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  • Shanghai was just as we expected. Big city, tall buildings and lots of lights! We visited the bund in both the morning and night. It was definitely much prettier in the night. We took a stroll through yu gardens which had beautiful lakes, big fish and was generally very relaxing. And though we are not massively into musuem we thought we would check out shanghai museum as it was free! It was a big musuem with many floors and many artifacts. Overall it was a good experience and also ate some nice food...we tried the dumplings which were flavoursome.Read more

  • Den ersten richtigen Tag in Sydney haben wir wie in Melbourne mit einer geführten Tour begonnen. Mit unserem Architekturstudenten sind wir 3 Stunden durch die Innenstadt gelaufen und haben alle wichtigen Sehenswürdigkeiten abgeklappert. Geendet hat die Tour an den zwei bekanntesten Wahrzeichen - der Harbour Bridge und dem Opernhaus. Da beide wirklich sehr beeindruckend sind, gibt es hiervon sehr viele Fotos und von dem Rest der Stadt kaum welche ;) Gestärkt haben wir uns im Munich Brauhaus, dass zufälligerweise ganz in der Nähe lag! Dort wurden wir von Kellnern in Dirndl und Lederhosn empfangen und es läuft non-stop Zillertaler Hochzeitsmarsch oder die schlimmsten Partyschlager, die selbst für die Wiesn zu primitiv wären! Nach der Bierprobe und einer Breze mit Butter für 5 Dollar haben wir dann beschlossen, dass wir uns doch auf daheim freuen ;) Als unsere Füße dann schon ganz müde von ganzen gehen waren, wollte ich nur noch in den botanischen Garten und mich hinlegen und fand, dass wir die Oper schon lang genug gesehen haben. Der Harti war aber sehr hartnäckig und wollte unbedingt noch rein... “vielleicht gibt's ja noch ein paar Tickets für eine Vorstellung heut Abend“. Ich dachte mir nur “Jaaaaa klar, es steht ja nur überall, dass man hier Wochen vorher buchen muss!“. Und so kam es, dass wir in kurzer Hose, T-Shirt und Turnschuhe (die Kleiderordnung ist hier nicht so streng) bei Klängen von Tschaikowsky (keine Ahnung ob das richtig geschrieben ist?) in der Oper von Sydney saßen :) Es war echt super und die Oper ist von drinnen noch viel schöner als von außen!
    Nach dem gestrigen anstrengenden Tag sind wir heute etwas gemütlicher gestartet. Zuerst noch ein letztes Mal durch die Straßen Sydneys flanieren und all die teuren Sachen in den Kaufhäusern bestaunen. Freundlicherweise haben sie das 6 stöckige Kaufhaus so geplant, dass man je nach Geldbeutel nicht bis ganz oben muss. Für unsere Verhältnisse war Level 1-2 vollkommen ausreichend, beginnend bei Nike im ersten und endend bei Calvin Klein im zweiten Stock :) Zum Abschluss unserer fast 7 wöchigen Reise wollten wir nochmal Sonne, Strand und Meer aufsaugen, bevor es in's kühle Europa geht. Hierfür bietet sich nichts mehr an als Bondi Beach, der Strand an dem die Schönen und noch Schöneren sich sonnen, surfen, joggen oder einfach nur ihren Körper präsentieren wollen ;) Es war wirklich ein reines Schaulaufen und nach einer Stunde haben wir uns auf einen Küstenspaziergang ins 5 km entfernte Coogee aufgemacht. Der Weg war wirklich ein toller Abschluss und hat uns hoffentlich genügend Energie für die 30 h Air China gegeben, die noch auf uns warten!
    Wir haben viele unglaubliche Erlebnisse in Australien gehabt, manche schöner (fast alles ;)) und manche weniger schön (kaputte Klimaanlage am heißesten Ort meines Lebens, Horror-Seegang an den Whitsundays und die schlechte Sushirolle in Melbourne) - aber wir werden alle in Erinnerung behalten und haben unsere Reiselust hoffentlich für das nächste Jahr gestillt!
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  • Today we went to the great wall of china. It was also our first day using the subway system! Luckily it was fairly straight forward and we managed to get there. The great wall was just what it says on the tin...GREAT! The views from it were stunning...a picture did not do it justice. And though our thighs ached and our feet throbbed from the walk/climb up the great wall, it was worth it. That's to say we did not make it to the top or end (if there is an end) but we did each side north and south and reached as far as our bodies would take us. It was a good day. Plus we experienced the Chinese toilets for the first time which took some leg strength to keep ourselves steady but we came, we squatted, we conquered.Read more

  • Our first full day in Beijing! We had slept and (just about) recovered from the jetlag though our body clock was still adjusting.
    We head out to the many attractions beijing offers...tianmen square, forbidden city and the park which had lakes frozen over (that's how cold it is!).
    The buildings were vast and the designs were colourful and vibrant even amongst all the smog! We walked around taking it all in then to be approached by various people asking to have a picture with us; we obliged, smiled for the camera and did the peace sign which they seemed to like.Read more

