Hi everyone, guess who’s finally home? Moi! Back from my big trip to China, where I spent three weeks travelling with my boyfriend; sightseeing, stuffing my face and introducing him to my family. It was an exhausting three weeks where we really tested our relationship and whether we’d survive seeing each other every single second of the day (there were ups and downs), but it’s safe to say that we came home even stronger. Yay! 🙂
This will not be a book post (I only managed to read two books while I was away, boo!), so if you’re not interested in reading about my trip, no worries! I don’t mind, but do come back soon as I will be blogging about all things bookish very soon.
My family comes from Guangzhou, situated in the southern part of China’s Guangdong province. It has similar weather patterns as Sydney, which is good as it’s winter over in the northern hemisphere. My boyfriend and I were extremely lucky with the weather during the beginning of our trip, with it still being quite warm. We spent a few days in Guangzhou where I introduced him to my family. Unfortunately, my boyfriend doesn’t actually speak any form of Chinese, so I basically put my Chinese skills to the test by being his interpreter over the three weeks. 😛
We also went on a tour by ourselves for 11 days across some of China’s northern and eastern cities, beginning in Beijing and ending in Shanghai. There were some very amazing places we visited balanced out by some pretty bad places, but I guess that’s what usually happens on tours.
Our first stop was Beijing, where we visited Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, Forbidden City and many various temples and gardens built for the Emperors.
The best part of Beijing was definitely climbing the Great Wall. It was a breathtaking sight, and the higher you got, it more beautiful the view became. Stupidly, my boyfriend had to choose to take the harder path available to climb, where the steps were literally knee height. I really struggled up the wall and only made it three-quarters of the way before I had to give up.
We visited some other amazing places too including Yellow Mountain, which was another breathtaking sight. It never ceases to amaze me how older generations manage to build paths, fences and walls on mountains without the machinery we have today. And watching the workers bring metal and goods up thousands of steps up and down the mountain also astounds me. So much respect for all the people that work so hard to ensure visitors to their country have a good time.
We stayed in some amazing five star hotels as well, and most of our trip was funded by the Chinese government, which made it an overall very cheap getaway. I’m so grateful to have been able to experience the beautiful areas of China that I’ve never been to, and with my wonderful boyfriend to boot. I miss my family already, but I’m sure I’ll be seeing them again soon.
Hope you all had a wonderful time while I was away, do let me know if you went anywhere exciting during that time too!