Day 15: Last Day In Shanghai…


Missed breakfast yet again but I was happy with a bit longer in bed to be perfectly honest. We took a walk down Nanjing Road towards the Bund then along until we’d gone full circle. It’s pouring down and the sky-risers are slowly being taken over by the clouds, very moody looking. We had a…

Day 13: Shanghai’s YuYuan Gardens And Moon Cake!


Woke up and absolutely full of cold, used a full pack of tissues before even heading out! We headed out to the Yuyuan Gardens, Shanghai’s old town if you like, which was full of authentic-looking buildings, markets and street food. We got stuck in straight away buying a few gifts, including a tea flask for…

Day 12: We’re In Shanghai!


Up and out by 09:30 we decided to grab a taxi to the airport as I’ve picked up Rob’s cold and we couldn’t be bothered with our favourite mode of transport…the subway…. Everything has been pretty seamless today. The taxi to the airport, the flight, subway to the hotel and now we’re in Shanghai! It…

Day 11: Hungover In Chengdu…


Woke up at midday after an incredible sleep and watched the end of one of the Harry Potter films. I couldn’t be bothered moving, but hunger and the markets beckoned so off we went… … Just back from a few hours spent in 34 degree heat. We strolled almost as slow as everyone else does…

Day 10: I’m In Love With Chengdu!


Last night we went to another part of Chengdu for dinner. We ended up stumbling upon Dongmen Bridge which is full of bars and clubs and follows the river, which is lit up beautifully at night. Tired of Chinese food we ended up at a place that sold German beers and had a varied menu….

Day 9: The Day Of The Pandas…


It’s one of the days I’ve been most looking forward to, and the reason we’re in Chengdu at all!  Today was the day we travelled to the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Facility and my God was it worth it! After a short taxi ride costing 40 Yuan (about a fiver) we arrived and only paid…

Day 8: Chengdu Can Do!


Got up at half 5 instead and we were straight up and out, walking 20 minutes to the bus station. Got there just in time too as the airport bus was leaving 10 minutes early! As we drove past the city walls and started the hour drive to the airport I felt as though I…

Day 7: China Strikes Again…


Got up late, must have needed it! Set off in search of a subway line…stopped for lunch in Starbucks. Got subway and headed for Pagoda and temples. Feels weird outside the city walls. Some fairly built up places and other areas more neglected. Also feels as if a lot of people haven’t seen Westerners as…

Day 6: Terracotta Warriors…


Arrived in Xi’an late last night and after a tumultuous sleep we’re off to find breakfast and then getting the subway and a bus to see the terracotta warriors, and maybe some temples if we have time, but it’s already 10 o’clock so maybe they’ll feature in tomorrow’s day of pottering! … Just got back…

Day 5: Beijing To Xi’an…


Woke up amidst a sea of beeps and a restless sleepfor our last morning in Beijing. After packing, by which I mean a quick shoving of clothes and toiletries into my backpack, we headed out to a local shop for food and drink, which we popped into our backpacks. We picked up our train tickets…

Day 4: Beijing…The Great Wall


After the fiasco that was yesterday we decided to ask the concierge where to get tour buses from so we could get to the Wall. They said they could arrange a taxi for us that would take us there and to the Birds Nest (the Olympic stadium) on the way back. This cost us 800…