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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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Train from Ulan Bator to Beijing

Changing wheels on the Trans Siberian railway

The train from Mongolia’s capital city, Ulan Bator, to Beijing in China was the final leg of our Trans Siberian adventures. The journey took around 30 hours and involved a stop over at the border to literally change the bogies (wheels) on each carriage. Changing wheels: smaller Chinese train tracks The railway track gauges in China are smaller ...
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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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