Day 20 – Last Day…Boo Sur! Big Buddha & Light Show…


I’m glad we went out with James and Becky last night as they convinced Rob that a trip to the Big Buddha was well worth it and I really wanted to go. Off to the subway again as we got the line to Disneyland…only to switch to head to the Buddha! I wouldn’t have swapped…

Day 18 – Rob’s 30th In Hong Kong…


 Boy did we have some fun planned. After opening cards and presents we headed over to Hong Kong island for brunch at the Supper Club only to discover that the Happy Valley race track we’d planned to go to for some horse racing wasn’t on! We had read it wrong. It was actually happening over…

Day 17: Hong Kong and Victoria Peak…


Wow it’s hot in Hong Kong. Just standing still I was sweating. Definitely in the tropics now and I’m finally getting the humidity everyone talks about. We took the subway from Kowloon over to Hong Kong island today and took the tram up to Victoria Peak. It was an old tram line built back in…

Day 16: Arrived in Hong Kong!!!


Woke up actually in time for breakfast today and packed last night so we’re all ready to get the subway to Pudong airport. … Airport and flight were super simple. Cost us 90p instead of Ā£24 by taking the subway and we got a cornetto on the plane too. We were slightly delayed but wow,…

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…