The Trans-Mongolian Adventure Begins: Beijing to Ulaanbaatar

While the most Trans-Siberian Railway has to be one of the most famous in the world, the Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Manchurian routes (which each join the Trans-Siberian somewhere in the middle of Siberia) link Russia to China. Rather than flying directly back to the UK, I have decided to take the train from Beijing through Mongolia … Continue reading The Trans-Mongolian Adventure Begins: Beijing to Ulaanbaatar

Beijing – Soong Chingling Residence

Often praised in China as the "Mother of the Nation", Soong Chingling was one of the most significant women of 20th century China. As the wife of Sun Yat-Sen, she worked extensively with women and children and was a pivotal figure of the Chinese revolution. While the actual residence itself (previously belonging to Prince Chun … Continue reading Beijing – Soong Chingling Residence

Beijing – Guanghua Temple

The Guanghua Temple in Beijing is pretty small and not featured in many guide books, so you'll avoid the crowds of tourists, yet in my opinion it's one of the more beautiful small city temples I've visited in China. It is a renowned Buddhist temple founded in the Yuan dynasty, over 700 years ago, and while over … Continue reading Beijing – Guanghua Temple

Beijing – Drum and Bell Tower

Originally used for telling and communicating the time, twin bell and drum towers are found in most cities across China. Those in Beijing are certainly among the most impressive, standing tall and strong despite their age. The Bell Tower This two story high tower offers fantastic views over the nearby area, including a great photo opportunity … Continue reading Beijing – Drum and Bell Tower

Beijing – Forbidden City (故宫)

As the ancient imperial palace of the Ming and Qing emperors (as well as their many concubines and children), the forbidden city is one of the must-see sights of Beijing. The sprawling complex consists of almost 1000 buildings and is located conveniently at the heart of modern Beijing. Each building or hall has an extravagant … Continue reading Beijing – Forbidden City (故宫)