.

It is said that the Four Maidens are the goddesses of the mountains in South West China. It is also renowned as the place in China where all four seasons can be seen in one day. [Read more…]

Amazing Hikes You Must Do Before You Die: Tiger Leaping Gorge, China

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Trekking Tiger Leaping Gorge
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If you want to experience the true power of nature on a trek, then Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan Province, China is one of the best opportunities to do so. From the white-capped rapids of the river to the towering snow-capped peaks of the surrounding mountains, there are challenges lurking around every corner on this trail. Make sure you bring some comfortable shoes that are suitable for climbing, plenty of water, and your camera because you are going to see some amazing sights. [Read more…]