Abu Dhabi: Mei’s Inspiration Travel

Awaken the Opulence of Abu Dhabi! I never found the idea of a desert romantic or exotic. But after moving to the US and getting to know other deserts around the world, thoughts of the colors and shades of light that dance over sand dunes made something I previously overlooked appear full of endless possibility. Presenting itself with…

Paris: Mei’s Inspiration Travel

Rendezvous with Paris Doubting that Paris could ever live up to its larger than life reputation, I avoided going there for quite a while. In many mediums, it seemed all of its extravagance had already been explored and exploited. It was nothing personal; I just feared the disappointment I would face when Paris did not live up to the…

Argentina: Mei’s Inspiration Travel

I’ve always imagined Argentina is a woman. I picture her in Buenos Aires, strolling the wide avenues lined of stately mansions in French, Spanish and Italian baroque styles, reminiscing about a life of culture and glamour in a city once known as the Paris of South America. Passing by the famous colonial pink palace, Casa Rosada, she lingers for a moment to remember…

London: Mei’s Inspiration Travel

Big Ben Chimes, it’s London Calling. London came to me first in September 1982, when United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher traveled to China. The Iron Lady visited the city of Hangzhou, where I was born and where, at age 15, I was attending a boarding school for diplomacy. As a representative of my school,…

Shangri-La: Mei’s Inspiration Travel

Unlock the Mysteries of Shangri-La When the flight arrived at Zhongdian (also called Shangri-La) in the middle of July, 2009, there were only a few suitcases at baggage claim, suggesting that this corner of China’s Yunnan province remains a quiet spot for visitors. We were greeted by our tour guide, a brightly dressed “Zuo Ma”…