Hello, Now that I’m finally unpacked and settled in back home in Inverness, I can show you some of the amazing things I came across on my travels in China! Thanks to my wonderful SUPER!NATURAL family, I was able to do a 9 day trip from Beijing to Shanghai before starting my internship in Shanghai. Here’s what happened… After a long (11 and a half hours) and pretty boring flight with almost no sleep, I landed at Shanghai Pu Dong Airport at 6 in the morning. After dumping my suitcase at a hostel and having a little nap there, I was to board an overnight sleeper train to Beijing, taking 15 hours in total.
The overnight train was actually pretty good. 4 beds in each little room. Met some nice people, but of course my Mandarin skills severely lacked at this point and it was sometimes hard to communicate. I arrived in Beijing the next morning and jumped into a taxi to the hostel, which was an interesting experience in itself let’s just say! I met up with my tour and after introducing myself and getting to know some of them, we were off to the wall via the Beijing Olympic Park to see the Bird’s Nest.
It was a fairly short journey to where we would be having our lunch at a local farmers house. We had to gain permission by doing this in order to hike to an unrestored part of the Great Wall of China! The hike was hard. To be honest I could have done with some SUPER!NATURAL, but we got there, set up camp and explored! The wall itself is just amazing. Some parts and very steep, very overgrown now and crumbling away so we had to be careful where we stood.
The rest of my time in Beijing was spent exploring more cultural places such as the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden Palace. We were also in Beijing the morning and early afternoon of National Day which was exciting.
After Beijing we were travelling (again on an overnight train but also, this time, a bus) to Moganshan. Moganshan means Mogan Mountain and it’s where all the rich people used to holiday. Chairman Mao had his summer residence here which I also got to visit.
Where we were staying (nearby Moganshan) was absolutely beautiful. The hostel was more traditional and there was a blue lagoon and bamboo forests surrounding us. Breakfast was eaten surrounded by a forest of bamboo…how cool is that?
After Moganshan, we travelled back to Shanghai. That night the group I was with, some had previously interned in Shanghai, took us to Bar Rouge which is one of the best known drinking spots in the city, especially for ex-pats.
The following day I visited a water town. They call this place ‘The Venice of China’ and you can totally see why. I do not miss the smell of stinky tofu…
From here on out I would be staying in Shanghai and soon be starting my internship. Before that and also during the weekends I spent a lot of my time exploring as much of Shanghai as I possible could. Here are some photos from my stay there!
Some of the places I managed to visit were the Jing’an Temple, Jade Buddah Temple, a water town, The Oriental Pearl, French Concession and some small local markets among loads of other places. I also took part in a tea ceremony which was definitely a once in a lifetime experience.
There is so much that I could write here about my time in China but it would end up being horribly long and you’d be sat here for hours reading and reading so i’ll end it here..
I would definitely recommend working or living in a foreign country for a short period of time where English isn’t the first language. I studied Mandarin with a class once a week while I was there and I am still continuing to try and learn the language. Living in a different culture is very interesting and the food over there is AMAZING!
I had so much fun and I miss it so much and hope to return, possibly to visit some other places in China like Chengdu or Xi’an.