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This is the first entry to mark the beginning of our 2 week adventure in Yunnan, China! We will all be meeting up tomorrow at the Kunming airport, and then fly together to Shangri-La. Can't wait to start our journey together! :)
-Katie (Odyssey Intern)
After a very interesting flight where I was the only western person inside the aircraft, I finally arrived in China landing in Tianjin. The cheapest entry point in the Beijing area. From here, I'm only 1hr away from the capital on a 'bullet train'.
"Tianjin is one of the four municipalities in China. Its name means 'the
place where the emperor crossed the river'. Facing the Bohai Sea,
Tianjin, the one time imperial port, ...
Having finished 3 months of boredom and Chinese studying in Qingdao on the 23rd of December I hopped on a bullet train on Christmas eve to spend Christmas with my buds in Tianjin.
It was my first Christmas away from home but we all clubbed together and had a whale of a bloody time.
About 15 of us hired out ...
So we didn't spend much time here. Flew into Beijing then went on a 2 hour or so car ride down to Tianjin. It was very commercialized buildings that were all mainly empty. Like a yet to be popularized empty town - eerie. Mel says there's nothing here but I would love to go check out the old city. We stayed in the newer part near a big (empty) ...
... only reading a few pages of my book I was ready to sleep.
The next night (Thursday the 5th), we were picked up by my colleagues for another dinner, this time at a restaurant close to the river called GoBelieve. This is a famous restaurant in Tianjin and is known for the Tianjin style buns, which are in a sticky pastry dough that is filled with a variety of fillings, and rolled like a dumpling. There is an expert "roller" who comes out with a cart and shows you how ...