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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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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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China Trip: Beijing Summer Palace and Olympic Park

November 12, 20122 Comments

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

November 10, 20124 Comments

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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