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Travel Report: The Great Wall of China, Jinshanling to Simatai.

The Great Wall of China, Jinshanling to Simatai. May 2010. For visitors to China, hiking  a section of The Great Wall often finds itself at the very top of the to-do list. However, choosing which part to tackle can be an overwhelming task. Especially as there are nearly nine thousand kilometres of wall scattered around […]

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LEIGHTON THOMAS: THE TRAVEL BLOGGER WHO VISITED 27+ COUNTRIES — ericotrips

Really enjoyed my recent Q&A with Ericotrips! Ah! Allow me catch my breath for a couple seconds because today’s guest is absolutely unbelievable! He’s Leighton Thomas, an English Travel Blogger born in Hammersmith, London and he is currently based in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Leighton plans to spend the rest of 2020 travelling around Asia, focusing […]

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Travel Report: Shenzhen International Garden and Flower Expo Park, China.

February 2018. Parks and temples… temples and parks… China! I try to limit myself to just one or two parks per trip these days, knowing that in most cases the green spaces on offer feel like much of a muchness for a grisly old China veteran like myself. For our explorations in the city of […]

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Travel Report: OCT-LOFT Creative Culture Park, Shenzhen.

February 2018. Art lovers will find plenty to admire about the Chinese city of Shenzhen. There are murals, sculptures and statues aplenty throughout the city’s parks and squares. Moreover, one shouldn’t leave town without visiting the fascinating Dafen Oil Painting Village. And then you’ve got OCT-LOFT Creative Culture Park, built from the bones of a former […]

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Travel Report: Huaqiangbei Electronics District, Shenzhen.

February 2018. Wonderboy and I were excited about the prospect of visiting the so-called Silicon Valley of China! In fact, we’d read all about it prior to our arrival in Shenzhen. Most people have never even heard of it, and yet, Huaqiangbei Electronics District is the biggest electrical complex in China. Some even claim it’s the biggest […]

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Travel Report: Dafen Art Museum – Shenzhen, China.

February 2018. Perched to the side of Dafen Oil Painting Village, the super modern Dafen Art Museum in Shenzhen is well worth an hour of your time. Housed in a striking building on a large open square, the museum showcases original contemporary paintings from local artists. As with the adjacent Oil Painting Village, there’s no entry […]

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Travel Report: Dafen Oil Painting Village, Shenzhen.

February 2018. Shenzhen’s world famous Dafen Oil Painting Village was once responsible for a staggering 60% of the globe’s known replica oil paintings. Wherever you are in the world, from hotels and cafes to restaurants, offices and train stations, chances are that painting on the wall came from Dafen. These days the village stands as […]

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Travel Report: Nature Beach – Koh Rong, Cambodia.

December 2015. I think Wonderboy and I let out a collective sigh of relief as we stepped off our boat onto Nature Beach. There were clear waters, light golden sands and a distinct lack of people. Yup, we’d definitely done the right thing! Located twenty-six kilometres out from Cambodia’s mainland at the city of Sihanoukville, Nature […]

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Travel Report: Old Invermoriston Bridge, Scotland.

July 2019. The more I see of Scotland, the more I realise what an incredible man Thomas Telford was. Not content with creating one of the world’s most impressive waterways, The Caledonian Canal, Telford also designed over 1000 bridges all across Britain. Happily, Spackles and I managed to tick one of them off whilst driving […]

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Travel Report: Fort Augustus, Loch Ness.

July 2019. Spackles and I had been looking forward to an hour’s stroll around picturesque Fort Augustus. We were on our way to the nearby village of Drumnadrochit and figured this would be a great place for some breakfast and a nosey. Bisected by a charming section of the Caledonian Canal and perched on the southernmost […]

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