Monday, 14 April 2014

I'm Going To China!?

You might know that I'm graduating university in 10 days, and to celebrate my boyfriend and I have decided to take a trip. We've been together for almost 6 years, and we took our first big trip together a year ago to New York City. This time around, we wanted to do something a bit different, and we debated a bunch of different destinations. At the top of our list were Greece, Spain, London, Paris, and China. Well, my boyfriend has always talked about his dream to visit China, so I agreed to be adventurous! I've really only been on resort-style vacations to the Dominican Republic, Aruba, and Key West, Florida. So a trip to China is huge!


We first had to decide what city we wanted to stay in, and Beijing seemed to fit both of our interests. I've always wanted to see the Great Wall, along with other famous sites such as Tienanmen Square, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace. We found an amazing hotel right near Forbidden City, it even has an indoor heated pool! Right now, we're trying to figure out what we want to do while we're there, and what's the best way to make these plans. Should we use a tour company or go it on our own? We leave April 28th, which is approaching super quickly! I should also mention that in order to visit China, you need travel visas. You first need to purchase your trip, and then apply for a travel visa, which is pretty scary. I was really nervous that for whatever reason one of our visas would get denied. We spent hours making sure that our applications were perfect, and we headed downtown Ottawa to drop them off. The lady working that day was incredibly nice, and said that ours were the first applications that she didn't have to make any corrections to (and we were also the youngest applicants!). So that put us at ease, and 4 days later we got a call to let us know that our visas were ready to be picked up! You have 90 days from the time your visa gets approved until the day you enter China, so don't get your travel visas too early.

So now we're trying to get everything in order before we fly out. We fly from Ottawa to Detroit, and then from Detroit to Beijing. Total travel time: almost 19 hours! I don't know how I'll survive the plane ride, so if you have any travel tips please let me know!

I've heard that certain social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are banned in China, so I won't be around much on the interwebs. I am trying to pre-write some posts so my blog isn't abandoned! If you've ever travelled to Beijing, I would love to hear any tips that you had. Also, what Asian cosmetics do I need to check out while I'm there? I checked Google Maps and there's a Sasa near my hotel! :)

Do you have any upcoming trips planned or in the works? Where's your dream destination?

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28 comments:

  1. this sounds AMAZING. I don't know what brands you should check out, but I am sure there are loads of unique and interesting products there. sheet masks for sure! I am sure you will have an amazing and I can't wait to see photos and hear all about your trip when you get back :)

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    1. I'm SO excited!! I'm definitely going to be stocking up on sheet masks and taking a ton of photos :)

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  2. Ooh wow, I am beyond jealous!! You'll have an amazing time, and make sure you take LOADS of photos so I can be nosey haha.

    Belle ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. I'm definitely going to be taking a ton of photos and sharing them here!! :)

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  3. Oh wow what an incredible oppurtunity - I hope you have an amazing time and congratulations on your impending graduation xx

    Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

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  4. I have never been to china as a tourist so I can't give any tips, I guess just be extra cautious at all times of your belongings and your pockets lol

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    1. lol my boyfriend is actually bringing a fanny pack for that very reason!

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  5. you are going to have a blast in China. Just be careful with your purse and personal belongings as it is super crowded there. Drink bottled water or pop and don't drink tap water. As for the long flight, as dreadful as it is, try to get some sleep so when you get there, you can adjust to their time zone( almost 12 hours difference).

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    1. Thanks for the tips! Exams have me on a totally different sleep schedule (going to bed at 4 am, waking up at 11...) so I feel like I'm already on my way to being on their time! But I'm sure it will still be a shock to my system.

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  6. Congratulations on almost graduating! I have always wanted to go to China because it seems like a place with a lot of history.

    Laila from Townhouse Palette ♥

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    1. Thank you so much! That's why we wanted to go there, there's so much to see!

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  7. Sounds like so much fun! Can't wait to read all about it and see all your pics! I learned that most social media we have China doesn't because they have their own versions of them. In terms of brands, I've tried Lioele, I especially like their Triple the Solution BB Cream! They also have brands like Skin 79 and Dr. Jart which I've read great reviews on :)

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    1. Thanks Natalie! I've tried Dr. Jart's BB Creams, but I'm excited to check out more of the brand & more Asian cosmetics! :)

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  8. You're going to have an amazing time!! Can't wait to see pictures :)

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    1. Thank you! I'll be sharing a ton of pictures :)

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  9. Oh my goodness! Sounds amazing! That is a fantastic way to celebrate your graduation! Enjoy your time <3

    Des | Simple Charm Beauty

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    1. Thanks for tagging me! I'll check it out :)

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  11. WoW what an amazing trip you have coming up. I would have been so worried about the visa applications too, I'm bad enough worrying about my luggage being overweight!

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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    1. Thanks! I know, it was really stressful! Haha, don't even get me started about luggage...

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  12. Awesome! I have two adopted sisters-in-law from China and while I haven't been there myself, they and my MIL sometimes visit. I don't really have any tips but I wish you a safe and happy trip!

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  13. Oh man, you're gonna have LOADS of fun! That hotel sounds amazing by the way! I definitely recommend checking out some museums (...or maybe that's just a thing I do) and if you have time, definitely squeeze in a trip to Shanghai. Gorgeous steampunky city, and amazing museum there.

    I have no idea how I survived that flight time either, but make sure you brush your teeth between airports/when you have a chance (or bring mints)! I've learned that not brushing your teeth for 20-ish hours after several meals...has offended some people I've talked to at airports ._.''

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    1. Thanks!! my boyfriend definitely wants to check out some museums, he has that all planned :) I'll have to look into Shanghai and see if we can fit it in.
      I'm definitely bringing mints, gum, etc! Haha!! :p

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  14. This is so exciting! Hope you have a great time and come back with lots of awesome memories!

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Laura