Beijing. What, All Of It?

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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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Backwards To Beijing

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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