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Where to next? This is a journal about Phil's progress as he backpacks his way west from his beloved Japan.


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Gallery: Lhasa to Nepal border

Friday, 14 Sep 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Lhasa to Nepal

Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | Views [2458]

I've been out of access for most of this epic adventure from Lhasa to the Nepal border. Here's the abridged version. Day 1 An intrepid foursome of Jim the Brummie, Rochelle the Kiwi, Shoen the Japanese girl and myself set off once our guide turned ... Read more >

Tags: i should have known better!, tibet

Gallery: Tibet

Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Monday, 3 Sep 2007 | Views [879]

Shangri-La, the Land of Snows, call it what you like Tibet is here and so is every tourist and his dog. Lots of dogs actually. Lhasa is like nowhere else you could imagine. Just hundreds of people walking clockwise around religious edifices such as ... Read more >

Tags: general, sera monastary, tibet

Gallery: Xining

Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | Views [855]

Somehow managed to wake up at oh-my-god o'clock and get to Xi'an station, board my hard sleeper and sleep reasonably well.  The first thing I saw when I woke up were big mountains and drizzle - western China.  Spent most of the journey chatting a bizarre ... Read more >

Tags: general

Gonna miss you, Xi'an!

Saturday, 25 Aug 2007 | Views [799]

So here I am waiting until FOUR O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING to catch my train to Xining, cash in hand and fingers crossed.  I love Xi'an.  What a lovely city!  Nicely balanced between the insanity of Shanghai and the lifelessness of Beijing (historical ... Read more >

Tags: General

The Tibet Saga

Saturday, 25 Aug 2007 | Views [548]

Why is Tibet such an arse of a place to get to? If it were a genuine attempt by the Chinese to preserve and protect all that is sacred, unique and wonderful about the place it would be fair enough. But given that the Chinese have done their level ... Read more >

Tags: scams & robberies, tibet

Xi'an so far...

Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | Views [413]

I'm beginning to like this city!  The main reason possibly being that food is so much easier to get here - there are mountains of places to eat, so much so that pointing at stuff is easy to do when the kanji proves impossible to read...which is most ... Read more >

Tags: Markets

Gallery: Xi'an

Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Pingyao

Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: The Great Wall

Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | Views [765]

THIS is the China I've been dying to see!  It was definately worth the never-again train ride to don't-go-there Taiyuan.  Getting onto the train in Beijing was like trying to push to the front of a rave carrying a rhino.  Half-naked, incredibly sweaty ... Read more >

Tags: General

The Great Wall

Monday, 20 Aug 2007 | Views [472]

The word Great doesn't seem to capture how awesome in so many ways the Wall actually is.  I suppose I can congratulate myself on finding a good bit of wall though, worlds away from the tourist traps of Badaling and Mutianyu where the wall is drowned ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


Saturday, 18 Aug 2007 | Views [777]

Talk about luxury!  Soft sleepers are pricey but what a wonderful way to sleep through the night and arrive in Beijing the next day! It's a different world from Shanghai.  So much more space, greenery and chilled-out-ness.  Unlike Shanghai I no longer ... Read more >

Tags: General


Saturday, 18 Aug 2007 | Views [829]

"Welcome to Shanghai!" said the flashy neon and enormous buildings doing their best to peer through the thick smog and drizzle covering the city.  Thanks to the typhoon and a detour via North Korean seas we arrived 5 hours late, leaving Sai ... Read more >

Tags: General

The ferry

Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | Views [680]

Finally, a computer which works!  Having issues uploading photos though...  Anyway... So the ferry trip was fun.  Kind of.  I guess I don't recommend going in typhoon season.  We were hit by a pretty big one and let's just say some of the smells and ... Read more >

Tags: General

Gallery: Beijing

Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Shanghai

Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery

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