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Sep 29, 2018 - tiananmen square/the forbidden city

September 29, 2018 𯓍Beijing, China Imagine a sea of people, walking with a purpose, all with one destination in mind! Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City were such a part of history. Tiananmen Square is named for the nearby Tiananmen, or “Gate of Heavenly Peace,” which marks the entrance to the so-called Forbidden City, the former imperial palace of China during the Ming and Qing dynasties, from the early 1400s to the early 1900s. At the end of the China’s civil war, in 1949, the Communist Party had gained control of most of mainland...

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Sep 28, 2018 - beijing open𯎾

Day 2 September 28, 2018 𿓍Beijing, China Exhausted from the day before, we woke up at 9:30 and took the elevator to breakfast. It was a huge buffet with every type of food you could imagine. As I was getting some pancakes (which I was very happy about) I looked to my right and saw sushi! Overwhelmed with all the food, I got way to excited and filled up 3 plates. Once we ate, we got a cab to transfer us to the player hotel in order to pick up the credentials. At this moment I was thrilled because this was going to be my first time having...

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Sep 27, 2018 - great wall of china/ming tombs

Day 1 September 27, 2018 񟓍Beijing, China Unbelievable! With our feet on the ground for less than 24 hours in the Far East, we have already done so much. The day after our arrival, we went to a scenic section of the Great Wall of China that was still unrestored. Taking the road less traveled, my dad and his friend Matt chose the Jiankou to Mutianyu trail hike up to the great wall from a remote village, Xizhazi, where the chickens and roosters were roaming freely. This section of the Wall is labeled as an advanced hike with "dangerous"...

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Jun 27, 2018 - We come full circle

The contrasts couldn’t be more stark as we return to Beijing. After boarding the plane in Tashkent we immediately nodded off to sleep and before we knew it China Southern were offering us a breakfast of a bread roll and a packet of peanuts and we were due to land in 45 mins. After taking over 30 days to travel this far the return journey couldn’t have been easier. We are no longer celebrities alas. It’s a rarity when some-one gets up to offer us their seats on the train, no one waves to us from across the road or engages us in animated...

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Jun 24, 2018 - Beautiful Bukhara

Without a doubt, apart from the stunning buildings and ruins, the ongoing respect for a wide range of handcrafts would have to be a defining feature of Uzbekistan. These include rug making, knife making, embroidery, silk making, jewellery and pottery. A good place to view traditional embroidery is the quirky Summer Palace of the Emir of Bukhara. This is a delightful building designed by Russian architects and decorated inside by local artisans creating a fusion of Russian and Asian styles. Suzanis, the intricate, locally produced...

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May 25, 2018 - Beijing

We are about to begin an overland journey of some 4000 kms from East to West through Northern China. Our fellow travellers come from London, Frankfurt and the usual Aussie intrepid travellers from all over. The tour begins on the Chinese Sunday, which is in fact Monday. All the tourist sites are closed so everyone goes to the Great Wall. We used this day to walk off our “plane legs” after a 12 hour flight via Sydney and meet for the ‘get to know you dinner’ in a Hutong courtyard. It’s surprising to see a vast area of Hutongs still intact...

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Feb 8, 2018 - Fast train to Beijing.

We were booked on a train out of Harbin West Railway station, at 10.37am, so we needed to be out of the hostel, and getting a taxi by around 9am. Our last morning excursion for our journey, so that makes me happy! We were packed, checked out, had breakfast in plenty of time, and then out into the freezing morning again. At least we did not have too much trouble getting a taxi, which meant we were at the train station in plenty of time. I was hoping to get some hash browns to eat, but was too late at McDonald's. They finish serving...

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Feb 2, 2018 - A long, long day, but made it to Beijing at last!

Had the alarm set for 4am! Yikes, this is not me at all!! But we did it. Andy and Hardie arrived at about 5am to take us to the Zhaoqing train station. At least traffic was light at that time of day! Not non-existent, but not a problem either! They took our luggage up to the train station, and helped us through the screening process. We were very glad about that, because the x-ray picked up Carol's two knives in her bags! One, just a dinner knife, and a small vegetable knife to cut up fruit on our way. We were happy that Andy was still...

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Oct 28, 2017 - Beijing, the Great Wall

As I am writing this some months later, I will just cover all the things we did, and places we visited, as I cannot guarantee that I will get them in order!! Our first day, after a brief sleep, was to the Summer Palace, where we spent a couple of hours wandering that large complex including the huge man-made lake, that in winter, freezes over. Then it was to Tiananmen Square - and it was freezing cold as there was a strong wind blowing. Most of us were aware it would be cool, but were unprepared for the bitterness!! Luckily Dee had a jacket...

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Oct 10, 2017 - Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

Tuesday in Beijing dawned with another morning of constant rain while we walked around Tianenman Sqaure and the Forbidden City. The Square was filled with visitors and tour guides, some yelling loudly and others using amplified sound. It made for a cacophony of sounds while trying to listen to our tour guide through our earphones. Tianenman Square has Mao's mausoleum as its focal point, but we did not stop in to say hello, despite him beckoning to us from outside the entry. Instead, we headed to the Forbidden City which is in the heart of...

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China and Tibet 2017

Oct 9, 2017 - Upgraded or Upgrade?

Diana and I began our journey with hopes of an upgrade to United Polaris class after promising United 60K of our Mileage Plus miles and enough money for a down payment on another trip. We were successful on our LAX>SFO leg and enjoyed a "free" breakfast at the United Club near our gate. Our fate was sealed at SFO when we went from numbers 14 and 15 on the upgrade wait list to 24 and 25. How does that happen? So we took our seats in Economy Plus, for which we had already paid extra, and started watching movies. Upon arrival at the largest...

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China and Tibet 2017

Oct 2, 2017 - Hutong by Rickshaw

Visiting a hutong or old Beijing neighborhood by rickshaw was interesting. Though it looks like a poor neighborhood it's actually very desired. About $10000 per square meter or $3 million for the home we visited. Mostly older residents who inherited the home from generation before. Younger generation is fleeing to the many high rise apartments where there is toilets etc. the hutong homes all use the numerous public toilets. Again people seem very happy. Lots of bicycles and small three wheel delivery carts as well as Audi MZB Volvo etc....

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