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Eating Our Way Through Xi’an, China’s Ancient Hub

When our long-term travels through Asia ended so abruptly in early 2015, I never quite finished documenting each of the places we visited. Despite it being nearly two years later, I’ve decided to continue writing about each of the destinations we visited – primarily for my own personal satisfaction and memories. This post about Xi’an has been sitting in my drafts for quite some time, so it is about time to press the publish button…hope you enjoy!

Xian China16It was a long five hours, the train from Luoyang to Xi’an.

We had opted to take the cheaper slow train instead of the high-speed train that can whip you between the cities in less than two hours.

Our seats were in different compartments and while Alan lucked out with a upper berth where he could relax with a couple of movies, I was on a lower berth where my blonde hair and fair skin meant I had plenty of company!  (more…)



The Awe-Inspiring Longmen Grottoes

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Don’t you love it when you have little expectation for something and it turns out to be AMAZING? That’s what happened to us when we visited the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, China.

To be fair, it wasn’t so much that we had low expectations – more that we didn’t really know anything about them. We had planned to stay in Luoyang so that we could visit the nearby Shaolin Temple, so after our research what else to do in the area kept popping up with the nearby Longmen Grottoes we figured we should make some time to visit. And I’m so glad we did!

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A Day Trip to Shaolin Monastery from Luoyang

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“It’s not here,” I panicked. “The hostel isn’t here!”

It was pitch black at night and after arriving into Luoyang an hour ago we had already missed our bus stop, backtracked in a taxi for ten minutes to the address of our hostel, and anxiously walked up three flights of stairs in an abandoned building with broken tiles, dust and glass fragments strewn everywhere – at the exact address our hostel was supposed to be. This building seemed like no one had graced it’s stairs for a number of years.

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Love and Luxury in Huangshi, China

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China was added to our itinerary months ago because we had a wedding to attend! We decided to make the most of it while we were in the country and take a three week tangent from our route through Southeast Asia – an interlude from the heat and instead layer on the winter woolies to beat China’s glacial mid-winter temperatures.

To be perfectly honest, I was a little nervous about travelling in China. Of course I had heard plenty of good things, but on the flipside, I had also heard that the language barrier can make it a particularly tough country to travel. I’m always up for a challenge but after spending four months in the well-trodden tourist paths of Southeast Asia, China was beginning to feel particularly scary. Southeast Asia was so easy (well, most of the time), what on earth was ahead of me?

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Off to China – and a Happy New Year!

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After two incredible months in Thailand its time to say good bye to South East Asia…just for a few weeks!

At the crack of dawn tomorrow we will be jet-setting off to China for three weeks of adventure – The Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and Shao-Lin Temple await. Not to mention the #1 reason we are braving the bone-chilling temperatures of China’s winter: to attend a great friend’s wedding, I can’t wait!

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