Wanderlust: Gulangyu (Xiamen), the piano island (part two)

Just off the coast of Xiamen is Gulangyu, a pedestrian-only island that is also a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. At only 2 km2 area and home to about 20,000 people, Gulangyu is a major domestic tourist destination and is one of China’s most visited tourist attractions. However, all cars and bicycles are banned on the island, which helps to preserve an air of antiquity and tranquility.

Shuzhuang Garden

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Wanderlust: Xiamen, the gateway to China (part one)

After spending almost four days in Guangzhou, we took a high speed train to Xiamen. Xiamen, located in Fujian Province, is a coastal city, and as such, has been an extremely important port in China for centuries, as well as one of China’s earliest Special Economic Zones. Translated directly, Xiamen means “door to the house”, referring to the city’s centuries-old role as a gateway to China.

Yongding District of Longyan

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Wanderlust: Guangzhou, the city of the five lambs (part one)

It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to post about my travels, but now that I’m back home, I finally have some time to get all my photos sorted out. I spent the last three weeks or so along the Southeastern coast of China, in Guangzhou and Xiamen, so the next few posts will be sharing my experiences there.

Lingnan Impressions Garden

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explore ATX: Blue Cat Cafe

This summer, I’m spending my time here in Austin to do some research, but of course, now there’s no longer any school/homework for me to worry about, I can actually go and explore Austin on the weekends! I’ll be starting my new Explore ATX series, which will hopefully highlight some of Austin’s gems that you, if you ever get the chance to come down here to Austin, can maybe check out later yourself! First up, Blue Cat Cafe.

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Wanderlust: Lubbock & Palo Duro Canyon

Almost two summers ago, I was at a summer camp over at Texas Tech University (read all about it here). Like I said in my post before, it certainly wasn’t just work, work and more work. On the weekends, we would go around to the surroundings to visit all that the Panhandle/Lubbock-area had to offer.

a llama at the fourth of july parade

a llama at the fourth of july parade

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Wanderlust: Jiuzhaigou (China) & Singapore

As I was sitting in my room, bored out of my mind and not quite yet ready to start studying physics, I decided to finally clean up my room/treasure-hunt in my closet. I found my old camera card from a few years ago, and there are some pretty interesting photos I took from my travels. Here are a few from China from a few summers back.

The Venice of China.

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I dream for a living (my ultimate travel bucket-list)

First semester of college is finally over (bless), and now that I’m back at home, sitting in my bed and watching The Crown, I’m reminiscing on all the wonderful places that I’ve had the opportunity to go to during the last few summer/winter/spring breaks. I realize that I won’t always have the opportunity to go with my parents and my brother on vacation anymore, so I’ve come up with my own ultimate travel list.

Without further ado, and in no particular order, are the 13 places I definitely have to visit at least once in my lifetime. (And if you’ve been to one of these places, let me know where I should stop by/things I should do and try!!) I would also have liked to write a small paragraph about why I chose these countries, but I realized 1) each country is just so wonderful that I could probably write about twenty pages for each place and 2) then that’d be too long for you guys, haha. Also, low-key cheating on here by listing like five different cities for each country, but anyways…

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Wanderlust: Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love (part 2)

My last day in Philadelphia was a Monday, and of course I happened to forget that many museums and sites are closed on Mondays. So instead, we spent most of the day walking and exploring all the city has to offer.

love structure -- did you know the o is slanted, because "love isn't perfect?"

love park — did you know the o is slanted, because “love isn’t perfect?”

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