So I was browsing around Macbook this morning and I stumbled onto some pictures of my trip to China in June last year. I can’t believe it has already been over a three year since I visited. It was such an incredible, magnificent, awe inspiring country.
We went from Guangzhuo which is in the South and headed on to Xi’an and Beijing, sadly due to visa issues we couldn’t sneak in a quick trip to Hong Kong. It was humid, smoggy and one of the most memorable trips yet. The shopping there is a mind blowing and I could have easily spent the entire three weeks we spent travelling, shopping and bargaining.
Don’t get me started on the exotic food, it ranged from all the interesting stories, think shark and scorpions to sea horses and other unimaginables. The street food was always an adventure and whether it was a couple making the most amazing dumplings along a dodgy back corner or the always visible Macdonalds that were forever full and had teenagers queuing, the food was something to experience!
As for the cultural and historical sites, I sometimes still can’t believe I climbed the Great Wall of China and got to see the Terracotta Warriors, that, as well as The Forbidden City and coupled with enough museums and the most beautiful historical temples and sites, it was certainly awe inspiring and unforgettable.
We also took a few overnight trains that resulted in a straight 24 hours on a packed train in tiny compartments with terrible food. It also resulted in very little sleep, some crazy drinking games and toilets I will never forget! We also had a Tai Chi teacher along the way and he was exactly like someone out of a movie. He didn’t speak a word of English and our broken Mandarin didn’t get us very far with him but it was so much fun to try and interact with him!
Oh and did I mention how ridiculously cheap everything is? No? Imagine walking into any stall in China and being able to negotiate and work your way to a price you want. Or heading into shops that have things that are less than half the price they would be in South Africa. I would have documented much more but my camera got lost/stolen/misplaced somewhere in the beginning of the trip so these are all I managed to find.
After all the nostalgia and much reminiscing I have decided that I need to go back and visit. And shop. I am not sure when and I am not quite sure how but another trip is definitely on the cards.