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Baguio: In fresh start and new beginning

Everyday is an opportunity to have a fresh start. It doesn't matter what happened yesterday. All that counts is today. When you wake up in the morning, know that today is full of opportunities waiting to be grabbed. It is a new day, a new start, the beginning of a new life awaits you.

We cannot start over again, but we can begin now and make a new ending.

Today is Easter Sunday.

Chasing the sun at Mines View Park, Baguio.
My morning visit to Mines View Park of Baguio City last October 2012 let chase the sun for a postcard-perfect photo set against the shadow of the ever popular pine trees of the city. Yet, whether chasing the sun or sunrise, morning is always an opportunity to make a fresh start and new beginning. This photo of Baguio reminds me that each day is a new beginning.

Baguio: In fresh start and new beginning is part of my Going Lenten series. It started from my Instragram account where I share travel inspiration thoughts and quotes with travel photos that can be reflected upon and ponder about in this special season of Holy Week. Today's last share for Lent season is about fresh start and new beginning. Happy Easter everyone!

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Cabanatuan: In death

The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside us while we live. – Norman Cousins.

You don’t live once. You live everyday. You only die once. We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever. The goal is to create something that will.

Today is Black Saturday.

A river in Cabanatuan City while enroute to Baler, Aurora. 
I captured this photo of a river while passing in Cabanatuan as we travel to Baler, Aurora last December of 2013. It's simple beauty caught my eye especially the interplay of dawn and sunrise colors in the sky set against the river. The dark colored river and bluish dawn sky signifies the sadness and mourn of death yet promises that everyday we live to make a fresh start and leave a forever mark in this world.
Cabanatuan: In death is part of my Going Lenten series. It started from my Instragram account where I share travel inspiration thoughts and quotes with travel photos that can be reflected upon and ponder about in this special season of Holy Week. Today's share is about death.

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Going Lenten

I'm doing a Going Lenten series this week. It started from my Instragram account where I share travel inspiration thoughts and quotes without being too much religious tone with travel photos each day that can be reflected upon and ponder about in this special season of Holy Week. It started last Thursday here in Going Places but I started sharing it since last Palm Sunday. 

Here are other topic thoughts that I shared throughout the Holy Week that might help you reflect in life in this special season of April:
Palm Sunday is about Change.
People hate change, or so I hear. But the change we generally resist is the kind that we think will make our situation worse rather than better. We eagerly change jobs when it means higher pay. We happily move to a bigger house in a better neighborhood. So it's not change in general that we hate; it's change that involves loss - sometimes physical; other times emotional or psychological. 

Change is both inevitable and necessary. If everything stays the same, no one is growing. 
Cowrie Island of Palawan: In changes.
*I choose the coconut trees for the picture not only it is related to palm tree but the coconut trees symbolizes a lot of changes to it as grows older.

Holy Monday is about Friends and Friendship.

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. -Ecclesiastes 4:9-10. 

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. Friends are important. Friends serve as confidants, counselors and burden-sharers.

Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro: In friends and friendship.
*I choose a photo of my first out-of-town trip with my early group of friends from my hometown because this photo shows a great bonding of friends and share of genuine friendship.

 Holy Tuesday is about Respect.

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. -Benjamin Franklin. 

Tolerance implies a respect for another person, not because he is wrong or even because he is right, but because he is human. No greater honor can come to any man than the respect of his colleagues. Be curious, not judgmental.

Anilao, Mabini, Batangas: In Respect. 
*Two bancas in equal footing shows the aspect of respect.

Holy Wednesday is about Maturity.

Maturity is not measured by age. It's an attitude built by experience. The true mark of maturity is when somebody hurts you and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back.

Thai Orchids: In Maturity.
*Flower when they bloom from a bud signifies a change in the life stage of a plant just like when we reach maturity.
Sorry for being not updated quickly on travel stories. But soon I will share a lot travel stories as I have been busy traveling this summer. But for now, I hope I helped you reflect and think this Lenten Season upon reading my Going Lenten series. I know most of you are on a trip this Holy Week for Summer vacation but in case you stumble upon my blog, here are some things that you can reflect while on travel. Enjoy the week everyone and happy travel whenever you are right now!

