48 hours in Chengdu

Chengdu is on everyone's China bucket list for various reasons most importantly THE PANDAS. Well, this was certainly why I visited. Chengdu, in Sichuan province, is said to be the most laid back city in China, with more bars, restaurants and majong dens per square kilometre than any other destination. If this doesn't entice you … Continue reading 48 hours in Chengdu

What to do in Fenghuang

Fenghuang, originally, marked the boundaries between various major civilisations, due to its pivotal position. Vast city walls were erected during the Ming dynasty for protection. Luckily, they did not deter the ever-common travellers and traders, which passed through the city making it a cultural centre and a key trading outpost. Its residence thrived on the … Continue reading What to do in Fenghuang

48 hours in Zhangjiajie National Park

Zhangjiajie National Park in Hunan Province is quite a daunting trip being such an expansive area. It's not for the faint heart. Said to be the inspiration for the Hanging Mountains in Avatar, it appears other worldly. A densely packed mountain range offering narrow rocks sprouting from the earth high into the sky. The park … Continue reading 48 hours in Zhangjiajie National Park

Pingyao: The Ancient City

Follow my blog with Bloglovin To begin with I have to apologise for how long its been. Work has been getting hectic as the summer draws ever closer and therefore the dreaded summer academy (heaven forbid children have a holiday). Before the intense six week summer course begins I decided to take a weekend away … Continue reading Pingyao: The Ancient City

Guilin: a photo diary

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Guilin is in Guangxi province in the south west of China.The city became famous for its sweet smelling trees but mostly for its iconic scenery. It's set between enormous odd shaped mountains, resembling a child's drawing. They are narrow and tall, located along the Li River. I spent just under … Continue reading Guilin: a photo diary

24 hours in Xi’an

Xi'an is just over two hours away from Beijing flying, making it an easy weekend destination. Though the city is best known for the Terracotta army, the centre has a lot to offer as well.  The most famous and most visited attraction on offer in Xi'an would be the Terracotta Army. However, the warriors are actually … Continue reading 24 hours in Xi’an

48 Hours in Shanghai

Shanghai is the perfect place to visit for a weekend from Beijing. It has a completely different air to it, but is still a good distance way to get there and back in two days. You will feel refreshed and exhilarated from your travels. Before going, I didn't know much about the city at all. … Continue reading 48 Hours in Shanghai

Harbin: surviving the cold

When you hear -20 you can't imagine it. Yes, it's cold and you'll need a lot of layers, but really imagine that sort of temperature is impossible unless you've experienced it for yourself. This is what I was thinking during the eight hour train journey from Beijing to Harbin. Above the doorway was a digital … Continue reading Harbin: surviving the cold