Stairway to heaven? Or Longji’s Rice Terraces?

Gold, brown and green collage of steps mold the mountain wall, forming terraces covered in shallow muddy water. Chinese farmers scarcely stood across the terraces, feet in the water, round pointy hats on their heads, concentrating on the task of planting rice. So picturesque! The scenery I had only seen…

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17 Hilarious Facts about the Chinese

When you go to a country culturally so different with an open mind, the things you come across can be part of the fun of traveling. From north to south,  the Chinese showed me some generosity but also challenged my sense of what is “normal”. So here I…

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Fenghuang – Life around the River

The smell of noodles and fried food woke me up just before 7am. Climbing through the balcony, the life outside our bedroom was invading our sleep. My first thought was: where am I?! Slowly the memory of the day before returns. Fenghuang. A remote town located in the west-south…

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Tianmen Mountain – Zhangjiajie

Even with my eyes closed I could feel it. An emptiness of everything and a simultaneous filling of nothing. Walking as far as the edge goes, I opened my arms to embrace the nothing and the everything. The breeze kissed my cheeks and messed up my hair. With the Tianmen…

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Night train from Beijing to Datong

Eighteen minutes past midnight. Night train from Beijing to Datong. The lights go off and an awkward silence settles in while everybody curls up in their soft beds trying to calm down the excitement of the journey ahead. Well…I am feeling this way, at least. The only Chinese person…

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24 hours in Beijing

Walking down a street looking for a place to have dinner, music attracts us into this park like honey attracts a bear. Without any warning a party was imminent, we were upon what looked like a middle age Chinese street club. People dance in pairs in this improvised dance floor…

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The truth about the Great Wall of China

Notice: the following post has spoilers! Do you know that feeling of sadness blended in disappointment when you find out that Santa Claus does not exist?! I believed it for 7 years when another kid in school unveiled the sad truth. First I refused to believe him and later at…

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