Dragon Tourist: Oriental Orientation

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  • Beijing: Temple Of Heaven & Pearl Market

    Although the first day was fantastic and a really great experience, it was exhausting. So maybe taking on Temple of Heaven the day after wasn't the smartest idea ever; but at least this time I brought my trainers! Temple of Heaven was bigger than we thought it would be and a large portion of it was a beautiful park which had people doing all sorts of activities. We saw dancers, Tai Qi, step aerobics and joggers; it seemed like a very active place. It made me wonder if I should maybe hit the gym while in Beijing...Sam and Satnam thought the same thing! We got a few photos by the Seven-Star Stones, trees (some of which actually had placards with back-stories!) and a...
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    Posted on: June 27th, 2010
  • Beijing: Tiananmen Square & The Forbidden City

    Having finally settled into Beijing and getting a good night's sleep, it was time to do some proper exploring! For our first full day in Beijing we decided to dive in headfirst and go see Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City! We thought it would be a good idea to walk the 4km to Tiananmen, which would have been fine if I hadn't foolishly decided to wear flip-flops that day! It was good that we walked instead of taking taxi/metro today though as it gave us a chance to see a bit more of the Chongwen district and get our bearings for places like Wangfujing, which we passed on the way. When we got to Tiananmen, the first thing we noticed is that Tiananmen Square...
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    Posted on: June 26th, 2010
  • Dubai/First Night in Beijing: Part Two

    This is part two of my post on Dubai and our first night in Beijing! After struggling past unforgiving traffic, we finally made our way to the front of Dubai Mall, the entrance was very grand and lined with expensive, chauffeured cars. Although we only intended to buy drinks and food from this mall, we knew our wallets would still be hit hard! The first shops we saw when entering the mall said it all: Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, etc. If only we had the money!! The mall itself is the world's largest, and it showed. We did a lot of walking to get from one end to the other, not to mention it had around 5 or 6 floors. There weren't just shops of every kind; bu...
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    Posted on: June 26th, 2010
  • Dubai/First Night in Beijing: Part One

    I'm going to be posting this in two parts, as it's morning now and we're about to head out to Tiananmen; so I only have time to post half of the stuff! Wow. Well all I can say is it's been a LOOOOONG day (or two days, I'm genuinely not sure how long it's been due to all the time differences and strange hours of travel, time has completely lost all meaning!) First, we had major problems at Heathrow with Emirates as I hadn't brought proof of my return to the UK (which is months from now and on a different flight from a different country with my parents!) So we had to spend a good half hour rushing around trying to get access to the web and print off our proof of ...
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    Posted on: June 26th, 2010
  • A Sleepy Start

    So this is the beginning of my blog documenting my travels around Asia! I'll have to keep this first post brief as we're in a rush to get the last few things ready before starting the long drive to Heathrow! It still hasn't quite hit me that I'm going to be embarking on such a long adventure abroad, especially since the furthest I've been is Europe (at least since I was 4 anyway!) Hopefully this blog will not only be a good way to serve as a memory of my time abroad but will also allow me to keep in touch with all of you (friends and family). Especially since being in China will probably mean no access to Facebook and Google due to censorship! Time to grab m...
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    Posted on: June 24th, 2010
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