China : Ancient Silk Road – GANSU & NORTHERN XINJIANG Complete Travel Itinerary & Guide

I have always been fascinated by the ancient Silk Road and their history so I finally joined Chan Brother Tours in June (13days 12 night), summer this year. The tour including two provinces in China; Gansu & Norhtern Xinjiang. Ancient Silk Road are long travel routes (40,000 miles) covering more than 40 countries. Our tour …

China : Xinjiang – Urumqi Diwopu Airport Review (乌鲁木齐地窝铺国际机场)

Urumqi Diwopu Airport is not as small as I expected. On the contrary, the airport is very modern and extremely efficient. Uruqmi Diwopu Airport has 3 Terminals in total and a new Terminal 4 is in under construction. The security in Xinjiang is strict so it is no surprise that Urumqi Diwopu Airport has very …

China : Where to stay in Urumqi ? Hoi Tak Hotel Xinjiang Review & Nearby Shops & Food Review

Urumqi is an important stop in ancient Silk road, this is our last stop in Xinjiang. The people who live here are a mixture of Hui, Uyghur and Han People. Urumqi city has the Guinness world record for being the city that is the most remote from the sea in the world. So you can …

China : Shop like a local in Urumqi City in Xinjiang

Our final day in Urumqi was free & easy shopping day.  We are leaving to airport in the afternoon so we have a whole morning to shop around in the city. We started to explore the downtown at around 9 am but most of the shops are still closed.  The shops and restaurants usually open …

Myanmar : Unexpected Discovery – White Elephant in Hsin Hpyu Daw Park Yangon

Unexpected stop back to Yangon On our way back to Yangon from Bago city, our whole day taxi driver had a brief stop at Hsin Hpyu Daw Park where the white elephants can be seen. We didn’t plan to visit any white elephants but the driver insisted and told us it is on the way …

Myanmar : Bago Road Trip – A Brief Stop at Taukkyan War Cemetery

Inya Lake Our one day Bago trip start early in the morning, at around 8.30 am. The private taxi meets us at the hotel lobby sharp at the promised timing. The car approach Inya Lake (picture above) which is one of the largest lake in Yangon after 20 mins driving. Inya Lake is a popular …

Myanmar : Bago Reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha (Indoor)

Reclining Buddha in Bago There are two reclining Buddha in Bago, one indoor and one outdoor. The one indoor is called Shwethalyaung Buddha. Shwethalyaung Buddha is measuring 55 meters long and 16 meters high, slightly shorter by 10 meter compared to the famous Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha, the other reclining Buddha located in Yangon city. …

China : Xinjiang Cultural Show @ International Grand Bazaar Urumqi /絲綢之路 千年印象

“Millennium Impression of the Silk Road” When you explore Urumqi International Grand Bazaar, after you have done all the shopping; one of the thing you should not missed is the cultural show located nearby a theatre. It is also the largest scale of singing and dancing performance in Urumqi. It can accommodate up to thousand …

China : Xinjiang Urumqi International Grand Bazaar – Top 10 things to buy or eat!

Urumqi – Capital of Xinjiang Urumqi is the capital of Xinjiang and also one of the biggest city in this region. It is the major hub for ancient Silk Road during the Tang Dynasty. When our bus entered the city of Urumqi, that is when the traffic jam started. Moving from one place to another …

Myanmar : Road Trip from Yangon to Bago – 14 Things to observe.

Bago is one of the ancient city near Yangon Myanmar, just 76km away from Yangon. You can do a day trip if you have few days in Yangon. Staying in Yangon is still preferable as the hotel facilities is still better off in Yangon. There are several attractions to see in Bago but all can …