Vertigo on China’s insane cliff walks

Just a five minute walk from our hotel we were whisked up Tianmen Mountain on the worlds longest cable car. It took 30 minutes to reach the top just over 7 kilometres away.    Tianmen Mountain is a high plateau with sheer edges on all sides. We practically brushed past bushes and trees and creaked…

Hiking the awesome park that inspired Avatar

If Avatar was based on a real place it would 100% be Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. It’s one of the main images that inspired us to come to China and it looked just as impressive in person. We had our first blue sky day in China and what a day for it!! Due to it…

The stunning terraces of Jiangling

We waited patiently for a bus along the main road…nothing came. After 30 minutes a guy in a passenger car pulled up and offered to take us to Jiangling, he didn’t understand when I tried to ask how much but we gave up and hopped in. He had a loud conversation on his phone and…

Exploring Wuyuan’s villages

Wuyuan’s countryside is scattered with beautiful Huizhou villages – the buildings are very distinctive, white washed with curved black roofs, all clustered together and surrounded by hills and vegetable crops. The Huizhou villages are the home of wealthy merchants; young men of the house are sent away to earn money in lumber, tea, salt etc…

Up in the clouds of Huangshan

Mount Huangshan, otherwise known as the yellow mountains are said to be among the most impressive of China’s mountains. So as nature lovers we had to visit the area. After battling through Hangzhou’s traffic in a battered taxi full of cctv cameras we got a bus from the west bus station to Tangkou, a 20…

Two hooligans cycling around West Lake

It was time to leave Shanghai so we got back on Harmony the super fast train and headed south to Hangzhou, said to be one of the most famous sites in China. When we got off the metro we had a complete change of scenery, we walked through an area of street stalls and everyone…

A water town with a cat cafe

The friendly chap in our hostel told us their were lots of buses to Zhouzhuang, one of the most popular water towns outside Shanghai. We got to a very modern bus station and found out there wasn’t a bus for 2 hours, such a pain, so I tried to think of any other watertowns I’d…

Exploring Shanghai

We started our day with a delicious coffee at our hostel with the zen garden and trickling pond in front of us and then headed onto the very easy to follow metro line to East Nanjing Road. It’s a huge pedestrianised road with a variety of shops and eateries. We followed it down to The…

First impressions of China

It’s been a whole year since we were last travelling and that was our road trip through Europe – it’s been nearly 3 years since we were backpacking, so understandably we feel a bit behind the times and like a couple of retirees trying to fit in with the youngsters. We’re planning on exploring Eastern…