Disclosure: I am one of the official #DTourist assigned to scour the continent of Asia to inspire travel there. Each of us is assigned a continent. To read more about #DTOUR with DoubleTree by Hilton
|In Wanzhou, China - climbed up and down a beautiful mountain!|
Here are a couple of VERY QUICK videos that will play right after another:
As you can imagine, my schedules were packed. I was guided by a DoubleTree by Hilton employee from breakfast at 7am up to as late as 1am. I spent about 3-4 days in each DoubleTree property scouring everything around it and the I moved on to another property destination. Yes, I was exhausted - but who has time for that when I have the world to see! While I was there to work and document via social media along the way, it didn't even feel like work at all. I was transported to lands I've always just imagined in my head. I've seen them in the news, movies, and read many Asian books romanticizing and it all and I have to say, every single moment was even better than I imagined. In the end, I captured over 4000 photos and of course, took a lot for my Instagram, too. Check them all out below.
My Top 10 Moments with #DTOUR Asia
- Visiting two Seven Wonders of The World within my 31 Nights of #DTour to Asia: The Great Wall of China and Taj Mahal.
- Walking up the Great Wall of China and realizing the many battles fought on that very spot between the Mongols & the Hans.
- Seeing and walking in the Emerald Buddha Temple in Bangkok made me re-watch the Anna and the King movie. Imagined ancient Siam everywhere in Wat Phrakaew.
- The mystical sort of emotion that I felt walking thru the Great Falls in Wanzhou and in to the QuanYin Temple and seeing 31 huge buddhas in a row with monks chanting.
- Eating in Malaysia! The many culinary choices from the multiple ethnic cultures that makes Malaysia is really exciting. I could live to eat there!
- Visiting the Ancient Village of Ciqikou in Chongqing and stepping in a Royal Servant's old courtyard made me feel like I was in some movie set.
- Imagining the life inside the Forbidden City while touring it and now planning in re-watching The Last Emperor movie.
- Eating (Peking Duck where it all began - Beijing) in a 100 year old restaurant in Beijing.
- Seeing and learning more about the old glamour and beauty of Shanghai at a museum inside the Pearl Oriental Tower.
- Prayed for my family's health and blessed in a Buddhist Temple, Hindu Temples, and an ancient Catholic Church throughout 4 Asian countries.
Couple things I learned about myself:
- I'd rather not exactly know how we're getting there. If I had known that we will be climbing mountains for a couple of hours, I would've probably said NO - thank you. But glad I didn't get a chance to decide on many things in Asia and just went to do it.
- I really love all sorts of food. Unless something is moving on my plate I am bound to try and taste it. I don't have to like it but that's the adventurous part of me thinking I'd miss out if I don't at least give it a chance.
- I love hearing locals talk about what they really love about their own city and like a sponge, I notice how much I can absorb and submerge myself in what they see/feel.
- I cringe when I hear Americans act like they are the center of the universe when visiting other countries. Those folks do not represent us well in US.
- I don't hate airports! Best place to people watch in different countries.
All the posts I wrote for Chicagonista.com: (Lots of other pics & videos there)
Kuala Lumpur: An Unforgettable Experience in Malaysia
The Mountain City of Wanzhou, China
Chongqing, China: A Peek in a Royal Servant’s Home During the Qing Dynasty