China is one of those places that is full of unexpected surprises and culturally so interesting. The people are welcoming and are so happy if you even attempt to speak Mandarin. If you go, don’t be surprised by some locals wanting photos with you as they love tourists and don’t often see many other nationalities. Of course I took this to my advantage and asked them to participate in my travel video. Ha ha! It was so funny because when they saw us dancing (badly) for our breakdance themed video they watched and wanted to be part of it! Well, unless I got it wrong and they just thought we were really weird.
We explored Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an and were so in love with all of them for different reasons. In Beijing, we saw so much in just three days! The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Ming Tombs and Temple of Heaven. These are landmarks we will never forget and were each individually interesting! In Xi’an, the highlight was the Terracotta Warriors. I was so surprised by how much I loved this. Make sure you include this in your itinerary, even if it’s for one night. It’s breathtaking and hard to imagine that 8,000 of these Terracotta Warriors were found each with an individual unique face. Shanghai was my favourite, full of vitality with outstanding restaurants, bars and hello… shopping!! Might I add, I was so excited to go into an actual Karl Lagerfeld store for the first time. I was in heaven!! 🙂
The food, culture and sights were definitely worth the experience! We both definitely recommend to do a tour (especially if you are there for a short time) as the language barrier makes it difficult to get around and see everything.
Hope you enjoy the video and please feel free to laugh at our terrible attempts at ‘breakdancing’. 🙂 We had so much fun filming this one and as mentioned above, it was funny to get the locals involved. It was Matt who chose the song this time. He wanted to do a fun silly one! It’s my tradition to make these music clip type videos, set to a song for our travels to give our videos a point of difference. Be sure to check out the others.
Feel free to ask any questions if you are planning a trip to China and looking for a few tips. Enjoy! tsj xx