Exploring the Yungang Grottoes in Datong

After just three days in Beijing I was getting pretty sick of temples and crowds, so I decided to leave the city and head to Datong to visit the amazing Yungang Grottoes! If you have the time, it's well worth a detour to spend a couple of days here. I arrived from Beijing on the …

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How to see the Great Wall of China without the crowds

The Great Wall of China has to be one of the most famous landmarks in the world. I've never met someone who hasn't heard of it, and most people dream of seeing it in person one day. Nothing can prepare you for such an incredible sight, no matter which section you visit. But wouldn't it …

Brave the chaos of Beijing

I was pretty nervous about arriving in China... there are few places so utterly different from England, and from most countries I've visited! The language, the culture, the food, everything about it would be a brand new challenge to me. But I love a good challenge.