Postcards: Huashan, a sacred Taoist mountain

Postcards: Huashan, a sacred Taoist mountain

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Asia, China, Hiking + Climbing, Postcards | No Comments

It was foggy and drizzly when I walked towards the bus stop in Xi’an that morning, but I didn’t care. I was going to climb that damn mountain. Accompanied by a quiet Belgian guy from my hostel, I held a flimsy umbrella over my head and ate steaming buns filled with mystery meat that I’d bought […]

Secrets of Taroko

Secrets of Taroko

After a few days in Taichung, my Taiwanese friend Olivia and I traveled to Hualien, a naturally-preserved, remote beach town on Taiwan’s east coast. The sun was shining, the air was crisp, and we spent a few days biking, walking along the beach and drinking beers on the rocks, while listening to the waves crashing […]

Postcards: Hiking in Shaxi

Postcards: Hiking in Shaxi

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Asia, China, Hiking + Climbing, Postcards | No Comments

August 11, 2011 Shaxi, pronounced sha-shi if you are reading it in English, was once a bustling village during the Tang Dynasty, where traders passed through to exchange tea and horses. Now Shaxi is eerily quiet, save small groups of tourists who pass through the deteriorating Sideng Market Square, named one of the 100 most endangered […]

Climbing in the mi(d)st of Seoraksan National Park

Climbing in the mi(d)st of Seoraksan National Park

In Seoraksan National Park, towering, jagged peaks jut into layers of clouds overhead. Waterfalls pour off the rocky cliffs, and clear waters flow, carving paths through the valleys. Encompassing 373 km of land, Seoraksan has, throughout history, been a sacred place for Buddhist pilgrimages and monastic life, as well as a muse for artists who have […]

Hiking, Gochujang and Buddhists with swords

Hiking, Gochujang and Buddhists with swords

With the vibrant fall foliage currently dotting the Korean countryside in shades of gold, crimson and burnt orange, I embarked on a weekend getaway with Adventure Korea to the county of Sunchang, located in North Jeolla province. A number of traditional Korean foods originated in North Jeolla province, including bibimbap, mixed vegetables with rice, and […]

Famous for a day: the Heongseong Hanwoo Beef Festival

Famous for a day: the Heongseong Hanwoo Beef Festival

This past weekend, I was invited on a weekend trip to the Heongseong Hanwoo Beef Festival by Adventure Korea, with the impression that I would eat some delicious beef, hike a mountain, and drink a lot of soju. And that’s exactly what I did–in addition to catching a trout with my bare hands, eating it raw, […]

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