Chinese girl musician at Tianmen National Park, China

Watch My New Travel Film: China Split

It is a world of indomitable mountain ranges, centuries-old culture, and millions of selfie sticks. In October 2015, I spent three weeks in three cities — Shanghai, Zhangjiajie, and Guilin — sleeping in family-run B&Bs and eating local. I’m so excited to finally release my China film. It’s been 9 months in the making! I’ve…

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

11 Ubiquitous Signs You’re in Asia

I love Asia. I love its oppositeness to everything familiar in the West. I love its kinetic energy, its relentlessness, and yes, its “weirdness.” The fact is, Asia is only weird to westerners because we don’t entirely understand it. Guess what? Not understanding it is what makes it so exciting. Unless you’ve been lobotomised, Asia is…

Shanghai Express: Gotham in Asia

I didn’t expect to like Shanghai so much. It was simply a gateway from Guam to Zhangjiajie and those majestic “Avatar” mountains. After 10 days in rural China, I was ready for a few nights in the city. I pictured Shanghai the way I’ve heard Beijing described — imposing, smoggy, and crowded. After all, Shanghai has…

Tianmen Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie, China

Tianmen Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie, China

An hour jaunt from Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and we were standing on another of China’s breathtaking mountains, Tianmen. The more compact Tianmen Mountain National Park is a day of extremes. We took the world’s longest mountain cableway nearly 25,000 feet to reach the top. We stood at 4,900 feet above sea level watching tourists…

Win a China Getaway

Win a China Getaway

I love giveaways as much as I love travel. This is my chance to give back to you, loyal reader! I want you to enjoy China as much as I did, so I’ve partnered with some awesome sponsors to give away this travel package for two! I’ve personally experienced Guilin and Zhangjiajie and now I…

My 15 Favorite Travel Experiences

My 15 Favorite Travel Experiences

I didn’t visit every destination on my 2015 bucket list this year, but that’s just fine. I’m more interested in quality travel than in quantity. This is perhaps why I don’t travel full-time. I grounded myself for six months (!) to work on my first documentary film. I’m glad to report I’m almost done… And…

The magic of Guilin, China

The Magic of Guilin, China (PHOTOS)

It was far past sunset and we were traveling to our B&B in the round mountains of Guilin, China. It was too late to be traversing the Li River legally, but that didn’t stop the confident driver of a small, motorized bamboo raft. We had seen the hump-shaped mountains on the dusky drive from the airport. Having just been wowed…

7 Things to Know About China Travel

7 Things You Need to Know About China Travel

  I’ve traveled throughout Asia, but China is its own beast. Having just spent 2.5 weeks in China, I compiled a list of the most important travel tips for smooth travel. See photos of China’s “Avatar” Mountain and posts about Shanghai and Guilin, as well as a travel film. Visa Required Don’t even think about getting…

Climbing China’s Avatar Mountain in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Films often inspire my travels. I saw “Avatar” when it came out in 2009. Despite the obvious inspiration in the film, that wasn’t what moved me to visit China’s floating spires at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. It was actually another film, a documentary, about BASE jumpers. BASE jumpers are those crazy people in squirrel suits who…