Things you should know before going to China.

Literally nobody speaks English. Hopefully, your hotel or hostel staff will. But other than that, it will be very difficult to find people who understand what on earth you are talking about. Getting a taxi is hard, and so is ordering a meal. Make sure you grab a business card from your hostel to hand to a taxi driver, and get yourself a basic translator app. They spit. It’s just […]

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What I’ve been reading #4

Dietland – Sarai Walker Plum is an overweight, depressed woman living in New York city doing a job she hates, on a mission to shrink her super-sized body. I bought this book on a whim, not really paying any attention to the plot line. The bright bold front cover and title indicted a light-hearted story of a women’s journey through weight loss, which is exactly the opposite of this story. […]

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The cheapest Michelin star restaurant in the world – Hong Kong.

Eating Michelin star rated food, in Hong Kong, for little over a tenner. Impossible? Well actually it’s not. Tim Ho Wan is an inviting and delicious dim sum restaurant with a few different venues over the city. The menu contains both English and Cantonese with tick boxes at the side of each item. As opposed to telling the waiter what you would like, you simply put ticks in the correlating […]

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How to see Halong Bay on a Budget – Vietnam.

I cannot stress enough how vital it is to not book this trip before you arrive in Vietnam. Not only are you restricting your dates, you’re also costing yourself a lot of money. Instead of booking a trip online that will pick you up from Hanoi and cost you at least 100$, book yourself a night or two on Cat Ba Island. When you’re in Hanoi you can buy a […]

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A Wonderful Experience at the Terracotta Army – Xi’an.

Visiting the terracotta army is pretty much the sole reason I made the detour to Xi’an on our China trip. Fortunately, Xi’an us a beautiful city with plenty of things to do to fill a few days – so in the end I was very happy to have taken the trip. The terracotta army is easily accessible from central Xi’an. There’s a bus station right next to the central train […]

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The Disney Park that forgot the Disney Magic.

Somehow, I’d managed to get to the ripe old age of 22 and had never visited a Disney Park. So on a trip around China, how could I pass on an opportunity to spend the afternoon at Disneyland Shanghai? Disneyland Shanghai is very easily accessible from central Shanghai. The metro line 11 takes you straight into the park for 6¥, and takes around 50 minutes from the city centre. As […]

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