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Sagada: In love and compassion

Love is always bestowed as a gift - freely, willingly, and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love. We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.

Compassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer. Love is meant to heal and to renew. It is meant to bring us closer to God. Love stands by each other on good days and stands even closer on bad days. 

Today is Good Friday.

A lone strawberry at Strawberry Cafe, Sagada, Mountain Province.
During my trip to Sagada last 2012, my travelmates went to Strawberry Cafe for breakfast. Wondering, why is it called such cafe name when there is no strawberry around nor strawberry being served at their menu, I roamed around. And suddenly, I found strawberry plants in their garden with one of them has a lone heart-shape fruit dangling down from a stem that invites me to pick it up. But I refuse to. I just took a souvenir photo of it since it is my first and only time to see a strawberry in Sagada. Though Sagada's cool weather is suitable for strawberries, it's not really being focused for cultivation but more in Benguet and Baguio. That lone strawberry that made me wonder and awe in beauty of nature is just like love, a formidable force that changes you, transforms you and offer you joy than any material possesion could.

More about my trip to Sagada, Mountain Province, here.

Sagada: In love and compassion is part of my Going Lenten series. It started from my Instragram account where I share travel inspiration thoughts and quotes with travel photos that can be reflected upon and ponder about in this special season of Holy Week. Today's share is about love and compassion.

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Guimaras: In taking risks and chances


The greatest mistake we make are the risks we didn't take. If you think something will make you happy, go for it! So you won't live your life asking what if and telling yourself if only...

In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take. It's never too late for a second chance.

Today is Maundy Thursday.

Ave Maria Island, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

Just like the boat that sails through the sea, it takes risks and chances to get to its destination. Just like in our life and in making decisions - We take risk. If you win, you'll be happy. If you lose, you'll be wise. We only regret the chances we didn't take. And it's never too late for a second chance.

Ave Maria Island is part of the island hopping itinerary in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras which starts in Alubihod Beach. Ave Maria Island is called by its name because of the Virgin Mary grotto like rock formation that can be found at the tip of the island. But aside from the unique rock formation, the island is beautifully surrounded by white sand beaches, clear waters, picturesque nearby islands, stunning seascape and lovely rock formations to wander about. More about my Guimaras trip here.

Guimaras: In taking risks and chances is part of my Going Lenten series. It started from my Instragram account where I share travel inspiration thoughts and quotes with travel photos that can be reflected upon and ponder about in this special season of Holy Week. Today's share is about taking risks and chances.

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Escape to Aurora

I am looking forward in exploring the province of Aurora ever since I‘ve read a lot of travel stories about it online. Aurora wasn’t just all about “surfing” which is still the province’s main activity. But it’s also about natural sights, historical discoveries and adventure trips which will definitely delight its visitors. So when I had a chance to go there, I did not let pass an opportunity to escape to Aurora.  

Genesis Transport is the best way to travel to Aurora. It directly plies daily to Baler, the capitol town of Baler on a 6-7 hour regular aircon bus or on a 5 hour executive bus trip. For regular air-conditioned bus, it stops at Cabanatuan City, Nueva Vizcaya and Nueva Ecija but for executive buses, it is a non-stop 5 hour trip. I tagged along my trip buddies to join me in this escape to Aurora for a fun and memorable road trip and adventure!  

Surfing Baler.
I arrived in Baler on a rainy morning with my friends for a quick getaway trip before the holidays. I thought the rain will stop that morning but it ended raining the whole day so we end singing on videoke the rest of our day at our accommodation in Pasilyo Lodge and Surf. By evening, the rain stopped but since we had nothing to do a night, we just resorted for booze night at Yellow Fin Bar and Grill.  Though, it was a bad rainy day, I enjoy my first night in Baler because of Yellow Fin Bar and Grill. I enjoyed the cool music played along and relaxing ambiance of the bar.

