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    • Day 2

      Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City

      April 30, 2019 in China ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

      After a short 4hr nap we met the Cambeys for breakfast, (mmmmm....broccoli and intestine cold cuts), then hopped on board our bus for the drive to Tiananmen Square; via a quick stop at a fresh-water pearl farm/store - didn't buy any pearls BUT we did buy our 1st Chinese beer!

      Lot, our tour guide, warned us not to mention the student protest while we were there, and then led us around the outside of the Square and through the Forbidden City - VERY impressive!

      We ate a late lunch/ early dinner at a real Chinese restaurant before watching a dance/acrobatics show which featured an on stage watetfall mid-act. Our room has its own hot spring spa on the balcony (I KNOW!) so we had a quick soak before an "earlyish" night. The Great Wall tomorrow - can't wait!
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    • Day 5


      September 6, 2017 in China ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

      This morning I thought walking some of the Great Wall would be the highlight of our day and at the time it was! We both made it up the steepest option which was quite an accomplishment in the 30deg+ heat. Then there was the Peking Duck dinner which also was terrific. But the spectacular show we went to this evening was so amazing it makes it so difficult to chose the highlight of the day. It even included a huge on-stage waterfall.Read more

    • Day 3

      Great Wall of China

      February 4, 2017 in China ⋅ 🌫 7 °C

      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

    • Day 2


      February 3, 2017 in China ⋅ ☀️ 3 °C

      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.
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    • Day 9

      Mutianyu Section - Day 5

      October 21, 2015 in China ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      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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    • Day 1


      May 28, 2015 in China ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Het is hier heet!! (elke dag 35+ graden en zonnig). Een paar highlights: Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Forbidden City en De MUUR!

      We hebben een hike gedaan van zo'n 6 km over de muur van Jinshanling naar Simatai. een heel mooi stukje muur. Deels gerestaureerd en deels nog in reparatie, maar het uitzicht is schitterend. Ook kun je mijlenver de volgende 'Watch towers' zien en hoe de muur zich door het landschap kronkelt.

      Eten in Beijing is een belevenis. We hebben een hostel geboekt in een Hutong wijk, wel hartje stad, maar met lokale bevolking en laagbouw. Hier zijn nog enkele authentieke eettentjes waar voornamelijk lokale Chinezen komen (en geen hordes (Chinese) toeristen). Bestellen van de kaart is een uitdaging, want meestal hebben ze geen Engelse kaart en zie je alleen de prijs staan, al hebben we ondertussen ook een paar tentjes met een Plaatjes menu ontdekt. Zo hebben we al stokjes kebab gegeten, met spek en vlees, maar geen idee van welk dier, en welk stuk van het dier... Anika is iets minder avontuurlijk qua eten, dus dit is elke avond een uitdaging. Gisteren zijn we bij een Korean BBQ restaurant beland, een rooster boven een paar kooltjes en BBQ'en maar!
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    • Day 7

      Great Wall - Jinshanling Loop Day 3

      October 19, 2015 in China ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

      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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    • Day 3

      Arrived in Beijing!

      April 7, 2019 in China ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      Good morning Beijing! Aurora did not sleep for the flight other than for takeoff and landing. Then a couple hours to get thru customs and immigration. Thanks to the help from the immigration folks to divert us to the Special Line. Kids and mobility impaired. Otherwise a 2hour longer waitRead more

    • Day 8

      Gubeikou Gateway - Day 4

      October 20, 2015 in China ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      6:30 alarm calls,as we had to be o the road by 8am.
      Today was a massive challenging 8 hours trekking the Gubeikou Gateway section of the wall which lies between two passes in the mountains in the north east
      It took us approx 45 mins from our accommodation to a small village from where our trek begun.
      There is all kind , or every kind of terrain today starting from early on the trek which builds up as you start seeing the remains of the watch towers.
      We were counting the Watch Towers , as they led us closer to lunch!
      We trekked along a mixture of renovated and un-renovated parts of the wall today.
      The day was long but there were not many steps to come across.
      The main challenge for everybody and including myself was at how narrow and broken up the top of the wall we were walking on , and not getting Vertigo!

      But that is the LONGEST day completed.
      Tomorrow is the HARDEST day. Ha Bring it on.

      We stayed in a really poor accommodated room called Fairyland.
      It had its small issues but everybody survived,its all part of the challenge!

      The surprise entertainment for tonight was Karaoke Bar.
      It was a great laugh everybody had a go , and many soar heads will be felt in the morning !
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    • Day 2

      Beijing, China

      July 6, 2018 in China ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      Daar zijn we dan! Na een paar uurtjes vliegen zijn we in China aangekomen!

      Een bezoekje aan de Forbidden City, het grootste paleisconplex ter wereld, kunnen we natuurlijk niet overslaan!

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