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Sapa Teahouse - Traditional Teahouse in Lhasa

Sat, 31 May 2014 05:23:21 +00002014-05-31T05:23:21Z

There's more to yak-butter tea in Lhasa. Who knew? It was a welcome surprise to have choices such as Tibetan sweet black tea or lemon honey tea. Drinking tea with the locals is a true pleasure. Skip the bad coffee at the breakfast buffet and seek out Sapa Teahouse in Lhasa for your caffeine hit.

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Children's Day - June 1

Sat, 31 May 2014 05:17:15 +00002014-05-31T05:17:15Z

June in China sees the onset of real summer weather in China. It is also one of the wettest months of the year for all of China. The temps start to tick upward and the humidity will bring out the forehead sweat. It's still cooler and less humid than July or August, but you'll need to have your hankie handy to dab at the brow.

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8 Days in Tibet with Tibet Vista

Thu, 29 May 2014 23:29:57 +00002014-05-29T23:29:57Z

(image) The blue sky of Shanghai has nothing on Lhasa's. Perhaps it's the filter of air pollution that shrouds Shanghai? More probably it's the humidity, the human density, the lack of white puffy clouds. Not to be cynical - but re-entry into such an urban landscape is difficult after over a week in beautiful, amazing Tibet.

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Zongzi and Dragon Boats - This Weekend May 31-June 2

Wed, 28 May 2014 23:18:13 +00002014-05-28T23:18:13Z

(image) This weekend marks the 2014 Dragon Boat Holiday. Folks get Monday, June 2 off work and school to give us a three-day holiday.

The legend behind the Dragon Boat festival tells of a beloved official drowning himself when he heard his side lost an important battle. His people were so upset that they threw food to the fish so that they wouldn't touch his body and raced to recover his body in long, narrow boats (like today's dragon boats). So today, folks make and eat zongzi to symbolize the food the people threw to the fish.

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Yellow Hats in Shigatse

Thu, 22 May 2014 18:47:25 +00002014-05-22T18:47:25Z

We arrived yesterday afternoon in Shigatse, the TAR's second largest city. The main attraction here is Tashilhunpo Monastery, another Gelukpa sect monastery, that has been historically the seat of the ...

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Good Morning Lhasa

Tue, 20 May 2014 10:02:21 +00002014-05-20T10:02:21Z

They tell you to take it easy on your first days in Lhasa. Everyone says the altitude will get to you and that you should try to move slowly and breath deeply. You're not even supposed to take a shower on your first evening - though I never did get a good explanation of why that is. Don't smoke, don't drink alcohol and rest. But how can you rest when you've got the blue skies and the Potala Palace beckoning you to do anything but rest?

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Wuyishan for Kids

Tue, 13 May 2014 21:27:31 +00002014-05-13T21:27:31Z

(image) There's another long weekend coming up at the end of the month, the Dragon Boat Festival. The long weekend takes place this year from May 31 through June 2. It'll be time to steam the zongzi and watch the races. If you're looking for a nice place to enjoy the long weekend in China with your family, consider Wuyishan. It's a great location to enjoy the outside with kids and you actually don't have to do much: just bring some water shoes and fishing nets and watch the kids play.

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Thinking of Arranging Your Own Tibet Tour? Think Again!

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:15:10 +00002014-04-29T19:15:10Z

(image) I'm in the midst of arranging a tour to the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) for next month with nine other women. We're all residents of China; we're all seasoned travelers. There's a "rule" that you have to go to Tibet with a travel agency but I had always thought that I'd do all the bookings myself; I didn't really want to be organized by someone else. I wanted to dictate the itinerary.

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Wuyishan Tea Love

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:39:54 +00002014-04-15T03:39:54Z

(image) I was very excited to go away to Wuyishan not just to see a new place and get away with friends, I also love my Chinese Tea. And as any reader of my blog and site know, I often try to seek out tea-related travel. Tea is just one of those quintessential things that can't be teased out of Chinese culture - it's intrinsic. And while that's lost on travelers who spend all their time in big cities, get out to rural China and it becomes quite apparent just how much tea means to folks.

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Impression Da Hong Pao

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:16:10 +00002014-04-14T10:16:10Z

(image) We were in Wuyishan, Fujian Province, for the three-day Qing Ming holiday at the beginning of the month and I'm only now recovered. It was one of the busiest three days of "vacation" I've had in a while. Typically when I'm on the road with the kids I choose one activity, two at most and we always end up back at the hotel for a rest and play.

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