I was both excited and a little worried about Beijing. Capital cities have a reputation for being different from everywhere else in the country and normally not for good reasons. They do have stellar sights though and none more on paper than Beijing.  My first impression of Beijing was one of predictable frustration. The subway… Read More Beijing

Kunming and Dali

   Guilin to Kunming involved an overnight train. After I had gotten over the scrummage through the ticketing gates, the rest of the journey was just lovely. Eighteen hours couldn’t have gone quicker. The Chinese people, as always, were unbelievably welcoming and we talked about all number of subjects without having a clue what the… Read More Kunming and Dali