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Family Time in the South of Taiwan

Family time in Taiwan is usually down time to recover from traveler’s fatigue, but each day spent with the relatives has its highlights, too! Day 42: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Highlight: Going to a nightmarket in Kaohsiung and throwing angry birds, popping balloons with darts, and winning a bunch of…

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Eating through Taipei, all the way up to Jiufen

Traveling becomes a little slow when you’re gone for over a month, especially when you visit a city you’ve been to dozens of times, so I’ll just cover the next few days in terms of what Taipei is best known for — the food! It rained pretty much the entire…

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Shanghai Museum Style

Day 36: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Thanks to a friend’s suggestion, we decided to check out the Urban Planning Exhibition Center in People’s Park, just down the street from our hotel. Did you know that the park used to be a race course for the British?!

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From Nanjing East Road to The Bund

Day 35: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Most of the day was spent in transit, but we finally checked into our hotel at Shanghai’s Le Meridian, right along Nanjing Dong Lu (Nanjing East Road) where all the shopping and dining action happens. I was so upset for not bringing my camera…

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From the Forbidden City to the Great Wall

Day 33: Sunday, November 11, 2012 Wow, what an amazing, eye-opening, and humbling day. We started off at Tiananmen Square, where we could see the world’s longest road, largest museum, biggest this, greatest that — no joke — then walked through the Forbidden City, which felt like an optical illusion…

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Shimabara: Samurai, Castles & Carp

Day 29: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 We docked in Nagasaki today and I woke up before the sunrise! After so much humidity, the cool air felt good, and for a moment, I thought we were in Sausalito with the cute houses on the hill welcoming us. At the crack of…

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