Over 10.5 hours and 1,120km, we travelled out of Mongolia and into Russian Siberia.
Our new local new friend, Bolormaa took us around Ulaanbaatar, showing us the highlights as she shared her story with us.
We spent the night in a ger in the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, went horse riding and gorged on yak cream.
What exactly do you get up to when you’re on a train for more than 16 hours? Make friends and drink Brandy apparently…
We took the Trans-Mongolian from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar, which included a three-hour bogie-changing adventure in the middle of the night.
We headed out for a full day at the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. The day ended up involving a lot of climbing.
We walked through Beijing’s ancient to recent history, visiting the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Qianmen Street Mall, before finishing the day with a local beer in our hutong.
Here’s a list of my favourite places to eat, drink or shop among Beijing’s iconic hutongs. All my picks are vegetarian-friendly.
We took a high-speed train from Guilin to Beijing. It took about ten hours and 30 minutes.
My friend Becky showed us around the Yangshuo countryside. There is certainly nothing better than having a local guide you.