Jiuzhaigou (or Jiuzhai Valley, as it is sometimes referred to in English) is Sichuan's star attraction - a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site that attracts millions of visitors each year. Tourists gaze in awe at the emerald pools, picturesque waterfalls, and verdant forests.
Inner Mongolia was on the top of my list of places in China I wanted to visit, so when my friend Ines planned a trip, I decided to tag along 😉 But first, a 27 hour train ride from Shanghai to Hohhot...
Girls' getaway to Guangzhou and Shenzhen, ft. delicious food, 22 hour train rides, Finding Dory, and walking around in humid hot weather
Around the middle of May, about halfway into my study abroad program in Shanghai, I started feeling homesick for the sun, sand, and ocean waves of the California coastline. An online search yielded no results for beaches within Shanghai, so I settled on a weekend getaway to the nearby Shengsi Islands.
My one goal for visiting the Guizhou province was to see some MONKEYS! Did I achieve my goal? Read on to find out...
May 1st is a national holiday in China, so since my dad (who works in Wuhan) had time off from work, we both decided to take advantage of the long weekend by traveling to Guiyang to visit family. I ended up having an awesome weekend full of nature, culture, food, and even (my favorite), animals!
Hangzhou, the capital of the Zhejiang Province, is known for its most popular tourist destination - the West Lake, or 西湖 in Chinese. Marco Polo described Hangzhou as "the most beautiful and magnificent in the world", and there's even a Chinese saying that goes something like: "Up, there is heaven; down, there is Suzhou and Hangzhou".