CHINA

Backpacking in China and Tibet in the mid ’90s

Backpacking in China and Tibet in the mid ’90s

Travelling independently in China and Tibet twenty years ago Travelling independently in Tibet these days is (depending on your nationality) currently either illegal or very difficult but what was it like backpacking in China and Tibet in the mid '90s? I am sure...

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Five Years of Travel: Our Top 5

Five Years of Travel: Our Top 5

Five of our most memorable experiences from five years of travel Today, 30 November, marks the 5 year anniversary of leaving the UK. When we boarded our flight at Heathrow on that grey winter morning I don’t think either of imagined that we’d still be travelling five...

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A Chinese Disaster

A Chinese Disaster

24 March to 15 April 2012 Having had two recently successful trips to China (Yunnan last November and Shanghai up to Mongolia a few years back) has made us rather blasé about travel in the Middle Kingdom. This trip started well thanks to Air Asia (the Asian equivalent...

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From China into Laos

From China into Laos

19 to 27 November 2011 From Dali it was time start the journey towards the border with Laos, our next destination.  We debated and discussed but in the end the backpacker inside us persuaded us that a 15 hour overnight bus journey for £20 was an all-round better...

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China: Shangri-La to Lijiang via the Backdoor

China: Shangri-La to Lijiang via the Backdoor

11 - 18 November 2011 Have I ever mentioned that I like using the backdoor (can I really say this?) in China? I once tried to get into Tibet using the back route from Yunnan but was caught about six days in and 'deported' back to Chengdu in Sichuan province (which is...

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Yunnan Journey Part 1 – Heading to Shangri La

Yunnan Journey Part 1 – Heading to Shangri La

03 - 10 November 2011 After a month in Chiang Mai of settling back into life in Asia (aka lazy mornings by the pool, time in the gym, yummy food, cheap beer and catching up with a few familiar faces) it was time to hit the road again. We picked up a cheap flight from...

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Marks Thoughts on China

Marks Thoughts on China

It's been at least 15 years since I have done any serious travelling in China and it's been interesting to observe how things have changed over this period. On my first big trip to China, I travelled 6000km from Hong Kong to Kashgar (in the far west of the country) in...

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Shanghai Surprise

Shanghai Surprise

17 to 21 June 2010 Why a surprise? Well, just 4 hours before we landed at Shanghai (including the 2 hours that were in the air) we didn't know we were going to be here! We were originally due to leave South Korea by ferry to Qingdao but the day before we had a phone...

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