A visit to Beijing, China, isn’t complete without a hike along the Great Wall of China. As I began reviewing the available hiking tours, I was overwhelmed by the number of options. Popular routes include the Jinshanling to Simatai route and the section around Badaling. These options were not particularly interesting to me because they [...]
China is a country filled with unexpected surprises. When we visited we were surprised by the warm welcome we received from the people, we were surprised by the beauty of the landscape and by the sheer size and scope of the cities. To truly visit China you would need a lifetime, but here’s a list [...]
Bond… James Bond While we were back in Canada last week, we happened to be home for the debut of Skyfall, the latest James Bond movie with Daniel Craig. We both agree, he’s the best James Bond ever and while I was watching the movie, I started to think about all the cool Bond Locations [...]
As a travel photographer I spend a lot of time looking at travel photos. I try to pick out unique themes that will interest our readers.
The clouds loomed, but the colours popped on these Chili’s that were set out to dry. Cycling through the Karst formations that surround Yanshuo was one of the highlights of being in China
It was actually difficult studying the interior of the Man-Mo Temple in Hong Kong due to the intense smell of incense, but it was also fascinating.
It wasn’t something we would normally sign up for when traveling. We’ve been all over the word and while we enjoy eating food, we had never thought of learning how to cook it.
2012 is going to be the best year ever as ThePlanetD has partnered with our favourite travel company in the world, Intrepid Travel! It’s been a year building a wonderful friendship and now we’ve taken it to the next level. Who says friends can’t be business partners?
We’ve seen a lot of amazing ruins of the world. But as I go through all that there is yet to see I find that we have barely scratched the surface. We have yet to see Easter Island, Stonehenge or The Acropolis and we may never see any of the great structures of Afghanistan or Iraq. However [...]
It was at the last Toronto Travel Massive meet up that Katy of Intrepid Travel announced an amazing initiative for the Intrepid Foundation. They will be giving away a trip to India to the person who raises the most money for Depalaya
Who Likes Train Travel? We love taking the train. There is nothing better than watching the countryside pass by as you relax in your compartment while getting to know your fellow passengers.
Shredded Wheat Canada is giving away a $100 gift card to mec. As their resident travel experts we thought we’d share our favorite climbing spots around the world.
The view from The Bund of the Shanghai cityscape will leave you speechless. In all of our travels, China provided us with 2 of the most stunning skylines we have ever seen. Shanghai and Hong Kong.
We had just stepped off our bamboo raft on the Li River in China. As we walked up the river bank, this kind old man was sitting by the stairs greeting people as they walked by.
One of the advantages of visiting Beijing in December is the lack of pollution in the air. We bundled up to go for a tour of Tiananmen Square located across the street from the Forbidden City on a very cold December day.
The Forbidden City in Beijing houses centuries of rich history in China. Located in Beijing it sprawls across the capitals city centre. Chinese history wasn’t my forte. I knew that the movie The Last Emperor was based in the Forbidden City. I had also heard that there was a Starbucks that opened at one time right in the middle of it all.
When the sun goes down China’s cities come alive. At night each city bursts into a neon work of art to welcome the dark. Historical sites, town squares, skyscrapers and street vendors. No one can escape the electric glow in a Chinese city and really who would want to.
A few months ago I wrote a post about How Travel Blogs will Take Over Guide Books. We are travelling now without a guide book and I will admit, I am eating my words. A guide book is very helpful for those times when you first arrive at a location. We have gotten off the [...]
The Great Wall of China is the mother of all of China’s tourist attraction. It’s a new 7th wonder of the world, it’s one of the most famous sites on earth. Did it live up to the hype?
The Forbidden City in Beijing is astounding when lit up at night. In China the cities come alive once the sun goes down and everything is lit up with every type of light imaginable.. We made our way down to the entrance gate once the sun went down to grab a photo of the famous landmark. The night air was cold but the crowds were few and we could easily take a shot free and clear of the normal masses of people that you see in China.