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How to Keep Calm and Travel China

How to Keep Calm and Travel China

Travelling (mainland) China can be challenging. It’s Asia on an advanced level, definitely. Our Lonelyplanet guide book had told us to treat the journey more like an adventure rather than a holiday. We thought, well, we always do that with our travels, so what could possibly be so different? Well, we found out, there are a few things. So here is what we learnt put together in a basic survival guide to make your journey through the Middle Kingdom as smooth and hassle-free as…

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Hiking in Hongkong or China for Beginners

Hiking in Hongkong or China for Beginners

  We think it’s best to put Hongkong at the end of your China trip, since it’s likely you’ll get a cultural shock when doing it the other way round. Hongkong is China, but it’s still completely different. Must be the British influence, that’s still lingering around. It’s much easier. Starting with the language, English is present everywhere, on street signs, busses, trams, on menus in restaurants, in shops… And most people speak it, too, and quite well. So no…

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Off the beaten track: East meets West in Kaiping, Guangdong

Off the beaten track: East meets West in Kaiping, Guangdong

  On our way to Hongkong we stopped in Guangzhou, from where we did a little side trip to the tiny village of Kaiping (roundabout 600,000 inhabitants, therefore a village, clearly). Obviously, not a lot of tourists do that, at least not Western tourists. We hardly saw any. The main attraction around that area are the imposing towers, the so-called Diaolou. They were built by emigrant Chinese, who returned wealthy from overseas. They found their hometowns threatened by raiding bandits and regular floods….

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Picture-perfect Guangxi Part II: Hiking around the Longji Rice Terraces

Picture-perfect Guangxi Part II: Hiking around the Longji Rice Terraces

  When we returned to our hostel one evening the receptionist asked us if we wanted to join a tour to Dazhai the next day. We said yes without thinking long about it. We hadn’t really planned to see the rice terraces, since we’ve been told it had already been harvested and therefore lost some of it’s beauty. But when the opportunity arose we thought, why not, give it a go. I am so happy we did it, because it…

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Picture-perfect Guangxi: Cycling around Yangshuo

Picture-perfect Guangxi: Cycling around Yangshuo

  Yangshuo in a nutshell Feels like: Palma de Mallorca in the village center. Paradise in the countryside, on a sunny day. What to do: cycling, rock climbing, hiking, going on river cruises and bamboo raft cruises. But all that is more fun when the weather is nice. Where to stay: We stumbled upon a real “Fawlty Towers Hotel”! If we had known that before, we definitely would have booked there (well, at least one night…) Where to eat: West…

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Review: Guilin Zen Tea House

Review: Guilin Zen Tea House

  The Zen Tea House, Guilin, China No.8 Shijiayuan Road, Qixing District, Guilin, China 541001 Every now and again if I really like a place I like to recommend it, this is such a case. The Zen Tea House is a bit hidden in a backstreet which is a good thing, not so noisy and you have a nice view over one of the many Li River branches. It is located in the heart of Guilin. While we don’t mind…

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