Years in China : 4 years
I’d like to use this post to introduce you to some of my favorite places in China all of which are a short train or plane ride from where I live. I do this to dispel the myth of the China of stereotypes and to give you a glimpse of some of the adventures I’ve had and that you could have too travelling in China.
In the last year alone I’ve been hiking, desert trekking, boating, and to the freezing land of the Harbin Ice Festival. China has every climate one could want and getting around is made easy by translation and transportation apps. Even without the knowing the language, it’s still very possible to travel around. I find that, in general, people here are honest, friendly and helpful, and a smile and a friendly attitude go a long way if you are ever travelling and in need of directions or help.
去年，我曾爬过山、去过沙漠、划过船，还去了哈尔滨冰雪节。中国气候复杂多样，通过翻译 app 和地图导航 app，出行变得非常便利。即使不懂汉语，也可以走遍天南地北。中国人诚实、友好、乐于助人，如果你在旅途中找不到方向，需要帮助，你只要对别人施以一个微笑，用友好的态度寻求帮助，问题就迎刃而解了。
Yangshuo and Guilin: a 3-hour train ride from where I live in Guangdong Province.
Here in China, you can find travel groups run by foreigners that cater to foreign travelers and residence. One such group, Pacha Mama out of Guangzhou, took me and a small group on a hiking trip to Yunnan over the summer that showed me some of the most spectacular views I’ve seen in my life. It was truly an amazing trip and one that I would one day like to repeat.
在中国，你可以跟着外国人经营的旅游团，这些旅游团专为外国旅客服务。有一个广州的旅游团叫 Pacha Mama，整个夏天我跟着他们去云南徒步旅行，领略了我此生所见的最壮观的景色。我希望未来有一天能重游云南，再次经历这美妙的旅行。
Golden Week in October was a chance for myself and two friends to join a travel group out of Shanghai to explore Gansu province along the old Silk Road. This trip was spectacular and more than we could have expected with parts of The Great Wall, desert camping, dune hiking, and a helicopter ride over the desert. It was a great chance to meet people (and camels) and to see more of China.
Winter in China is the right time to head way up north to Harbin to go to the Harbin Ice Festival. Pack your warmest clothes – I’m from northern Ontario, so I’m used to cold – and I found it absolutely freezing! It was worth the trip though. Four friends and I booked a private three night/four day trip which was just the right amount of time to see the sights. We explored ice palaces, did snow activities, and also had a great time exploring the Russian influence in the city. A must go but also a must dress warmly!
China is an amazing, diverse country with some much to see and do! I’ve been all over the place, and I feel like I’m just scratching the surface. I’m looking forward to planning future trips both with travel groups and on my own. As I hope I’ve shown here, China is way more than stereotypes repeated in the media. For now, China is home.
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