Day 7: Peking Duck / China

Our last full day in China was mostly spent on a train. We finally used a DiDi (Chinese Uber but way better) to take us from our Airbnb to Shanghai Huangpu Train Station. It took us about 30 min to figure out that at this station you need to go through passport and bag security before you pick up your tickets. (Oi, it’s tough navigating a place when you can’t read the signs or ask anyone for help!) But once we were in it took all of 3 minutes for Addam to get our tickets thanks to multiple pickup points. (Best experience yet!) We went to McDonalds where we got some breakfast. Addam recorded a time lapse video of the station, which gives you a little glimpse into just how many people are there at any given time.

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Day 4: Terracotta Warriors & Xi’an / China

This morning we had a private tour to see the Terracotta Warriors. guide, Jenny, and our driver picked us up at the hotel. The Terracotta Warriors are located about an hour north east from downtown Xi’an. Along the way Jenny told us some of the history of how the Terracotta Warriors were discovered in the 1970s, and that they were built “to guard” the tomb of China’s First Emperor Qin Shihuangdi. She also described the painstaking efforts made by archaeologists to preserve them.

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Day 1: Beijing / China

We had the loveliest first day in Beijing. After landing at around 2:30pm local time, we made our way through security and customs within 30 min, which was much faster than I expected. I suppose we had already done the hard work at the Chinese Consulate in Houston where we had to submit a mountain of paperwork to get our visas. It also helps not to have checked any luggage.

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