Poor Taipei often gets overlooked in favour of its bolshy neighbours (the likes of Shanghai and Hong Kong in particular) but Taipei has plenty to offer too! Make sure you check it out too. Personally, I’m a bit of an obsessive over-planner and, having booked my Asia trip several months in advance, I’d foolishly only allocated a week to visit Taipei. … More Top 10 things to do in Taipei
Before I’d even arrived in Taiwan, I’d made a overly-detailed list of places to go during my week based there. Flicking through a Lonely Planet book, I came across a beautiful photo of the coastal town Jiufen and that alone had me set on visiting it myself. Jiufen is apparently known as the ‘Santorini of Asia’ which … More Jiufen: Coastal day trip from Taipei
If you’ve only recently tuned in, this is my third and final China ‘wrap-up’ post. (I’ve already done ones on Beijing and Shanghai so check them out). When I started this trip in July, one thing I had in mind was to see where else in the world I could potentially happily live. Each city I travel … More Yangshuo wrap-up: Can I live here?
In Yangshuo I stayed at the Sudderstreet Guesthouse which offers guests cheap/free daily bicycle renting. The bikes cost around 10RMB a day to rent and after 5pm they are free. (You can also rent electric bikes for a bit more money). The bikes were well used as it’s about a 10 minute bike ride from the guest house to the town … More Cycling and strolling through Yangshuo
There were five things I absolutely wanted to do and see in my week in Yangshuo, Guilin: Longji rice terraces and Ping’an Village Li River hike Bamboo raft ride Countryside cycle tour Cormorant fishing But because I was an idiot and didn’t play ahead properly/look at a map (in addition to new new government rules about bamboo rafting), … More Yangshuo: 1-day cycle tour
I had just spent eight days in glorious Shanghai, which just wasn’t long enough for me. Weirdly, I’d heard people recommend staying no more than 4 or 5 days in Shanghai. Maybe it’s just my love of big cities but I could have happily stayed in Shanghai for another week doing nothing in particular. But … More Yangshuo: Trading skyscrapers for mountains