Since we returned to Canada we’ve been putting together a book of all of the adventures we’ve had over the past four and a bit months (In Asia anyways) and just realized a few days ago that we’ve been neglecting the blog just a bit. We left home on the 5th of September for Japan where we spent the next three months; one of the first was spent working at a hotel in the Nagano – Ken region. Once we began traveling around Japan we mostly stayed to the southern areas; some of our favorites were Kyoto, Hiroshima, Beppu and of course Tokyo, oh and Mt.Fuji just to name some of the very very few.
From Japan we headed over to Hong Kong for a week just to check it out, then it was up to China for a while. After seeing a few on the main sights in the south we caught a train over to Lhasa, Tibet which we fell in love with and plan to get back to some day. Unfortunately just before we left for Lhasa we found out a close friend of mine had become very sick, we ended up only spending five nights in Lhasa before booking a flight into Beijing and then home. Fortunately we had two days there; One was spent hiking on the Great Wall, and the morning before we left was spent at the Forbidden City and surrounding areas. The most amazing things in Lhasa are the monasteries, and Potala Palace will take anyones breath away. Unfortunatly no one is allowed to take photos inside of the Palace and little (In size) Chinese guards enforce it. We thought they were funny. I hope that when we return Tibet has not been too destroyed by the Chinese, our guide told us that over 300 Chinese a day move into Lhasa alone! and that they have little respect for Tibetan culture.
In all of China the best things we saw were in Beijing, it is almost an entirely new city because of the coming Olympics and most of the cultural relics are being restored. But we still thought it was fairly dirty, mostly because of the people’s attitudes towards outsiders (those who aren’t in the tourism industry) and the fact that they spit, EVERYWHERE! All in all it was an amazing trip that was unfortunately cut short; Hopefully this summer will bring more travel for the two of us. We may even keep posting in this blog so everyone we know can keep tabs on us!
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