27th July 2014
On the way to The Forbidden City I was approached by two over-friendly Chinese girls wearing identical summer dresses, wanting to walk with me to Tiananmen Square and saying ‘then we go for beer yes?’
I was like, Er………NO!
I had heard about several scams where you can get roped into going for tea parties and end up with a huge hundreds of dollars bill! I’m guessing this ‘beer’ may have been heading that way, these two girls were just, too friendly. Forcefully friendly, and I smelled a rat!
The Forbidden City was ok, but again I didn’t get the best of it because by 4pm some of the features were closed. I saw the very old cypress trees, but never made it into the old courtyard or the Hall of Clocks or Treasury, as by then they were shooing people in the other direction.
Continue reading Beijing’s Forbidden City and a wander around the hutongs
26th July 2014
When I was in St Petersburg I met a lovely mother and daughter who were living in Beijing, Joanne and Stephanie, and they said to contact them when I got here and they would take me to a duck restaurant. True to their word we went to the Beijing DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant. Wow, the food was simply amazing, and it was extremely nice of them to take me out for one of the best meals I’d had in a long time! Continue reading Being taken to a tasty duck restaurant in Beijing
25th – 26th July 2014
My first impressions of Beijing – hot and hectic! People. Just people. Everywhere!
I stayed in a really lovely hostel, and met a guy called Thomas from the U.S. He was heading out to a club that night, and asked if I wanted to go. We managed to recruit another, a German girl called Marlis and we headed off into the hot humid night, still teeming with people. We got a cycle rickshaw taxi (powered push bike version!) which was a great way to get there, the wind in my hair was a welcome breeze. Continue reading Beijing – a rooftop party and The Summer Palace
24th – 25th July 2014
There isn’t much to say about this last leg of the Trans Siberian route except that I was ill, nausea and sickness, not ideal for riding on a train, but it passed after half a day or so.
My summing up of the Trans Siberian train journey:
Continue reading Last leg of the Trans Siberian and my thoughts on the experience
A selection of photos showing the ever changing scenery from our many hours spent in this little van.
Continue reading Van with a view
4th – 25th July 2014
Mongolia’s capital city holds about 2 million people, that’s two thirds of the entire country’s population! In the centre are uninspiring grey or sandy coloured buildings, whilst on the outskirts are the poorer districts where people live in gers, crammed in an estate kind of style.
Continue reading Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s Capital, and the Naadam Festival
15th – 22nd July 2014
We were supposed to be going to Tovkhon Kidd to hike up to a temple, but in order to do this we had to cross a river, as the bridge had broken down…
Continue reading Central Mongolia Part Four – The Hot Springs and Kharkorin
15th – 22nd July 2014
Next on our mission list was a short walk to Orkhon Waterfall – stunning! There is the upside of all that rain we had, a waterfall in full glory!
Two guys walked over and promptly posed for a photograph
Continue reading Central Mongolia Part Three – Orkhon Waterfall and some nomadic delicacies
As we’d kind of got on alright on the first tour, and managed to tolerate each other for longer than a few days, myself along with Stefan and Sebastien decided to do another tour together!
(I joke, these guys are great and we’d had a lot of fun and I jumped at the chance when they asked if I wanted to do another trip with them!)
We wanted to cover Central Mongolia, and so off we went on an eight day tour.
Continue reading Central Mongolia Part One – the Takhi horses and a lot of flies