One of my favorite things about Guangzhou is leaving it. Ouch, hope I didn't hurt Guangzhou's feelings. But it's true, and living here has given us the chance to see many other awesome places that we otherwise may not have been able to see. There's only one place we've visited that I haven't totally loved, and that probably had more to do with the fact that I brought a sick baby to that place and had to spend most of the time in our hotel room. If I went back to that place with a healthy child, I'd probably think it was pretty neat.
I'm not going to elaborate too much on our travels, but here (in order of visitation) are pictures of the places we've seen in the year we've been here:
Labor Day weekend, 2010: Our very first trip to Hong Kong
China National Day, October 1-8 2010: Seoul, South Korea
October 11-30, 2010: TDY to Shanghai, China
My parents and I visited Hong Kong (without Aaron and Augie) December 26-27, 2010. Don't appear to have a picture of this at the moment though.
We flew to Guilin, China, with my parents December 31, 2010 - January 3, 2011
Aaron and I got to take a trip to Macau by ourselves from January 4-6, 2011
We took TWO back-to-back trips to Hong Kong during Lunar New Year in February 2011. We had planned the first one already when we found out that a good friend of ours was coming to Hong Kong just a few days later, so we decided to go back. Yes it was cheaper that way.
We decided to take a day-trip to Hong Kong once again (without Augie though) in February on President's Day to see a movie. I don't have a picture from that though.
Our trip with a sick toddler commenced the weekend of April 29-May 1. We went to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and didn't realize our child was sick until we got there. We saw as much as we could though!
On Memorial Day, Aaron and I went for the day to Macau in order to celebrate his birthday (May 31).
Then from June 9-July 4/5 we went for R&R in the US. We went to Seattle, Spokane (Washington), Dallas, and Oklahoma City.
We do have a few planned trips for this autumn.
Over the Mid-Autumn festival, Sept 9-12, we will be going to Xi'an, China, which is supposed to be really awesome. It's the old capital of the country so it is full of historical sites, including the terracotta warriors that everyone has heard about. So we are looking forward to that!
Also, for this year's October holiday (Oct. 1-8) we are going to Thailand! We'll be starting in Bangkok for 4 days, and then spending the rest of the week in Koh Samui, which is an island in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand. Hopefully it won't rain the entire time!
That won't be the end of our travels in Asia, but so far nothing else is definitely planned. We had planned to go to New Zealand in January, but have since decided that we'd rather save our money for some upcoming expenses next summer. We'll definitely go somewhere (cheaper) though, since Aaron has 4 days off!