Category Archives: Asia

Enjoy Your Vacation on a Whole Different Level

Everyone travels for different reasons.  It may be for history, sightseeing, or even the food.  They are all valid opportunities to enjoy your destination adequately.  However, I have found over the years, even when doing the stereotypical see the Eiffel Tour in Paris, you do not have to do it in a stereotypical way.  So, here is how you can enjoy your vacation destination on a whole different level.

Video Tour of Shanghai

 

This is a fairly short video I put together from this wonderful trip.  It doesn’t even come close to showing all the wonders of this city that I experienced, nor those I was unable to.  Only about 12 minutes long, you will experience the tourist trap of the Chinese transportation “Bund Sightseeing Tunnel” to get across the river. After waiting some time in line, you end up being treated to some light and laser works that are quite tacky – yet I thought it was hilarious. Nothing here has to do with anything with the Bund. It is 50 Yuan wasted for nothing unless you know exactly what you’ll see and accept it for what it is. Hopefully it gives you a small sample of what to look forward to on your visit.

Read my article on Shanghai Shanghai, China: A City of Future and Past Mixed with Memories that Last

Beijing- Stepping Back in Time and Seeing the Future on the Other Side

By Joshua Head

Beijing China

September 2010

***One single warning – DON’T DRINK THE WATER or HAVE ANYTHING MADE FROM THE WATER ie. MOCHA FRAPPICCINO.

Monday night began my 72+ hours of hell in China. In some Mexico it is called Montezuma’s Revenge, I’m not exactly what it is called in China, but I call it General Pao’s Revenge, and it isn’t fun. If you read my article on Shanghai, I noted not to drink frozen drinks while in China. I made the mistake of having a Coke with ice, 2 Icee’s, a Dairy Queen frozen drink, and a Mocha Frappuccino from Starbucks. In China, you must only drink water from sealed bottles and no ice. My mistake nearly caused me to miss going to the Great Wall of China.

Shanghai, China: A City of Future and Past Mixed with Memories that Last

By Joshua Head

 

Pudong, Shanghai China

Pu Dong District of Shanghai as seen from The Bund

We arrived to the Miami International Airport very anxious and a bit sleepy.  It was 4:30am and we’d only had about 3 hours sleep.  We were very lucky to have been able to use miles to upgrade our flights though even in First and Business class for 18 hours is exhausting.  To be quite frank, the flights were unremarkable for the most part.  Breakfast on the flight from Miami to Chicago consisted of a tex-mex omelet with a black bean and corn salsa-  please explain to me the chef’s mindset of adding beans to ANY airplane meal????  Needless to say, I didn’t eat any.  It was good none the less.