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China last hurrah

Our last day in Shanghai saw us blatting around for a final discovery of places and things before taking a ride the world’s fastest train to start our journey home. Read more

China 17: Street life, propaganda posters and a Kiwi connection

In this penultimate China post we soak up more from the streets of Shanghai and meet up with our friends again for a classic Kiwi pastime. (And no I don’t just mean drinking!) Read more

China 16: Old Town – now you see it, now you don’t

One of the most fascinating aspects of Shanghai for me was the disappearing act of some of the old neighbourhoods. Read more

China 15: Markets for insects, antiques and marriage

Visit any Asian city and I suppose you will find some weird and wonderful markets, guaranteed to fascinate and sometimes sadden. During our almost-three days in Shanghai we made a point of hunting out…. Read more

China 14: Welcome to Shanghai ~ along and above the riverfront

The fast train from Suzhou soon had us stepping out into Shanghai. We ditched bags at the hotel and set off to explore. Read more

China 13: A day beside the canals of Suzhou

With promises of oldness and canals we were looking forward to Suzhou. Read more

China 12: Bullet train and a night with friends

One important part of our itinerary was visiting friends who were living in China and one of the exciting apects of that was getting there via bullet train. Read more

China 11: Final day in Beijing – palaces, temples and curiosities

It was clear we’d be leaving some things unseen in Beijing but we’d saved a couple of biggies for the final day. Worn out feet would have to hang in there a bit longer (they could rest the next day) as we first headed to the Summer Palace – a far more sprawling location than the name suggests. Read more

China 10: Amazing cloisonné, dodgy driving and holiday festivities

After the big excursion up on the wall it’s fair to say we could’ve flopped for the rest of the day. Instead there was a shopping mission, the drive back to Beijing and since it was a public holiday, a nosey back at the popular lakes area. Read more

China 9: The Great Wall

A really, really long time ago a myriad of wall fortifications began to appear in the north of China, partly to protect against invaders from Inner Asia. Over time some of these were joined up to form one massive Great Wall. We couldn’t go to Beijing and not get up close and personal with one of the most incredible man-made structures ever built. Read more

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