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Nostalgia for Beijing

Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 in Asia, China, Travel | 0 comments

Nostalgia for Beijing

It’s been a couple of months since I left Beijing after living in the big city for two years, and already it feels as though it was a lifetime ago. Two cities rolled into one Beijing is historic, steeped with tradition and constantly reminiscing in the past, yet super-charged, growing rapidly and changing at lightning speed, full of high rise construction sites, fast cars and designer brands. One of the truly ancient cities of the world, but also one of the most important in modern society. There’s an an energetic chaos with so much going on, stepping onto the street you’re instantly...

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Xi’an and the Terracotta Warriors

Posted by on Oct 25, 2015 in Asia, China, Travel | 0 comments

Xi’an and the Terracotta Warriors

A bullet train sweeps us away from Beijing, bound for Xi’an. The journey takes about five and a half hours, the train travelling at over 300 km/h. We arrive into Xi’an North railway station where we jump straight on the subway and head to our hostel, conveniently located in the centre of town. It’s late afternoon and we head out for a wander, making our way to the bustling Muslim Quarter. As the sun goes down the streets come alive and it gets busy with Chinese and foreign tourists alike.     Vendors cook meat kebab sticks over open flames and stir fry tofu with...

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What to see and eat in Beijing in one week!

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Asia, China, Featured, Travel | 0 comments

What to see and eat in Beijing in one week!

Before my parents arrived in Beijing last week I sat down and wrote out the sights they had to see and places they had to eat. People often ask me what I think the “must do” things in Beijing are, so if you or someone you know is visiting the old city, here’s my guide for a one week visit:     Day 1  My parents arrived in the afternoon, I decided their first dinner should be Beijing’s most famous dish – Beijing Roast Duck!  There are many restaurants in Beijing that serve up a good kaoya, my favourite is Xiao Wang Fu located at the north end of Ritan Park.  In the warmer...

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My top 10 places to eat (non-Chinese food) in Beijing

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in China, Healthy Living, Travel, Wellbeing | 0 comments

My top 10 places to eat (non-Chinese food) in Beijing

Of course there is a plethora of places to get cheap dumplings, jianbing and roast duck in Beijing, but if you get sick of Chinese food never fear, there’s also a surprisingly good variety of other cuisines from Spanish and Mexican to Japanese and Indian. My personal favourites are listed below.     1. Juice by Melissa If you are into dairy free, gluten free & vegan goodness this is the place for you!  They specialise in homemade delicious juices and various nut milks which you can also get delivered, but it’s definitely worth stopping by for the food.  The fresh...

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Our first week in China

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in China, Travel | 0 comments

Our first week in China

Our first time ever going to China was after already signing up to live in Beijing for two years.  Wayne had applied to schools all around the world, we had never been to most of the places.  It wasn’t about finding the most amazing place to live (we’d already found that – Bondi, duh!), it was about change, growth, discovery. Learning more about the world and ourselves than we ever could staying at home. I remember our first week in Beijing quite vividly – it was intense.  The first morning Wayne managed to order both a coffee and a large beer for breakfast (although...

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