Bali to Beijing – Notes and Photos

Tex and I have a limited amount of time left in Asia.  In fact, when we found out that we were headed to Frankfurt, we created a priority list of places to visit while still in Taiwan:. Japan, Cambodia, Indonesia, and China.  Our fun recent trips are outlined below in photos and notes.

 

Bali – Ubud (Rice Paddy Time)

IMG_3244 The lush, tropical walk to our room.

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Bali, like so many other places we’ve visited, is covered in temples with unique details.

 

 

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Ubud, in the center of the island, is disappointingly littered with dirty little monkeys.  We spent a few nights here. I avoiding monkeys, Tex engaging them.

 

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 I highly recommend a villa with a private pool – always.

 

Bali-Seminyak (Beach Front Time)

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Our first south-of-the-equator sunset.

 

 

 

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When in Seminyak, I highly recommend  staying at a  resort  with a swim up pool bar as the popular ‘white sand beach’ is covered with ‘really gross trash’ from one end to the other.

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Balinese temple petting.

 

 

 

 

Things I didn’t take photos of in Bali:

All of our delicious food.
The trashy, gross beach.
Insanely huge bees.
Intimidating flowers.

 

 

China – Macau

We spent three nights in Macau with our friends meandering through small alleys, stuffing our faces with wonderful portuguese food, and people watching.

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Tex and I at the Ruins of St. Paul’s – it’s a big deal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Galaxy Casino in Macau. We did very little gambling.  Table minimums were astronomical.  Slot machines were incredibly confusing, especially in a foreign currency.

 

 

 

 

 

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Old Taipa Village was jumbled with tiny, pretty alleyways and colorful  buildings.

 

 

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Crowded streets of Taipa near the tourist areas.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ruins of St. Paul’s way up close.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beautiful streets – a touch of Europe in China.

 

 

 

 

China – Mutianyu

About an hour and a half north of the Beijing airport there is a small village called Mutianyu.  You can spend a day hiking the “wild wall” and/or the reconstructed part.  Tex and I hiked up to the “wild wall” and  had the whole thing to ourselves for a while.

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After hiking The Wall for a few hours you have three options to get back down:

1. hike back down
2. a metal, tetnus-infested luge track operated by unqualified, disinterested workers
3. an OLD gondola.

We chose the gondola.  I hate gondolas.

 

We had remarkably beautiful weather while visiting Mutianyu.  Sunny, chilly, and clear. Very rare.

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Our “open concept” hotel room bathroom – very, very “open concept.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

China – Beijing

After two nights in Mutianyu, we went back down to Beijing to visit the sights.  Beijing is unbelievably huge. With a population of about 20 million people, it all seemed a bit overwhelming.  The population of Taipei is a little under 3 million, much more manageable.  We visited Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden Palace.

 

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Tex at the Forbidden Palace.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tex is very serious at Tiananmen Square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guardian Lions – very cool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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View of the Palace from Jingshan park.

 

 

 

 

 Fun architectural features.

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Brave people, like Tex, are able to elbow through the huge crowds of tourists to see, well, chairs mostly.  Emperors did a lot of sitting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cafe’s can be cute in Beijing too.

 

 

 

 

 

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Big, weird Beijing building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things I didn’t take photos of in China:

All of the people staring at me.
The fork they gave me to eat my yogurt at breakfast.

The atrocious public restrooms.
Dragons.