I came to Harbin and experienced the cold Siberian weather to attend one famous event in this country, the Harbin Ice Festival. The site, outside the city, really became spectacular as soon as the sun is down and lights start to shine.
Chinese tourists understood this and came by bus to this place around 6-7pm. The organization also noticed this and doubled the price of the entrance ticket at 5.30pm (200 Yuans). The price is the highest that I pay currently in China to visit any tourist places; it can be compared to any other tourist sites in Europe.
Anyway, this site is worth the detour. As soon as you arrived, the entrance door is approximately 30m high and glitter. That is a good start… (more…)
January is well known as one of the worst month to live in north China as the wind from Siberia brings icy air.
The temperature in Beijing is rarely more than 0 degree on sunny days. How should it be to live in Northern provinces of China?
This was to answer this question that I got the idea to go to Harbin 哈尔滨 in Heilongjiang province (Black Dragon’s River). I really wanted to do this travel to be able to see the famous Ice Festival which is every year in this northern city; the cold was more a constraint than a desire…
To live a real immersion in a Chinese life, I decided to go alone and used Couchsurfing (website to find friends who can accommodate you; for free). I had the luck to find a friendly Chinese family who accept to accommodate me for the weekend. (more…)
Hong Kong is well known for its famous tourist sites but during my 4 days in the Island, I got the opportunity to do other things and go beyond the beaten paths.
You should know where the locals go every day to understand their way of life. So, I decided to share same places and restaurants for my breakfasts, lunches or dinners.
The food was really better than China Mainland (well cooked, not so fat) and prices were cheap in these street restaurants. It was nice to eat with locals Dim Sum, Won Tong and other noodles soups… (more…)
I had the opportunity to stay 4 days in 香港, Xiānggǎng also known in the rest of the world with another name, Hong Kong at the end of December (few days before Christmas).
It was my first travel abroad China Mainland since I arrived in Beijing couple of months ago and first time in HK. It was a real pleasure to travel to this place.
I will split my travel stories in two parts to try to share my experiences in these places.
The first post will focus on the ‘must visit’ sites in Hong Kong and then I will describe in a second post some unusual places without huge amount of tourists and personal adventures.
I had just come back from New Year holidays when my boss asked me to go to Shenzhen because my knowledge was required for our new office opening ceremony (note: my competences are that I can speak French and know the projects that I am working on every day). My boss sent me there 3 days to prepare the event. I was happy because the temperature there was around 15-20 Celsius degrees and it was below 0 in Beijing. (more…)