Category Archives: China

top10: China

It’s Saturday, so that must mean another top10. I’m sure you’re getting the hang of the idea now, but here are the rules again: Ten photos per country. All mine. No fakery, staging, or zoos. Photos are chosen because I think … Continue reading

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Farewell to China

When I was in Xi’an I was spending much of my time with Nick, an American who was teaching English up north in Harbin. He told me that he intended to write a book about the constant minor insanities of … Continue reading

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Chengdu: Pandas, the Giant Buddha of Leshan, and very very spicy food

Distance Travelled: 10,160km Date: 31st July – 5th August Arriving into Chengdu without booking accommodation is a bad thing to attempt. Fortunately, I got lucky, and was able to get myself a room in the nicest hostel I stayed in … Continue reading

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Chinglish

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One of the most fun aspects of travelling through China is looking out for signs written in English. I’m not sure why it is, but translating into English from Chinese seems to lead to far more mistakes than anywhere else … Continue reading

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Huashan: A long climb up the Great Flower Mountain

Distance Travelled: 9562 miles Date: 29th – 30th July Huashan is one of the five sacred Taoist mountains of China and is found roughly 120km outside of Xi’an- a 2.5 hour bus ride away (in China, that’s a short bus ride. … Continue reading

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The Terracotta Warriors

Distance Travelled: 9487 miles Date: 28th July The Terracotta Army is located at the site of Qin Shi Huang’s tomb, some 30 km outside of Xi’an. There are two ways to get out there- get onto an organised tour, or … Continue reading

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Xi’an: An ancient capital, and an introduction to Baiju

Distance Travelled: 9487 miles Date: 27th – 30th July I stood outside Xi’an’s imposing Bell Tower, a ticket to ascend sitting unused in my pocket, watching the swallows catching moths. I was enjoying the peace and quiet of the traffic … Continue reading

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Just another face in Shanghai

Distance Travelled: 8549 miles Date: 22-26th July While sitting on the 330kph high-speed rail link from Beijing, I got out my kindle and booked myself a hostel in the city. I wasn’t to know it at the time, but it … Continue reading

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The Great Wall

Can an old wall really deserve the epithet ‘Great’? I mean after all, it’s just an old wall. You can’t even see it from space. Is it really that cool? You give me a cannon, and I could conquer it. … Continue reading

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Beijing, Part 2: The Forbidden City, Parks and Hutongs, and Beijing Duck

Distance Travelled: 7573 miles Date: 17-22nd July As I walked the moat surrounding the walls of the Forbidden City the air swarmed with hundreds of dragonflies, darting and shimmering in the sun, and rang with the high-pitched whine of cicadas. … Continue reading

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