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Oct 31, 2016 - Beijing - Great Wall

We got off to a great start with an early breakfast and set off to the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China at Juyong Pass. After fighting a little traffic it was smooth sailing as we were going out of the city against traffic. The trip out to the Great Wall was to take a little over an hour but since we were making great time and the temperatures were still a little chilly, we decided to sneak in an indoor activity before attempting to conquer the Wall. On the way, we took a little time to appreciate the intricacies of the quality...

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Oct 30, 2016 - Beijing - City

After enjoying the amenities and hospitality of the Loong Palace Hotel including it's extensive breakfast menu which we thoroughly enjoyed, we assembled in the (cold!) lobby of the hotel to meet our new guide, Velma. She had warned us that we would be doing a lot of walking today so to wear our most comfortable walking shoes. She did not disappoint! Our first stop of the day was to see the famed Tiananmen Square, a large city square in the centre of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen ("Gate of Heavenly Peace") located to its north,...

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Oct 29, 2016 - Shanghai - Beijing

After an early breakfast followed by an 8:00am checkout, we boarded our luxury bus for the last time leaving at least 2 hours for traffic for our trip to the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station that was about 45km away in the western suburbs of Shanghai and beside an international airport of the same name. We were scheduled to catch the 10:00am train that would take us about 5hrs to make the 1300km trip at an average speed of 275km/h with 3 stops along the way. High-speed rail service in China was introduced on April 18, 2007 and has become...

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Oct 24, 2016 - A trek to remember....Part 2

I’m on a train! Obviously…. As that’s where most of my journal entries are written…. But this train is a bit different… I’m on a Chinese bullet train – a sad but true fact that I am disproportionately excited about this. I’m on my way from Pingyao to Xi’An for my next adventure… before I go into Pingyao I need to catch up from where I left off! Thursday 20th October – Monday 24th October: Thursday was the first day we really experienced the ‘touristy’ side of the Great Wall as we headed up to Jinshanling… We woke a little later than normal...

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Oct 19, 2016 - A trek to remember....Part 1

It’s now Monday after my week with my trek group and I have a lot to catch up on in the journal! Last time I wrote I had got to the point where we had crossed the border into China and headed to bed before the final stretch into Beijing. Saturday 15th October – Tuesday 18th October: We were woken with a knock at the door at 4.30am to prepare to alight from the train when it arrived in Beijing at 5.45am. After a bit of faffing to get ourselves up and organised we had a fair amount of time to kill but enjoyed a minute to reflect on the...

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Jul 23, 2016 - Pékin - 2016

Hey, Hey tout le monde, Après l'exploration des steppes africaines, des îles et des jungles indonésiennes, nous voilà arrivé dans la jungle urbaine de Pékin pour le début de notre aventure chinoise de 48 jours qui nous fera parcourir 6378kms et traverser 11 provinces. Très rapidement, on réalise que malgré le progrès immense de la Chine à s'ouvrir sur le monde, très peu de gens y parle anglais ou par le fait même, toute autre langue étrangère. On y apperçoit encore peu d'occidentaux malgré la venu des olympiques de 2008. Même équipé d'un...

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May 30, 2016 - Beijing for a while

Arrive at the airport around 6:30 then go through immigration control - which was easy as we were only transit passengers. Then into security which was a bit tougher but it went quickly. We were all searched and patted down but got through without being arrested. We went to look for a bite but very limited restaurants available. We stopped in a place and got some toast - order two cokes but they only had one available. Not the best breakfast. Then off and at 8:30 still no gate announced for our flight so we crashed in some empty seats. We...

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May 14, 2016 - Off we go!

Up at 7:30 and get the car packed. David McGee is dropped off by Wanda and we pack his stuff, then he remembers he forgot some things so we had to drop by his house anyway. We headed out and had a breakfast (of sorts) at Hardee’s then drove to the Comfort Inn near the airport, parked the car, then immediately got into the hotel shuttle and got to the airport in plenty of time! We checked in our bags and sad goodbye to David as his flight was much later. Off to the gate and sat around a while, then ate lunch at a fancy airport restaurant...

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Apr 30, 2016 - Beijing

Waiting at the airport worst part of any trip stuffed up booking again because of weak WiFi. Only could book room at Hilton till 6pm meshing I have to wait here for 6 hours that's the hand I have been dealt so I will have to make the most of it. At least I had a good breakfast and the burger for lunch although a lot dearer than Maccas would have made about four of theirs. Had a bit of a problem yesterday hotel I booked on the Internet when the taxi driver finally found it had closed down so luckily my translation on my phone worked and he...

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Mar 23, 2016 - At sea again

At sea. Thank goodness! A chance to relax and put our feet up and reflect on Beijing. John grappled with the launderette, but you don’t really want to read about that. It’s amazing how quickly a loud voice can empty the “quiet bar” – especially when they are reading out the various trip options for two days’ time. If you develop a heart condition during the voyage, should you (a) take things a bit easier and watch what you eat ? or (b) carry on as before, since you are 73 anyway, and you like red wine/ice cream/cheese, and no matter how...

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Mar 22, 2016 - Beijing Day 2

First I must conclude Day 1; we finished with a special “Beijing Chinese meal" featuring of course “Peking Duck”. 8 or 10 people on a round table with the turntable in the middle for the food. A really good idea for a meal like this is to bring out 8 or 9 other dishes first, then when people are really getting quite full, bring out the pancakes, shredded duck etc and wonder why quite half of it gets left. The little pancakes were very thin (good) and totally tasteless (not so good) and also stone cold due to some poor soul in the kitchen...

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Mar 21, 2016 - My Birthday

Finally, after 3 days at sea, we are reunited with the internet. And dry land. We are currently in a hotel in Beijing, having left the ship in the port city about 3 and a half hours' drive away this morning. First stop on the trip was "lunch" at a massive venue clearly set up for the purpose of entertaining coach tourists to Beijing area. Seeing so many coaches parked outside, we rather dreaded another massive queue - however it was amazingly well set up and organised; we had been served with and eaten a vast range of "western-type" Chinese...

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