I've been finalising up my summer plans, aaaaannnnd... (drum roll....) I'M RETURNING TO CHINA! 😀 After spending all of last year studying and interning there, I'm super keen to go back again to catch up with old friends, visit all the places I somehow never got round to visiting, and satisfy my craving for Chinese … Continue reading Summer Plans Revealed!
This local Ming dynasty temple, commemorating the promotion of Shanghai to a municipality, worships the three city gods. It is conveniently located in the Yuyuan Bazaar area, near the famous Yuyuan Gardens, making it a great place to visit if you are pressed for time but want a taste of Chinese taoist culture. I spent … Continue reading Shanghai – City God Temple (summer 2016)
This Ming dynasty garden was modelled on those in Suzhou and is probably the most famous in Shanghai. The garden is split into six areas, each with their own atmosphere, style or layout. One continuous theme throughout however is the undulating dragon topped walls and tiles. I really loved the variety of different spaces in … Continue reading Shanghai – Yuyuan Gardens (summer 2016)
Winter is undoubtably the best time to visit Harbin due to its world-famous ice and snow world festival, held each year and attracting thousands of tourists to admire the stunning sculptures and palaces of ice. However, unless you are travelling as part of an organised tour, most visitors don't know about some of the other … Continue reading Harbin highlights – three day itinerary (winter)
Just one year ago, I visited the Harbin Ice Festival - the most famous attraction in Harbin. Held every winter at three parks across the city, this really is a must-see for anyone visiting Northern China in winter. I thought I'd share with you my top tips for making the most of your trip... Dress … Continue reading Harbin Ice Festival – Top Tips
Having a local SIM card is absolutely essential in China if you want to avoid crazy roaming charges. Here is my complete guide to Chinese SIM cards: The different network providers There are three main network providers in China - China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom. China Mobile China Mobile is the largest network provider in … Continue reading Chinese SIM Cards
Having spent a year studying in and travelling around China, here are my top tips for budget travel! 1. Take the train Everyone in China takes trains between cities and the prices are crazily cheap - just a couple of pounds can get you seats half way across the country! Even better, the prices are … Continue reading How to travel cheaply in China