Drums and Warriors in Xi’an

Well, we survived the first overnight train. I think survived is a key word. Crammed into a four berth ‘first-class’ carriage, it was definitely not the best night’s sleep either of us has ever had. However, it was an efficient use of time in terms of travel. Also, cheap. We made it to Xi’an aroundContinue reading “Drums and Warriors in Xi’an”

Ni Hao Beijing!

Beijing is an incredible city. In one place, you feel the concrete might of the Chinese government next to the towering skyscrapers of modern China, all surrounded by a healthy dose of smog. Our first activity in Beijing was to try and orient ourselves with the Forbidden City. After walking several kilometres, we found theContinue reading “Ni Hao Beijing!”

Back to the Middle Kingdom

Sometimes in life, fate strikes and it become clear that certain things were just meant to happen. This trip to China was one of those moments. My little brother (Tom) and I had been planning an end-of-HSC backpacking trip around China since June. We’d booked almost everything, timed it to be across the Schoolies periodContinue reading “Back to the Middle Kingdom”

Beijingin’ around

Contrary to popular belief, China has an astounding amount of long weekends. This semester alone we have one in April, one in May and one in June. Caught up in the midst of class and UTS assignments (cultural report anyone?) we kind of forgot that the first long weekend was approaching until our teachers remindedContinue reading “Beijingin’ around”

Finally doing some touristy things

After two weeks of living in Hangzhou, I finally got the opportunity to go and do some of the touristy things around the area thanks to a colleague of my Dad’s. Qin Shu picked me up at 9am from outside my uni, and we headed to see Xiang Lake, a famous lake just outside ofContinue reading “Finally doing some touristy things”