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 »

Taking the highest train in the world from Lhasa to Xi’an – part two

Published in: Tibet | March 17th, 2008
View of mountains, road, and small station from the worlds highest train (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: The highest train in the world moved on, as did my travels. Mentally it was time to move on. Otherwise China would not be what it should have been. The train was for three days. We were cut off from everything other than ourselves and a dwindling menu. Vast mountain peeks the… Continue reading more »

Taking the highest train in the world from Lhasa to Xi’an – part one

Published in: Tibet | March 16th, 2008
View from the window of the worlds highest train (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: It was a travel highlight. The highest train in the world – oxygen masks included. But the start was marred by memories and realization on what we’d just been through. Still, what was outside was another world. How could one possibly top being in Lhasa during the uprising. It wasn’t going to… Continue reading more »

Escaping Lhasa, fighting for my life’s dream

Published in: Tibet | March 15th, 2008
Small Tibetan boy wearing a hat (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Our bus was escaping Lhasa. The guides and most of the people on board wanted to return to Nepal. My journey was disappearing before my eyes. I was about to fight for my dreams. Anil left the bus as a car pulled up beside us with the travel companies name on it.… Continue reading more »