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Through China from Beijing to Hong Kong


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China is an unique destination and we spent three weeks exploring some of the major sights of the country. Our goal was to go from Beijing to Hong Kong, relying primarily on trains. We made it most of the way by this mode of travel; a holiday period delayed our exit from Xian so we took one internal flight to make up the time. Along the way we saw everything from the Great Wall to pandas to local markets, making this a memorable experience.

Day

Date

Location/Activities

1

22 September 2001

Fly from LA to Seoul, South Korea, crossing the International Date Line

2

23 September 2001

Fly from Seoul to Beijing; walk around Tiananmen Square

3

24 September 2001

Take a bus to the Great Wall at Huanghua; Hike a short section of the wall

4

25 September 2001

Visit the Forbidden City; Have a Mongolian Hot Pot Dinner

5

26 September 2001

Take a 10 hour train to Luoyang

6

27 September 2001

Visit the Caves of the Longman; Have dinner at a street market

7

28 September 2001

Take a six hour train trip to Xian

8

29 September 2001

Visit the Terracotta Warriors

9

30 September 2001

Xian: Tour the Forest of the Steles in the Provincial Museum; Visit the Big and Little Goose Pagodas; Climb the Bell Tower

10

1 October 2001

Take an overnight train to Chengdu

11

2 October 2001

Relax in Chengdu

12

3 October 2001

Visit the Panda Breeding Research Base; Fly to Kunming and then to Dali

13

4 October 2001

Relax in Dali; Visit the Three Pagodas

14

5 October 2001

Visit the Market in Wase

15

6 October 2001

Take a 4 1/2 hour bus to Kunming, and relax, enjoying Across-the-Bridge-Noodles and attending an English Corner at night

16

7 October 2001

Take a day trip to visit the Stone Forest

17

8 October 2001

Take a 30 hour, overnight soft sleeper train to Guilin

18

9 October 2001

Continue train to Guilin; take bus to Yangshao

19

10 October 2001

Relax in Yangshao; Take a bamboo boat ride and hike to the top of Moon Hill

20

11 October 2001

Take Li River morning boat trip from Xingping to Xidi

21

12 October 2001

Yangshao: Hire guide to ride bikes in the countryside; Visit cave; Have lunch in a village; Take nine hour overnight bus to Guangzhao (Canton)

22

13 October 2001

Take two hour hovercraft from Guangzhao to Hong Kong; Tour the Hong Kong History Museum

23

14 October 2001

Have Dim Sum breakfast; Explore Hong Kong Island; Visit Victoria Peak at sunset

24

15 October 2001

Travel from Hong Kong to Los Angeles, via Seoul, South Korea