Asia

Fernweh

Fernweh, a word that perfectly encompasses everything I feel at this very moment. Fernweh is German for the intense and absolute desire to wander and travel.  In life, the general consensus is, that home is where the heart is. But what if you lost and left your heart all over the world? Sometimes you can feel so lost when travelling; …

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Vorukh, Tajik autonomous region in Kyrgyzstan

“Hi, guys!” I turned around to see two men pulling up to the curb in Vorukh in their motorbike with sidecar, one of whom spoke some basic English. “Where you from? Where you going? You need taxi? Russki?” I was quite surprised to hear English in such a small village as Vorukh, a Tajik autonomous region in Kyrgyzstan. I couldn’t resist …

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Holy cow, I've quit my job and left Dubai!

I’ve done it. I quit my job as a stewardess to go and travel the world. Sounds a bit strange? Yeah, I am aware of that. People think so incredibly glamorous off stewardesses and they think it is the easiest job in the world. “You live in sunny Dubai, you travel all the time for work and you can use …

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A year of travel, the final summary

It has been exactly one year today since I left to travel. One year in which I have lived the world, learned more about other people and their cultures and was confronted with myself, and my partner, on a daily basis. One year in which I lived, loved, laughed, cried, felt lost, was found and went through what can only …

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Peking Opera – A colourful performance

Peking opera or Beijing opera (simplified Chinese;京剧 traditional Chinese: 京劇 and Pinyin: Jīngjù) originated in the late 18th century in, you guessed it, China. The performance is made up of music, speech, song, dance, combat, mime, acrobatics and the movements are symbolic and suggestive, rather than realistic. There are colourful costumes, beautifully painted faces and a storyline which one can’t even …

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Wangfujing- Creepy crawlies galore!

When ordering Chinese from your local take out, you won’t think to ask about any of the unappetizing Chinese delicacies being sold at the famous Wangfujing night market. However, this place does offer a look into the Chinese food culture of days gone past and even though these days its main audience is tourists, this market really cements the saying …

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Studying in China – The Hutong School Beijing

After studying Mandarin at SOAS University in London Rhea decided to further develop her language skills in Beijing on the Hutong School. If this is something you would like to do (or something similar) check out this post and learn about the stuff you need to when you want to study in China..

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Lama temple, Beijng – A sanctuary in the city

In the midst of all the chaos lies this colourful temple, also known as Yonghegong, “Yonghe Temple” or “Palace of Peace and Harmony”. It was built in the 16th century and is the largest of its kind in Beijing. The Lama Temple originally served as the residence for court eunuchs after which it was then converted into the court of …

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Peking duck. A must!

You will see these golden, crisp ducks hanging in restaurant windows all over China, but they are most often found in Beijing. Their aromatic smell lingers in the streets and most restaurants will have this delicious dish on their menu. Peking duck holds a long history and has been prepared since the imperial era. Its long preparation and the manner …

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When in China- KTV KARAOKE (and something known as the TEA SCAM)

When visiting China there is no doubt you will find yourself singing KTV karaoke at one point or another. The Chinese absolutely LOVE this form of entertainment and more often than not they decide to ‘give it a go’ at fairly inappropriate times: unless you too feel the urge to sing the Spice Girls, at 5 in the morning, on …

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The Great Wall At Mutianyu

“HE WHO HAS NOT CLIMBED THE GREAT WALL IS NOT A TRUE MAN”- Mao Zedong Stretching over an impressive 8,850 km, 21,196 km if you include all of its branches. Made out of stone, earth, wood, and granite, who hasn’t heard of the Great Wall of China?  Built in the 7th century BC, the wall’s purpose was to protect the …

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Beijing. A truly intriguing introduction to China

Chances are that upon your arrival in Beijing, the first thing you will notice is the smog. You can already see it as you descend into the city. It lingers over Beijing like a thick fog that keeps the sun from peeking through; a blue sky in Beijing is rare. As you make your way into the city, skyscrapers suddenly …

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Fenghuang – A mesmerisingly beautiful town

Fenghuang is Chinese for ‘Phoenix’. The legend goes that two Phoenixes flew over the town and found it so mesmerisingly beautiful that they never left. The heart of the village is situated on the Tuo River where time-honoured houses are built on stilts in the emerald green river. Green mountains and an old city wall frame the picture with a …

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