Things I Will NOT Miss About China

Things I Will NOT Miss About China

With our ESL contract finishing on the 24th of April and our flights to the Philippines booked for 6th of May, it is fair to say that we are both rather excited. Having been in China for three years now, it’s fair to say that the novelty has worn off. We can’t wait to get off on our adventure so slight difficulties and irritants that we have grown accustomed to during our time here have sky rocketed to the most outrageously difficult and excruciatingly annoying. So, in no particular order,…

Sichuan Hot Pot in Ningbo

Sichuan Hot Pot in Ningbo

I say this about a lot of food but hot pot is seriously Cameron’s favourite meal. When we lived in Chengdu, hot pot was eaten quite regularly. Not so often that it stopped becoming special but often enough that I never managed to take any decent photos of it. All my photos from these occasions are blurry group shots of people who have had one too many beers (as is tradition for hot pot!). So you can imagine our delight when a friend of ours in Ningbo invited us to…

Noryangjin Fish Market, Seoul

Noryangjin Fish Market, Seoul

When we visited friends for a few days in Seoul, they asked us if we fancied going to Noryangjin Fish Market. Not really knowing much about it, we shrugged our shoulders and said alright. Not very excited about it, we jumped on the subway that pretty much took us all the way there. Noryangjin fish market is the oldest and largest fish market in Seoul. It houses over 700 vendors all selling an array of different fish and seafood. The building is open 24 hours a day, seven days a…

My Souvenir Addiction

My Souvenir Addiction

One of the reasons Cameron and I travel so well together is that we both have similar interests and ideas about what we want to do. We like the same food and we like the same activities. When we first started travelling together I had to give Cam a heads up that I suffered from an addiction: an insatiable thirst for all things tacky. The tourist market that is found everywhere selling cheap bracelets, hippie bags, beach towels and other things you would never want to possess at home, is…

The Biggest Buddha And A Pretty Big Mountain (Emei & Leshan)

The Biggest Buddha And A Pretty Big Mountain (Emei & Leshan)

This was a side trip from Chengdu that I really was not looking forward to doing. Leshan seemed fine. Emei did not. According to the internet, Emei was overrun with very large, vicious monkeys. And I hate monkeys… With two weeks left of our year in Chengdu, Cam managed to drag me along and I’m ever so thankful that he did. This was one of the best trips in China that we ever did and I highly recommend it to anyone who is ever in the area. After travelling to…

Yangshuo

Yangshuo

 Lazy rivers. Jagged karst formations. Fisherman. These are the images that I thought about when planning our trip to Yangshuo. Yangshuo was going to be our last stop in mainland China before heading to Hong Kong. Often the guidebooks say this place is very touristy and they’re not wrong. However, once you start exploring the surrounding countryside and you’re on your own, it becomes the wonderful sleepy town pictured in your head. How we got there The nearest transport hub to Yangshuo is Guilin. If you’re coming to Yangshuo as…

Beijing

Beijing

I love Beijing. I’ve been there twice now. I would happily go again. The first time Cam and I landed in Beijing was the very start of our adventure. We had been TEFLing in Chengdu for a year and wanted to see China before our residence permit ran out. Our first stop would obviously be Beijing. Getting there This is one of the luckiest things that has ever happened to us concerning flights. Chinese friends of ours told us to use a website called elong.net. At the time of booking…

Stuff You Have To Pack For China

Stuff You Have To Pack For China

Sunscreen If for some really obscure reason you were only able to bring one item with you on your travels through China, I would without doubt tell you to make that one item sunscreen. This is especially true if you’re travelling during the scorching summer months. Having been cursed to spend eternity with my Scottish skin, sunscreen is an absolute necessity for me. Now, the Chinese believe pale skin to be beautiful, which is why it is extremely odd that sunscreen is nowhere to be seen. Even in the larger…