  • Harbin was a hard city to navigate, the roads were manic, the beeping was constant and we had some unpleasant experiences in our short time there. However it was all worth it for the ice and snow world which was colourful, majestic, creative and just overall nothing like we had ever seen. The whole place lit up and was made of ice. Ice sculptures stood tall with such detail. Even walking in the snow was nice as we don't get much snow in london.
    Plus on top...we got a free coach to and from the snow world from our hotel....though it was one hell of a... odd ride. There was us and a bunch of other people on the coach, the coach stopped at about two other hotels to pick up various people and all along we had a tour guide. Now on our way back from the snow world, the coach stopped outside a shop and everyone got off accept us. We didn't really know what was going on. Anyway they returned and the coach started driving off...to our suprise the tour guide and a couple other people were still in the shop, he had left without them! One guy who's friend was left started shouting in Chinese at the driver who then pulled off and let the friend off. Can you belive, he didn't go back for them he just left them! And then he stopped again and everyone got off who was left accept us again. He then started to drive off again with just me and katie in the coach, we were confused as we recognised a few people from the hotel we was staying at so thought they would get off with us. At this point I started to panic and sort of froze up not knowing what to do. Luckily he let us off on a road by our hotel. It was nuts! To leave people who were promised a ride to and from their hotel and even worse...to leave the tour guide behind! We was just happy we got back to our hotel as it would of been a nightmare if we got dropped off in an unknown place!
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  • After a busy few days in beijing and harbin, we were thankful for the less packed schedule we had planned in xian. We took it more slow, going to see the terracotta warriors. We leisurely strolled around it taking in the vast size of the pits. We also went to see the big wild goose pogoda which showcased a musical water fountain show. The show was good, the water flickered and danced along with the music while the pogoda stood long and tall above it all. We got to see it all as it got darker so the pogoda lit up which made it look even more cool. Apart from these two activities we chilled mainly in the hostel bar and restrurant which was such a lovely needed break. The food was nice, the beer was good and cheap!Read more

  • We finally arrived at chengdu...after a long 16 hour sleeper train! But Katie was gleaming with excitement for the pandas so it was all worth it. We arrived at the panda base when it opened 7.30am...at first there were no pandas in sight. But not long in and they started waking up and appearing. Small ones...big ones....lone ones...grouped ones...and red pandas...they were all so cute. And to see a panda for real life and not just on TV was a lovely experience. They were so slow in their movement but also very playful (the younger ones anyway). They climbed on each other, tugged at each others fur with their teeth and did what looked like rollie pollies. And watching them eat the bamboo was even cuter, chewing slowly while clawing down more bamboo before even finishing the one they had. It was overall a sweet experience besides having no facilities to eat! We was proper hungry and only managed to get our hands on a mango smoothie. However the smoothie was not what we thought...it was more like a mango sorbet in a bowl and it was sooooo cold and may have been responsible for the cold I caught not long after. Also in chengdu we went to people's park which was an interesting experience. We saw chinese people dancing singing exercising and playing sport and it was all very entertaining to watch.Read more

  • Spent an hour or two wandering around. Strange place. Really felt like a foreigner, which I guess is obvious, but felt a bit out of our depth. We didn't stop for lunch..... On the plus side, they do like to light everything up at night, buildings and boats, which looks quite nice. Had a load of Chinese dignitaries being given a tour of the ship when we got back. Don't know who they were but had lots of Army types following them everywhere.Read more

  • Heute stand also unser 20 stündiger Aufenthalt in Peking an...🇨🇳 zunächst ging es mit dem Bus und Taxi zur Chinesischen Mauer, einem echt riesigem Bauwerk mitten durchs Gebirge, immer auf dem Bergkamm gebaut. Sehr beeindruckend, nur die Kälte hat uns fast umgebracht...-9°C bei unserer Ankunft, erst mit dem Sonnenschein wurde es besser! 😧🎎
    Danach ging es wieder (teils mit dem "Sammeltaxi" mit elf Insassen bei erlaubten 7-8 Pax) in die Stadt zurück. Zunächst zur Verbotenen Stadt 🏯 ins Stadtzentrum und dann zum Olympischen Zentrum, mit vor allem der Schwimmhalle in leuchtendem Blau sowie dem "Vogelnest" der Spiele 2008. Letzteres gefiel mir trotz klirrender besonders gut, wie es in Rot und Orange leuchtete...🏟
    Abschließend machten wir uns noch auf die Suche nach einem traditionellen, einheimischen Chinarestaurant 🍵🍱🍜
    Gestärkt und dennoch müde sitzen wir nun am Flughafen in Peking und freuen uns, trotz aller Eindrücke und Erlebnisse, auf die Heimat... 😊🛫
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  • Wir, sowie viele viele Chinesen machen, machen uns heute auf den Weg Chinese New Year an einem anderen Ort als Peking zu verbringen.
    In unserem Fall geht es nach Malaysia um dort endlich den abhanden gekommenen Sommer zu finden! ☀️ 🌴 👙 🍹
    An unserem Gate haben wir dann auch noch einen weiteren Reise Pinguin 🐧 getroffen 😉

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