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The Terracotta Army sculptures in Xi'An

The Terracotta Army in Xi’An

The Terracotta Army is a world famous archaeological discovery in Xian.  Xian is in the Shaanxi Province in North West China. The Terracotta Army is also called the “Terracotta Warriors and Horses”.  It is a large collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of the first Emperor of China called “Qin Shi Huang”: Qin Shi Huang was ...
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Pingyao's ancient walled city

Pingyao in August

Pingyao is in China’s Shanxi Province (North East).  It used to be China’s financial capital during the Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1912). Pingyao’s biggest draw today is its ancient walled town, making it a really photogenic place.  Here is our photo diary of our time in Pingyao: The atmosphere in the streets of Pingyao: Pingyao attracts a lot of ...
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Beijing food and drinks

Seven foods and drinks you must try in Beijing

Beijing was our first introduction to Chinese food during our travels and a huge welcome after the more limited Mongolian cuisine. Beijing food set the bar high for our expectations of food in China! Here’s our 7 favourite foods we went China crazy for in Beijing: #1 PEKING DUCK Duck is Beijing’s signature dish.  It is affectionally referred ...
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The Forbidden City in Beijing

Beijing: hutongs and the Forbidden City

Beijing was our first stop in China in August 2014 after a 30 hours train journey from Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Beijing is hot in August.  Really hot! And, it’s packed PACKED full of people: its population is around 20 million (almost x3 times the size of London). So, our first journey on the ultra modern subway was quite an experience! People ...
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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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