HONG KONG

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  • Al was here: 5 days in April 2010 and 2 days in March 2016.
  • Number of days needed: between 2 and 3.
  • My score: I’m rating it 4/5 because almost everyone I know say it’s a 3, but for some reason I do like it and I’d even rate it 5.

Visited by many as it is a frequent destination of aerial stopovers and appreciated by few, Hong Kong is the oldest of the modern Asian mega-cities. Continue reading “HONG KONG”

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VENICE

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  • I was here: 1 day in February 1995, 1 day in May 2008, 1 day in April 2010 and 2 half days in May 2016.
  • Number of days needed: although lovely, the city is kind of small, in one day you can see the most important places, but ideally you should spend at least 2, or go back as many times as you can, as I do.
  • My score: 5/5.

There are always those who are outstanding to highlight the negative aspects first. They will tell us that it looks old, canals are green and stinky, humidity in winter is unbearable and that there are so many tourists that it is impossible to enjoy it. And if you immediately ask that person if it is nice, she will tell you that it is incredibly beautiful. Continue reading “VENICE”

YELLOW MOUNTAIN OR MOUNT HUANG (HUANGSHAN 黄山)

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  • We were here: September 28 and 29, 2018.
  • Recommended number of days: 2.
  • My score: 4/5.

If there is anything that abounds in China, they are the mountains. There are from small coastal hills to some of the highest in the world in Tibet, but those that Chinese really like are not those of the Himalayas but Continue reading “YELLOW MOUNTAIN OR MOUNT HUANG (HUANGSHAN 黄山)”

THINGS AND FACTS THAT WERE TRUE IN CHINA AND NO LONGER ARE (OR AT LEAST NOT THAT MUCH)

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Almost any country has its more or less black legends. Without mentioning the stereotypes, that “in Spain it is always warm” or that “in Thailand they put drugs in your suitcase” is something that everyone has ever told us; it is true that legends usually have a basis of reality, either because what happened was once isolated time and was generalized later, or because it was something that used to happen and stopped doing it. If there is a country that takes the cake in terms of legends, that is China, and it is for the second reason: there are many things that until recently were true and no longer are, or at least, are not so much as before. Continue reading “THINGS AND FACTS THAT WERE TRUE IN CHINA AND NO LONGER ARE (OR AT LEAST NOT THAT MUCH)”

ZHANGJIAJIE (张家界)

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  • We were here: October 12, 2018.
  • Number of days recommended: there is a lot to see; for the most interesting save 2, if we intend to visit everything, between 3 and 4 days.
  • My score: 4/5.

This is one of the most magical places in China, which, as in many other cases, is overlooked by the majority of foreign tourists, and yet it is not totally unknown: Continue reading “ZHANGJIAJIE (张家界)”

TRANSPORT IN EL NIDO: AIRPORT AND HOW TO GET TO CORON, PORT BARTON, SABANG AND PUERTO PRINCESA, AND GETTING AROUND

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AIRPORT

It is 5 km northeast of El Nido Town. El Nido airport is very small and flights are scarce and expensive; it belongs to Air Swift, so all flights are operated by this airline. Continue reading “TRANSPORT IN EL NIDO: AIRPORT AND HOW TO GET TO CORON, PORT BARTON, SABANG AND PUERTO PRINCESA, AND GETTING AROUND”