HONG KONG It's HOT and humid, really sticky, but that's ok, because air conditioning in every closed public space is set to arctic -10C. Until we got used to the heat or brain freeze, we had to stand in a doorway of a shopping centre. Once we've made it to Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, where our hostel was, we've realised how smooth the journey from Guilin was, despite the fact I couldn't buy a direct ticket to Hong Kong. Anyway, a 2 hour journey to Guangzhou South, quick tra
GUILIN, Guangxi Province Beijing was nice and warm. We are told that the weather worked out really good for us, as it was still warm, but with a bit of breeze, so the smog was blown away from the city and we had clear blue sky almost every day. I could have spent a few more days in the Hutongs, but it was time to take the bullet train again. We are heading south towards Hong Kong, with a stop over in Guilin, where we have arrived at 8 in the evening, on Thursday 15.October. O
XINGPING, Guangxi Province While visiting Guangxi province, it only made sense to make Guilin our base. From here we have planned a few days stopover in Xingping and then a day trip to Danzhai terraced rice fields. The Guilin-Xingping bus departs from the main Bus Station and the 85 km took us about 2 and a half hours via the town of Yuangsho, which is usually the obvious destination for tourists visiting the Guilin area. Since we have not much time left in China and because
BEIJING Beijing is only about 5 hours, or 1216km away from Xi'an on bullet train, which means we have arrived to the capital in the early afternoon. As it turned out our apartment was within the walking distance from the Olympic Village. We didn't hesitate too long and took a walk straight away to check out the legendary Birds Nest and the Water Cube. Just made it there for the best light of the day, the magic hour. It got dark pretty quick and we've watched the lights go on.
Xi'an, Shaanxi Province 1.October is the Chinese National Day. First day of seven when 1.5 billion souls of People’s Republic of China gets off from work and our first day in Xi’an. We have decided to sit out this crazy week here, so we can rest and enjoy less touristy attractions around the city. Arriving at the central station located in the north part of the ancient city wall proved to be less confusing than our previous arrivals in previous destinations. Maybe we are gett
XINING, Qinghai Province Looking out the train window I've realised that there is not an inch of a land that hasn't been moved or somehow altered. Only the bold, rocky mountains of the region seem to be getting away with the 'change'. That is until they come into the way of progress. Then they are moved and levelled to the ground, drilled for tunnels and exploited for minerals or simply planted with neat rows of trees... It's like in their eyes everything needs improving and