Another Chick on the Wall –  Hiking the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatái

Another Chick on the Wall – Hiking the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatái

The thing about the Great Wall is, it’s great.  There are a lot of different places to see it.  I wanted to do more than see it.  I wanted to experience it.  But how do you experience a wall? Hoping for something a little more authentic than clinging to a handrail and trying to dodge […]

I Should Have Asked: Things to Know Before You Sign Up for a Day Tour

I Should Have Asked: Things to Know Before You Sign Up for a Day Tour

All four of us in the gigantic silk store were crabby.  The employees were obviously annoyed that we weren’t buying.  And my travel partner and I were not happy to be there.  We had not signed on for this.  At least not knowingly.  It was a little “extra” which had been slipped into our day […]

Feast in the East: Etiquette Tips for Fine Dining in China

Feast in the East: Etiquette Tips for Fine Dining in China

If you spend any serious amount of time in China, you will most likely be wined and dined by Chinese friends who want to impress (and show off) their foreign guests.  This is what happens if you’re lucky.  If you’re unlucky, they will try to accomplish this by taking you to karaoke.  In that case, […]