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Month: October 2015

Hiking the Great Wall

Hiking the Great Wall

  I remember the host of a tea house in the Japan Alps, who explained to us why he didn’t like Chinese tourists too much. They would come in large busses and numbers, make a lot of noise, take a lot of pictures and set off, never going beyond the main attraction. So here we are now, in the motherland of mass tourism. And clearly one main attraction not to be missed is the Great Wall. After already having experienced first hand what touristy…

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Review: Grandmas Creative Kitchen

Review: Grandmas Creative Kitchen

    Hands down the nicest place for a good meal we’ve been to in Beijing. Located in one of Beijing’s Hutongs this cosy restaurant serves great meals and isn’t at all expensive. The service is attentive, very welcoming and friendly. Its the kind of place you instantly feel at home. They have an english menu and some staff there even speak English. We went there twice and given more time we would of gone again. My favourite was the…

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Beijing

Beijing

Beijing was our first impression of China. To us it seemed more like three cities in one. There is the modern Beijing where people live and work, it’s very alive, a bit scruffy, busy, loud and quite chaotic, especially the traffic. Always watch out for traffic, they’re out to get you. Beijing is not at all as organised as we thought it would be, at least on the outside, can’t really say what its like working there. Public transportation is…

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Moscow to Beijing by Train: Our Transmongolian Experience

Moscow to Beijing by Train: Our Transmongolian Experience

  So I thought our trip across the United States by bus was a pretty long journey. Then we did this. In a nutshell: 7826 Kilometers, 5 journeys between 22 and 32 hours each, roundabout 140 hours spent on the train in total, three different countries and cultures, six cities to explore.   The Trains Old at first sight, but mostly clean and nice. The Russian trains were always heated, and most of the time quite hot. So best to wear a…

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Ulaanbaatar Calling

Ulaanbaatar Calling

  Also known as “UB” Ulaanbaatar is Mongolia’s capital, with a population of 1,3 million, that’s nearly half of Mongolia’s population of roundabout 3 million people. And it seems to continue growing, there was a lot of construction going on when we were there. We didn’t do a lot of touristy stuff while we where there between our trips to the countryside, but rather used the time to recover from or prepare for our tours, do some shopping (p. e. sleeping…

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Into the Wild Part III: Visiting Nomads in Terelj National Park

Into the Wild Part III: Visiting Nomads in Terelj National Park

  When we arrived at the bus station from where we were to depart to our first ger inside the Terelj National Park, we where amused at the three drunk Mongolians engaged in a fist fight next to an old Russian 4WD. Little did we know that it was the same 4WD that had come to pick us up, including the drunk Mongolians. Sow how many Mongolians fit in a standard sized 4WD? We counted and found out: ten people,…

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