China Travels Through Changsha, Zhangjiajie, Yangtze River, Chongqing (October 2014)

I have been missing online for the last week or so as I was away on holidays in China.

This trip has been practically 3 years in the making because my relatives have been talking about making this trip for the past 3 years and finally, we took off for real on 18 October 2014.

I don’t usually make such blog posts but this trip has been quite eventful so I feel inspired to share some of my travel experience.

To be honest, I always feel a little sad that none of my friends are interested to go on a trip to China. Sure there are many horror stories about the cheats, crooks and toilets in China but believe me when I say this, China does indeed have one of the most beautiful natural sceneries in the world.

Despite the beautiful sceneries, the people of China still have a long way to go to be on par with the behaviour and cultures of the world outside China. That said, it’s been 10 years since the first time I’ve travelled to mainland China and I have definitely seen a lot of improvements over the years but yeah, there’s still room for improvements for sure.

First drama of the trip was on the very first night; I was trapped in the hotel room toilet. LOL. It is very funny now but at that point it wasn’t. The door handle mechanism thing was stuck and I couldn’t move the handle at all to open the door. I was stuck in the toilet for about an hour as a result. Zzzzz…

I wanted to highlight as a tip to you guys a well, Chongqing is supposedly the gateway to the western part of China, ie Xinjiang Region. So that said, because of the problems and unrest in the Xinjiang region, the airport immigration is pretty tight and they are extremely particular about your power banks.

I have a 30,000 mhA solar rechargeable power bank and guess what? I had my flight boarding pass taken away from me while they went do do some checks (I swear I am not a terrorist!!). There was a lady behind me in the queue who got into some hassle with her 100,000 mhA power bank. I didn’t hang around to find out what happened in her case coz I scooted off as soon as they returned my power bank and boarding pass back to me.

Apparently, you are also not allowed to check in any batteries in your luggage when you are flying out of Chongqing International Airport. Many people got held up when they were checking-in for their flight so be sure to get to the airport early.

That’s the main thing I wanted to share with this blog post and I’ll be making a few more posts to share some experience and photos from this trip to China. Will get back to all the concert goss soon after. 🙂

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