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Hello, Nǐ hǎo, and Chào bạn.

My next trip is to Vietnam and China and I am very excited. I will be starting out in Saigon and working my way up north. From Hanoi, I will cross into China either by the International train or plane. This is about the pre-planning, the trip itself and after. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine


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When a tiger dies he leaves behind his skin. When a man dies he leaves behind his reputation.
Vietnamese proverb

In Memorium

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam which took place during the Vietnam War between the VC and North Vietnam and 1st Australian Task Force. 18 Australians and 245 Viet Cong soldiers died.

There would have been soldiers on both sides who were only 19.
In commemoration of those who died 50 years ago today. August 18, 1966.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

6. Xi'an Accommodation

Seeing as it's only three months until I fly out, I thought I'd better start booking my accommodation and although I'm travelling through Vietnam first, I decided to start with booking some place in China.

The first place on my list was Xi'an. I emailed them yesterday (14th Feb) asking to book a bed in a four bed dorm. I received a reply today. The four bed dorms are full and they offered me a six bed dorm. So I took it. Have sent them a reply booking a 6 bed dorm. Just as well I didn't wait until later - I might not have got one. Who would have thought they'd be full this early?

I'm staying at Han Tang Inn Youth Hostel which is at NO.7 Nan Chang Xiang, South of Xincheng Square, Xi'an. Cost is 40 rmb per night. That's not bad and it's a lot cheaper than a dorm bed in Australia.

Above: Han Tang Inn Youth Hostel

Above: Map showing directions to hostel

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