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Travel Report: Singapore Botanic Gardens.

May 2015. For me, Singapore’s greatest strength as a travel destination is the copious amount of greenery on offer. In fact, wherever you are in this fascinating city nation, it’s likely just around the corner from a leafy park, a meticulous garden or a sweeping mountain trail. If you’ve only got time for one, there’s an […]

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Travel Report: The Great Wall of China, Tiger Mountain.

The Great Wall of China, Tiger Mountain. In the summer of 2014 my friend Anthony and I embarked on a two week trip across the northeast of China. For me it was yet another corner of the country conquered. One of the highlights of that trip was getting to hike my third section of The […]

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Travel Report: The Great Wall of China, Mutianyu.

June 2014. Located just seventy kilometres northeast of Beijing, The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu is a fully restored section of the wall that’s ideal for those looking to strike a balance between convenience and authenticity. Having already hiked the stunning and somewhat wild Jinshanling to Simatai section four years earlier, this was my […]

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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: The Pavilion Hotel, Shenzhen.

February 2018. I’ve always been pretty relaxed about accommodation when I’m on the road. Sometimes I’ll fork out for somewhere nice, other times I’m happy to slum it in a basic guesthouse or hostel. Wonderboy on the other hand is a little more, how to put this, high maintenance. In fact, he found himself so disillusioned […]

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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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