In Calcutta, Shanghai and
Bangkok, our trekkers enjoy the best of what Asian
cities have to offer.
Holly Morris dodges the busy traffic in Calcutta,
'City of Joy,' to experience the two sides of the capital
of West Bengal. Holly is struck by the contrasting worlds
since its colonialisation 50 years ago. From the modern horse
racing track to the ancient Kali Temple,
the academic world of College Street to the
young boys home, this is a city divided in culture and wealth.
Leaving Calcutta briefly, Holly ventures to Sagar
Island to participate in the holy dip and be blessed
by a holy man.
Danielle Baker takes up the reins in Shanghai,
where she visits the stunning Buddhist temples and enjoys
some of the local pass times and traditions of Tai Chi, acu-pressure
and of course, tea. Before enjoying the fantastic bazaars,
Danielle marvels at the incredible Chinese acrobats.
Finally, we head to Bangkok, where Estelle
Bingham takes in the stunning temples and
Grand Palace built by Rama I. Leaving the
calm of the Buddha, she tries her hand at the biggest sport
there, kick boxing, before going to watch a live match. Finally
Estelle visits Pat Pong Market, famous for
its sex industry and Chatichak Market for
some shopping before heading to the Elephant Festival