Mao, Lenin and Uncle Ho: A Trifecta of Communist Corpses

The bodies of work for Ho Chi Minh, Mao Zedong and Vladimir Lenin can be compared to each other endlessly with no clear winner. What can be compared, however, are there actual bodies. Or at least what’s left of them. Morbid, right?

I went to all three of their mausoleums within the span of two months, so here’s how they rank from worst to best in terms of the overall visiting experience.

See Disney’s Frozen in Real Life at the Harbin Ice Festival

When I first saw the BBC excellent Wild China documentary, I knew I had to go to see the Harbin Ice Festival for myself. The world’s largest ice festival is known throughout China and brings in enormous crowds to see its bright lights and towering ice palaces that look like something out of Frozen. How could anyone resist? Not even the extreme cold and the remote location between Russia and North Korea can keep people away.

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Seeing Hong Kong’s Growth from the Sidewalks

Kowloon at night

The opposite sides of the road in Hong Kong’s Kowloon district remind me of the beginning battle scenes from Braveheart. Masses of people stare at each other, waiting for just the right moment to move. When the crosswalk signal turns green, both sides make their move. Instead of crashing, the pedestrians deftly avoid bumping into the other people.

Crowds throughout the city are bigger than anywhere else I’ve ever been. The hordes of tourists at Times Square in New York seem sparse to the people in Hong Kong. Fellow city-state surpasses Singapore is the most densely populated nation in the world, while Hong Kong takes second place. Impressive considering much of Hong Kong is left to nature.

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