China

The Great Wall of China- 3 spectacular hiking spots

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There’s an old Chinese Proverb that describes the Great Wall so perfectly. “Only those that have travelled the road know where the holes are deep”. I knew as soon as saw the Great Wall of China that I had sincerely underestimated its gritty beauty and vast size. It’s an easy thing to do when most of the photographs we see are merely snippets of reconst[...]

Exploring Sichuan - 10 reasons to travel the South-West of China

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A lot of peoples’ first thoughts towards China go to megacities like Hong Kong or Peking. They picture big crowds alit by the glimmer of neon, a buzzing economy, a faster and harder pace; Piles of concrete, big malls, tiny houses, colourful commercials, and… well chop sticks? And of course this is China, a vibrant place full of extremes and contestations[...]

7 Tips for hiking the Great Wall of China

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You can’t visit Beijing without making a stop at the Great Wall of China. One of the Wonders of the World, the Wall is over 13,000 miles long and 2000 years old. There’s restored sections of the Wall where you can visit without getting dirty, but if you really want to experience the Great Wall of China, I recommend taking a hike! Hiking out in the “wild” [...]

How travelling to China (almost) broke my Friendship

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When my best friend asked me to go to China with him, I was very excited - of course I'd come along! He is an entrepreneur and got invited to an expo in Hong Kong to represent Mexico. Afterwards we would have some time to travel and go to Shanghai and Beijing for some sightseeing. But everything was different than expected. We never really talked during t[...]

A Culinary Journey Through China

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When Finnair invited me to go on a culinary trip to China I was honestly a little bit apprehensive. Some reasons were completely unfounded in my own prejudices but others were honestly just food related. Ever since I had food poisoning from a chicken lo main take-out in New York ten years ago I haven’t been a fan. That memory and the idea of chicken feet and[...]

The Privilege and Prejudice of Travel

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So it seems that I am the first of us Travelettes who went to China. As in China, that is not Shanghai or Hong Kong. As the first, writing about it seems an honor and a responsibility and quite frankly I don't really know where to start. China is huge and diverse so it was obvious from the beginning that a 6-day trip to two cities would never do it justice. [...]

48 Hours in Shanghai

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Shanghai was initially added haphazardly onto my Asia touring itinerary because I had a stopover there anyway. I figured why not extend that layover from a couple of hours at the airport to a couple of days in the bustling city! 48 hours was certainly a good amount of time for me, but of course only allowed me to scratch the surface of all the city has to of[...]

On two wheels through China

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Lugu Lake, bordering northwest Yunnan and southern Sichuan provinces of China, is known for its clean waters, amazing views and as the land of the matriarchs. In addition to being home to the Mosuo, a unique matriarchal ethnic minority, Lugu Lake is the second deepest lake in China. I had first learned about the lake in 2010, while I was living in Yunnan, bu[...]

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