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Our next and unfortunately last stop in Vietnam was Mui Ne. After 18 hours on a bus (sleeping bus so there wasn't really a problem), it was kinda nice to get off. We walked to the hostel, checked in and went right down to the beach which was like a 2 minute walk from our hostel. I literally cannot explain how nice it was to throw my body into the sea. Wow. 

We spent the next-coming day on a tour to the White Sand Dunes, Red Sand Dunes, the Fairy Stream and the Fishing Village. The Fairy Stream was better than expected. Red sand with warm red colored water streaming around our feet and a climate reminding me of Arizona. 

Next stop was the Fishing Village which basically was a part of the ocean attacked by 2000 fishing boats, more sad than cool, in my opinion. The coolest stop was White Sand Dunes. We went quad biking which was kind of a disappointment to be honest, but the dunes themselves were cool. Just a lot of sand forming dunes really, but still cool. Felt like you got a taste of desert. Last but not least we watched the very lame sunset over the Red Sand Dunes. Lame because it was cloudy and raining a bit. But as the white ones the dunes were really cool so it didn't matter that much. 

Today is our last day in Vietnam. Our experience here has been killing our expectations brutally. It is such an amazing country. They have all kinds of nature, kindest people, good food and nice weather. What more could you need? We've also met some really good people and stayed at amazing hostels, so we are very satisfied. Kind of sad that we missed Ho Chi Minh/Saigon and Mekong Delta, but I have a feeling this isn't my last time in Vietnam so that gives me another reason to come back!  

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Hey guys!

We decided to do one big post for both Hue and Hoi An (two cities by the coast in Vietnam), instead of two. Mostly because Hue was a very short and weird stop.

HUE

Our decision to stop in Hue was kind of spontaneous. We basically just googled it and it looked nice so we decided to go. The city was quite boring to be honest. We went to a few of the citiy's sightseeing spots but it wasn't really worth the high entrance fees. We saw the Purple Forbidden City, the Fat Lady Pagoda and went on a boat tour through the river. It was fun but I wouldn't recommend going there if you are going to Vietnam. There are better places to spend time on.

We did stay in a really nice hostel and met some nice people, so that weighed up the otherwise kind of boring stop. But since almost every other place we've been to so far has been great, it would be weird if not one would place would be bad. The greatest thing we did was renting motorbikes and driving all the way down to Hoi An instead of taking the bus, that was one of the best things we've done so far.

HOI AN

Hoi An was a much better stop. We stayed at a party hostel which honestly wasn't really something we preferred. But it was still fun to try it out. We started off by spending one day at the beach. It was about 6km from our hostel so we decided to rent bikes and bike there. It was super hot but it was fun to bike. Came to the beach and literally ran into the ocean. After 6 weeks of freezing it was a really good feeling.

Spent the next coming 2 days discovering the city of Hoi An. A part from the beach they have a very cozy old part of the town with thousands of tailors, Isse even got her own customized play suit, it was so beautiful. They also have really nice souvenir shops and beautiful architecture.

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First impression of Hanoi was YES its warm, off with four layers of clothes and on with sunglasses. Second impression was what the **** "do you want me to pay 30 000 for the bus". Their currency is very high compared to everything. Third impression was not that good actually, when we came to the city everything was really dirty and the air was.. really bad.

After we had gone sightseeing through the city we totally changed opinion, even though it's really crowded, in a different way from China, you kind of get used to it. We started of by going to a Vietnamese prison active during the war 1955. This prison was actually huge during its time active, but the government chose to tear it down so they could build some kind of government building. But we got to see the death cells and the women's cell and this really cool escape tunnel?! We got to see their side of the story. They actually had a special cell for American pilots where they kept them prisoned but still took good care of them, which is quite honorable since the Americans attached a lot of innocent land.

We went on a tour to Halong Bay. Which is both a city but mostly a tourist attraction from where you go on a cruise. We went on a day cruise since I tend to get a bit seasick. It was a lot of fun. We got to see beautiful landscapes and went kayaking through the bay. It was absolutely amazing and so calming. We also had super duper luck and met these two Swedish girls who made the bus trip much more fun and we actually ended up spending the day after with these girls too. Shout out to Ottilia and Matilda for being so awesome!

We are now on our way to the train witch is going to take like 14 hours to Hue.

