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)”

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WHEN TO GO, AND WHEN NOT TO GO TO CHINA

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In those gigantic countries where the main points of interest are hundreds, if not thousands of kilometers away from each other, knowing how to choose when to go can mean the difference between a magnificent experience or a hellish journey. Continue reading “WHEN TO GO, AND WHEN NOT TO GO TO CHINA”

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)”

LONGJI RICE TERRACES (龙脊梯田)

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  • We were here: October 17, 2018.
  • Number of days needed: 2. We would gladly have stayed a second day having had more time.
  • My score: 5/5.

It is not that this place is more or less beautiful than Guilin mountains, it is different but equally impressive; if I rate it a bit higher is because there are not as many rice terraces as karst mountains in China. This is simply a lovely site. Continue reading “LONGJI RICE TERRACES (龙脊梯田)”

Antarctica

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  • I was here: 6 days, plus 4 navigation days, from December 25, 2007 to January 3, 2008.
  • Number of days needed: at least those 6 + 4.
  • My score: 4/5.

If a week ago I wrote about the most atypical place where I had spent Christmas, why not continue with the most atypical place where I’ve been when the year has ended and the next one started? Continue reading “Antarctica”

AUSTRALIAN DESERT

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  • I was here: from December 23 to 25, 2005.
  • Number of days needed to see the most famous spots: 2.
  • My score: 4/5.

Thinking about writing about an unusual place where I have spent Christmas, the answer has come immediately to my mind, as far as I do not know what may be more unusual for a Spaniard than spending Christmas eve dining kangaroo barbecue and bathing in a pool at 30ºC at midnight, and Christmas hiking at 45ºC in a desert at the antipodes. Continue reading “AUSTRALIAN DESERT”

Sichuan (四川)

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Few foreigners know where it is or what is in it, in fact almost nobody knows its existence; There is not a single organized trip that passes through here, this being the way how more foreign tourists visit the country. Unknown to the world and yet, this province is a treasure within China. Continue reading “Sichuan (四川)”

GUILIN (桂林) CITY

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  • We were in Guilin for 2 days in the middle of October 2018.
  • Recommended number of days: 1 or 2.
  • My score: 3/5.

The first destination advertised for tourist by the government itself back in 1949 is, as the name suggests, a city in its entirety, with more than one million inhabitants. So much that most of the time we can not see the famous peaks that we have heard so much about, Continue reading “GUILIN (桂林) CITY”