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Trail to TaiShan

Before ever climbing Mt Tai, it is inevitable that one will pass through the town of Tai’An at the foot of the mountain. Though not much of a destination in its own right, there are a few interesting spots that make a wander through the city pretty bearable while waiting for good weather to hike … Continue reading »

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Climbing Taishan

Hiking Mount Tai Even if sunrise at TaiShan wasn’t the most incredible experience, the hike up is still a bit of fun and rewards with pretty nice views over the mountains of Shandong province.

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The East is Red

TaiShan Sunrise   Welcome to TaiShan, home of the most famous sunrise in all of China.  It was here that Mao Zedong so famously declared that “the East is Red” so long ago.  Emperors throughout the ages climbed Mount Tai to sacrifice at the temple and watch sunrise from the peak. Yea, I dont get … Continue reading »

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Checking out Qufu

Aside from the obvious Confucian memorials in Qufu and the dog meat vendors, the town has a handful of other places that are worth a wander.Here are some photos of my favorites:

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Hiking the Hong Kong Trail

My second and third days of hiking in Hong Kong, both on the Hong Kong Trail, offered a surprisingly bit of seclusion considering that I was never more than a couple of kilometers from large urban areas (if even that?). Yet at times it still looked and felt (if not always sounded) like nature, with … Continue reading »

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Hiking Hong Kong Island

Hiking Hong Kong Island The night of arriving into HK and heading straight for the ‘fire dragon’ in Victoria Park, my two favorite Hong Kongers (Matt and Liz) and I resolved to get up the next day and celebrate their Moon Festival vacation day by heading outdoors to do some hiking. We headed onto one … Continue reading »

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Back in the SAR again!

In what was one of my most fun trips to Hong Kong to date, I managed to cram in more excitement that ever before. Three out of the eight days I was there saw me hiking on Hong Kong island, one saturday involved a full-day boat trip to beaches I’d never been to before, and … Continue reading »

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Chasing Confucius in Qufu

The city of Qufu is super famous in China as the birthplace of the sage Confucius.  Though he didn’t always fare so well in life, after his death Confucius’ descendents were promoted to nobility by Imperial decree.  Qufu is replete with Confucian sites, but the big three are known as the “San Kong” or “Three … Continue reading »

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