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Jan 5, 2015 - Coming Home: The Great Wall and Wrapping Up

We began our epic (and grueling) journey home yesterday, with a boat ride from Koh Yao Noi, a flight from Krabi to Bangkok, 6 hours in the Bangkok airport and a 5 hour flight to Beijing. This was possibly the best thing to happen to us, as going directly from 90 degrees in Thailand to -5 in Iowa could've been QUITE the shock to the system, but luckily we have some 25ish degree weather to enjoy for our last outing in China! To be perfectly honest, I didn't enjoy China all that much the first 8 hours out (I know, I was such a pro on the...

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Nov 7, 2012 - The Great Wall with a Hangover

So... carrying on from yesterdays funnies, there we were having only got to bed at about 5:30am when a loud knocking came on the dorm door and a cry of "you get up, you ready now". Of course being British, drunk and half asleep, that's not what I heard and pretty much just stared at the poor girl until my fellow traveller explained that the tour starts at 7:00am and it is now 7:15am! Sh!t. So a drunken rush saw all 3 of us ready within 15 minutes and after apologising to the guide and the others we found ourselves at the Great Wall at...

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Apr 27, 2011 - The GREAT wall!

This was by far my best day in China so far! We left about 7AM with Mr. Peng, Bridget's driver. We arrived at the Great Wall at 8:30 and headed for the gondola which whisked us up to the 14th watchtower. The weather was perfect and the crowds hadn't arrived yet. The stairs were very uneven. Some parts are steep and others very shallow. The wall is incredible! I am going to sign off as we are off to a hutong for dinner. Dale Another great day in China. We all enjoyed the wall, especially because Bridget planned it well. Most of our walk was...

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Friends in China

May 8, 2010 - Walking on The Great Wall in Mutianyu

The other major tourist area to walk on The Great Wall is here at Mutianyu. As with Badaling, the restored section crosses a valley been two peaks. There are 23 restored watch towers on here at Mutianyu Yesterday, after arriving at Mutianyu, I hiked up to the village of Mutianyu and from there hiked up the The Wall and hiked to the East as far as I could (just past Tower 1). Today, a got a ride from the hotel manager to the entrance to The Wall and hiked as far as I could to the West (just past Tower 23). As with Badaling, I could have...

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May 7, 2010 - Sense of Normalcy

Today, I hired a driver to bring me from Bedaling to Mutianyu (another area where The Great Wall has been restored). Sally (my GPS) found a nice hotel right near the entrance to Bedaling Village. I splurged and treated myself to a deluxe suite (for $45/night). As I sat in my room reading an ebook on my iPad, I got lost in the story and fully forgot that I was in China, until I heard loud shouting in Mandarin outside my room. Within my room everything appears normal. My suite is like living in a small condo. Even outside, many things could...

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Apr 27, 2010 - Great Wall

The next day was an early start to go and see the Great Wall. This was another great experience and although we could have got the ski lift up we decided to brave it (we were feeling athletic after our mountain adventures) and trekked to the top. We spent about three hours walking the walls and then got a toboggan down to the bottom which was so much fun, if a little surreal at the Great Wall of China. Absolutely beautiful though, the views were amzing and it was brilliant to see.

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Apr 4, 2008 - Back to Beijing

Back in Beijing, we ended our trip with a visit to the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven. The Summer Palace was a beautiful complex with a lake in its setting but I became agoraphobic with the hoards of local tourists flocking around us. Quickly, we left the place to visit the next attraction - the Imperial place of worship called the Temple of Heaven. It was a marvelous piece of architecture with striking colors and a reminder of China’s imperial past. We couldn't spend much time there because we had to pack up and go to the airport....

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Mar 24, 2008 - Beijing (Forb.City, Tiamanmen,Great Wall)

3 Days in Beijing and it is electric in the way Atlanta was prior to the Olympics. Went to all the highlights including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and Summer Palace, Tianeman Square, temples. The Tour Guides can make a real difference and our most outstanding tour guide was Tony in Beijing. Many people in China are also assigned English names.

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Aug 30, 2007 - China Woks

Hi All, Sorry to be slow on the updates. A lot has happened since last we wrote. After a stellar visit with Mike Brownell and Shanghai, we again made our way north to Beijing, the capital city. We arrived in Beijing a bit groggy after the overnight train, so our first day there we literally did nothing but be lazy. The second day, it was time to embrace tourism. We again joined Niels and Natascha and the 5 of us set out on the public bus to see the Great Wall. It is a very impressive site. This was definitely one on the life list of things...

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Aug 2, 2007 - Arribada a BEIJING

Hola Familia! Ja hem arribar a la Xina! El vol ha anat molt be! Cap problema, comparat amb l'any passat ha estat super facil. Tres hores de vol de BCN a Helsinki i 7 hores de Helsinki a Beijing i ja estem aqui! Tambe ens ha sigut molt facil arribar a l'hostal. Estem al Red Lantern House, una casa xina tradicional que esta molt be i esta molt a prop del centre. Beijing esta molt be, no te res a veure amb una ciutat del tercer mon, aixo es ja primer mon! Aquests xinos tenen de tot i per nosaltres molt bara! Apa fins la proxima, Oscar i Tere

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AVENTURA XINA 2007

Jul 24, 2007 - Beijing

July 24th Tanya and Darren began their adventure from Canada all the way to Beijing to begin a year of amazing memories! We flew to Beijing with Tanya's mom Jackie and her brother Chism. We spent 6 days in Beijing....an awe-inspiring city of 18 million people. Quite the eye opener for a couple of kids from the prairies. We were able to get out to see many of the attractions such as the Great Wall (what a serious climb), Tiannamen Square, The Forbidden City, as well as many other interesting sites. The people were very friendly everywhere...

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Jul 14, 2007 - Emu English

Geoff is going to take me to see where he works. He started out working for another school but with a partner, Ben, they started their own business. Now they have their own classrooms and teachers teaching English. It's a great set up and is called Emu English. The group he has on his team are fantastic and I only got to see one brat. This kid reminded me of my last foster kid. Pain in the arse. Her behaviour did not improve when her mother arrived either. Why? Because the mother does not discipline her. It's not the done thing to make your...

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Homeless Jobless Bum

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