This is taken from an article in Adventure’s September 2006 issue. I haven’t been able to find the article online but luckily I have a copy of it. Below are 5 trips it recommended.
1) Bike across Szechuanz – This is a 12 day vehicle supported mountain bike trip through Bike China Adventures. It’s spendy ($2,720) and lots of biking. But you do get to hang out in a monastery and see yak herders.
2) Hike the Great Wall – Self explanatory and just plain awesome! (china-hiking.com)
3) Raft the Yangtze -Imagine this: Class IV rapids, Asia’s longest river, a 12 days trip though a gorge twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. (mtsobek.com)
4) Trek through Yunnan – Subtropical climate, bamboo huts, elephant habitats, and fertile rain forests typify this 6 day trek though Southeast Asia. (wildchina.com)
5) Drive the Silk Road – See thousands of years of history along this road to the Middle East. (caravancafe.com)
During my brief hiatus from blogging I’ve been mulling over what I want to get out of my trip to China. I know I want to experience the culture both as a tourist and as an in depth traveler. What I mean by “in depth” is the extreme opposite of a tourist. I want to really experience authentic China. I imagine that to get this authentic experience I will have to travel far off the beaten path. That leads to the question of where to go. That will have to be another blog post.
Another part of me recognizes the development that China is making and wants to be a part of it. I imagine the county’s progression is similar to the United States at the turn of the 20th century. There are those that say China will own the 21st century like the U.S . has owned the 20th. Unless the U.S. makes some drastic changes, I see no reason why this shouldn’t become a reality. What an opportunity to visit a country on the cusp of something great. I want to take full advantage of this while I am there as well. But I’m not sure how to do this.
The commercial real estate market is exploding over there. Companies both new and old are growing exponentially. Technology, the Internet, even universities are advancing. It’s hard not to when you have a billion “customers”.
Seattle has many ties to China both economically, politically, and socially. I haven’t decided which avenues I will pursue as my journey to China gets closer. It seems a shame to not do something, but I’m realistic enough to know that I cannot do it all.
So what to want out of my trip to China? To experience its culture, to take part in and be a witness to its economic prosperity. But how do I do that??? These are the things I’ve been thinking of lately.