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How Travel Kick-Started my Career

How Travel Kick-Started my Career

(Sorry guys, it’s an essay – but it’s a good essay! Happy reading!) “Of all the interns that we’ve had so far, I still consider you the most intelligent. And with your very efficient work style I know you will do well in your life.” Innes Brunn. Picture this, you’re freaking out as your dissertation is due marking the end of university days. The ripest of your class have secured graduate programmes, while you face the prospect of returning to…

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Four Months On

Four Months On

When people ask why I chose China I reply, ‘Why not?’. Choosing an internship in China is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! Albeit, the internship itself wasn’t fantastic but the experience as a whole is one I will treasure forever. So, what did I learn from China? First and foremost I met some amazing friends from around the world who helped make the experience as amazing as it was. And not to mention the enormous boost of…

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The Last of Beijing with The Dragon Trip

The Last of Beijing with The Dragon Trip

This was our final day in China, so I headed back to the beloved Yashow Market to pick up the final items I had been dying to buy – I’d have bought more if I had the suitcase space! After Yashow we ticked off the final tourist attraction, the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the centre of Beijing and now…

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Kung-Fu and the Qingling Mountains with The Dragon Trip

Kung-Fu and the Qingling Mountains with The Dragon Trip

On Wednesday we stayed overnight on a rural Chinese farm in the Qingling mountains. This part of china is totally untouched from the wave of development passing through other parts of China, as you’ll see by the ‘organic’ food we were served for lunch and dinner – they don’t waste a thing!! We arrived had chicken among other dishes for lunch, headed to the lake and returned for a rabbit dinner. It was a 5am wake up call on Thursday…

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The Terracotta Warriors with The Dragon Trip in Xi’an

The Terracotta Warriors with The Dragon Trip in Xi’an

We departed on Sunday at 9pm from Chengdu and after 15 hours arrived in Xi’an at 1pm the following day. Xian was formerly the capital city of China for 6 Ancient Chinese dynasties and is home to 8 million people. It was also the beginning of the Silk Road and the mountains divide North and South China. As we were welcomed by 35 degree sunshine we rested in the hostel until the weather had cooled and at 4pm we took…

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Pandas in Chengdu with The Dragon Trip

Pandas in Chengdu with The Dragon Trip

We spent the morning at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding which is home to 80 pandas. These 80 pandas are pampered by staff whose primary goal is to get these notoriously low libido animals to reproduce. Pandas only absorb 20% of the bamboo they consume, as malnutrition results in hypothermia they generally eat more but are less active to preserve physical strength. In the afternoon we took a private minibus to the Leshan Buddha. This giant Buddha is…

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Arriving at Chengdu with The Dragon Trip

Arriving at Chengdu with The Dragon Trip

On Friday we were up at 5am to watch the sunrise except that it was cloudy and rained instead. At 9am we caught the 1.5 hour bus to Guilin and then boarded the 25 hour train to chengdu. We had quite a crowd on the train as a group of western people creates a lot of attention! Chengdu is the capital of the Sichuan province, home to 14million people and over 2300 years old. When we arrived in Chengdu the…

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Rock Climbing, Scenery and Meat Markets with The Dragon Trip

Rock Climbing, Scenery and Meat Markets with The Dragon Trip

I started my day rock climbing, and in the afternoon we took a 40 minute bus journey to a local village, where our current guide Sally grew up. This local village houses the picturesque scenery that is printed on the back of a 20rmb note. We visited Sally’s mids school and also the market at the local village where we saw dog meat for sale, it’s pretty easy to find out which is the dog meat from the photos.  …

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Caves, Mud Baths and Cookery School with The Dragon Trip

Caves, Mud Baths and Cookery School with The Dragon Trip

Today was a pretty action-filled day. We took a bike ride to moon hill taking a 45 minute hike up to the hole of the hill caused by thousands of years of erosion. We then cycled up to the water Buddha cave where we took a dip into the mud baths and hot springs. Afterwards, we went straight to the cooking school where we cooked 3 dishes; dumplings, sweet and sour pork and Kung pow chicken which we then ate…

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