Posts Tagged ‘China’

China Day 8 – Shanghai and Hangzhou

China Day 8 – Shanghai and Hangzhou

Shanghai, like two days before, was grey and miserable, so, like two days before, we got out of the city – this time to Hangzhou, a place famous for its natural beauty and historical and cultural heritage.   Two days ago, we went to Suzhou from Shanghai South station – so we tried our luck […]

China Day 7 – Shanghai

China Day 7 – Shanghai

A day in Shanghai. Breakfast was an elegant affair, and we made a new friend, a talkative waitress who gave us advice on where to go. The weather report on the iphone didn’t look promising for Shanghai. “Maybe it’s wrong though!” chirped the ever-positive Vero. She was right – it turned out nice. The sun […]

China Day 6 Shanghai and Suzhou

China Day 6 Shanghai and Suzhou

Big and weird breakfast ( pizza, stir-fried vegetables, even curry!). Decided to leave miserable, wet, cold Shanghai and go to miserable, wet, cold Suzhou instead. Got to South Shanghai station ticket counter 10 (the one where they can speak a little English), and found out we needed passports to board the high speed trains. We […]

China Day 5 – Beijing to Shanghai

China Day 5 – Beijing to Shanghai

Woke early and had a hearty breakfast, though was forced to listen to an old American (it’s always the Yanks) talking to the 2 girls at his table like they were on the other side of the room. Another English guy was sat alone a few tables in front, with a look of not wanting […]

China Day 3 – The Great Wall of China

China Day 3 – The Great Wall of China

The Jinshanling area of the Great Wall of China is not as visited as Mutianyu or Badaling – it being a 3 and a half hour trip to get there. What makes up for the journey is that, when you arrive, you’ve practically got the place to yourself. It’s the best part of the Wall […]

China Day Two – Beijing

China Day Two – Beijing

Late to bed late to rise.  It was 11:30 before I finally managed to brew up, book a tour to the Great Wall, and slowly ease myself into the day.  It was 2pm when I headed out to greet the chilly day.  I could hardly believe the weather – the sky was a brilliant blue, […]

China Day One – Beijing

China Day One – Beijing

I was the only Westerner on the flight from Singapore to Xianyang airport on a China Eastern flight, and one of only a handful from Xianyang to Beijing.  I was sat on the aisle seat when a ruddy-faced woman ploughed into my arm as she wobbled down the aisle, sending the orange juice I was […]

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