Tag: Travel planning

New Zealand bound

New Zealand bound

Chinese New Year is just around the corner – the year of the pig will start next week – and so is our next trip. We have 3 weeks off and together with 2 of our Shanghai friends we’ll rent a car and drive more than 3,000 km across NEW ZEALAND!

After landing in Auckland, we have 1 week on the North Island. Our plan is to do the following:

  • A tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set
  • See the glowworm caves in Waitomo
  • Explore Rotorua
  • Hike the Tongariro Crossing (if weather permits)
  • Visit Wellington

From Wellington we’ll take the ferry over to the South Island and there we’ll have another 2 weeks to …

  • Spend 2 days in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Drive down to Fox and Franz Joseph Glacier via the Pancake Rocks
  • Spend a day in Wanaka/Mt. Aspiring National Park
  • See Queenstown
  • Cruise both Milford and Doubtful Sound
  • Hike at Mount Cook, Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo
  • Drive to Christchurch to fly back to Auckland and spend 1 day there

We leave tomorrow night. I. Can’t. Wait.

Australia, here we come!

Australia, here we come!

Tonight, we’re getting on a plane to Sydney and then we’ll travel around Australia. Here is what our trip will look like:

Our 3 week Australia itinerary

  • 4 days in Sydney with a day trip to the Blue Mountains (if the weather is good)
  • 2 days in Adelaide
  • 1 day drive to Cape Jervis
  • 3 days on Kangaroo Island
  • 4 days road trip to Melbourne with a stop at Grampians National Park and a drive along the Great Ocean Road
  • 2 days in Melbourne
  • 4 days in the Red Center to see King’s Canyon, Uluru and Kata Tjuta
  • 2 more days in Melbourne

On the map you can see what distances we’ll cover:

That means this blog won’t be updated for a while but lots of pictures and more details will come when we get back 🙂

Travel plans

Travel plans

One of the reasons I was excited to move to Shanghai is its location. There are so many places I want to visit that are now so close or at least much closer than from home. However, the list is very very long. In China I want to go to Beijing and the Great Wall, visit the Pandas in Chengdu, look at the Terracotta Army in Xi’An, see the mountains in Zhangjiajie that inspired the movie Avatar, take the train to Suzhou, Hangzhou and Nanjing …

And then just a short flight away there are Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos … The travel time to Australia and New Zealand is only half from here and even Hawaii is only 9 hours away. There are 222 cities that can be reached through a direct flight from Shanghai (at least that’s what google tells me) so how do I choose?

Even with 30 days of vacation a year plus some Chinese holidays, 3 years suddenly feels like very little time to do even a small part of it. Especially if I factor in going home every year and also continuing to visit my American family.

Thorben has been on a business trip for the past 10 days so I’ve started planning and booking. He said that I can be in charge of the rest of this year’s vacations, let’s see if he ends up regretting that when he realizes there will be very little hiking involved in our trips 🙂

So here is the plan for the next 3 months (the part I already booked, maybe we can also squeeze in a little weekend trip here and there):

  • 4 days in Seoul, South Korea in August
  • 5 days in Beijing in September to see the city and do a tiny bit of hiking on the Great Wall
  • 3 days in Hongkong and 4 days in Taipei over Golden Week (a week long Chinese holiday)