Beijing had me in two minds. On the one hand the incredible things we saw there were the highlight of the trip so far. On the downside, I suffered massive culture shock. I really struggled to get along with the city and some of the more unfavourable aspects of life there.
So as I said in my blog post Reasons Why China is Fucking Mental (for A Westerner), China is a pretty crazy country. Here are a few practical things you should know before you go to China.
During our stay in Beijing we visited the Great Wall of China, as expected! However, we fancied a trip away from the hustle and bustle of Beijing. Not so easy to find on one of the Wonders of the World…or so we thought! Read on to find out how we had the Great Wall of China to ourselves!
China is a surreal place. I think what I experienced is commonly referred to as ‘Culture Shock’. And I was shocked. Many times. I also loved it and have written another article about all the reasons why China is great. But this is not that article! Unlike practical things you can prepare for, the things I talk about here are just things you have to accept.
China is a surreal place, and as I have explained in 5 Reasons why China is fucking mental (for a westerner), it packs a punch in the culture shock department. However, I was there for a month and in that time, I found many reasons to fall in love with China!
Irkutsk, the capital of eastern Siberia is unsurprisingly, cold. Unbelievably cold! It is also one of the most popular stops in the Trans-Siberian Express, a pleasant historic city where you can experience the best of Russian food and hospitality!
People say that Moscow is the city of domes and they are not wrong. The place is full to the brim with the colourful onions! But, this expansive city has so much more to offer than the Red Square and colourful cathedrals; especially over the New Years Eve festive time. You can cover a lot over 3 days in Moscow.
We could only spare 5 hours in Warsaw as it was more of a stop off between our bus and train journeys. However, it’s charm and history has firmly placed it on my re-visit list!