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Our Mongolia Mashup video

Here is our Mongolia mashup video of our month in this beautiful country.  Mongolia was a highlight of our travels and a country we definitely want to return to, if anything for the stunning scenery of the Gobi desert.

Getting an Indian visa in Kathmandu

We arrived in Kathmandu in mid September 2014, geared up and ready to spend our time in Nepal trekking in the mountains. Our first week was mainly taken up getting our Indian tourist visa. The process for getting an Indian visa in Kathmandu is relatively simple, bureaucratic, takes 7 working days and requires 3 visits

Our 11 observations of China

After nearly 2 months travelling around China, we pulled together our 11 memorable observations: 1. Better out then in! A common sound and sight to witness, especially from Chinese men: a loud, deep snort of phlegm followed by a dramatic expulsion of said substance from the body, pretty much anywhere in public. It was quite hard

Shangri-La: a sad story but one with hope

Our final stop in China was at the Tibetan town of Shangri-La or otherwise more commonly known by its Tibetan name of “Zhongdian”. Shangri-La is located some 3,200 metres above ground in China’s Yunnan Province.  It was renamed Shangri La in 2001 (from “Zhongdian”) in 2001 to attract tourists Shangri-La almost destroyed by serious fire Shangri-La

The Tiger Leaping Gorge trek

The Tiger Leaping Gorge (“Hutiao Xia” in Chinese) is a popular trek in the southern Yunnan Chinese province on the Jinsha River. The Gorge itself is a scenic canyon and one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world: The trek itself is very popular and has two routes.  The first is

Cycling in Yangshuo

Yangshuo is a town in China’s tropical south Guangxi province. Yangshuo is surrounded by a stunning scenery of phallic looking “karst” limestone hill formations. There are over 70,000 of these formations and are unique to this part of China.  The stunning scenery is great for outdoor activities, especially cycling: We rented bikes from the excellent