Final Day In Beijing

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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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The Great Wall

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Kizil Caves

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13th September 2017 With the time difference between Beijing and local times, we have a leisurely start to the day and are still one of the first to breakfast. As we leave the hotel to start our day’s sightseeing I …

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Ruins And More Ruins

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11th September 2017 We have a long day today as we do not catch our train until nearly 11pm but, luckily, we do not have to check out of our hotel until 2pm Beijing time. Local time is 2 hours …

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A Day Of Two Halves

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8th September 2017 At least our overnight train was a soft sleeper and so we were in four berth cabins with doors. The train was much more comfortable than the previous one from Xi’an and I was woken by the …

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Monks And Nomads

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5th and 6th September 2017 Having spent the night bumping along on the rail line between Xi’an and Lanzhou, we clamber out of our berths at 5:30am ready to disembark and find some breakfast. I was glad I had donned …

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Xi’an Day Tour

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3rd September 2017 So our Silk Road Tour begins and, fittingly, today we visit the Shaanxi History Museum to learn about this epic road from China to Turkey, which is actually a number of different trade routes. Over the next …

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