Before our big trip backpacking, we’d never really ‘done’ budget travel. We’d never stayed in a hostel, almost always got a taxi from the airport, never actively sought outView full post »
We had intended to travel south from Fenghuang to the Hongjiang Old Town, assuming we’d prefer exploring stone alleyways and suspicious looking pharmacies after destroying ourselves amongst the karstView full post »
Dehang is one of those places you hope exists, but assume probably doesn’t. A tiny ancient village built along a stream, surrounded by Karst peaks and terraced fields of wheat and rice. FarmersView full post »
Just to take a break from China, I just realised I never posted our favourite Montenegrin town – Perast.
Perast is a 15th century Venetian village wedged between black mountains and the ocean,View full post »
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I present to you, a better map of Fenghuang than you will be able to find before you get there. This will make your life easier, even though it is in no way to scale,View full post »
Our obsession with the Fenghuang Night Market was a product of our ingrained backpacker love of street food, financial necessity and the choice between freshly butchered bamboo rat, snake orView full post »
I can’t put my hand on my heart and say we loved Fenghuang, for a range of reasons. Some of which, admittedly, were our fault.
We caught the ‘shuttle’ from Zhangjiajie – an easy four hours throughView full post »
At some point, we stopped being interested in souvenirs. We buy useful and beautiful things if we see them – linen, kitchen and tableware, paper, the occasional wall hanging, clothing, food.View full post »
I just wanted to pop in to this very neglected blog to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a New Year full of all the good things!
We’ll be downing Champagne and panatone for breakfast,View full post »
I am generally a pretty adventurous eater, right up until that point where I’m offered stir-fried bamboo rat. Then I’m reaching for the Vegemite toast, thankyouverymuch.
We’ve doneView full post »
The Zhangjiajie National Park remains a little bit out of reach for Western tourists – we certainly saw some in the park, but not many. We found it difficult to find useful information online,View full post »
The Zhangjiajie National Park (also known as the Wulingyuan Scenic Area) inspired, frustrated and destroyed us. In equal measures.
It is brilliantly equipped for tourism, if you speak Mandarin.View full post »
While nothing beats that buzz of a new place, I love returning to a city I’ve explored before. It’s an opportunity to do what you want to do, rather than what everyone breathlesslyView full post »
The People’s Republic of China may be the largest Communist nation in the world, but no one understands Capitalism quite as well as the Chinese. Or meat, which makes for some particularlyView full post »