Not As Described

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14th September 2017 It’s tiring work this sitting on your backside in a coach for 6 or 7 hours with nothing to do but watch the scenery going past (and catch up with listening to podcasts). We’re still heading west …

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Deal Of The Trip

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12th September 2017 It’s another early morning train arrival – though fortunately the last of our trip – and so we are bleary eyed as we pull in to Kuqa (Kucha) and manoeuvre the bags out of the train. As …

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Dunes And Caves

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9th & 10th September 2017 It’s 240 miles from Jiayaguan to our next destination of Dunhuang and the good news is that we don’t have the hassle and discomfort of an overnight train. The bad news is that we are …

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Bingling Ding Dong

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7th September 2017 We’re heading on again today. After our fascinating detour to Xiahe, we have an(other) overnight train taking us further northwest along one of the main Silk Road branches. First though, it is back on the bus for …

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Terracotta Warriors

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4th Sept. 2017 Why? It’s not the first time we’ve visited an ancient site and been left with a question (and I suspect that it won’t be the last). Today we visited the museum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum, …

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Left To Our Own Devices

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1st & 2nd Sept 2017 And so, our detour to Yunnan, the second phase of our trip is done. We head on feeling that there is more of Yunnan that we would have liked to have seen – both north …

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Dali In A Day

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29th August 2017 This morning, Teddy promises us a tour of the old town on foot. As we head off, he explains that the south side of town is for tourists and the north for locals – and that’s where …

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The Road to Dali

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28thAugust 2017 Our expectations have been set that today’s drive to Dali is going to take around 7 hours as we have to drive back through Kunming. So, Teddy asks us to be ready for breakfast at 7:15 to allow …

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Changhua – Taiwan Pt. 2

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22nd – 26th August 2017 The drive back to Rob’s apartment is straightforward and as we get close, we recognise some of the buildings and landmarks. The apartment itself is familiar, though we had forgotten how hard the beds are …

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Family Time – Taiwan Pt. 1

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19th – 22nd August 2017 This is a strange trip – too long for a holiday but, at 5 weeks, short compared with some of the other travelling we have done. For this first section in Taiwan, the dynamic is …

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