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  • Day16

    Beijing & the Great Wall of China

    May 19, 2018 in China ⋅

    Beijing surprised us. Our expectations were low and we were prepared for a cultural shock. But Beijing was a well organized, architecturally rich, relatively clean city with friendly people and abundant green spaces. The language barrier was huge as almost no one speaks English, but we were able to get what we wanted without too many surprises :) we got lost in the city and its hutongs, visited the Forbidden City and the beautiful Jingshan gardens, the National Museum of China, the Centre for the Performing Arts and hiked for 3 hours a section of the breathtaking Great Wall. We fell in love with Chinese paintings, ceramics and handicrafts, maybe one day we’ll come back for shopping! On the other hand, we felt a lot under surveillance, thanks to the thousands of cameras everywhere on the streets and strong police presence in every corner.

    We leave Beijing in a night train to Xi’an, which should be a small adventure in itself... let’s see what the next episode will bring!
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  • Day77

    Pingyao - Peking

    April 30, 2018 in China ⋅

    Wir machten einen Zwischenstopp im Stadtpark von Jiaozuo, eine relativ kleine Stadt auf der Karte, doch es lebten dennoch 3,5 Millionen Menschen hier…
    Ein kleiner Junge rannte auf uns zu als wir aus den Autos stiegen und meinte: Unglaublich - Ausländer…

    Am nächsten Tag standen 2 Frauen bei uns, nach einer kleinen Vorstellungsrunde stellten Sie uns ein paar Fragen über unsere Reise.
    Sie arbeiteten für ein Reisebüro und wurden von Passanten gerufen.
    Den Grund für ihr erscheinen ist uns nicht ganz klar, vermutlich wollten Sie uns nur einen Überblick geben was man alles in ihrer Stadt und Umgebung machen kann.

    In Pingyao angekommen checkten wir in ein Hostel in der kleinen Altstadt ein - die Auto mussten draußen bleiben.
    Die Stadt war schön anzuschauen aber auch sehr touristisch was man an den Preisen merkte…

    Nach 2 Nächten ging es für uns dann nach Peking.

    Die Peking Kurzfassung: Extrem viele Menschen waren unterwegs (Feiertag & Gutes Wetter), egal was man machen oder sehen wollte, man musste sich anstellen.

    Die Kreditkarte von Chris blieb im Automat stecken & wir mussten wieder 1h zurück zum Hotel und dann wieder eine Stunde zurück in die Stadt, um dann 45min auf die Karte zu warten.

    Am ende wollten wir dann noch zum Vogelnest (Olympiastadion) - auch hier musste man wieder Eintritt bezahlen, wir wussten leider nicht wo.
    Und dar es dunkel wurde beschlossen wir wieder zurück zum Hotel zu fahren…

    Nach 10h, 17km laufen und extrem vielen Menschen hatten wir genug von Peking.
    Ist sicher eine Schöne Stadt - aber nicht für einen Tag.
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  • Day16

    Selfies em Pequim

    May 19, 2018 in China ⋅

    Depois de a Sara ter vomitado no avião e ter logo arrumado com a preocupação de ficar doente da barriga, andamos a explorar Pequim meio adormecidos pelo jet lag. Felizmente era uma cidade super interessante e fácil de navegar, e fomos tendo pequenas surpresas ao longo dos dias que nos despertavam :) o hostel com as paredes pintadas com One Piece, o senhor que nos emprestou a fita colorida, os praticantes de tai-chi nos jardins, boa comida... fomos felizes em Pequim!Read more

  • Day6

    Beihai Park und Kohlehügel

    July 10, 2017 in China ⋅

    Heute waren wir im Beihai Park. Eine wunderschöne Parkanlage mit See. Bekannt ist der Park für seine Lotusblüten. Nebendran befindet sich der Kohlehügel, der künstlich angelegt wurde. Der See im Beihai Park ist sozusagen der Baggersee des Bergs. Nach einem Spaziergang durch den Park ging es auf den Kohlehügel. Von hier hat meinen super Ausblick über ganz Peking und über die verbotene Stadt. Wir haben gemütlich den Sonnenuntergang genossen und sind anschließend Peking Ente essen gegangen. Sehr lecker und wirklich empfehlenswert.Read more

  • Day138

    Food everywhere, Beijing

    September 17, 2015 in China ⋅

    With our couchsurfer Jack we've went to a hot pot restaurant. We also had tasty food at home with Bastian from Germany :)
    At a food market we didn't use our chance to try some fresh scorpions and bugs, but for this we ate a delicious Peking duck at a restaurant.
    On our last day in Beijing I've met with Yifan and we went to a delicious Chinese restaurant together.Read more

