Mixed feelings on this warm September morning. We leave Japan shortly and it represents a significant change in our journey. For the first time we are heading back west, returning to a country we already visited. Japan was the goal when we first conceived of this trip.
When we left China there was a real feeling that there was so much we still wanted to see so that is very exciting. At the same time leaving Japan is a sad experience, it really has won us over. We met some amazing people, saw some incredible cities and landscapes, and visited a place which is now my absolute favourite in the world (so far). But there are stunning places in China still to be visited. On this trip we hope to visit the terracotta warriors, see the avatar mountains and visit the far western region of Urumqi.
Before we get there a 47 hour ferry ride lies ahead of us. In the waiting area with us currently are a very small number of Chinese passengers. The boarding starts in 20 minutes so either most of our fellow passengers are going to swoop in at the last minute or this will be a very empty ferry. Longest uninterrupted boat journey so far, ikou!