Category: East Asia

Destination: East Asia

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Nomadic Boys meet Zorig Alima in Ulan Bator

Gay Mongolia: discover Mongolia’s only gay bar

During our travels in Mongolia, we spent a lot of time in the capital city, Ulan Bator during the popular Naadam festival, where we discovered a subtle gay scene. Despite being a very traditionally conservative country, we found Mongolia’s only gay bar called Hanzo, which has since rebranded and re opened (from June 2015) under the new name ...
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Stefan dolling up for a gay night out in Xi'An

Xian gay scene

Xi’An is a Chinese city with a population about the size of London (7 million).  Xian is famous for the Terracotta Army as well as the Muslim Quarter, which is a paradise for foodies. We based ourselves in Xi’An for a while during out travels in China so we set out to discover its gay scene with ...
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Romance

Nomadic Boys what to do in Kyoto

What to do in Kyoto: 5 cultural highlights

Kyoto is THE place you want to head to in Japan for culture. Remember all of those beautiful scenes you see in films like Memoirs of a Geisha? They’re set right here. Kyoto was the former capital city of Japan until 1869 when it was moved to Tokyo. It has retained its regal charm and as a result ...
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Adventure

Climax of the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek - Yunnan Province, China

Hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge in one day

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 by car ...
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The Longsheng Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces

Longji Rice Terraces, Tiantouzhai

The Longji Rice Terraces are situated in China’s southern Guangxi province in the Longsheng County. We stayed at the lovely Tian Ranju Inn, which we highly recommend, if anything for the incredible views from your window: Spot the Dragon Longji means “Dragon’s Backbone” and is named as such because the rice terraces look like the scales on the back ...
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The Gobi desert

Our tour of the Gobi desert

In July 2014 we took a week tour through the Mongolian Gobi Desert, booked through Sunpath Hostel (our base in Mongolia). The Gobi desert is the world’s 5th largest desert and the largest one in Asia. It endures extreme temperatures getting the cold Siberian –40°C wind in the winter months rising to as much as +50°C in the summer. Unfortunately there are no ...
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Karsts formations around Yangshuo - Guangxi Proviince

A day 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 Bike Asia shop ...
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Our tour through Central Mongolia

Our tour of Central Mongolia

Central Mongolia is a great base for hiking, horse and camel riding.  Just like the Gobi desert, it also has some beautiful landscapes especially at the Khustain National Park and around the Orkhon Valley: We took a tour for a week through Central Mongolia with Sunpath Hostel.  We spent a long time with animals such as the takhi ...
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How to

The Great Wall of China view at Mutianyu

How to get to The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu

Trekking the Great Wall is a highlight of China. We chose to visit the Mutianyu section of the Wall, which is around 70km North East from Beijing. Mutianyu is popular because it is far enough away from Beijing to avoid the stifling large crowds (like at the Badaling section of the wall), but close enough to reach from ...
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trans siberian visa

Obtaining visas for the Trans Siberian train

Obtaining our visas: final planning hurdle accomplished! Our ideal plan is to just follow our stomachs through Asia. Then, if the budget allows it, to work our way through to Australia and New Zealand. We will be entering Asia via the Trans Siberian railway through Russia, Mongolia and China (spending at least a month in each). After China ...
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Travel videos

China: Admiring the scenery at our Summer Palace picnic

Our video of our 6 weeks in China

We spent 6 weeks in August and September 2014 exploring the delights of China. The Chinese food was of course a main highlight for us, whether it was Peking duck in Beijing or street food paradise in Xi’An. For us, China will always be many fond memories of public dancing, singing, making new friends, stunning sceneries and ...
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