Allison Hall & Yukio Koriyama

Allison & Yukio

August 28, 2009

Allison Hall & Yukio Koriyama

Allison & Yukio

August 28, 2009

Welcome, dear guests, to Yukio's and my little corner of the web!

One of the things that Yuki and I enjoy doing together most is traveling (as you can see from the little slideshow on the right). We are planning to spend our first trip together as husband and wife exploring China.

Since we're now living on the opposite sides of the planet from a lot of our friends and family, we truly hope you'll be able to make it down to Houston for our wedding!! And of course, if you can't make it to the wedding, you are always welcome to come stay here with us at our place in Paris - we love serving up home-made chocolate mousse and crême brulées!

Thank you for stopping by!

~ Alli & Yuki ~
Yuki and I would love to spend our honeymoon in China!

The country is a major world power, yet is often misunderstood by the rest of the world due to its distance from most of its neighbors and its tendancy to be somewhat closed-off and inaccessible. I'd like to experience first-hand their authentic, rich culture which has developed over thousands of years of history. From distinctive art and music, to new landscapes and scenery, to unique societies and ways of live, there is so much to learn there.

Yuki, on the other hand, has already lived once in China, for a 6-month internship before coming to the US for his PhD studies. He has a good feel for the atmosphere and speaks some Chinese as well, so I'll be relying on him to navigate us through the cities (and restaurants and public transportation)! The country is so vast and diverse that there still remains quite a lot for him to discover there.

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Olympus Digital SLR Camera - When visiting an amazing country like China, it would be a shame not to be able to take some amazing photographs to record all of our great honeymoon memories.
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China Guide Book - to make sure that we see all the essential places and get the most out of our trip, a good guide book is a must!
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Dim Sum in Hong Kong - Yuki and I can't miss the opportunity to eat REAL authentic Chinese pot stickers, dumplings, shumai, and all those other tasty steamed delicacies!
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Beijing Zoo - one of the few places in the world where you can watch adorable pandas. A trip to China is not complete without a peek at their national mascot!
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Yangtze River Cruise - we'd like to spend a few nights sailing along this legendary river, which is the 3rd longest in the world and winds its way across most of the country, connecting several major cities.
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Beijing's Forbidden City - one of the oldest cities in the world. This is the old capital of China, an area that was closed to outsiders for thousands of years!
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Shanghai Hyatt - for the 2 nights we spend in Shanghai, we'd like to splurge on a nice 4-star hotel, complete with spa treatments and breakfast in bed!
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Great Wall of China - one of the 7 ancient wonders of the world, we would like to join a small tour group for the day to explore the Great Wall and learn more about its important role in the history of the country.
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Motorcycle rental - One of Yukio's and my favorite ways to explore a country is to set off on a motorcycle and wind our way through the back streets of the villages, rubbing elbows with the locals.
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Silk Market - the best place to buy traditional Chinese silk, at the best prices! Yuki and I love checking out what sorts of goodies the locals have for sale, and this is a great place to pick up some mementos and souvenirs.
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Airfare - this is the biggest expense of our trip. Yuki and I are great at finding thrifty hotels and meals anywhere we go, so getting the plane ride is the main hurdle of our journey.
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