Baler bound!
Only Genesis Transport has daily routes to Baler.
Relaxing ambience of Yellow Fin Bar and Grill.
 The following morning, it was still raining but it is less drizzle this time. So it’s a good opportunity to try the prime activity in Baler – surfing. We went off to Sabang Beach, the playground of surfer lovers in Baler. Sabang Beach is a surfer’s beach for its endless flow of waves as it faces the Pacific Ocean therefore it is not a beach good for swimming. But it is very ideal for surfing activity! The waves are calling the surfer lovers at heart. And it’s inviting for a surfing. But the waves at that time starts to become violent as rain starts to pour again. I opt to have a souvenir shot of Sabang Beach after my trip buddy almost got drown in braving the waves of Sabang Beach. But even though I didn’t try surfing or even swimming, Sabang Beach still has a charm of a scenic natural sight in Baler.

The waves are calling...
Surfing lessons is offered at Sabang Beach. Here are amateur surfers with their teachers.
He surf Baler!
Braving the waves...
My contact tour tricycle driver, Kuya Romel (0938.2760737) was our guide in this escape to Aurora. He fetched us since our day one in Baler and was our service in exploring the sights of the province. He is an accredited tour driver of the local tourism office and he was very kind to us. Because of the rainy weather we were unable to visit some sights of the province since our day one in Baler. So we just started on the second day only to those places that are available for visit. We ate first our lunch at Rolling Stores, the famous eatery (carinderia) in Baler that offers affordable but delicious home-style cooked food.

The outside facade of Museo de Baler. It is Baler's historical trip.
Viewing historical artifacts in relation to the historic Siege of Baler.
Painting murals displayed at the 2nd floor of the museum.
Meeting President Manuel Quezon for the first time!
We start our exploration of Baler by discovering the town’s history at Museo de Baler. Hundreds of historical artifacts and mementos are preserved in the museum for viewing and appreciation. A trip to Museo de Baler is a discovery to the colorful past of Aurora province itself. The most notable historical account presented at the museum is the “Siege of Baler” which narrates the almost a year of Spanish contingent struggle with Filipino revolutionary forces around the walls of the church of Baler. The Siege of Baler was the inspiration of the movie about it, titled Baler (2008) which starred by Jericho Rosales and Anne Curtis. The movie garnered many awards at the 34th Metro Manila Film Festival for its beautiful story, directing and acting performances. It was an honor movie for the town of Baler that’s why a lot of the movies props were displayed at Museo de Baler including the costumes used and the trophies it won at the 34th Metro Manila Film Festival awards night.

We met President Manuel Quezon in Baler!
On the second floor, paintings of local artist were on displayed. Most of the themes of the paintings were Filipino daily life, historical events and historical people in which the most recognizable political figure is former Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel Quezon. He was born in Baler that’s why he is the most revered political and histotical personality of the province. Though a visit to Museo de Baler is a historical trip on memory lane, there is still a unique fun here at the souvenir spot area of the museum. You can freely use the props provided by the museum like a makeshift Facebook profile board where you can fit your face in or use the various fan sign messages for a souvenir photo shot at the museum’s studio like spot area. It was a fun and a great bonding experience with friends at Museo de Baler.

Dona Aurora House - one of the historical sites in Baler, Aurora.
Yours truly as President Manuel Quezon... Inside Dona Aurora House, just mocking.
Our next stop is Dona Aurora House which is the house of Dona Aurora Quezon, wife and then-First Lady of former president Manuel Quezon. Like Museo de Baler, Dona Aurora House is also a repository of historical artifacts and things belonging to the Quezon family. But the most notable property displayed was the 1936 Chrysler Airflow Limousine – the presidential car of Manuel Quezon. Just street across Dona Aurora House is the historic Baler Church. Officially named as San Luis Obispo Parish, Baler Church is famous for the Siege of Baler (1898-1899) that happened inside the church and its outside grounds during Philippine Revolution where the fight between the Philippine Revolutionary forces and the last remaining Spanish troops struggled for one year.

Baler Church or officially known as San Luis Obispo Parish, the central site of Siege of Baler.
Our last stop of the day is the 600 year old giant Balete Tree also dubbed as the located at the town of Maria Aurora. It is 30 minutes away via tricycle from Baler. It was dubbed as the “Millenium Tree” because of its age and gigantic size that I think 50 people hand in hand will complete a circle around it. I did not feel afraid nor scared during my visit at the famous Balete Tree as I’m quite skeptic about the superstitious stories about Balete Trees as dwelling place of supernatural beings or creatures. I’m more amazed by the giant size of the tree because I usually see only regular tall Balete tree but not enormous as this one in Maria Aurora! I’m also amazed at its age. Its giant size tells that it surpassed a lot of period in time.

