Category: China

Northern China Over the Himalayas

So can you guess which way I chose? I arrived in Xi’an in Northern China after another 16 hour 12 hour bus journey (they promised 12 hours, but of course it took a lot longer)… the bus hammered it west all night. China ended up passing in a blur, but I made an entire 10 degrees westerly …

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Planning a Himalaya Crossing

Living easy, living free Season ticket on a one-way ride Asking nothing, leave me be Taking everything in my stride Don’t need reason, don’t need rhyme Ain’t nothing I would rather do Going down, party time My friends are gonna be there too I’m on the highway to hell….(the KKH) Planning a Himalaya crossing: In …

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Country roads and Kunming

I took a night bus at 19.30 from Shangri-la bus terminal to Kunming (205Yuan- 12 hours). The beds are never long enough, even for me at 1m 76. A few people smoke, as does the driver- non stop. Travel in China is pretty uncomfortable; stale air and the distances are always very long. I took …

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Beijing sightseeing

OK, so other than just becoming random economo-political creatures, we also actually did/saw stuff in Beijing.  Like: – Tiananmen Square. Famous/ infamous for the  Tiananmen Square massacres in 1989 (although apparently most of the actual massacring went on outside of the square but hey ho) and the third largest city square in the world. It’s …

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Beijing Beijing Beijing

(to the tune of  ’Finland, Finland, Finland’ by the Monty Python-ers.) If India and Japan are polar opposites then Beijing nestles somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, mixing the old, traditional Asia with the new, all-shiny Asia. I have to say, it’s one of the most fascinating cities I’ve ever been to in my …

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Shanghai Scam

I did not even realise it was a scam until I told my story to some other travellers in Tai An a week after it had happened…. Two innocent looking girls aproached me.  The best scammers look like this I now realise.   They then ask me to take a photo for them, easy enough I thought.  I …

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Shangri-la

Past greetings from China!  I thought that Shangri-la was in India somewhere.  I know it was the name of a bungalow we took as a weeks hoilday at a long time ago in the UK and a resort in Laos.  Anyway I digress!  I am still getting used to China.  I like the food more than Vietnam or Laos, …

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