500 days of the road

Well it’s Christmas Day 2014, 501 days since I set out from home and a 135 since I was sat in Xi’an, China thinking about being on the road for a year.  Now I am getting closer to home and I only have 30 days before I fly back to Europe from Miami.  I’ve now…

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Tai’an to Qingdao: a ferry and a fork up

I’d come to Tai’an with one purpose: to climb Tai Shan, considered to be China’s holiest mountain and which has been worshipped since the 11th Century BC.  It has been climbed by countless emperors and other important people from Chinese history including Mao Zedong.  Soon it would be honoured by my ascent, I hoped anyway,…

Pingyao to Tai’an

In Pingyao we made our way to some accommodation highly recommended by the Lonely Planet: The Harmony Guesthouse.  It was OK and neither Meka or I could work out quite why the Planet was so in love with it.  Still it did have pleasant albeit tiny rooms. Pingyao itself, on the other hand, was definitely…