Tianmen Shan

Tianmen Mountain, China: How to Have the Best Experience

Julie China 11 Comments

Tianmen Mountain is one of the world’s most beautiful mountains. Why should you travel here? To ride in one of the world’s longest cable cars, walk the narrow, plank paths attached to vertical cliffs, walk on the glass skywalk, and climb the 999 steps to Heaven’s Door. Tianmen Mountain is located in Zhangjiajie, in the Hunan Province of China. Most …

Forbidden City

China Travel Tips: Things To Know Before Traveling to China

Julie China, Travel Advice 23 Comments

Traveling through China can be a very rewarding experience but it does come with its share of challenges.  With the right expectations and a little preparation (such as reading our China travel tips), China is awesome. Many people travel here on a tour, eliminating the challenges of arranging itineraries, transportation, hotels, and meals. As we found out, independent travel in …

Visiting Shanghai

Hiking Shoes in Shanghai

Julie China 4 Comments

Shanghai turned out to be a much more modern and cosmopolitan city than we all were expecting. The four Earth Trekkers are still traveling with the G-Team, Kathy and Valerie, and we had three days to explore this city. While traveling, most of the time we feel like we fit in with our wardrobe. Traveling with only five shirts and …

In Beijing

The Best of Beijing, China

Julie China 9 Comments

We had one wonderful week to spend in the city of Beijing, China. For us, this was the perfect amount of time to visit Beijing’s main sights, pay two awesome visits to the Great Wall of China, and have some quiet time at our hotel at the end of the day. Our mothers joined us here, and from Beijing, Kathy …

How to hike the Great Wall of China

Hiking Jiankou to Mutianyu With Kids on the Great Wall of China

Julie China 20 Comments

The Great Wall of China…one of the world’s most iconic sights and one of the top ten things to do on many traveler’s bucket lists.  We couldn’t visit China without seeing this amazing place.  It was so amazing that we actually visited the Great Wall twice. Our first visit was to the restored section at Mutianyu.  Several days later we hiked …

Zhangjiajie China Photo

Photo Tour of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Julie China 16 Comments

Zhangjiajie, China…a place you may never have heard of but have seen if you watched the movie “Avatar.”  When we learned that there was a place on earth that served as the inspiration for one of its most scenic landscapes, we put it at the top of our list. Zhangjiajie…the Inspiration for the landscape in “Avatar” This place is Zhangjiajie, …

Zhangjiajie Market Tour

Not Your Typical Market Tour in Zhangjiajie, China

Julie China 3 Comments

The city of Zhangjiajie was not what Tim and I were expecting. For some reason, we pictured Zhangjiajie to be a quaint, scenic town, with small shops and restaurants, nestled at the foot of some of the world’s most unique scenery. We arrived by train, and instead of a small town we entered a large city, complete with numerous high …

Cycling Li River Valley with kids

Cycling the Li River Valley from Xingping, China

Julie China 5 Comments

This is what draws people from around the world to Yangshuo, China: the towering, leafy limestone peaks along the Li River. Yes, we loved Yangshuo, but it is great to get out into the surrounding countryside for at least a day if your schedule allows. We chose to visit the small town of Xingping, located just a half an hour …

Street Corner in China

Kung Fu, Calligraphy, and Exploring Yangshuo, China

Julie China 7 Comments

Our adventures in China continue with an amazing visit to the town of Yangshuo. When you see paintings and artwork of China, this is the area used so frequently. Bumpy limestone mountains, fishing boats and bamboo rafts drifting along the Li River, small villages located in the valleys, this is a beautiful part of China. Arriving in Yangshuo We were …