I am so fortunate that in my travels, I am able not only spend time with the local people, but I am also able to enjoy the outdoors. There is a 2-3 hour walk from Hongcun village to Xidi village in Anhui Province. The path is definitely the one less traveled by. Before cars, it was the only way to travel between the villages. Today, it's very easy to get in a car and drive, but I always like to understand a place through the people and their local community. On this day, we ran into a grazing water buffalo, tea farmers, a man and his donkey. We crossed a couple of streams, despite some fearful travelers. (Rightly so! It was slippery and the water was cold!) We crossed a couple bridges. We sang and talked and soaked in the sun, rocks, trees and water.
I have traveled all over the world, including adventures in China, Uganda, Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia, Argentina, Vietnam, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, England, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Dominican Republic, Mongolia, Netherlands, Canada and Mexico! My greatest love is introducing Americans to the sites, traditions and people of China. My hope is to give travelers a new lens through which to see the world.