But a quick summary of Hanoi and Vietnam so far, the people here are very nice, the food is pretty good and the tradition that they eat it on these really small plastic chairs just make it better. There were a lot of kids everywhere haha, pretty bad air, the traffic is crazy but they kind of make it work in some weird way.. there are more tourists than any other place we have been so far and the weather is really nice in Hanoi a part from the smog.

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Our Hong Kong journey started off by sleeping at the airport in Nanjing, which was our 6 hour stopover from Guilin. We didn't get much sleep before the flight departed 7.25 but we fell asleep right away in the air. Came to Hong Kong's airport which is actually located on an artificial island, how cool is that? and kinda sad. Took the bus to the city and then found our way to the hostel.

Our first impression of Hong Kong was: holy shit. It was so dense with skyscrapers and huge buildings that you felt what you imagine an ant would feel in space. Okay maybe I exaggerated a little, but you get the idea. As the days went by we realized the city isn't actually that big, it's just dense.

This was also the first place on our journey that felt very touristy. There were tourists everywhere, long lines to attractions and, as in all other Chinese cities, people who just nonchalantly walked over you.

During our 3 days in Hong Kong we visited Victoria's Peak, Victoria Park, took part of the, kinda lame, Lantern Festival, rode the old super cool two floored trams, went on a boat trip over the river, shopped at the ladies market, threw up because everything was so expensive and enjoyed the actually kinda good weather.

Hong Kong was cool, but kinda soulless. It's a big city with nothing but trams, buses, tall buildings and bad air. Even though they have parks and is surrounded by mountains and forest, it's just a city. Mostly since it's so dense. They have nice shopping and tons of different foods. In Beijing for example you have to pay a lot extra and look a lot extra if you wanna find western food. But in Hong Kong you can get all kinds of food for the same expensive price. They have everything a city could possibly need, and more to it. But according to me, a city needs more that that, a soul and unfortunatley Hong Kong doesn't have one.

We are both happy we got to see Hong Kong though, it's cool and different from what we're used to. Now we're leaving China and are heading on to Vietnam. See you there!

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If there is one place in China I would recommend people to go, it would be Guilin. At least out of the 7 cities I've visited in China. 

Guilin is beautiful, in all the right ways. It's a medium-sized city (kinda big compared to Swedish ones but you know), not a lot of tourists, there's nature and there are tall buildings. The Chinese culture is on top but there is also influences by other cultures. We mostly wanted to go to Guilin because of the famous River Li and the weirdly shaped, I would say hills, since I wouldn't consider them mountains, but we got so much more than just that. We saw wild monkeys, the Seven Star Caves with weird formations and lighting, markets, all types of weird desserts, crocodiles in aquariums, preparations for the Lantern Festival and we also got to see Yangshuo. 

We went bamboo rafting through Lake Li down to Yangshuo together with our British friends Georgia and Jazz. It was really fun and such beautiful views. I literally recommend everyone to go here if you're going to China. It's so so so worth a visit. 

See you in Hong Kong!

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Let's say Venice and the Netherlands had a romantic night, I promise nine months later Suzhou would come out. That would be the perfect explanation and description of this beautiful place, except it's probably older than both the other ones..

Beautiful canals flows through the city with amazing stone bridges to cross. Apart from the kinda small but fancy part with tall buildings and catchy slogans there's an old part of Suzhou with super cute stores, funny food kiosks and music steaming out of speakers. Many people go there just to enjoy the beautiful architecture and the peaceful feeling that comes with old towns.

This was our warmest stop so far on our journey and even though it's just an hour outside Shanghai, we could actually walk around these past few days without 1000 layers of clothes so that was a BIG plus.

Suzhou is actually mostly famous for its gardens and canals, so of course that was a given stop for us. Typical Chinese houses, a lot of flowers in different colors and water flowing through canals with dreamy bridges made everything feel like a movie.

Spent our last day in Suzhou before leaving for our next stop in China, which is Guilin in the south. We're flying (for the first time in forever) from Shanghai so we decided to hit Taco Bell one last time since it's the only restaurant they have in China. And was it good! Yas it was! Stay tuned for updates about our journey.

Kisses and hugs

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We went to a cat café, equals a place where you drink coffee in accompanied by 1000 cats. Pretty cool. And sad.

Ds

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://this post is a little late due to China's terrible internet access//:


Hello!

