My trip to travel in China has finally arrived!
A new adventure begins.
After months of planning and waiting, I have eventually made the long trip across to China to begin my 6-month travel adventure. Apart from my ankles looking like the size of grapefruits due to the long flight, sitting down for hours, and the extreme heat; I am hugely overwhelmed and delighted to have arrived.
For some, the news of travelling in China will come out of the blue. For that I must apologise. I had these great plans to right numerous blogs about my planning, my feelings in the build-up and the stress of packing (these posts will still come!), however I then got lay weighed with the joys of spending time with my family and Adam.
Going away this time, feels somehow different. More difficult. I have reached a point where I am torn directly in two. I want to spend pretty much 100% of my time cello taped to Adam, enjoying being in his company and loving going through life together. On the other hand, going away to travel on the other side of the world is a dream of mine. I want to visit countries that will limit my contact with Adam, and mean months apart. This tearing pain cut me up for ages.
I cried endlessly about whether I was making the right decision, and the hurt I know I’d feel in being away from him. This feeling kept me away from blogging and social media, as part of me didn’t want to identify the reality. The reality that I was going to travel, and I was going to miss him more than I could explain.
At the end of the day though, this is all part of my and our journey. Its ok to feel torn. It’s ok to have reasons as to why you don’t want to follow your dreams. Everyone has doubts. I’ve learnt that it is important to make these sacrifices, as it makes the journey all the sweeter. I feel stronger and more courageous for still making the choice to travel, for still following my dream.
“If you don’t sacrifice for what you want, what you want becomes the sacrifice” – Joubert Botha
Some may call me selfish for travelling alone. Selfish for making those sacrifices, and leaving Adam alone. In a way yes, I will agree, it is selfish. But it is a positive kind of selfishness. Travelling allows me to learn so much about myself, and develop skills/characteristics I couldn’t in any other setting. I get to see parts of the world that I may never have the opportunity to see again. I meet people and build relationships that will change me and my life forever. We all need this kind of development in our lives, to learn and grow. So, I will always make those sacrifices. Plus, I have Adam’s full and unconditional support in what I do – so that makes it a little easier.
So, the latest adventure has seen me arrive in the heart of Beijing. Due to the fact English is not the main language, and in some areas, it is rarely spoken, I was very anxious about travelling in China. However, the vast amount of English signs and the people’s willingness to help have buried those nerves.
Travelling in and around Beijing has been very easy so far. The subway is just like the London tube. Using this system is by far the most convenient way to travel and has allowed me to already see a vast amount of sights.
In the past two days, I have ticked off loads of the things see when travelling in China. The Summer Place, check. The Forbidden City, check. The Great Wall of China, check. With 5 days in Beijing I am attempting to squeeze in as much as possible, as ultimately, I don’t know when I’ll be back in this amazing country and I want to make the most of my time.
Usually I am more of a ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ kind of girl. I like just to go with flow, and see how things go. So, it is very weird to have everything for travelling in China fully set. However, to get a visa to allow me to travel in China, everything was planned down to the last T. Luckily for you guys, this means I can give you a full brief rundown of my trip, so that you know exactly what to expect and look forward to in the coming weeks!
The Plan for Travelling in China
After spending these 5 days in Beijing, I will the catch an overnight train down to Zhangjiajie (good luck pronouncing that!). Have you ever seen the film Avatar? Well Zhangjiajie is where the creators of this film got the inspiration for the famous ‘floating mountains’. Hence the area has now got nicknamed ‘The Avatar Mountains’. The photos of this area are incredible (see below), and it is easy to see why anyone would want to visit – including me!
The days will be filled with hiking, taking 1000’s of photos, and thanking God for how amazing his creation is. Pray for good weather! This part of my China trip will take 5 days, exploring both the Zhangjiajie National Park, but also visit Tianmen Mountain. Here I will be daring, taking a walk on the famous Glass Walkways (see below!). Most of you know I’m a bit of a dare devil when it comes to heights, so this will be crazy fun!
The last portion of travelling in China for me, comes in Shanghai. After catching another overnight train to the vast city, I will spend 3 days exploring before flying to Japan. Busy cities such as Shanghai are not always my cup of tea, which is why I am spending what may seem like a short amount of time here. I never really enjoy the crowds, the tall metal skyscrapers or the pollution. What does excite me however, is seeing the Bund lit up at night which is meant to be spectacular.
My time spend travelling in China then ends, and it is on to Japan!
I can’t wait to keep you updated on all the stories, adventures, and people I meet. There will be a regular travel diary, of what I do each day as well as tips about the places I visit so that you too can one day do the same!
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Inspiring women and showing them that they have the ability to do what they want in the world, is the main aim of this blog. It is the reason I document my adventures and travel stories. I want to show women and girls, that the world is their oyster. Just go out, and grab from it what you want.