Summer Travel Plans

This is a collaborative post. If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you may know that I’ve been studying at the University of St Andrews since the year I started writing here on WordPress. It was in the first summer of my time here that I travelled to East Asia, beginning … More Summer Travel Plans

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Beijing, China

After two entire days of travelling from Glasgow to London to Kiev to Beijing, we finally arrived at our first destination of our nine week trip through East Asia. The process at airports for us, as first time travellers, was extremely long winded and complex. After clearing immigration and collecting our bags we were faced … More Beijing, China

China Southern Airlines

We used China Southern Airlines on a singular occasion just under two years ago, when we were travelling from the country’s capital Beijing to Zhangjiajie in the Hunan province. Like I experienced with Hong Kong Airlines, air travel in China was extremely pricey. For this two and a half hour flight we paid just over £100 one way for a … More China Southern Airlines

Hong Kong Airlines

My single experience using Hong Kong Airlines was in July 2015 travelling from Shanghai to Hong Kong. Air travel, as we came to learn, in the North East of Asia is nowhere near as cheap as its southern counterparts. The sheer size of China, however, means that trips from one city to another can take several … More Hong Kong Airlines

Summer Palace, Beijing

For more photographs and information on Beijing, click here.  For more information on planning a trip to China and other East Asian countries, click here. We manoeuvred the city’s complex subway system and visited the stunning Summer Palace – an eighteenth-century Qing palace which to this day remains China’s largest royal park. Entry to the palace … More Summer Palace, Beijing

Shanghai, China 

We arrived in Shanghai late at night from Zhangjiajie and took a taxi from Pudong International Airport to our hotel. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in the downtown area which far exceeded any expectations. Immaculate, spacious and as modern as they come, £55 for 2 nights seems like a steal. After a long overdue decent … More Shanghai, China