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Asia » China » Beijing May 27th 2014

Today begins the trip of a lifetime, for we are starting out on a long-awaited dream, if you like. Today marks the start of our trip on the Trans-Mongolian Railway, a trip that has been on the Bucket List for years. You know how it is – that there is always something that, one day, you just have to do, if it is at all possible, no matter how long it takes to achieve. The Trans-Mongolian & Siberian Railway has been that for us. Sitting there in the backs of our minds for years. A thought that just wouldn’t go away. One day …… Months of planning have finally come to fruition and, today we begin that journey ….. our flight from Sydney to Hong Kong then on to Beijing where we will pick up the ... read more
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They keep coming in
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Asia » China » Beijing May 27th 2014

Bucket Lists ….. you’ve all heard of them. Many of you probably have one. They are the wish lists of life. I’ve been sitting on one for a very long time, patiently waiting and waiting, sitting here wondering when and if it would ever become my turn and I would be chosen next, getting the big green tick of approval. Over the years, I’ve moved up the list; I’ve moved down the list, as other bucket-listers, came and went; when some long-term wishes were indulged and ticked off, or other new wishes were added. Sometimes, big A-listers joined my list and jumped the queue, whilst others were smaller whims of fancy but, still just as special. I’ve had lots of practice at being very patient whilst just marking my time, sitting somewhere in the middle of ... read more
Off to Mongolia
The Trans Mongolian crossing the Gobi desert

Asia » China » Beijing May 25th 2014

This day was packed with cultural tours. The class boarded the bus at 8:15 to head out to the Great Wall. The Great Wall was originally built in 200 BC, rebuilt in 100 BC, and rebuilt again in the 1400’s. It opened to the public in 1949 when the military stopped using it to protect the Chinese border. We visited a rebuilt section of the wall, and it is a popular (crowded) section because it is easy to get to. It is very steep in places and reminded me of Dead Woman’s pass on the Inca Trail when we hiked to Machu Picchu. We were stopped several times for photos by Chinese locals. The tour guide said people travel from rural villages to these sites, and this is probably the first time they have seen a ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing May 24th 2014

We visited the top consulting firm in China today and got to ask questions about the Chinese consumer market. We were only there for half the day, so the remainder of the day was free. We ended up going to the Temple of Heaven, a complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heavenfor good harvest. (Wikipedia) It was built in the early 1400’s. We also dressed up as emperors and princesses and took pictures. Afterwards, we went to the Pearl Market, ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing May 24th 2014

We had a full day of class – Economics in China. After that, the program coordinator (a fellow Trojan) invited me to a USC networking event downtown. I met her at work, and we rode the subway together to the Sofitel hotel downtown. It turned out to be a wine tasting event and alumni networking, and they had about 25 New Zealand wineries pouring wine. We met a few people, and when the event ended around 8:30, a few of them invited us to grab some McDonald’s downstairs. As we were walking out, someone else said we were going to Fred’s Burgers. When we ended up in the hotel lobby with our group, a few people decided to go home instead, and we were left with 5 of us, none of whom knew where the burger ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing May 21st 2014

We had our first full day of class – a lesson in Chinese history, culture, and social behaviors. After class, we all went out to K-Town for a Korean dinner feast. By all of us, I mean half the class – nearly 30 of us! It was amusing to watch a large group of foreigners walking the 2.2 km together to get to the restaurant. We had a private room and we all squeezed in around 2 large round tables that are supposed to seat 10 each. Sonia (the native speaker), and her friend ordered everything for us, and it seemed like the food never stopped coming. We must have had 20 different dishes brought to the table, and 4 cases of beer. It ended up being 80 RMB per person ($13). Unbelievable. The more adventurous ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing May 21st 2014

We had our first day of class, which was really just orientation – a campus tour, a Chinese lesson, etc. We got out early, so we were able to explore Beijing a little in the afternoon. We ended up going to a section of old Beijing and walked around the hutongs, or neighborhoods, with shops, restaurants, and bars. We then headed over to a small lake (Houhai) with more shopping. We stayed in a large group of 20 (1/3 of the class!), impressive for a large city like Beijing. We stopped for appetizers, and one of the native speakers ordered food for everyone. We had a flour and egg dish that tastes like sweet dough. It was a favorite dish for the last emperor. We also had a fish dish that looked like a blooming onion, ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing May 18th 2014

I made it to Beijing without any major hiccups. I did get a shoelace stuck in the people mover while my hands were full with coffee and an egg McMuffin. Knowing how clumsy I am, it seemed appropriate. I also almost missed my flight to Beijing. They never announced that they were boarding everyone in English, and they didn’t change the sign from Business Class to Coach. It didn’t help that everyone waiting at that gate must have been waiting for another plane, so there was never a queue to line up for the flight. The flight was barely half-full, and they were waiting for more passengers to board, so I think some of the Westerners sitting at that gate were in the same predicament as me. I successfully navigated the subway to my hotel. It ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Shunyi » Baixinzhang May 18th 2014

After last night of Sri Lanka, We had to pack up early and go directly to the Colombo air port. It was really sad and felt something. Before exchanging my money from Rupee to RMB, I remained 20Rupi as my precious experience. The field trip to Sri Lanka was totally fantastic and perfect. I could enjoy all day long while the trip in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was very ideal country to relieve stresses and enjoy time with natures. This trip was one of my unforgettable and precious experience and trip that I have had before. I wish I can visit there again. And I recommend you guys to visit there too!... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Great Wall of China May 13th 2014

There are many China tours from the UK available, and with China being such a big country, you are sure to be able to find a package and itinerary which suit your requirements. China is a vast country with breathtaking beauty as well as being steeped in history and culture. Many China tour specialists will be able to offer you a bespoke package holiday, which is going to take in all of the sights that you wish to see. Just remember when you are looking to book your tailor-made China tour, that China is also the world’s production capital, which is great news for shoppers! Great Cities for Shopping in China With China being so vast, there are a great many different products which are produced here, from designer clothes, the latest gadgets, and most likely ... read more




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