Category: China 2017

“Minimalist” packing isn’t so hard

For my April 2017, 2.5 week trip to China, I decided to ditch rolling luggages. I’ve long disliked rolling luggages. They force you to shape your plans around them to some degree, even if your destination has smoothly paved roads everywhere. After researching travel backpacks, I decided to get the Tortuga Air because: It fits my travel…


Xi’an

Highlights that exceeded expectations Big Plate Chicken at FuShunXiang / 福顺祥 restaurant. I found this place by typing the name of the dish (“dapanji” / 大盘鸡) into Dianping and scrolling through the best rated places. Fulfilled expectations Xi’an City walls were grand, worth the price of admission. Walking around the city is great. You never know…


Unexpected things about traveling in China

When planning your trip Be aware that Google Maps doesn’t even contain most information about China. For example: Chengdu currently has four subway lines in operation with a further twelve lines planned, but Google Maps is only aware of the existence of two subway lines. Google Maps cannot give you any directions that include the…