Jonny Blair talks about Chinese New Year red packets

Chinese New Year: What are Red Packets?

You have probably heard of Chinese New Year. It’s the same as New Year except it’s Chinese. That’s where things become slightly different. If you are lucky enough to live in a Chinese environment during Chinese New Year you will love the whole craze and madness of it all. You might also be given red Read more about Chinese New Year: What are Red Packets?[…]

Jonny Blair at a Tibetan Stupa in Shangri La

Visiting Shangri La, Yunnan Province, China: Is This Just Fantasy?

You’ll probably have heard the words Shangri La before, as I had done. But maybe you wonder what they mean, or indeed where it is or what it is! The truth is that the town of Shangri La featured in a book called Lost Horizon by James Hilton. Visiting Shangri La was on my agenda Read more about Visiting Shangri La, Yunnan Province, China: Is This Just Fantasy?[…]

Jonny Blair at the The Ganden Sumtseling Gompa 300 year old Tibetan Monastery in Yunnan, China

A Taste of Tibet: Ganden Sumtseling Gompa Monastery, Yunnan Province, China

I haven’t been to Tibet yet – it’s on my long list of places to go, but recently I hiked near the Tibet to China border while staying in the high altitude Province of Yunnan. I based myself in the magical city of Shangri-La (also known as Zhongdian). It was time to make the mandatory Read more about A Taste of Tibet: Ganden Sumtseling Gompa Monastery, Yunnan Province, China[…]

Jonny Blair of Don't Stop Living at the window of the world in shenzhen china

Window of the World in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China

  Where Can You See The Empire State Building, the Taj Mahal and the Eiffel Tower all in one day? The answer is the Chinese city of Shenzhen, in the Guangdong Province. This city, also lies right on the border to Hong Kong, and indeed there are a lot of immigration points in Shenzhen. There Read more about Window of the World in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China[…]

Jonny Blair of Don't Stop Living tells us How to get a Sri Lanka Visa

How To Get A Sri Lanka Visa

I aim to give excellent expert first hand experiences on all the aspects of my travels to help you on your way. Just two weeks ago I got my first ever Visa for Sri Lanka. It’s not very difficult to get so I thought, I’d give you a very quick and easy rundown of how Read more about How To Get A Sri Lanka Visa[…]

Jonny Blair in Xiamen, Fujian, China - living a lifestyle of travel

Backpacking in Xiamen: My First ‘X’ City, Fujian, China

Xiamen intrigued me immediately for one peculiar reason – it’s beginning letter. I was sure that until 2012 I had never been to a city beginning with the letter ‘x’. The nearest I had come was when I was in Taiwan and got a train at Xincheng Station near Hualien, and stayed in the city Read more about Backpacking in Xiamen: My First ‘X’ City, Fujian, China[…]

Jonny Blair - Tuesday's Travel essentials is passport photos a lifestyle of travel

Tuesday’s Travel Essentials: Passport Photos

Time for the latest Tuesday’s Travel Essentials again. Getting visas becomes a regular part of your travels and therefore a handy tip to save time, money and effort is to always carry passport photos. Personally I carry between 12 – 15 of them at any one time. They take up only a small amount of Read more about Tuesday’s Travel Essentials: Passport Photos[…]

Jonny Blair a lifestyle of travel visiting Gu Lang Yu island in Fujian Province of China

Gu Lang Yu Island, Fujian Province, China

Another of my incredible China adventures in recent times involved a visit to this crazy island known as Gu Lang Yu! Basically it’s an island off the coast of the Fujian Province and is reached by ferry from the city of Xiamen, itself another interesting Chinese city which I have yet to write about separately! Read more about Gu Lang Yu Island, Fujian Province, China[…]