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what to expect at the Confucian Temple in Nanjing, China

Temple experiences in China have been the complete opposite to temple experiences in Laos and quite different from those I've visited in Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Now a veteran of Chinese temple visits, I've compiled this guide so that your expectations can be set appropriately for the Confucian Temple in Nanjing.

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the best cafes in Nanjing, China

Cafes often provide unique places to grab delicious food in a space I feel happy to curl up in. I have mentioned that, while not nearly as wonderful or as easy to find as the coffee culture that exists in Australia or New Zealand, there are cafes worth visiting in Nanjing.

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Year of the Dog: inside one of Seoul's infamous animal cafes

How fitting is it that on my first night back in Seoul, which was the first day of the new Lunar year, Kirst and I went to a dog cafe in Hongdae?! 

Answer: very fitting. Especially since this year is the year of the dog. The Earth dog, to be more specific. 

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Yongma Land: what to expect at Seoul's abandoned amusement park

If colourful backdrops, an endless supply of worn down props, and hoards of Korean models snapping pictures with plastic floral arrangements isn't appealing to you, then Yongma Land probably won't be high on your "to see in Seoul" list. 

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where to eat in + around Wellington, New Zealand

I've spent a great deal of my time in New Zealand, and a good portion of that time has been spent in the "suburbs" of Wellington as much as the capital city itself. There's more to Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, and Petone than just relatively cheaper rent {by Welly standards}-- there's a real food scene bubbling. 

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what to see + do South of the River Thames

North of the river Thames you have classics like Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park, Camden Town's alt scene, dreamy Notting Hill, cafes and musicals dotted across Soho, and the epitome of British sophistication that is Kensington and Chelsea. But don't count Southbank out! I'm a fan of the underdog, even if it can't quite compare. 

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what to know before a trip to the Ming Tombs

China has really been showing off lately. Full autumn foliage and sunny afternoons have lent themselves to adventures with my gang of fierce female friends. The four of us {Vanessa, Katie, Amy, and I} decided to take full advantage of the beautiful weather by visiting the Ming Tombs in Zhongshan Mountain National Park. 

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