Hong Kong

Hong Kong – After crossing the border over to Hong Kong the first thing we all did was go straight on to Facebook as 4 weeks without was leading to serious withdrawal symptoms for some of the group. Next was to go to the first 7 11 we laid our eyes on and buy any…

Yangshuo

Yangshuo – A place I’d never heard of but the only place in China that I wished I’d had spent more time in! In fact I think G Adventures have now changed the 3 day Yangtze river cruise into a day trip and more days in Yangshuo (Have to check on that). With activities ranging from Bamboo rafting down…

The Yangtze River

Once again an overnight train and a public bus took us to the dock where our boat was waiting for us. We spent 3 days and 2 nights on the boat and travelled roughly 100 miles with a few little stop offs along the way to a few small towns. As I had never been…

Xi’an

Xi’an – An ancient capital of china and the home of the Terracotta Warriors!!! Another 14 hour overnight train took us from Shanghai to Xi’an. A couple of hours after arriving at our hotel we took off to see one of the wonders of the world ‘The terracotta Army’ over 8,000 Terracotta sculptures of soldiers, chariots, horses and so…

Shanghai

Soo after 14 hours of broken sleep on a rickety train and getting constant whiplash from the train doing what I can only imagine was some sort of emergency stop every hour. I was finally woken up by a random guy that had decided my bed was going to be his breakfast table, luckily for…

Beijing

Beijing   With a population 21 X that of my hometown Birmingham and hardly being the most touristy city in the world I expected a huge culture shock in Beijing, and this is exactly what I got! From randomly having a camera shoved in my face whilst eating food to locals hocking up and spitting…

China

With 1.3 billion people and limited use of the English language, China was bound to be a difficult country to travel. Not to mention it was my first country backpacking, being 6ft 2 and ginger also meant I was going to attract a lot of attention! China was first on my list for a lot…