The 600 year old Balete Tree of Maria Aurora.
The tree is not only about its size, age and surrounding folk stories about it, you can actually explore the inside of the tree to view it on a different way. In a small and quite difficult pass to thru opening, visitors can go inside it and see what’s behind its giant body. I’m surprised that there is a big hollow opening inside the Balete tree. At least 10 to 15 people can go inside it at the same time. Inside the Balete tree, I saw numerous long intertwining roots of the tree that stretches from the soil upwards taller than me. I’m amazed at the view of the tree from inside even some section of it are dark and quite paranoia-inducing that some might be lurking there.  The guides also invite us to climb the tree and have photo souvenir of it. But we decline to do so since, it just rained and the roots are wet which could lead to accident. Plus I have an injured and wounded foot as earlier in the trip I slipped in Museo de Baler because of the wet tiles from the rain.  After lots of souvenir photos, we return to Baler again via a 30 minute drive by Kuya Romel.

The trio meets the "Millenium Tree".
Piliting pasukin ang makipot na daan paloob ng Balete Tree.
Inside the Balete Tree... see the intertwining roots of the tree.
Yours truly, having a difficult time getting out of the tree and made more difficult with my injured and wounded foot.
It was passed six in the evening when we reached Baler. We decided to take a dinner at Gerry Shan’s Place, Chinese and Seafood Cuisine. I have to say that this is the best buffet in Baler I had! Mainly because it is a very affordable buffet dinner and I enjoyed most of the Filipino cuisine served at their buffet tables. (185PHP per head including iced as of December 2013). It was a satisfying dinner to cap off our tour of Aurora province.

Dinner buffet table at Gerry Shan's Chinese and Seafood Cuisine restaurant.
Dinner buffet at our last night in Baler with our trike and tour guide, Kuya Romel.
When we return to our lodge, we still had enough time as our departure time is set at 3 in the morning.  So I rest for a while before one of my friends, invited me to drop again at Yellow Fin Bar and Grill for a one last time booze at Baler. I enjoyed again the ambiance of the place and cool music played at the bar. I drink moderately and we settled early because Kuya Romel will fetch us early to Genesis Bus Terminal. But nonetheless, it was a great night spend on my last night in Baler.

A friend in need is a friend in deed!
Inside the executive bus of Joy Bus.
Suman de Baler with bits of ube... I find it delicious and sweet!
Our bus trip to Manila this time is via Joy Bus, the executive deluxe bus product of Genesis Transport. Joy Bus is a deluxe bus plying to Manila non-stop for only 5 hours. It has an onboard restroom, wide reclining seats like airline’s Business Class seats and an attendant to facilitate your trip concerns.  You also got free snacks and drinks too onboard Joy Bus!  Before we board, I bought Baler Suman (sticky rice) for pasalubong! I also thanked Kuya Romel for the good service we had and told him that we will come back to explore the other sights we didn’t see in Aurora.

My freebies snack at Joy Bus!
Enjoying the comforts of Joy Bus, but - Goodbye Baler, but I shall return on a good weather time in Baler!
As the bus rolls out of Baler, I started to recline my seat and lean on to feel the comfort of the deluxe seats of Joy Bus. I may not have fully explored the other sights of the province on this visit but it’s good enough for me to realize that I still had a great time in this escape to Aurora. Despite of the bad weather and mishaps, I still had a great time discovering Aurora – just some thoughts I had in mind before I shut my eyes close to sleep for the entire road trip.

Escape to Aurora was my 5th travel of 2013 last December 12-14, 2013 with my friends as we are looking for a quick getaway trip before the holidays starts. My first time visit to Baler, Aurora was made gloomy by 2 days of consecutive rainy weather, therefore making my trip failed to see the other sights of the province that slowly becomes a destination of choice of travelers. That's why I vowed to visit it again on a good weather time for me to appreciate Aurora province fully. And guess what, I might visit it this Summer 2014 on one of my birthday trips!

