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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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Jan 15, 2016 - The $130 nap

One of the most common questions I heard leading up to this trip was "how long is the flight?" The answer, I'm sure, could be answered in hours, but I'd prefer to answer like this: From YVR to our layover in Beijing, it took two airplane meals, two Mazerunner movies, one episode of Brain Games, one journal entry, one beer, one glass of wine, one coloured postcard, three cutthroat games of videogame pool, 3 other random videogames, two very swollen feet, and two bathroom breaks. Then we had a 7 hour layover in the Beijing airport, where...

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Jan 14, 2016 - Explore China

A couple of weeks ago, I had to China to attend a meeting. This was not totally an official visit but my company also allowed the staff that they can stay here for a week after attending this meeting. Before describing my journey in China, let us share some facts and figures regarding China and its people. The world’s most populous country is rising as an economic power on the map of earth. The country is also a member of WTO and according to IMF, China has the second position in GDP’s graph of 2014. However, the people of China are very...

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Oct 18, 2015 - Last Day In Beijing Then Off To Xi'an

Up early again as we had to pack our suitcases & get them down to the hotel foyer. They would be picked up later & taken to the airport in time for our first internal flight to Xi' an later that evening. . We would spend the day in Beijing first visiting the Summer Palace, a freshwater pearl factory, attend a tea making demonstration, take a rickshaw ride & dine with a local family in the old Hutong district before leaving on a late night flight to Xi' an. Who said this was to be a relaxing holiday? The Summer Palace is the largest royal...

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Oct 17, 2015 - The Great Wall Of China & Peking Duck

Wide awake before the 7am call as our body clocks not yet adjusted to China time. Breakfast & then off on the coach for our trip to the Great Wall. We headed North out of Beijing through heavy traffic & the ever present haze. We did catch glimpses of parts of the Great Wall as we travelled North but after a while we ran into a traffic jam near to our proposed stop. After crawling along for nearly an hour Raymond decided to rearrange our programme for the day and we turned round & headed off to our lunch stop for an early meal. Our...

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