Monthly Archives: April 2013

Xi’an Highlights

A few of our highlights in Xi’an   Boarding the High Speed Train to Xi’an – Beijing Chinese Calligraphy lessons with a local at our hostel – Xi’an Chinese Dumplings lessons at our hostel – Xi’an Soldiers patrolling the city … Continue reading

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The Great Wall? Easy. You are not a hero till you climb Mt. Hua!

On the penultimate day of our trip in China we decided, at the last minute, to visit Mt. Hua. We particularly wanted to get onto the plank walk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsGC0lZ-5g8). Once dropped off at the east ticket gate (and paying the … Continue reading

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Terra Cotta Warriors

Since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to visit the Terra Cotta Warriors in the Shaanxi province of China. Discovered by a farmer digging a well (the poor guy probably never saw a cent of the millions China have made … Continue reading

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“You are not a plucky hero till you climb the Great Wall”

We were recommended a township called Gubeikou as somewhere to see, and climb the original un-restored Great Wall. We decided just to go for it. After a little research we found bus 980 from Beijing (Dongzhimen) takes you to Miyun, … Continue reading

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Where do you come from? Part 2

Just down the road we came across a quiet café/bar and said we’ll just have 1 beer as we haven’t got that much money to spend. Although 4 euros isn’t much for a beer in England, it’s pretty expensive here. … Continue reading

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Week 1 of China

Left to right – Starfish and Scorpions – Wangfujing Market, Beijing Lizard, Gecko, Spider, Silk worm, Snake, Scorpion – Wangfujing Market, Beijing Dumplings and stir fry noodles – Suzhou Road, Summer Palace, Beijing Wangfujing Night Market, Beijing Various delicacies – … Continue reading

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Where do you come from? Part 1

Uploading pictures seems to be a problem at the moment, so here’s a story.  On day 2 in China, Craig and I decided to check out Wangfujing Street, part of Jinbao Street. Here we could find the famous night market … Continue reading

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Rations

If you’re ever planning on doing this trip then don’t listen too much to the guide websites or books! Actually the Trans-Siberian Handbook Trailblazer book was the most accurate in the end, but not completely. The Trailblazer book is a … Continue reading

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Men are men, women are women

After spending nearly 25 hours on a train from Berlin to France we stopped at 00:58 in Belorusskiy station, Moscow.  It was about -10c and after Ramadan (the Russian we were sharing the 3-berth with) told us yesterday that it … Continue reading

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Next up, Germany ya!

It was nice to leave Paris, a huge noisy, fast and furious city. It was quite an experience, but I had hoped to slow down a little. We had a 12 train journey to Germany ahead of us which ended … Continue reading

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