Day 15 – The Greatest of all the Walls Part 2

Today we woke up around 7am to get picked up to drive to the Great Wall. The couple we met in Huashan had told us about a tour they took- private driver takes you to Jiankou (wild portion of the wall) and you hike to Mutianyu (completely restored portion of the wall). It sounded like…

Day 14 – Back to BeijingĀ 

Our morning started off with heading back to the high speed train terminal (where we had to go to catch the train to Mount Huashan). Since we were able to get our tickets yesterday, we planned on getting there about 30minutes early. Overall, the train ride was pretty uneventful- 5hrs, a baby screamed for 10minutes,…

Day 13 – The Edge of the World

Today we did the one hike that Jack had been excited for ever since he found it- Mount Huashan. We had gotten instructions on how to get there from our hostel- take the metro to the high speed train to the town of the mountain and take a bus to the mountain. We easily got…

Day 12 – Xi’an Terracotta Warriors

We booked a tour with our hostel to go visit the Terracotta Warriors! We got picked up from our hostel around 10am by our tour guide. There were 10 other people on the tour with us, including some Americans! The bus to the site took about an hour and our tour guide filled us in…

Day 11 – Wandering Around Chengdu

We started off with an early morning to go to the Panda Research Center. Our hostel told us it was about an hour away by bus and to get there earlier because they feed the pandas in the morning. We had two take two buses to get there. On one bus, this little child was…

Day 10 – The Biggest of all the Buddha’sĀ 

We decided to make a trip out to Leshan to visit the famous Giant Buddha. Our hostel had told us which bus to take, but told us the wrong side of the street to wait on so we ended up going in the wrong direction for a few stops! We figured it out thanks to…

Day 9 – Time for a Break

Since we hiked so many mountains/hills yesterday in Guilin, we decided to have a relaxing morning and just hang out in our hostel till we left for the airport. Now that I’ve figured out how VPN’s work I was able to watch Downton Abbey on Netflix all morning! Much needed break from the heat and…

Day 8 – Climbing all of the Hills in Guilin

I planned our first stop of the day- Yaoshan mountain! We hailed our first taxi (actually wasn’t all that hard) and drove about 25minutes to the mountain. We knew there was a cable car, but we were thinking we’d hike up. When we tried to explain that to the ticket lady she said we had…

Day 7 – Longji Rice Terraces

We scheduled a tour to go to the Longji Rice Terraces for the day. We left our hostel about 7 and the hostel lady walked us to a bus stop area and told us which tour bus to take. The tour guide spoke ZERO English. He spent a good hour during the bus ride talking…

Day 6 – Hong Kong to Guilin

Our flight out of Hong Kong wasn’t until 2pm, so when we woke up we decided we’d try to go see one of the temples in Hong Kong- Wong Tai Sin. Jack’s googlemaps had a few issues figuring out where we were, but eventually we made it to the Temple! I’ll be honest, it looked…

Day 5 – Macau/Vegas… Wait What?

Started off this morning the morning at 8am to hop on a ferry to Macau. On our way to the ferry we stopped at a Chinese bakery… SO GOOD. I had one biscuit that was filled with chocolate yum yum yum. Once we got to the ferry terminal we easily got some tickets and hopped…

Day 4 – Hong Kong

Started the day off with an early morning- getting up at 5am to get to the airport…. until the guy at our hostel told us the train doesn’t operate until 5:45am. So we walked towards the train and found a random convience store and bought some breakfast/snacks. We got to the train right when they…