My final overland destination: Shanghai, China

Published in: China | March 27th, 2008
The Bund, Shanghai, China - Final Destination (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: This is it, my final entry in the overland journey from Portugal to China in search of a place called home. Fresh with a new laptop, I had just one last task to accomplish. Shanghai is the final destination in a overland journey Nerdish qualities aside I did of course spend my… Continue reading more »

How to buy a laptop in Shanghai?

Published in: China | March 25th, 2008
Neon lights on East Najing Road (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: This was it, my final destination, Shanghai, China. The adventure wasn’t over yet though. Having sold my laptop in Turkey, I needed a new one. I thought China would be easy to do this in … nope Traveling from Beijing to Shanghai on a train A first class train ticket for the overnight… Continue reading more »

The surprising Forbidden City

Published in: China | March 23rd, 2008
Elaborate rooftop in the Forbidden City, Beijing, China

Travel Journal Overview: Surprising me once more, I found the Forbidden city to be enchanting. One last glimpse of an ancient past before moving on. The Forbidden City a tourist nightmare or really good? It was that history I thought about at the entrance into the fabled Chinese Forbidden City. At first I found the… Continue reading more »

A lesser known part of the Great Wall of China

Published in: China | March 22nd, 2008
View of The Great Wall of China from a tower window (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Much like traveling in India and the Taj, when in China you have to see the Great Wall. Throw in the Beijing state dance academy, and things were moving on quite well. Visiting the Great Wall of China Naturally enough the little visited section was full of tourists. Though is this was the… Continue reading more »

Welcome to Bejing, now, what to do there?

Published in: China | March 21st, 2008
View of new Beijing from old Beijing, the forbidden city (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Another capital city, and yet again Asia was proving that not all capitals have to by dry boring places. Bound by international tourists and media, Beijing was more relaxed than the rest of China. Hopefully it would lead to more things to do in my penultimate overland city. That was Stefan’s comment… Continue reading more »

Finding the Lost Pyramids of China

Published in: China | March 20th, 2008
One of the Lost Pyramids in China (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Hidden dreams in amongst a larger reality. That’s what the pyramids of China were like to me. I’d discovered them nearly 10 years previously while starting the research for this overland journey. Mini goals are important. But after 10 years they get a little obsessive. I called the girls and we all… Continue reading more »

Xi’an, China, home to the Terracotta Warriors

Published in: China | March 18th, 2008
In Xi

Travel Journal Overview: China is home to the Terracotta army. A world heritage site that’s steeped in history, mystery and intrigue. Surely sounds like my kinda place … then again, expectations are rarely lived up to in travel. Unlike Tibet, Xi’an was like being back in the western world. Albeit in Asia. While Lhasa was… Continue reading more »