This post has most definitely been a long time coming! On 28th June, I hopped on a plane and went on the journey of a lifetime to visit China and Japan for a whole month.
It was the longest time I had ever been away from the UK (not that that’s a bad thing!) and so I was a little apprehensive, especially as I was flying alone! But alas, the nerves were all for nothing and I soon discovered that travelling is everything it’s cracked up to be and more.
Here are a couple of my highlights from each city:
Ladies nights – they lurrrve the ladies in Shanghai; free drinks for the gals in some of the swankiest rooftop nightclubs! My personal favourite was Bar Rouge with stunning views of Shanghai Bund at night!
The Bund – such an iconic skyline, well worth a visit to see Shanghai in all it’s glory!
The Bund Beach – if the sun is shining, you don’t need to go far to catch some rays. All you need is a man made beach, right by the river. Did I mention it had glorious white beds? And a bar?
Mr X – you pay to get locked into a puzzle room with only an hour to escape – a perfect night out for me! We didn’t manage to complete it, but we got pretty far. I’d definitely do it again, it was like nothing I’ve ever done before!
The Panda Research Centre – we saw a two week old panda!! Definitely not something you can see regularly and made it all worth while visiting.
The Giant Buddah – it’s carved out of wood, built into a mountain and absolutely mahoosive (look at the teeny tiny people). It should be a wonder of the world!
The Terracotta Army – it was only discovered in the 70s and as a result they’re still excavating. What’s there is something breathtaking, it’s beautiful and completely mesmerising! Plus you can get a terracotta warrior version of yourself in a 3D key ring.
The Floating Garden – after spending weeks in the hustle and bustle of the city, it was nice to go up 170 floors and feel peace and calm above the craziness below. It was such a good place to reflect on life!
Osaka Castle – ok, so the castle was great… however, the best part was the little Japanese man who started chatting to us then asked if we wanted to learn origami. So we sat with him for a while and learnt how to make a butterfly. It was such an authentic Japanese experience.
Not to mention the other old man later on, who rocked up with a little blue birdie – he let me hold it… On my head!
Tokyo is everything I expected! Lots of lights, a good nightlife, great food and crazy people dressed in crazy outfits. Harajuku was probably my favourite place – it was fun, quirky and felt like the Soho of Japan!
Then of course we had to pop to Mt Fuji (note: don’t go on a cloudy day!) It’s still an incredible place to visit… IF you climb it!
Then one of my happiest days, Disneyland Tokyo! Ever since I was capable of articulation, I’ve wanted to go to Disneyland but my parents would never allow it. Tokyo gave me the opportunity and I just couldn’t turn it down, I broke my Disney virginity!!! Don’t worry – I got some Mickey and Minnie Mouse mugs to ensure I remember that day forever.
Now I’m back in the UK with very little purpose in life until I return to Uni. I miss it all so much!! I went with the most amazing friends (who have become even more amazing and dear to my heart), I met amazing people and I will never ever forget the experience. Even now I still say “in China…”
I am incredibly lucky and so so grateful to have had the opportunity to travel that far and see the miraculous things that I did. I’m already planning the next adventure!