The Little Town of Pingyao

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I had originally planned one night in Pingyao and several nights Taiyuan. I’m not quite sure why, but as I travelled down the country from Harbin I decided to extend my time in Pingyao and cut down my time in Taiyuan.

I’m so glad I did.

Pingyao is a great little place. It has so much character! The old town is surrounded by a standard sprawling modern city, but the old town is fully preserved with its walls intact.

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The World’s Most Dangerous Hike?

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While googleing random stuff do around the world and pondering whether or not I should add it the official bucket list or not (you know instead of doing lesson planning for my four year olds) I have frequently seen Mt Huashan listed as one of the most dangerous hikes in the world if not the most dangerous hike in the world.

So naturally, I had to go and check it out.

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My Best and Worst Travel Moments of 2014

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I’ve done some pretty cool things this year. Some of my favourites are:

Standing looking out at Namtso Lake

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Namtso Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen. It was so lovely and clean there – in contrast to the busy, crowded cities of China that I had been frequenting. The mountains were beautiful as well – many were completely covered in snow down to ground level. I also loved the prayer flags that were dotted around the rocks like little reminders of the human history of the place.

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Discover Stunning Heaven Lake

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I first heard about Heaven Lake when I was looking at which obligatory tour to take in North Korea. I was looking to go as long as possible and at the time there seemed to be two types of tours that were about 11 days long.

One went to about 5 different cities and included lots of things, another started the same way, but then cut off half way and went to Mt Paekdu instead.

In the end I decided to go with the tour that saw more places and still managed to be cheaper, but I remembered Mt Paekdu.

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How to Teach English in China (and other places)

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Teach English in China!

Teaching English is an awesome way to experience another country as a career break, a way to have a deeper experience of a country during your gap year, to fund long-term travel, or to simply live and work in a new country.

I’ve had a great time living and working in China for the past year and a half.

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