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Asia » China » Beijing » Chaoyang district August 12th 2011

I managed to get a lie in this morning which was lovely, whilst Lizzie, CJ and Emily headed out to go inside the Olympic Stadium which I wasn't too fused about. Instead I chilled out in the hostel, had a leisurely breakfast with some of the other girls and checked out of my room. It is wierd to think we will be leaving Beijing today as it has begun to strangely feel like home now. Around midday I headed to meet the girls by the National Museum of China where we spent a few hours inside as it was free and air conditioned! The museum was absolutely massive, probably three times the size of the British Museum and thankfully most of the signs were in English as well and Chinese. It took a while to get ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven August 11th 2011

We were up and out by 7.30 this morning along with CJ and Emily to explore Beijing some more. We headed straight to Jingshan Park where we got to experience rush hour on the subway which was completely manic and by the time we arrived at Jingshan we were covered in sweat from the trains, unfortunately it was other peoples sweat as we were packed in next to some very smelly guys on the train. Jingshan Park at that time of the morning was wonderful, it is set up high on a hill overlooking the Forbidden City and the views were fabulous. It was already starting to get hot and it was still very early in the morning so we knew it would be a warm day. We stayed in the Park for about an hour ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing » Summer Palace August 10th 2011

Up, breakfast and magically we were all out of the hostel by 9am, despite some of the group trying to go for breakfast at 9am as we were leaving. We headed to the Northwest of this sprawling, traffic logged city to begin the day in the Summer Palace. The Palace was the summer home of the ancient Emperors, hence its name. Again this place was heaving with tourists, although strangely most of the tourists seem to be Chinese themselves as it is also the school holidays over here. It wasn't as hot as it has been today, the rain has cleared the air though so it was much brighter than it has been and it seems to have lifted some of the smog which is great. The Palace was less of a Palace in the Western ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing » Great Wall of China August 9th 2011

Today was our second day on the Great Wall, and we are thankful we made the decision to do our extra day on the wall at the weekend. Considering what a full day we felt we would have, we were still only leaving the hostel at 11am which seemed madness. We had lunch on route to the Wall at some obscure, extremely touristy place where the food, albeit Chinese, seemed incredibly Western. It was also selling cooper wired pottery for an obscene amount of money as well as the other typical touristy gimicks. Once we had left here it was still around another hour to the Great Wall, and the weather was not looking particularly good. It was still extremely hazy, and we knew the visibility on the Wall would not be good. Once we finally ... read more
Group Photo on the Great Wall

Asia » China » Beijing » Forbidden City August 8th 2011

Today was the first day of our official tour of China. We were told to meet at 11am (which seemed late to us) in the front of the hostel ready for our day out. This was the first time we properly met the group, there are 15 of us, 3 boys and 12 girls aged between 19 - 24 and everyone seems nice. We also officially met our tour guide, a Chinese lady called Yiang Yiang who will be with us for our time in Beijing. It seems odd to be in a tour group now, I have been so acustomed to independant travelling with James that the whole 15 people following a tour guide thing may wear a tad thin after a while, but for now we'll see how it goes. We boarded a bus ... read more

Asia » China » The Great Wall August 7th 2011

So today we were up at 5.30am to go on our first trip of the tour, this one is what we have organised ourselves as the tour doesn't officially begin until tomorrow. Today we headed to a remote and unrestorted part of the Great Wall of China with two other girls on the tour. It was a three hour drive there which was why we were picked up so early, but it was completely worth the early start, complete with a FREE McDonalds breakfast (unlucky James, we went travelling for 10 months and never got a free McD's!). The journey out there was uneventful, and on arrival we were directed to the cable cars up to the Wall, and what a sight it was! Miles and miles as far as the eye could see of this ... read more
Lizzie and I on the Great Wall

Asia » China » Beijing » Chaoyang district August 6th 2011

After a 24 hour journey door to door we have arrived for our first day in China. The journey consisted of two planes, a pitstop in Finland (where we bumped into Adrian Charles, how random) and an argument on arrival with the hostel we are staying in, of which I will talk about later. It wasn't quiet the same as flying into Indonesia or Viet Nam, the sky was bleak and looked like wet concrete for most of the day but on leaving the air conditioned airport that sticky sweet smell of heavy humid air clinging to your skin hit us and it was then that it hit me that I was here, in China, back on the Asian continent with Bert the backpack and ready to explore! We contemplated waiting for a bus but as ... read more
Olympic Park, Beijing

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Upminster August 4th 2011

So I thought I would start the travel blog a day early this time, even though I technically haven't left yet. Departure time is 1020 tomorrow morning, flying first into Helsinki then catching the flight to Beijing to eventually arrive there early on Saturday morning local time. It has been a mental week and to be honest I haven't really thought about leaving. Today has been spent sorting out last minute bits and once I am finished writing this I am going to attempt the dreaded packing, hoping it all fits into my backpack! My thinking is that if I can go away for 10 months with just my backpack then this should (in theory) be a breeze. We shall see! I have been told that gmail and facebook are no go areas on the internet ... read more

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