AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Jiuzhaigou Tour: Day 3


Posted on May 30, 2014

Day three and we were heading back to Chengdu. Breakfast was at 6am but we skipped it and instead ate yet more cake snacks. We left at 6:30am. The mountain scenery that we drove through was beautiful. Steep, near vertical hills rising to pinnacles hidden in clouds. The trees were many shades of green and a mist hung over the valleys. This was the kind of scenery only seen on TV. But we didn’t stop for photos! On the Tibet tour...

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Jiuzhaigou Tour: Day 2


Posted on May 29, 2014

Breakfast was at 7:30am. It consisted of waterlogged cold rice, plain beansprouts and a strange bread (kind of like sourdough and very stodgy). We have got used to eating poor food but this was pushing our limits. The noise of the others eating was only just bearable. We were driven to the entrance to Jiuzhaigou National Park. The guide spoke for 20 minutes on the bus and this clearly wasn’t long enough as he then spoke for...

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Jiuzhaigou Tour: Day 1

Jiuzhaigou Tour: Day 1


Posted on May 28, 2014

When we were in Nepal at Annapurna Base Camp we’d met a guy from Alaska and his Chinese wife. We’d been talking to him about the trip and that our next destination was China. He’d said we should visit this national park. He said it was beautiful and amazing and a must see. In Chengdu the hostel we were staying at had tours to the national park so we decided to visit it. The tour was a 3 day tour, although that was a...

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Tibet Tour: Day 7

Tibet Tour: Day 7


Posted on May 24, 2014

This was our last day of the tour and our last full day in Tibet. We were going to see Drepung Monastery first then in the afternoon we would be visiting Sera Monastery. Both were within a mile or so of central Lhasa. We started the day at 9:30am. The bus took us from the hotel to Drepung Monastery, via the railway ticket office. The English couple had booked their tickets online to cut commission on the train tickets (something we...

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Tibet Tour: Day 6

Tibet Tour: Day 6


Posted on May 21, 2014

This was to be the highlight of the tour. We were going to visit the Potala Palace, home of the Dalai Lama until the Chinese forced the 14th Dalai Lama to flee into exile. This palace is the symbol of Tibet, instantly recognisable to most people. After the palace and lunch we were going to visit Jokhang Temple in the centre of Lhasa and just round the corner from our hotel. This is the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. We...

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