You may ask why would I choose to go to China in 2000? There are several reasons:
- I went in 1998 and had such a good time.
- I wanted to see the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River before the area gets flooded in 2003 when the Three Gorges Dam is completed.
- I wanted a special holiday for my 30th birthday.
- I wanted to learn and practice my Mandarin.
- I wanted some good Chinese food.
Here’s my route (Click on the map to see a larger version):
I’ve never done so much preparations for a holiday:
- I started doing my research on the various places in China back in 1999—- guidebooks, internet, travel brochure,… you name it and I have probably read it.
- I spent most of this year learning Mandarin in the hope that I would not be struggling with the language—- after all, most people there don’t speak English, and I really should make an effort in speaking Chinese.
- I booked the holidays 6 months in advance as I didn’t want any disappointments…. (but unfortunately despite being so organised and well planned ahead, the tour operator let me down and somehow ruined my holidays.)
Here’s my travel diary:
- Day 1 (18 Oct 2000) – Stressful Start to a Holiday
- Day 2 (19 Oct 2000) – Beijing – 2008 Olympics?
- Day 3 (20 Oct 2000) – A Night As An Emperor
- Day 4 (21 Oct 2000) – Great Wall, Little Village
- Day 5 (22 Oct 2000) – The City of Choking
- Day 6 (23 Oct 2000) – Life in the Fast Lane
- Day 7 (24 Oct 2000): Chairlifts and Ghosts
- Day 8 (25 Oct 2000): The Gorgeous Gorges
- Day 9 (26 Oct 2000): Will it get flooded? Duh!
- Day 10 (27 Oct 2000): A Tale of Three Cities
- Day 11 (28 Oct 2000): Flying Like a Yellow Crane
- Day 12 (29 Oct 2000) – Tour Round the West Lake
- Day 13 (30 Oct 2000) – The Self Service Bus Tour
- Day 14 (31 Oct 2000) – Wet Wet Wet
- Day 15 (01 Nov 2000) – Garden, more garden and even more garden…
- Day 16 (02 Nov 2000) – Suzhou Garden Overdose