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A Dragon Hike to the Great Wall of China

Still sleepy and feeling a little bit of dizzy from waking up very early while seating on a bus bound to Huai Rou, the bus speeds off from Dongzhimen Station on a cold winter morning. Enjoying the sights of the city of Beijing that laid on my eyes, I try to stay awake and open my eyes. Though, I’m going on a slumber mode on and off, but inside my heart,  my excitement cannot be contain as I know today I will see one of the wonders of the world – The Great Wall of China!

The Great Wall of China - one of the wonders of the world!
Ticket to the wall. 45 RMB per person during my 2012 visit. 
Cable car going up to the wall platform. The other option going up is doing a stair hike.
Excited to see the Great Wall of China from the Cable car ride.
Today, I am doing a commute way of visiting the Great Wall to its Mutianyu section with my travel mates.  We decided not to join tours here because aside from pricey rates, do-it-yourself tour to the Great Wall is easily doable. You just need accurate instructions and knowing the right public vehicle to Mutianyu. The other famed section of Great Wall is Badaling section but we choose Mutianyu section because it is less crowded with visitors and more stunning and scenic sight of Great Wall yet only a little bit far from Beijing compare to Badaling section. Travel time via bus to Huai Rou is one and a half hours. We alighted to Huai Rou Qui Che Zhan, the last stop and terminal of the bus in Huai Rou.

At the terminal, there are many cab drivers waiting and willing to drive you privately to the Great Wall. There were many drivers to choose from but we choose the one we feel trusted. But honestly, most of them can be trusted since most of the driver’s rely on the Great Wall visitors for income. Travel time is thirty minutes. When we reached the grounds of the Great Wall, the driver volunteer to wait for us for the return trip which delighted us because it seemed hard to find a cab for a return trip to the Huai Rou Terminal at the Great Wall.

National toursist attraction of Mutianyu Great Wall from the platform.
First glimpse of the Great Wall of China!
At the ground of the Great Wall, you won’t see the wall yet. The ground is at the base of the mountain and the wall is resting on the top of its ranges. It is either you go up via trek or via Cable Car. We choose to go up via Cable Car and then go down via trek since it is harder to go up than going down via trek. After we paid the necessary fees, we ride the Cable Car going up to the wall where we are treated with mountain winter sceneries of China as the car goes up. At the base of the top platform, there is a space area like a park with seats where I can already see the Great Wall snaking on the top of the mountain ranges. I exclaimed, “That’s it!” My heart jump and beat faster, the moment I got a glimpse of The Wall from the space area.

Let the "Dragon Hike" start!
One of the 8 watchtowers I explored in the hike.
Hundred more steps. Maybe a thousand more steps...
 There’s a small stairs going up that you have to pass through before you fully step on the wall itself. Once you pass through, you’ll be greeted with the beautiful sight of the Great Wall of China of Mutianyu section. The strong and historic wall of Mutianyu is 1.4 miles through the mountains and high ridges, which many of its section is made of granite. The Great Wall of China as per history is made to strengthen its defense from northern enemies and various nomadic groups and guard the e capital. There are 22 watch towers distributed at close intervals along the wall. I explore 7 of those watchtowers during my hike to the wall.  The Great Wall is estimated to have been built as early as 7th century BC. Today, it is one of the most recognizable landmark of China because of its historic importance, breathtaking scenery and amazing architectural wonder.

To enjoy the various scenic views of Great Wall, you to have hike the long brick wall from a starting point and explore its watchtowers. Since the wall is a long stretch of fortress, it requires a “Dragon Hike”, an energetic and aggressive kind of hike that also motivates you to be strong and withstand tiredness. Nah, I just coined that name of hike which I find it suitable when hiking the wall. But just like the dragon, you really need to be energetic and aggressive like having a power to withstand the tiring hike to the steep stairs, curving steps and rocky platforms of the wall fortress. You’ll also have to be cautious on steps and stairs as some are so high and some are sudden downward curve that it can lead for danger and accident. I say for experience hikers, this will be easy but for couch potato, they will have difficulty.

