Mere miles from Central Hong Kong, the stilted fishing village of Tai O appears unmoved by global financial markets, 100-story high-rises and Michelin-rated restaurants — but for how long is anybody’s guess…
Stepping out in the evening onto Pingjiang Road after an excruciatingly hot summer day is magical — the entire length of the ancient canal towpath comes alive with townspeople, tourists and merchants of all kinds.
We arrived in Suzhou hoping to beat the July heat, but to no avail. The good news is that Old Town Suzhou seems made for slow strolling with plenty of cool shops, tea houses and cafes when the heat becomes too much.
We flew into Shanghai from the U.S. and spent four nights in this strange and wonderful place. Shanghai, perhaps more than any other place in the country, epitomizes the mind-bogglingly rapid rise of modern China.
Both maddeningly beautiful, and apocalyptic and terrifying (how?), the Chinese landscape screams by our bullet train window at 150mph. After months of preparation, the big trip has finally begun. First stop, China!
On June 23rd we got married, and six days later we were in Shanghai, China beginning a six month backpacking trip around Asia. Guided by a loose itinerary we also plan to visit India, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.