Five Foot Traveller Blog

Shanghai

When I began planning for my St Petersburg-Kuala Lumpur overland trip, my original route through China was supposed to be Beijing-Nanning and from there, Hanoi. I still had that same route in mind after reaching...

Beijing, revisited

  Something’s missing, I thought. It’s not the hutongs, it’s not the Great Wall, it’s something else. It was my second time in Beijing and something had changed. The city was different. It annoyed me. It...

Mongolia-China border crossing

Our train to Jining Nan Compared to the Russia-Mongolia train crossing, the Ulaanbaatar-Beijing leg can be described as slightly dodgy. The options for passage from Russia to Mongolia are more or less straightforward but...

Double-humped camels, Mongolia

I thought I’d lost these photos- I know I snapped some photos of camels but somehow couldn’t find them on my netbook. Then I went through the images on my SDHC card and found...

What I’ve learnt so far

I’m feeling lighthearted today and in the spirit of said lightheartedness, here’s a list of what I’ve discovered after travelling for six weeks: 1- Of the countries I’ve visited, China has the best street signs...

Bad start in Ulaanbaatar

  The sound of car horns all around you. Not short, little toots but long, drawn-out angry blasts to intimidate. Coming at you from left, right and centre. Brakes screeching. More horns. Shouting. Then- crash. Welcome...

Gorkhi-Terelj Park, Mongolia

One of the best things about Mongolia is that even when you’re in Ulaanbaatar, its dusty, chaotic capital, the countryside is never too far away. Gorkhi-Terelj Park is two hours from the city and...

Diamonds over Siberia

  This is my first night in a proper bed but I cannot sleep. For five nights, I was soothed by the gentle left-to-right rocking of my train. This same rocking put me to sleep...