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24th September 2017 A visit to Beijing would not be complete without a visit to the Forbidden City so it was up early and in the queue by 8:30am as it opened, in the hope of beating the crowds. No …

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23rd September 2017 Lonely Planet’s guide to Beijing has a nice little walking tour around one of Beijing’s hutongs – the traditional districts of the city that comprise a warren of courtyard homes linked by narrow alleyways. LP intend this …

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22nd September 2017 The Great Wall is a “must see” in China and so we consider signing up for a tour for 300 yuan each, about £30, even though other sections of the wall out in Xinjiang. We are not …

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21st September 2017 When planning our trip, the bullet train between Shanghai and Beijing was a ‘must do’ even though it isn’t that much cheaper (or quicker) than flying. It got even more exciting a couple of days ago when …

Grey Day In Shanghai

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20th September 2017 Today’s forecast is for rain and, sure enough, when we poke our heads out of the hotel the skies are grey and overcast. So, better nip back and get the brollies and also get our sightseeing in …

 

Full Speed Ahead

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19th September 2017 We head out with a long schedule of places to see and so catch the metro to start with the place furthest from our hotel and then the intention is to wend our way back as we …

 

Urumqi On Foot

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18th September 2017 And so it’s just the two of us again as we start the final week of our China trip. We did enjoy the Wild Frontiers tour and we were with a great group of people but some …

 

The Beginning Of The End

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17th September 2017 Wild Frontier’s original itinerary for this trip had us going to Kashgar’s Sunday market – on a Saturday. They then had to shuffle the whole itinerary forward a day but by that time we had already booked …

 

Proper Coffee!

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16th September 2017 After a week of moving on westward every day through the desert, it is good to finally stay in a city hotel for a few nights. Kashgar is a place we had heard of on the Silk …

 

History Rebuilt

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15th September 2017 With the interesting change of itinerary yesterday we find that we have time on our hands, having missed out on the camel ride this morning returning from the non-existent desert camp. The local agent is still on …