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Beijing: Forbidden City and Jingshan Park
By November 19, 2012 2 Comments Read More →

Beijing: Forbidden City and Jingshan Park

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
By November 16, 2012 2 Comments Read More →

China Tour: Badaling Great Wall of China

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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China Trip: Beijing Summer Palace and Olympic Park
By November 12, 2012 2 Comments Read More →

China Trip: Beijing Summer Palace and Olympic Park

A trip to the Summer palace and Olympic Park is an easy do-it-yourself tour, there really is no need to pay a premium to take an organised excursion.   There is a subway line right to the park and the whole journey from the centre of Beijing (we were staying on the edge of the Forbidden […]

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Travel in China: Shanghai to Beijing by Train
By November 10, 2012 4 Comments Read More →

Travel in China: Shanghai to Beijing by Train

This Chinese train service has to be one of the most comfortable I have ever travelled on, apart from the frantic ‘queue’ getting on to it and the packed lounges at the station.  However, once we settled into our soft sleeper carriage the journey was a real dream, the rolling stock is new and the tracks level […]

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China: Shanghai Sights
By November 6, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

China: Shanghai Sights

Sightseeing in Shanghai There is enough to entertain you in Shanghai for more than the four days we had here, with the 30 day countdown ticking on our visa we had to get a move on.  The things that kept us entertained for our limited time were: The Jing’An Temple is a fully restored (adorned throughout with […]

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