My experience with big cities is not that big so for me this was a huge city and the amount of people running toward us and bumping in to us was crazy. Elin on the other hand has way more experience with cities and she thinks the amount of people running everywhere in Shanghai is nothing compared to London.

I will give you guys some facts about this city:

• 14.5 million people live in this city

• It's the most fast growing city in the world

• It has the biggest number of construction cranes in the world

• At eleven a clock they turn all the lights off to save money

• tourist attractions close around like 16.14

We were actually very surprised when we first got to the city, compared to Beijing it's like literally the opposite. It's huge and massive and super awesome. The buildings are very high, they actually have China's tallest building here, "Shanghai Tower", 632m tall.

Our first day of sightseeing we just wandered around, we came to this square where old people were dancing a traditional Chinese dance. If you were brave enough to master the dance you could join and so we did! Not. But it was fun to watch!

We kept walking and came to a street where they had spring festival deluxe: food and people selling stuff everywhere, big statues of roosters (2017 is the year of the rooster) and I have never ever seen so many people in one so tiny place in my entire life.

So a summary of Sanghai: We lived in a really nice hostel like one meter from the subway, so now we know all about the Chinese subway system. And honestly, it's the only thing we've come across in China that offers both Chinese and English.

We saw all the touristic things and we are very satisfied, we learned that just because it's a big city doesn't mean that the people living there speak English.

We found TACO BELL and cried of happiness over way too much food while listening to way too many Katy Perry songs together with way too many other westerns who are tired of noodles and beef.

Overall we really suggest that you guys to go to Shanghai, you're gonna love it because it's so different from home. A great experience!

Hugs and kisses

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We had high expectations for Beijing. When you imagine China you think of red lanterns, temples and neon lights. And even though high technology probably fits better for a Japanese stereotype I would say that's what you expect from China too, but like, a light version.

Beijing wasn't all high technology or glamorous skyscrapers covered with glass or toilets massaging your butt while you take a shit. No, Beijing was more a clean squat toilet and spotless sidewalks with old houses and people selling food on the street kinda city. And even though it didn't match our expectations, I must say it's hard not to like it. Espesically since we actually did see millions of red lanterns, temples and neon lights.

We spent a few days walking around the city, trying to see as much as possible. There are many nice tourist spots in Beijing and even though we went there during Spring Festival (2 weeks of Chinese New Year celebration basically), most things were open. We went to temples, museums, parks and Beijing's art district. We got to (mostly) hear fireworks 24/7 and also we saw the Great Wall which was one of the best experiences of our lives.

What more did we do? We went to a backpacker's restaurant and had western food, saw a Kung Fu show, went to see "Bird's Nest" which is the Olympic Stadium designed by Ai Wei Wei who this guy we read about in school, bought homemade noodles and homemade candy.

Next up is Shanghai. Believe me, we have high expectations for you as well.

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Ni Hao everyone!

Yesterday was our last day on the Trans-Mongolian Railway and we both thought it was a crazy good experience. We've been to some really great places like Ulaanbaatar and Listvyanka. The last days on the railway we stopped in two Chinese towns called Hohhot and Datong. Hohhot was actually just a stop we had to do because that particular train didn't go any further, but we really really liked it! The city was much bigger than we thought and they had a lot to offer. We only had one day which was sad, we would've wanted to stay longer.

In Datong we went on a tour to the Yungang Grottoes and the Hengshan Hanging Temple, they were both astonishing. We had an English-speaking guide who told us the history around the historical places.


We are now in Beijing, which is the end of the railway tour, or at least the Trans-Mongolian one. Our hostel is literally located in the central of the city. We don't have much to say about Beijing since tomorrow will be our first sightseeing day.

Yesterday was Chinese New Year, which you might think would've been a really big folk fest, but they actually celebrated it very individual with their familia so there was no big celebration we could go to. But they have been setting off A LOT of fireworks like all day and all evening for three days straight. And then at 00 last night the sky basically fell down.

What we realized about China 🇨🇳

• People here have a hard time keeping their eyes inside their heads when they see us. We actually keep having incidents where people wants to take pictures with us.

• This might be special for Beijing because it did not happen in other Chinese cities we've visited, but we have a hard time getting a cab. Our theory is it's because they don't speak English since they just say "no"when they see us before hearing us out.

• They don't really have a queue system, people just walk over each other. And I mean like, literally over each other. No mercy.

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