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Mont Royal, BBQ Poutine and a Conga Line of Zombies.

Mont Royal, BBQ Poutine and a Conga Line of Zombies.

What do they have in common?  Living the Escati Lifestyle, Montreal Style.

The wheel stopped on Montreal when an aging collection of fraternity brothers a.k.a. the magnificent seven, planned a late October weekend away. Tempted by the lure of an overly hyped Montreal Oktoberfest and what would be our first ever Zombie walk; a core contingent, led by the “past their prime” members of the Inner Sanctum joined up with the Trois Charlies.

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Dalian – The Hong Kong of Northeast China with a hint of the Riviera

Conveniently located near the southern end of Liaoning Province, only an hours flight between Beijing and Seoul and slightly longer from Shanghai and Tokyo, Dalian is a well positioned up and coming tier two city in Northeast China.

As a leading port city and the financial center of North East China, Dalian is trying to live up to it’s nickname of the “Hong Kong of the North” and “the Romantic City”.     Known internationally for it’s seafood and as a summer tourist destination, Dalian has a lot to offer the influx of visitors from Japan, Korea, Russia and all over Europe.  Located between the Yellow Sea to the east and the Bohai Sea to the West, Dalian’s long expansive beaches in Jinshitan (a.k.a. Golden Pebble beach) as well as numerous smaller beaches scattered among the picturesque coastline, have a lot to offer the adventuresome traveler.  Numerous golf courses, amusement parks, zoos, hiking trails and inner city parks provide an abundance of outdoor recreational options.

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Sanya “The Hawaii of China”…not quite

During a frightfully cold January Dongbei winter and feeling the need for frolicking in the sun and surf, I fell for the hype and found myself heading to the south of China and the resort town of Sanya,  a.k.a. theHawaii of China”.

Located on the Southern tip of Hainan province,  Sanya does share the same parallel as Hawaii, has palm trees and features warm tropical weather year round.   However, having visited Hawaii on several occasions including 5 of 7 main islands, I can say that’s where the comparison stops.

A destination for China’s emerging tourist class and frost-bitten Russians  migrating south for the winter, Sanya definitely has a beach scene, but it won’t be confused for South Beach or Waikiki.

Older mid-tier resorts, catering to budget conscious domestic tourists and aforementioned Russian clientele, can be found along Sanya Bay Beach lining the Sanya Harbor waterfront.  Newer and certainly upscale international 5 Star resorts with several golf options can be found 25 km away along Yalong Bay.

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