  • Day3

    Beihai Park by Rachel

    July 23, 2016 in China ⋅

    We made it! Long flight but James has dealt with the lack of sleep incredibly well (better than his parents actually). Navigating a boat around the lake in Beihai park helped, only one minor crash. It's madly busy here. Apparently you can only buy a car when you have paid taxes for 5 years and have your name drawn out of the car lottery. James keeps mentioning how everything is like Kung Fu Panda. Our guide is trying to explain about the legacy of the different dynasties. James is spot on.Read more

  • Day3

    Great Wall of China

    February 4, 2017 in China ⋅

    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

  • Day7

    Great Wall - Jinshanling Loop Day 3

    October 19, 2015 in China ⋅

    Day 3 - First step on the wall...eeeeek.
    Had to wait over a year for the feeling of just performing my first step on the Great Wall of China , the anticipation and nerves were huge!, a sense of achievement and proudness inside of me came over me once i completed it , and then found my rhythm.
    Breakfast at Impressions Inn was at 7:30am, and we were on the road heading towards Jinshanling hoping to arrive at 8:30am.
    But we experienced Beijing traffic, in truth we didn't arrive till 10:00am and on the Great Wall by 10:30am.
    We performed a very "up and down" challenging 12km's. The pictures don't do it justice, but i promise the wall copies the landscape which is not flat!
    Everyone dug deep and we all worked as a team and helped each other out through the tough times and when people were feeling the burn.
    This group has really blossomed and grown more closely only after one day trekking!
    I had a couple of moments where i purposely slowed down so i could have a couple of moments just looking at the breath taking , spectacular views thinking of my Dad,
    As this is the real reason i was standing there.
    Lee a group member recorded and told us all that we performed a crazy 29'000 steps from start to finish.
    After a well earned hot shower , dinner went down well , traditional home cook chinese food.
    We were split in to two tables , and the food was served a spinning table top which was a nice effect.

    Every night we get a surprise in the evening as for entertainment , and tonight's was really good fun and unusual.
    We all had a go at the Chinese Art of paper cutting.
    Really good fun , and I've purchased some examples and kept my disastrous effort.
    Every cutting has a meaning and we were all given Double Happiness, but mine came out Single Happiness ? Have no idea how i messed up slightly.
    Never been top of the class in Art class.
    Going to frame it all when i get back to the UK! Something to giggle back on.
    Its 21:30 here, I'm up at 6:30. So good night.

    Massive challenging 18km Trek Tomorrow. Bring it on!
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  • Day9

    Mutianyu Section - Day 5

    October 21, 2015 in China ⋅

    Woke up feeling a bit soar and achey from the previous days trekking but really positive mind frame , because this particular section is by far the most difficult and challenge.
    I didn't come all this way for a stroll in the park!
    It was a short bus transfer to the beginning of our estimated 6 hour trek.
    The first photo in the album is our arrival point, if you look closely you can see two watch towers, thats our target!!
    So we had an 90 min steep , wet challenging wood land path ahead of us.
    But first time ever i had to perform a Poo outdoors!
    To arrive at Photo 2 , 1000m high , the highest point of The Great Wall Of China , what an achievement!
    The views were unbelievable , we were above the clouds.
    We then wrapped up cold and trekked at the very top of this Mutianyu section this was so rewarding with spectacular views all round us.
    Shortlly along this section we came across a junction where a local was serving red ribbons which you could tie on to trees for all different personal , things got very emotional , very fast. As a lot of the group like myself brought a ribbon and left it there in memory of why there are here. After some group hugs , we continued on.

    Ive bonded really well with all 20 of us , but in particular Emma, Matt , Chris , Harriet and Paul , So much in fact that just before we descended the famous Heavenly stairway , we were suggesting doing another Charity Challenge all together =) I voted somewhere with less steps !

    After the descent from No.23 Watch Tower , we descended down to No.10 ,
    In between there were so really steep bits that made my a bit wobbly, but thats what I'm here for , to be pushed and challenged.
    At No.10 Watch Tower , instead of taking the nice warm cable cart down ,
    We choose to take the famous " Thousand Steps" .
    Literally means that , we descended 1000 steps home.
    A nice fresh subway was waiting for us though , so a happy ending.
    90 minute transfer to our hotel we are in for two nights.
    Laundry Service will be used , I'm out of clean clothes!

    3 down , 2 days trekking to go , over half way !
    Yellow flower city tomorrow.
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