A perfect way to stretch those leg and feet muscles - Dragon Hike!
History information at the some section of the wall.
Admiring one of the world wonders of mankind...
With my “dragon hike” style, I hike the Great Wall of China to explore it. The cold winter weather coupled with a very cold wind blow made my hike more difficult. I’m starting to have colds after minutes of hiking. But it didn’t stop me from exploring this architectural wonder of China. I continue my hike and savor the beautiful sight of the wall everytime it laid upon my eyes by looking at it in all angles possible. The scenic Great Wall of China looks like a dragon resting on the mountain ranges and ridges. The winter season which made the area had bare trees with only stems left and some dried leaves left made the wall standout in the mountain ranges. Actually, I find it the wall scenic amidst wintertime. But they say, whatever the season is, the Mutyaniu section of the wall is all stunningly beautiful all the time.   

There are small patches of melting snow in some sections of the wall as I walk through. I explore the watchtowers, where visitors can read historical information about the function of the wall and the watchtower. In the watchtower too, one can see a greater view of the wall snaking through the mountain ridges as it is located on higher elevation than the wall platforms. From one of the windows of the watchtower, I saw how long, stretching and wonderful the Great Wall of China that seems endlessly snaking through the mountain ridges. The view that I saw from the window made me appreciated this man-made world wonder that is really an opportunity of a lifetime to set my foot on.

Winter scene at Mutianyu section of Great Wall.
More to hike but breathtaking view from one of the watchtowers.
 I did not regret to visit the Mutyaniu section of the wall. It is less crowded that sometimes the wall is just by ourselves and I find it scenic than the other wall sections of the Great Wall. I still stunned on how ancient Chinese people made it manually and how strong it is surviving until now. This is truly an architectural wonder!  In every angle I look at it, I’m marveling to its beauty and greatness. I can’t help but admire its every scenic angle in the mountain ranges. For me, it symbolizes China’s advancement in intelligence and glorious history of the country. The Great Wall of China is a pride of China and Chinese people – a wonder in history, architecture and culture. I’m glad I’ve set my foot on one of the wonders of the world.   

Souvenir shops at the foot of the wall. 
Dried fruits sold at the souvenir stands at the foot of the wall. Dried cherry is recommended for an afternoon snack.
 After an hour and a half exploration and hiking of the wall, we reached the stairs going down. It was quite a difficult hike to the numerous stairs going down from the wall but we survive it. At the foot of the wall are numerous souvenir shops and China memorabilia for pasalubong. There are also shops of dried fruits and nuts which we tried. We found our driver after and he brought us back to the terminal station to a bus going back to Beijing. It was a very tiring day at the Great Wall of China but I feel content to the experience I had. I’ve just seen and walked through one of the world wonders of mankind and it is a momentous experience of lifetime that I will never forget!   

Commute Guide to Great Wall - Mutianyu section: Visiting the Great Wall via do-it-yourself trip is easy! Before I thought it will be hard especially for first timers and language barrier like me but with accurate and good guide, you can do it like we did as this is a cheaper option to experience the Great Wall of China. So here's the guide. Go to Dongzhimen Bus Station via subway or taxi. Take Bus No.916 to Huai Rou. Get off at the last stop of the bus - Huai Rou Qui Che Zhan - the terminal of Huai Rou. Look at the bus route map posted on its walls for guide. At the station, there are many taxi drivers and vans waiting and willing to fetch going to the Great Wall. Choose the one willing to wait for you for a return trip as well. Taxi going back is hard to find at Mutianyu Great Wall. On return trip is the same. Taxi to the bus station then hop the bus going to Beijing and drop at Dongzhimen Station again.

A Dragon Hike to the Great Wall of China is part of my Beguiling Beijing.Captivating China series where I share my adventures, travel stories and first-time experiences in Beijing, China last March 20-24, 2012. You might also like the other parts of the series:   
+ Beijing - A Beguiling City
+ Winter Sonata in China
+ Roaming through Beijing
+ One Spring Day in Beijing
+ Forbidden City: Forbidden No More
+ A Dragon Hike to the Great Wall of China
+ Beijing's Architectural Wonders
+ Peking Duck: An Authentic Chinese Cuisine
+ Wangfujing's Lively Street Life
+ The Imperial Gardens of Beijing
+ Airport Review: Beijing Capital International Airport

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