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Jet lag is having its usual effects and we woke between 2 & 3am, bright eyed and maybe not quite so bushy tailed, so we both spent a little time catching up on the blog entries. Finally we put the iPads down and fell back to sleep, waking again at about 6.45 when we got up. We were being collected by our guide at 8am and wanted a good breakfast before a hectic day of sightseeing. We sat down in the restaurant near to a table of Americans and ...
So, the grand Silk Road tour begins. I am joining a group through Intrepid Travel to go from Beijing to Moscow. There are about 7 of us, all Australians except for me, and the guide who is Lithuanian. It is so weird to all of a sudden be in China. It feels the same and different all at once compared to 20 years ago. More cars and less bikes. More ...
... of a single sandalwood tree. I was lucky to catch a worship service where the monks wore their yellow robes and hats while chanting, ringing bells and chimes, blowing horns and beating drums. The backdrop is a large bronze statue of sect founder Tsongkapa. It’s a beautiful experience.
The Lama Temple was quite crowded, a general occurrence at Chinese tourist destinations. Most of the tourists in China are domestic visitors, either travelling independently or ...
... the cabin for lights out and quiet time! It was not long before the majority of the group was fast asleep.
I have just woke up after sleeping for several hours, which is unusual for me, as I find it hard to sleep on planes. By now we only have about 2hrs of the flight left which is great. I see from the stats on the tv in front of me that the plane is flying at 35000 feet ...
... is quite amusing. One thing that is pretty gross is the 'hawking' that the Chinese do, both men and ladies but it seems to be mostly the older generation. I'd read about it as they are trying to discourage it here. Hawking and spitting noisily really puts you off your noodles and I am trying to block out the noise and pretend its not happening around me. As well as the hawking, hooting is another favourite pastime of the Chinese although less offensive you can't ...