Author: Laura Grace Tarpley

What to Eat in Southeast China

10 Dishes to Try in Southeast China Right across the border from Hong Kong, Southeast China attracts more and more tourists every year. In this part of the country, you’ll find three popular provinces. First, Guangdong Province contains Southeast China’s only tier-1 cities, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Second, Hainan Province dishes up a relaxing beach lifestyle. Third, Fujian Province is one of the most culturally diverse provinces in the country. My favorite aspect of Chinese culture is that each province has its own unique styles of cooking. Sichuan Province in Central China serves painfully spicy food. Anhui Province in Eastern...

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Exploring America by Car: 8 Stunning Stretches of Interstate

8 Stunning Stretches of Interstate in the United States My favorite way to explore the United States is to jump in my car and take a drive. However, we road trippers often feel bogged down by interstates. They are necessary evils, leading us to our destinations quickly, but boring us to sleep. (Often literally, if you’re not behind the wheel!) Interstates are simply obstacles we have to conquer in order to arrive at our historic cities, gorgeous hiking trails, or funky restaurants. It’s time we travelers gave interstates a little more credit. There are a few select chunks of...

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Best Brunch in Wellington New Zealand

Best Brunch in Wellington New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand, is a laid-back city with residents who savor the good things in life. As a result, the nation’s capital takes two things seriously: brunch and coffee. Wellington is filled with cute cafés that offer decadent breakfast food and baristas who have been making coffee for years. Eating out in Wellington is not the cheapest endeavor. However, here are ten places where your New Zealand dollar will score you some amazing food and coffee. Here’s where you can find the best brunch in Wellington New Zealand: MARANUI CAFÉ, 7 LYALL PARADE...

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What it Costs: A Day of Travel in Taipei

A DAY OF TRAVEL COSTS IN TAIPEI, TAIWAN I’ve been living in and traveling around China for six months, and I have to admit, Taipei is my favorite city so far. The city has maintained its Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and Dutch influences, providing tourists with a hodgepodge of cultures in a mere couple of blocks. Unfortunately, I was only able to spend a long weekend in the city during a holiday off work. As a result, though, I can easily calculate how much travel costs in Taipei would be for one day. Spending a day in Taipei is not...

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What It’s Like In: Shenzhen, China

What is it like in Shenzhen China? Although Shenzhen is a Tier-1 Chinese metropolis, it has only been a city for 38 years. When Shenzhen was declared a city in 1979, residency spiked. The tourism industry is starting to catch up, as Shenzhen is now the sixth most popular Chinese city for overseas tourists. Located just across the border from Hong Kong, Shenzhen is the only Tier-1 city in the southern region of China other than Guangzhou. When you cross the border from Hong Kong, you truly have the sensation of entering Mainland China. Suddenly, the signs are only...

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