In 2014 I went on an escorted tour of China with the JustYou travel company. It was my first time in China or Asia but I had a great time. These blogs are all about my travel in China, about the places that I visited, the things I saw & the people I met in China.

Air China plane at Gatwick.

Traveling to China.

My holiday to China began early in the morning wen my friend Tony picked me up from my home in Fareham to take me to Gatwick airport to get an Air China flight to Beijing.

Read more: Flight to China in 2014.

Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing.

Arrival In Beijing.

We arrived in Beijing at about 6:50 am and getting through immigration was easy. This was a huge but very well run airport.

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The Great Wall of China.

The Great Wall of China.

We had an early start this morning, with a 6:30 alarm call, which I missed as I was already in the shower. Breakfast was a buffet breakfast with both English & Chinese items. I loved the waffles with fruit, whipped cream, honey & cinnamon sugar, but forced myself to try a full English, an omelette and several glasses of orange juice.

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Tiananmen Square, Beijing.

Exploring Beijing.

After a full English breakfast, omelette, fruit, cereal, Peking duck & various other Chinese delicacies we all struggle to climb aboard the bus for a full day. We will be visiting places in Beijing today.

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Xian City.

Xi'an City.

After the now obligatory huge breakfast we are transferred by coach to the airport for our flight to Xian. I am surprised to discover that although the plane we are flying on internally is smaller than the plane we flew to China on, it has more leg room on it.

Read more: Xian City Walls.

Terracotta Army

Terracotta Army.

Today we will be going to see Emperor Qin's Terracotta Army, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, trying our hand at making dumplings before having a dumpling dinner and then seeing a Tang Dynasty folklore show. Before all the excitement begins I have a large breakfast to set me up for the day, you never know when you may not eat for a while.

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Tea cafe in Chengdu.

Xian to Chengdu.

After a late breakfast we drive to the airport where we catch our flight to Chengdu. By the time we arrive in Chengdu a couple of hours later everybody is starving as breakfast on the flight wasn't that filling & barely topped up our large breakfast buffet from earlier.

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Leshan Giant Buddha.

Leshan Buddha.

Today we are going to one of the places that I have been looking forward to visiting, the Giant Leshan Buddha. To make sure I have enough strength for the day I fill up at the all you can eat breakfast buffet before we all board the coach for our trip.

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Giant Pandas.

Giant Pandas.

Another big highlight of the trip today. Before we move on to Shanghai we will be visiting the Chengdu Panda Breeding & Research Centre. I think everyone on the trip has been looking forward to this visit. As we are travelling we have no idea how long it will be before we eat again so we all tuck in to a hearty breakfast in the hotel before boarding the coach for our trip to see the Panda.

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Jade Buddha Temple.

Exploring Shanghai.

Shanghai is the fastest developing city in China & today we go on a sightseeing tour of the city. After a full breakfast we depart by coach to see the Old Town, The Jade Buddha Temple & the Yu Yuan Gardens, before this evening going to see a Shanghai acrobat show.

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River cruise ship in Shanghai.

Huangpu River Cruise.

Today we have the morning at leisure before going on a cruise up the Huangpu river to view the Shanghai skyline from the river. After this we will be going to the Nanjing Road for a bit of retail therapy.

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Cruise ship on Yangtze river.

Shanghai to Yichang.

Today we will be travelling all day so I make sure I have a substantial breakfast to see me through the day. Today is the day we will be doing a remake of the film Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Like all sequels we have to change the name slightly our sequel will be called, Coach, Plane, Train, Coach again & Cruise Ship.

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Wedding Ceremony.

Xiling Gorge.

I woke early this morning to find we have moved over night & are docked further up the Yangtze river. At around 06:45 I go to the Yangtze Club on deck 5 where I have a cup of tea with Branwen our fantastic tour rep. At just gone 07:00 I go up to deck 6 for breakfast in the restaurant I have upgraded to.

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Cruise ship on the Shennong Stream.

Shennong Stream.

I am again awake early this morning, take a shower & then go for a cup of tea in the Yangtze Club. I have a cup of black tea & watch a few people who have come to join the ships Dr for a session of Tai Chi whilst they go through their routine.

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Tracey & Alan drinking on MV Selina.

Victoria Selina.

Once again this morning I am up early & after a shower, I go for tea in the Yangtze club & watch Dr Hu & a few passengers going through their Tai Chi routine. At about 07:30 I go for breakfast & meet the rest of the VIP crew before we all go our separate ways for the day.

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Chongqing skyline.

Chongqing to Beijing.

As always I awake early & have a cup of tea around 06:30 in the Yangtze Bar, before going for breakfast. I see Selina our waitress before she leaves, thank her for looking after me & then go for breakfast. Today we leave the Victoria Selina our home for the last few days and should be spending some time looking around Chongqing the huge city we are docked at.

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Chinese flag.

Journey Home.

We eventually arrived in Beijing & then get held up waiting for our shuttle from the internal terminal to the international terminal. By the time we get to our gate they are boarding already and its not long before we are airborne again & on our way home. Once again I notice that although the plane for the long flight home is larger the room we have in our seats is less than it was for the internal flights.

Read more: The Journey Home.