It's with a great sense of relief and excitement that I'm finally able to tell you all about my next exciting travel adventure – China!

Yes, my friends at Cathay Pacific are sending me to the Orient for a fast and furious 9 day tour (2 days travel) of a number of attractions and experiences now on offer as part of their new China Experience tour packages.

I suppose you could say I've been keeping this one under the radar until now, as this plan has been in the works for a good few weeks and I leave the weekend after next – so close! The primary objective for the trip is to snap away madly in an attempt to build a library of images that I'll be able to use for the continuing development and marketing of Cathay's China Experience website which I designed and developed for them a year or so ago.

And here's the REALLY cool bit – my Dad is flying up from Brisbane to join me on the adventure! He's a damn talented photographer himself (I guess I'm just a chip off the old block after all), so here's hoping that between us, we'll be able to come up with some great shots.

Without further ado, here's a real quick rundown on what we'll be covering over the nine days we're away:


Day One - Beijing

Kicking things off with separate Cathay Pacific flights into Beijing via Hong Kong, we'll spend our first day touring "The Forbidden City" including VIP tours of the "Double Glory Palace" (Chonghua gong) and "Shu Fang Zhai" – two sites not open or available to the general public.