Archive for November, 2012

Guilin: Alternative Yangtze River Cruise

November 27, 201210 Comments

Guilin and Yangshuo Guilin weather on arrival was the same as our flu and moods.  Wet, dripping, dark and grey. This gloom and weather stayed with us for our first two days there.  It was raining so heavily even the street vendors gave up, so there was no decent street food to munch on. Not […]

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Sightseeing in Xian: The Terracotta Warriors

November 23, 20128 Comments

Wall to Wall Cities From the wonderful walled city of Pingyao we set off early in the morning to catch our train to tour in Xi’an, another city in China famed for its walls.   Our preference was for a night train, but despite our best efforts we could not get a bed on a train […]

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Flashpacking China: From Beijing to Pingyao

November 21, 20120 Comments

A Step Back in Time at the Ancient Walled City of Pingyao The time had come to leave Beijing, and head west to the province of Shanxi, to visit a city called Pingyao. We’d managed to see all the main sights we wanted to in Beijing, but there are always other things to do and […]

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Beijing: Forbidden City and Jingshan Park

November 19, 20122 Comments

Beijing  Hotel Booking Problems We decided to stay a couple of extra nights in our Beijing accommodation, and tried to extend direct with the hotel.  It turned out, they wanted to increase the room rate significantly, we felt it was a bit of a scam aimed at foreign tourists.  They wanted to charge us a higher rate than […]

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China Tour: Badaling Great Wall of China

November 16, 20122 Comments

The Great Wall of China “You are not a real man until you have climbed the Great Wall” (Mao Zedong) “The Great Wall of China is the only man made object visible from space”  (Urban Myth) Both quotes often heard in relation to this magnificent piece of history and architecture, sadly both are myths.   Although the one […]

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