In Chinese, Xie Xie (pronounced "she she") translates to "thank you." It is the phrase I used most this past week , and the only one I could properly pronounce. Beijing, China is the furthest I've ever traveled from home, and I cannot thank my new friends enough for the hospitality I was shown while visiting their country.
I promised to share photos periodically throughout my visit, but the $100 roaming fee I received forty minutes after touching down in Beijing along with the "Golden Shield Project," a Chinese imposed censorship program that blocks "unfavorable" content from being attained (i.e. Facebook and Instagram) made this nearly impossible.
... Enough with my excuses.
The gallery below will take you from Tianjin, where I spent most of my time, to Beijing, where I visited The Forbidden City, got lost in a very local neighborhood, and feasted on a smashing Hot Pot dinner consisting of cow stomach and trachea, blood tofu, and bone marrow.
This trip may have given me the travel bug, so, give me some ideas!
Feel free to use the "comments" section below to tell me your favorite travel destination and why it made it's way to the top of your list.