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Rock Climbing in Yangshuo!

September 2, 2007 | Tourism, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Rock climbing in Yangshuo was awesome! We used a company called Karst Climb and though I’d frequently eaten at the associated restaurant, Karst Cafe and Pizzeria, I had never seriously considered going rock climbing. Then some of my group got excited about going and compared the prices and reputation of the three main rock climbing […]

Would hate to be a (would-be) Chinese traveler

August 24, 2007 | Tourism, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

It seems the Chinese have it tough when it comes to international travel. First of all, most of my Chinese friends have barely been ventured further than the 2 provinces nearest to their hometown.  Those that have are lucky if they’ve been to Hong Kong.  I point this out because Hong Kong is a different […]

Olympics Behavior?

August 7, 2007 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Though I received a fair bit of criticism for my entry titled Responsible Tourism in Reverse: Educating the Chinese, I do not think I’m totally in the wrong. Consider the following excerpts from an article in City Weekend, titled: One Year and Counting: With just one year until the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Jonathan Haagen takes […]

Quick Recommendations–Bangkok

August 6, 2007 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Eating/Drinking Marvel at the view & enjoy cuisine from some of Bangkok’s best chefs at Central Chidlom Food Loft. Live the high life (literally) and splurge on drinks at the Rooftop Bar of the Banyan Tree Hotel. Activities Dress very conservatively while admiring the splendor of the Grand Palace. Feel the wind in your hair […]

A curious question to my Chinese readers

July 11, 2007 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

The way Chinese can acquire money is something that’s recently struck me as quite curious and if any of my Chinese readers has an explanation for it, I’d be quite grateful. 1) Money can be earned, legitimately from business, jobs, etc 2) Money can be acquired by begging for it, particularly on the sidewalks in […]

Split Pants & Unimaginable Places

July 9, 2007 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Perhaps you’ve heard of the split-pants phenomenon in China. Children under the age of 3-4 years do not wear diapers. They have a slit down the crotch of their pants so that they may relieve themselves freely. I’ve seen children, both of the split-pants age and older, urinate in just about every place imaginable. I […]

Responsible Tourism in Reverse: Educating the Chinese

In my job as a tour leader in China, I have developed a secondary purpose for myself.  Beside fulfilling my role and duties as a tour leader, I’ve also started educating Chinese people as to Western standards of politeness, appropriateness, and generally just good behavior.  Undoubtedly this sentence reads as very arrogant and culturally insensitive.  […]

Rolled over HazMat Truck

June 25, 2007 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

While on the highway on June 11 between Fengdu (a Yangtze River town) and Chongqing (the largest city in China) we were held up for about 1-2 hours because a truck carrying hazardous materials skidded off the highway, presumably from either rain-slick roads or the driver falling asleep and had rolled over into the center […]

Isn’t it Ironic–Health & Sanitary Standards in China

June 17, 2007 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Reflecting on the SARS outbreak of a few years ago and the continuing bird flu scare, one wonders what preventative measures have been put in place. During the SARS outbreak, it became expected, even trendy, to wear a face mask (like those of doctors) from the first signs of a cold.  Even now, its still […]

“Is it Real?”

May 29, 2007 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

“Is it real?” my Australian passenger asks looking at a picture of the Chongqing Green Dragon Waterfall, she’s just paid RMB80 to visit, which claims to be Asia’s largest. “Is it real?” is a very valid question in this country. We’ve just finished visiting Mount Emei, one of the 4 Holy Buddhist Mountains of China. […]

A New Experience–Going to the Dentist in China

April 21, 2007 | Knowledge and Experiences, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

That’s right, I voluntarily went to the dentist in China.  No emergencies, no problems, not even any pain.  I just wanted to go to the dentist because my teeth were feeling quite grimy and drinking all that tea was really staining my teeth.  So I chose one that looked clean, safe, modern and said alright […]


April 18, 2007 | Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

This past trip took me through Wuhan (Hubei Province) for the first time and I’d like to share a few observations. Wuhan was one of the dirtiest, soot-covered towns I’ve ever seen. The silt had settled on every flat surface and some was as much as 2 inches thick. There was so much pollution in […]