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Our Travel Blog is the place to share our real life, travel experiences in China with you. Besides, we will provide information related to Chinese culture and China travel guide. "A bosom friend afar brings a distant land near." Traveling makes us to be closer, let's discover China together!

Family Reunion in Shanghai (Part I)

2009-06-19 | China travel Guide | Comments(2) |   Views:(1209)

Family Reunion in Shanghai (Part I) Thursday, 11.06.2009As I had departed from Germany in March, my father and brother Andi (18years old) wanted to visit me in China. As there are no direct flights to Guilin we decided to have our reunion in Shanghai. My brother and I met on Thursday in Pudong Airport. I had been waiting for this day for so long and was happy to see him for real....

Day Trip to Longsheng

2009-06-10 | China travel Guide | Comments(2) |   Views:(686)

Day Trip to Longsheng Yesterday I went to Longsheng with two German friends, Basti and Fabian, and Bastis parents to see the Longji Rice Terraces. They are located approximately 27 kilometers southeast of Longsheng County, a vast region of rice terraces and are the most amazing terraces in China. The construction began 700 years ago during Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and continued until the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The Longji Rice Terraces are the culmination of both the profound wisdom and strenuous labor of the Zhuang people and cover an area of 66 square kilometers....

My Birthday in China

2009-06-09 | Life in Guilin | Comments(0) |   Views:(529)

My Birthday in China On Friday 5th June it was my 21st birthday.Actually I feared the fact of getting older and did not expect anything spectacular to happen. Being far away from home and my family and friends I got up and simply was looking forward to the evening with my German friends. But already during the first hours of the day I got calls and messages from friends home and in China....

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My Trip to Sanya

2009-06-04 | China travel Guide | Comments(3) |   Views:(1738)

My Trip to Sanya Last week I went to Sanya to visit my best friend Alina, who I had come to China with. Sanya is the southernmost part of Hainan province, and at the same time the southernmost part of China. Hainan province is made up of about 200 islands in the South Chinese Sea and thanks to beautiful beaches and blue sea it also enjoys the reputation of being Chinas Hawaii. ...

Massage - A Must Do in China!

2009-05-25 | Life in Guilin | Comments(0) |   Views:(736)

One of the best things about life in China are the prices! The prices for food, for transportation, for renting houses, for entertainment, for MASSAGE! Being part of Chinese traditional medicine and culture, massage is not a luxury, it is a necessity! Many Chinese people go to the massage more often than once a week, to relax, and indulge ones body and mind with it. Most common are body massages and foot massages, which cost 25RMB – 50RMB per hour. All in all one can say that the more expensive ones are often done by more professional studios. Ask your tour guide for a good address, which is not tourist driven, as many in the center are.

Sharon's Coffee

2009-05-21 | China Food | Comments(0) |   Views:(807)

Sharon's Coffee From my predecessor Romy I had gotten the address of Sharons Coffee. Sharons Coffee, located at Chuanshan South Road (street to Chuanshan Park), is a cozy and pleasant western style coffee opened 2007. It serves different sorts of coffee (including freshly brewed coffee, espresso, Mocha, Cappuccino and coffee with Alcohol), cocktails and various kinds of liquors, as well as German style western dishes such as salads, burgers, schnitzel, steaks and pizza....

TV-Commercial for Guilin

2009-05-19 | Life in Guilin | Comments(0) |   Views:(554)

Last Thursday my colleague Sandy came to me and asked if I were interested in acting in a TV-advertisement for Guilin. A friend of her had asked her for a foreign "actress". Of course I agreed to this idea, because I thought it could be a funny thing to do.

I Love Guilin Mifan!

2009-05-12 | China Food | Comments(1) |   Views:(699)

I Love Guilin Mifan! If you come to Guilin, you should not miss one thing: to taste Guilin Mifan Guilin Rice Noodle. It is mostly served in those small places which remind me of garages, and which do not look very clean for western standards. The price is very low, usually it costs 2,50RMB. Then you get a metal bowl with typical rice noodle. They have the same appearance as Spaghetti, but are brighter. The cook will ask you for the style you want to have it: with Jiurou (Beef), Zhurou (Pig) or sometimes even horsemeat (Marou). You will get some thin slices of this meat on top of your noodles. Then two different sauces and fried peanuts are added. When you receive the noodles, you can add chili, green beans, beet and chives....