How to Get to Beijing Without a Plane

The first and second leg of the Kirkbys' 13,000-mile journey — from their home in British Columbia to India — involves paddling canoes, riding a train, taking a container ship to South Korea and bullet trains to Beijing. Storms, life vests and a run-in with Russians create challenges while moth larvae and bubbles add to the fun.

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Goodbye British Columbia, Hello India!

Goodbye British Columbia, Hello India!

Bodi Kirkby helps his family pack the car for the road trip from Kimberley to the Columbia River, where they will canoe 100 miles to their next stop, the Rocky Mountaineer train, which they’ll ride to Vancouver, British Columbia. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Canoeing Down the Columbia River

Canoeing Down the Columbia River

Bruce's view from the canoe as he and Christine paddle down the Columbia River. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi recaps the day with a journal entry sketch of fishing on the Columbia River. 960 1280

  

Fishing in the Columbia River

Fishing in the Columbia River

Bodi stands along the banks of the Columbia River, pole in hand, fishing. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

All Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train

All Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train

Christine, Bodi and Taj (standing in front of Christine) wave to the oncoming Rocky Mountaineer train in Golden, British Columbia. Related: World's Best Family Train Trips 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi sketches his impression of the approaching Rocky Mountaineer train. 960 1280

  

Breathtaking Views from the Rocky Mountaineer

Breathtaking Views from the Rocky Mountaineer

Christine and Taj take in the breathtaking views of the Golden countryside from aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train. The train is taking the Kirkbys to Vancouver, where they will visit with Bruce’s family for a few days before boarding the Hanjin Ottawa container ship bound for Busan, South Korea. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Goodbye, for Now, Vancouver

Goodbye, for Now, Vancouver

Bodi takes in the view from aboard the Hanjin Ottawa container ship as it slowly travels under the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi captures the trip with his journal sketches for Day 9, boarding the Hanjin Ottawa, and Day 10, setting out underneath Lions Gate Bridge. 960 1280

  

Hanjin Nears Russia

Hanjin Nears Russia

Bruce captures a misty shot of another container ship gliding along in the distance past a Russian mountain range. The green of the shore was the first sign of land the family had seen in over two weeks and was very welcome sight!  960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Busan's Jagalchi Fish Market

Busan's Jagalchi Fish Market

Busan or bust! The Kirkbys arrive in Busan, South Korea, after 2 weeks. They take the opportunity to stretch their legs and explore the city’s Jagalchi Fish Market. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Sketch

Bodi's Journal Sketch

Bodi captures a moment he remembers from the Jagalchi Fish Market. 960 1280

  

Dinner Prep in Seoul

Dinner Prep in Seoul

Christine prepares dinner for the boys in their second homestay in Seoul. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Bodi's Journal Sketch

Bodi's Journal Sketch

Bodi’s journal sketch captures his time on the Hangang River Ferry Cruise. 960 1280

  

En Route to Qingdao, China

En Route to Qingdao, China

The Kirkby family travels on the overnight Weidong Ferry en route to Qingdao, China. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

Welcome to Qingdao, China

Welcome to Qingdao, China

Bodi and Taj hang out in the Weidong Ferry Station in Qingdao, China, while Christine and Bruce are nearby making transportation arrangements for their next destination. 960 1280

Bruce Kirkby  

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