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  • The Summer Palace and Sleeper Train13:30 Ah I had a nice long sleep today, I wasn't up until 10am and then packed up my stuff including my clean and dry laundry. I'd missed breakfast though. Nevermind. We met the group at midday and took the Posted by zoebuck in Zoe's Great Adventure | Mar 15, 2011
  • Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City10:32 I woke up today, with incredibly sore calf muscles - not just achy, as in, if i cross my legs the pressure on them actually hurts them. I say i woke up with them, well actually i was aware Posted by zoebuck in Zoe's Great Adventure | Mar 14, 2011
  • The Great Wall, so Great I saw it TwiceI've typed everything in my iPhone ready to copy and paste over, but this hotel doesn't have wifi, so I can't get it off my phone...I can tell you that I have things ready - words and pictures which I Posted by zoebuck in Zoe's Great Adventure | Mar 13, 2011
  • Back to Beijing10:27 Took the last of my medication today and my throat is totally fine. Still blocked up nose so a bit of a way until I'm totally better. 11:26 Having decided to take a bus to the airport I went Posted by zoebuck in Zoe's Great Adventure | Mar 12, 2011
  • The Great Wall and Great Acrobats08:00 Woke to snow today, apparently this is only the 3rd time it has snowed this winter! We must have brought it with us I suppose. 9am Were off to the great wall today using the bus. We started on the Posted by zoebuck in Zoe's Great Adventure | Feb 25, 2011
  • The Forbidden CityAfter a pretty late night, I didn't get up till about 11 and missed breakfast. We then waited for Rishi and Anita to arrive before we set off to the Forbidden City. For some reason I didn't thinthat we'd skip Posted by zoebuck in Zoe's Great Adventure | Feb 26, 2011
  • Beijing Baby! Wow!09:37 I seem to need a lot of sleep at the moment. After getting to bed just after midnight, today I woke at 9.30 and found the others not here, probably in the restaurant car. The trip is obviously starting Posted by zoebuck in Zoe's Great Adventure | Feb 24, 2011
  • Tips for the Trans Siberian/Mongolian Train14:16 Tips for the Trans Siberian train in winter. If anyone is considering taking any of the vodkatrain trips like the vodka train, ruski huski, budgeting Bolshevik. Or even just recreating a similar trip on your own, I have these tips. Posted by zoebuck in Zoe's Great Adventure | Feb 26, 2011
  • Shanghai and the Museum07:57 Croissants and coffee on the train today. My toilet experience was not great- a squat toilet with no toilet roll. Fortunately I was prepared on one front and there was a handle to hang onto. interesting choice in facilities. Have Posted by zoebuck in Zoe's Great Adventure | Mar 16, 2011
  • Last Day in ChinaToday was our last full day in China. We slept in a little too late, so we had to rush to get Chinese breakfast. Chinese breakfast consists of congee, steamed buns, pizza bread, and some other flatbread. Posted by spsadventures in Adventures by spsadventures | Aug 28, 2012
  • Welcome to NanjingHere's about all the Chinese I picked up on the trip: Bei means "north", Nan means "south" and "Jing" means capital. Beijing is the northern (and current) capital. That makes Nanjing the southern (and previous) capital. We started Posted by spsadventures in Adventures by spsadventures | Aug 27, 2012
  • Tianjin and the last emperorWe got up early, checked out, and attempted to get a cab to the train station. Maybe it was because it was rush hour and raining and there was a higher demand than supply for cabs, maybe it was Posted by spsadventures in Adventures by spsadventures | Aug 26, 2012
  • Remember that time we hiked the Great Wall?Just yesterday, I was cranky about the thought of eating at a chain for dinner, but this morning, I was ok with it. My stomach felt pretty greasy from the night before, so I wasn't upset about getting Subway Posted by spsadventures in Adventures by spsadventures | Aug 25, 2012
  • Nihao!We landed in Beijing today. Immigration and customs were surprisingly easy to get through. The immigration officers are encouraged to process quickly by the ratings buttons they had in front of each processing station. You can press Posted by spsadventures in Adventures by spsadventures | Aug 24, 2012
  • Summer PalaceVisit to the Summer Palace the massive garden and summer resort for royal members only during the imperial times. It is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design incorporating hill, open water, bridges, palaces and temples. Posted by cmbirdy48 in Kerala - Tamil Nadu | Sep 9, 2012
  • Free day to explore ShanhaiOur last day of the tour allowed us to explore some more areas of Shanghai. The formal gardens outside the Urban Exhibition Centre were very well maintained and a pleasure to walk through, however underneath the park was Posted by cmbirdy48 in Kerala - Tamil Nadu | Sep 23, 2012
  • City tourAfter a City tour by coach we stopped off at the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. The highlight was the scale model of Shanghai including some future plans laid out. We were late meeting up with our Posted by cmbirdy48 in Kerala - Tamil Nadu | Sep 22, 2012
  • ShanghaiWe set out early for Shanghai proper in the morning, and we were lucky to make it. The first bus we boarded at the airport a few days earlier was very uncomfortable with the back of the bus was Posted by cmbirdy48 in Kerala - Tamil Nadu | Sep 21, 2012
  • Three Gorges DamShore excursion to Three Gorges Dam allowed us to see the Dams development and visitors centre. Our cruise finished at 11.30 in the morning where we were met by our tour guide and after a quick lunch were transfered Posted by cmbirdy48 in Kerala - Tamil Nadu | Sep 19, 2012
  • River CruiseThe late evening start gave us opportunity to explore the ship and facilities on-board. Apparently the scenery outside was of gentle farmlands so we missed nothing. Morning saw the start of the spectacular gorges the Yangtze is famous Posted by cmbirdy48 in Kerala - Tamil Nadu | Sep 17, 2012
  • Three Gorges DamWe continue our cruise through the spectacular Qutang Xia, Wu Xia and Xiling Xia Gorges. The steep walls and tight channels of the gorges make for some impressive photos. The shore excursion today was climb on-board Posted by cmbirdy48 in Kerala - Tamil Nadu | Sep 18, 2012
  • Chengdu - Leshan areaToday we drive to view the worlds largest Buddha at Leshan. At 71 meters it was fashioned out of the sheer cliff face. Defo (Great Buddha) was carved out of the red sandstone cliff by monks in AD713 Posted by cmbirdy48 in Kerala - Tamil Nadu | Sep 15, 2012
  • Toy TombOur morning we visited the Great Goose Pagoda in Xi-an. The 64m high tower was built for Gaozong emporers' mother Empress Wende. After lunch at a local restaurant we drive through to the Tomb of Han Yangling Posted by cmbirdy48 in Kerala - Tamil Nadu | Sep 11, 2012
  • Impressive Terracotta WarriorsXi'an - Terracotta Warriors, thats all we expected but our first experience was the impressive City Walls. Our morning visit to the Wall at the South Gate we learnt the walls are 10m wide and completely surrounds the old Posted by cmbirdy48 in Kerala - Tamil Nadu | Sep 10, 2012
  • Mutianyu WallAn early start leads us to the<b style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Conv_ebrima; font-size: 16px; line-height: 20px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(48, 48, 48);"> Great Wall at </b><b style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border Posted by cmbirdy48 in Kerala - Tamil Nadu | Sep 8, 2012
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