Bamboo Surfing Down the Yulong River

It was hard to avoid the draw of riding a bamboo raft down the Yulong River, especially since our balcony view afforded us a constant stream of other tourist riding the boats. So we joined in the fun!

All along the river, there were barges with drinks and snacks for sale, and there were […]

Seriously, Have You Seen Our View?

We’re staying at the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat for three days before jetting to Hong Kong. Seriously, this is the view from our balcony. As I type, there are bamboo rafts gliding downstream full of tourists and sightseers. But the Girls are still sleeping, so that can wait for a bit … And then there’s […]

Chengdu … Because Pandas!

Following the important visits to YueYang and Changsha, we will spend the rest of our China vacation being pure tourists. So, of course, we had to go see the Giant Pandas.

Chengdu actually turned out to be a very pleasant city, with lots to see beyond visiting just the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda […]

Chengdu (also cool without Pandas)

Before we even got to the Panda Base in Chengdu, we knew we would enjoy exploring this city. Even on the ride from the airport to the hotel, it was clear that this city was different was different — cleaner, more modern, vibrant, pleasant, etc.

It had been a very early flight out of Changsha, […]

YueYang – “Care First, Enjoy Last”

Our time in YueYang and Changsha was the intended highlight of our trip – a visit to Kiana’s home city and Hunan province!

After a six-hour bullet train ride headed south from Beijing (900 miles, ten stops, and speeds in excess of 300km/h), we arrived in the YueYang. Our guide (English name ‘Smile’) introduced us […]

Beijing – Squares, Stairs and Big Places

You can’t schedule a two-week visit to China without planning a stop in Beijing. But you also probably can’t do Beijing justice in just two weeks, let alone three days … Incredible!

Tianamen Square & The Forbidden City

A lot of things in China strike you immediately as simply huge. Like Tiananmen Square. Said […]

Great Wall at Mutianyu – With Stairs!

Of course we also saw the Great Wall.

We selected a location a bit further from Beijing, but well worth the drive. Despite the longer drive and the overcast weather, it was amazing to see this great wonder of the world for ourselves — and to walk along the steep ramps and […]

Latest Trip: CHINA! … #mkChina

Since our Cousin Kiana (aka “Super-K”) was adopted from China 10 years ago, its about time our entire family visited! … We are off the orient this week for a two-week stay. We’ll be visiting Beijing, Guilin, and Hong Kong.

Of course, our preferred method of sharing our vacation with you is Twitter. But technically, […]

The LPCH updates put a nice wrapper on Father’s Da…

The LPCH updates put a nice wrapper on Father’s Day breakfast served in bed by #9yoF @FlkHeart. Thanks, @PackardHospital! (2/2)