Category Archive: China

Sep 29 2014

China: conclusions and tips

    30 days in 10 provinces with three different currencies; 6 days hiking; traveled by plane, train, tuk tuk, car, bicycle, bamboo raft and ferry; 2345643 kg of noodles and rice eaten; 2┬áBig Mac’s (yes I know that it’s not good, but I needed them desperately . . .) some Tsing Tao s ­čÖé …

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Sep 27 2014

Dragon’s Back (and other hikes in Hong Kong)

Hong Kong not only means business, shopping malls and restaurants. More than 70% of Hong Kong is mountain and forests so it is also a great place for hiking, with many mountain walks with panoramic vistas of offshore islands within an hour or so of the urban area. I learnt about it few months ago …

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Sep 26 2014

Hong Kong, oh Hong Kong!

Once China Mainland left behind, after the passport control, suddenly people were kind, nice, polite . . . and all spoke English! In the metro, I even took a silent coach to go to the city centre, lol. If I was dead, that was Heaven ­čÖé I stayed in Hong Kong for 6 days, one …

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Sep 25 2014

Olá Macau!

While in Hong Kong, I traveled one day to Macau, which is at just one hour by ferry. A former Portuguese colony since┬áthe XVI th century, it was handed back to Chinese control in 1999. I was interested in Macau for its colonial architecture, which is located around Largo do Senado. In this area, there …

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Sep 23 2014

Amazing landscapes (in Guangxi)

My last days in China were spent far from the crowds, in the countryside. From Guilin I still had 5 hours of road trip with 3 different buses (and a mini hike due to a landslide blocking the road) to arrive to my first stop, Ping An, where I had decided to spend two nights. …

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Sep 14 2014

Tiger Leaping Gorge (in Yunnan!)

In the heart of Yunnan province, the fast flowing Yangtze River has cut a dramatic gorge so narrow in some places that, according to the legend, a tiger jumped across it to escape from a hunter. That is how Tiger Leaping Gorge, also reputed to be one of the deepest gorges in the world, got …

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Sep 11 2014

All the colors in Sichuan

Greens, turquoises: It was not planned but the easiest way to go from Langmusi to Chengdu was a two days journey through Jiuzhaigou so I decided to add one day more and visit this park. Jiuzhaigou Valley is part of the┬áMin Mountains┬áon the edge of the┬áTibetan Plateau. It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls, …

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Sep 06 2014

A taste of Tibet (in Gans├║)

During my China tour, I did not have neither the time nor the budget to visit the Tibet Autonomous Region. But the Tibetan Plateau crosses the border and on the Chinese side, in Gans├║ province, there are some Tibetan villages to visit. Not the architectural wonders of Lhasa but the same mountains and endless paths …

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Sep 02 2014

From Shanxi to Shaanxi

My first stop after Beijing was Pingyao, in Shanxi province. Pingyao is an intact walled Chinese city dating from Qing-Dynasty heydays. It is really nice to wander around its atmospheric streets and pop into traditional courtyard houses, temples or public buildings (today museums), one can really have a glimpse of how life was in Qing┬átimes. …

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Aug 29 2014

Beijing sightseeing

The Forbidden City is one of the two most savage experiences in Beijing (the other one is Beijing metro at rush hour). However I was curious about this place since I was a child so after a good breakfast I was ready for the challenge. The construction of this huge city inside the city started …

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