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Off to Dubai

In the last five years when flying east, I always took flights which departed from Frankfurt or Düsseldorf between 20.00 and 22.00 hours. I like to take evening respectively night flights because this gives you almost the whole day before leaving home to the airport and when you are lucky you can sleep on the plane. Sometimes I can sleep on a night flight at other times I can't. Then a good book helps to kill the time. The only disadvantage of late flights is, that they are mostly very popular and the planes relatively full. This time I have booked a flight which leaves Frankfurt at 15.20 hours so I have to leave home in the late morning.

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A trip to the Middle Kingdom

China has been on my travel bucket list for several years. For May 2010 I had originally  booked a trip called “Essential China” which would have led me to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Leshan, on a Yangtze River Cruise, to Yangshuo and to Hongkong but due to some unfortunate reason I had to cancel my trip two months before leaving home. A few months later I did a tour through Yunnan and Tibet instead which was absolutely amazing and one the best trips if not even the best trip I have done so far. Everything great came together. We were a small group of only seven members. My six travelmates came from the Netherlands, Norway and from Canada and were fantastic and Mill, our tour guide from the US, was outstanding. The same goes to our local tibetan guide Jigme who guided us through Tibet and gave us a great impact into his region. The places and sights we have visited were absolutely stunning. After finishing the tour in Kathmandu, Nepal I knew that I want to go back to see more of China. Read more