Gallery: Lots of stone terracotta warriors…could only be Xi’an!

Now there are two travellers to add to the 8,000 warriors...

Now there are two travellers to add to the 8,000 warriors…03-Feb-2010 08:58, Panasonic DMC-TZ6, 3.3, 4.1mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400

Moving North-Easterly in China, we arrived in beautiful Xi’an. Surrounded by Ancient City Walls but with other travellers telling us there wasn’t a lot to do, would we like Xi’an? Would we see the Terracotta Army and what would we find to eat in the Muslim Quarter….? Continue reading Gallery: Lots of stone terracotta warriors…could only be Xi’an!…

Gallery: Bustling Beijing and Hiking the Great Wall of China!

Eddie, Trevor, Lynette and I about halfway between Jinshanling and Simatai.

Eddie, Trevor, Lynette and I about halfway between Jinshanling and Simatai.08-Feb-2010 08:44, Canon Canon EOS 400D DIGIT, 4.5, 28.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100

Beijing is the capital of the most populous country in the world and unsurprisingly it is rather busy. With only a week to explore what seemed an impossibly long list of things to do, we were all set for another crazy week with little sleep. We were also looking forward to visiting the fabled Great Wall of China; a feat of human engineering we’d been told would not disappoint! So, last stop in China – did we find our favourite bit of food? Why is it the local’s get absolutely slaughtered at dinner? And why was our train from Chengdu unexpectedly the last train in China we’d ever take? Continue reading Gallery: Bustling Beijing and Hiking the Great Wall of China!…

Gallery: Pandas, Mountains, Monkeys and Wacky People! Could only be Chengdu…

Lynette and I at sunrise on top of Emei Shan!

Lynette and I at sunrise on top of Emei Shan!31-Jan-2010 01:07, Panasonic DMC-TZ6, 3.3, 4.1mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80

Arriving in Chengdu after a 26h marathon train journey the air was still nippy but we’d slept OK on the train, bar the 0730 wake up call when we didn’t get off the train til 1530. Train snacked out and still disbelieving how so many people eat the giant pot noodles, we were looking forward to more adventures with the sights promised here. Would the pandas prove as cute and cuddly as we anticipated? Would People’s Park show us many crackers Chinese? Would we see more monkeys at Emei Shan? Continue reading Gallery: Pandas, Mountains, Monkeys and Wacky People! Could only be Chengdu……

Gallery: The beautiful limestone karsts of Yangshuo and the Dragon’s Backbone Terrace!

Lynette and I in front of the Dragon's Backbone Terraces.

Lynette and I in front of the Dragon's Backbone Terraces.25-Jan-2010 09:22, Panasonic DMC-TZ6, 3.5, 4.1mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 80

Packs on backs, we’ve arrived in China with a slight chill in the air and lots of rain in our socks. Our destination for the next week is the tourist hotspot of Yangshuo, characterised by huge limestone peaks spearing out of the ground, followed by the Dragon’s Backbone Terrace – a crazy network of valleys and hills swamped in ‘silver ribbons’ of paddy fields. Our timing was terrible, the weather was grey and drizzly, but we didn’t care – we’d arrived in China! Did the rain ever stop? Were the Chinese as unfriendly as we’d been led to believe? Had we said goodbye to our last mosquito? Continue reading Gallery: The beautiful limestone karsts of Yangshuo and the Dragon’s Backbone Terrace!…