China Travels: Huanglong (Golden Dragon) Cave, Zhangjiajie (黄龙洞, 张家界)

Initially, I thought that Huanglong (Golden Dragon) Cave was just like any other cave that I have visited before. Shitloads of stalactites  and stalagmites throughout the cave. Boy was I so wrong. Huanglong Cave is HUGE. It is the largest cave system that I have ever been to so far. Spanning 15 kilometres in length, if I remembered right, only about a third of the cave … Continue reading China Travels: Huanglong (Golden Dragon) Cave, Zhangjiajie (黄龙洞, 张家界)

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China Travels: TianZi Mountains, Yuanjiajie (天子山, 袁家界)

TianZi Mountains was also another major highlight on my recent trip to Mainland China. TianZi Mountains might not ring a bell to you but this would probably look quite familiar to some of you: Yeap, TianZi Mountains is where they filmed the background for Avatar! The entire place was just columns of mountains as far as your eye can see. It’s pretty amazing and I can tell … Continue reading China Travels: TianZi Mountains, Yuanjiajie (天子山, 袁家界)

China Travels: Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon (大峡谷, 张家界)

The biggest highlight from my recent trip to Mainland China has got to be Zhangjiajie (张家界). Zhangjiajie refers to the prefecture city and it it one huge area and not the name of a specific place as I have previously thought. Even the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is one massive area with many other small towns and counties encompassed within. Our first stop into the Zhangjiajie National … Continue reading China Travels: Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon (大峡谷, 张家界)

China Travels: Fenghuang (Phoenix) Ancient City (凤凰古镇)

Fenghuang (Phoenix) Ancient City, in the Hunan Province, is one of the highlights from my recent trip to Mainland China. It has been said that Fenghuang (Phoenix) Ancient city is the prettiest among all the ancient cities that you can find within China and while I haven’t been to all the ancient cities in China, it definitely ranks as the prettiest one that I’ve ever … Continue reading China Travels: Fenghuang (Phoenix) Ancient City (凤凰古镇)

Fengdu Ghost City (丰都鬼城)

China Travels Through Changsha, Zhangjiajie, Yangtze River, Chongqing (October 2014)

I have been missing online for the last week or so as I was away on holidays in China. This trip has been practically 3 years in the making because my relatives have been talking about making this trip for the past 3 years and finally, we took off for real on 18 October 2014. I don’t usually make such blog posts but this trip has … Continue reading China Travels Through Changsha, Zhangjiajie, Yangtze River, Chongqing (October 2014)

Travelling through Guangzhou, Hezhou, Guilin and Yangshuo (Part 4)

Beijing Road, Guangdong (北京路, 广东) — The main shopping district in Guangdong. It is also a pedestrian mall. I actually quite like shopping for local brands in China. It’s mostly because it’s cheap and their quality is pretty good if not decent. What is cool about Beijing Road is that there’s one part of the street where they preserved the ancient roads all the way … Continue reading Travelling through Guangzhou, Hezhou, Guilin and Yangshuo (Part 4)

Travelling through Guangzhou, Hezhou, Guilin and Yangshuo (Part 3)

Impression: Liu San Jie (印象:刘三姐)— This show is definitely the highlight of the whole journey. It’s by far the most spectacular show/performance that I’ve ever seen in my life.Comprising of about 600 actors on a stage that is a river and a backdrop of 12 mountains, the audience of 3,700 let out a collective “WAH!” when the lights first came on in the opening scene … Continue reading Travelling through Guangzhou, Hezhou, Guilin and Yangshuo (Part 3)

Travelling through Guangzhou, Hezhou, Guilin and Yangshuo (Part 2)

100 year old Zhuang Village — This is pretty interesting. We went to the village of the Zhuang minority ethnic group and got to see their housing and lifestyle. It’s kinda like a house visit (though you know that it’s mostly staged). As we left the village, we got stuck in a traffic jam along the mountain road as there was an accident. A truck … Continue reading Travelling through Guangzhou, Hezhou, Guilin and Yangshuo (Part 2)

Travelling through Guangzhou, Hezhou, Guilin and Yangshuo (Part 1)

So I went to China last week for a holiday with CTC Tours. They usually are pretty good with their China tours but this time around, we were unlucky enough to get a shitty tour guide and a noob tour leader. Overall, the trip was just alright. It didn’t feel like it was super fun or that the trip was really that worth it. Also, … Continue reading Travelling through Guangzhou, Hezhou, Guilin and Yangshuo (Part 1)

Hello from Guilin in China!

Hello all from Guilin in China! It’s been raining everyday since I’ve arrived and it’s really cold. Kinda worried that I do not have enough warm clothing really. Sure I can buy more clothes but the rain is just annoying and depressing. It’s worse than London really. Anyway, there isn’t anything spectacular in terms of scenery so far. Jiuzhaigou still wins so far for views. … Continue reading Hello from Guilin in China!