Asia

Some of our favourite countries are in Asia. From China to Thailand, some of the most amazing sights we've seen and some of the kindest people are in Asia.


Countries We've Seen

The Silk Alley Market, Beijing

Our final stop of the day was the Silk Alley market. Our guidebook described it as a tourist trap outside market. What we found was different – an indoor multi-level market.…
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Summer Palace, Beijing

Summer PalaceThe next day, we took a taxi to the Summer Palace outside the city. It’s a huge site, and would take most of a day to cover. Unfortunately, we only had a couple of hours.…
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Watching the Chinese Opera at Huguang Guild Hall, Beijing

BeijingOperaNext up on our whirlwind tour was the Chinese Opera. We returned to Qianmen by metro (so fast. Forget taking a taxi in Beijing during rush hour, which appeared to be most of the day!).…
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Prince Gong’s Mansion and the Lama Temple, Beijing

princegongs2We returned to Beijing, and visited Prince Gong’s Mansion. Although quite picturesque, it was packed with tourists, which made it hard to enjoy (and get good photos of!). There’s some tourist trap thing where you can pay to get in to a building and drink tea an
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A couple of days in Hong Kong

After flying in from San Francisco, finding our hotel and checking out the bird market, we wandered down and around Nathan St. back towards our hotel, picking up a large plastic box to ship our new birdcage home in.…
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Church of all Nations, Mount of Olives, Israel

An Olive Tree Grows in California

Olives for Sale at the Market in IraklionWe recently moved into a new home.  The house is pretty new and most of the work we’ve been doing is cosmetic.  The backyard, however, was another story.  …
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Terracotta Warriors

Terracotta WarriorsTerracotta Warriors In the morning, we headed out to the star attraction of Xi’an, the Terracotta Warriors. A bus leaves from right outside the hotel and took us directly there, comfortably.…
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Our Korea Photos are finally online!

So, 6 months later, (and one baby almost ready…) our Korea photos are online!  Now, we’ll have to work on Hawaii (we just got back…) Enjoy and happy travels!…
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Getting from Seoul Incheon International Airport to Downtown by bus

Bus schedule for Airport BusBus schedule for Airport Bus There are many ways to get from the Seoul Incheon International Airport, and more are even coming with a subway line being built that will connect the Airport all the way to downtown.…
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Do You Have to Make Hotel Reservations in Korea?

We found that making reservations ahead of time outside of Seoul was thankfully not necessary (at least in July when we were there).  People at the hotels did not speak English, so reservations would have been very difficult. …
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Shopping at Yongsan Electronics Market, Seoul

Pretty colors of cellphones at I'Park Mall Pretty colors of cellphones at Yongsan Electronics Market In the morning, we headed out to the Yongsan Elecctronics Market in Seoul.   It wasn’t really what I expected. …
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KTX High Speed Train from Daegu to Seoul

We took the high speed train back to Seoul from Daegu. The train goes up to 300 km/h in sections, and was a very convenient way of crossing the country.  It cost us about $40 US per ticket.…
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N’Seoul Tower

Since it was our anniversary, we decided to go up the N’Seoul Tower to celebrate.  To get to the base of the tower you take a cable car, which provides you with great views too. …
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Namdaemun Market, Seoul

Namdaemun Market, SeoulNamdaemun Market, Seoul   We made not one, but 2 trips to Namdaemun Market – it’s that big.  Of course, it’s Korea, so it’s well organized with info booths with English speakers. …
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Touring the City

Fruit for sale in Seomun Market, DaeguFruit for sale in Seomun Market, Daegu From Busan we traveled to Daegu.  From there it was easy to get to Haeinsa Temple by bus. …
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Haeinsa Temple

Some of the woodblocks of the Tripitaka KoreanaSome of the woodblocks of the Tripitaka Koreana   Daegu is a convenient base to head out to yet another amazing temple – Haeinsa Temple. …
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Subway in Busan

A subway station in Busan. A subway station in Busan. The subway system in Busan is like all the others we used in Korea – fabulous.  The trains run very frequently and the stations are well organized, announced in English (and Korean, and Chinese, and Japanese) and everythin
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Busan Night Market and Beomeosa Temple

From Gyeongju we traveled to Busan, a bustling port in the south of the country with plenty of US sailors everywhere – the USS Reagan had just docked, with 5,000 sailors on shore leave! …
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Haotel Motel, wonderful, clean, cheap motel

We stayed at the Goodmorning Haotel Motel, which was possibly the best value hotel we’ve ever gotten of all 51 countries we’ve travelled to. For $30 we got an exceptionally clean room, big tv, nice towels, bathrobes, huge shower with floor to ceiling glass windows to the m
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Sarangchae Home Stay Review, Gyeongju

The outside of the building at Sarangchae Home Stay. The bathroom is at the end.The outside of the building at Sarangchae Home Stay. The bathroom is at the end. We stayed at Sarangchae Home Stay.…
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Lotus flower ponds in Anapji Pond, Gyeongju

From the Wolseong Park we crossed the street and visited the gorgeous lotus flower ponds which are next to the Anapji Pond.  We didn’t actually make it into Anapji, we enjoyed the lotus flowers so much we stayed for quite a while. …
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Wolseong Park and the Cheomeseongdae Observatory, Gyeongju

The Observatory at the Wolseong Park was a little underwhelming.The Cheomeseongdae Observatory at the Wolseong Park was a little underwhelming. From Tumuli Park, we crossed the road and checked out Wolseong Park, which was filled with beautiful orange flowers and more tumuli. &hellip
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Tumuli Park and the Cheonmachong Tomb, Gyeongju

From the Seokguram Grotto we headed back into town and strolled through Tumuli Park.  The tumulis are grassy hills that enclose tombs built for the Shilla monarchs in the 5th century AD. …
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Seokguram Grotto, Gyeongju

Seokguram GrottoSeokguram Grotto From Bulguksa Temple, we took the bus up to the Seokguram Grotto.  It’s possible to hike, but it would have been a very long 3.2 KM (2ish miles) in the 30C (90F ish) heat with incredible humidity! …
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Arriving in Gyeongju and Bulguksa Temple

We arrived at the bus station in Gyeongju this morning, and immediately went to the excellent tourist info booth.  They’re all over and always seem to have at least one person who speaks English. …
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Cheap Hotels and Love Motels (Love Hotel) in Korea

Symbol for a love motelSymbol for a love motel Through our Lonely Planet, we discovered that a lot of the cheaper motels were categorized as Love Motels. We had heard of these, as they are prevalent in Japan where they are used by unmarried couples wanting a few hours “rest̶
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Hahoe Folk Village and the Mask Dance

From Andong Folk Village we headed back to town to catch the bus out to the Hahoe Village. It’s another traditional village, but this one was a lot better. First off, it’s organized in typical Korean style.…
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Andong Folk Village and Andong Folk Museum

At the entrance to the Andong Folk Village. From here it's up, up, up...At the entrance to the Andong Folk Village. From here it's up, up, up... We spent today exploring Andong and the Hahoe Village.…
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Munhwa Motel, Andong Review

Our room at Munhwa MotelOur room at Munhwa Motel The Munhwa Motel was right in the thick of downtown, just a 5 minute walk from the bus and train stations and close to the market and pedestrian areas.…
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Lavender – a great little Italian restaurant in Andong

Outside the entrance to Lavender.Outside the entrance to Lavender. We loved Korea.  We loved the people.  We loved the sights.  We loved how clean everything is.  We loved how organized everything is. …
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