It’s not as if Austria, Europe… everywhere… didn’t have their peculiar parts of nature that sometimes, suddenly, end up spots to see. Hidden valleys, small waterfalls, forest outlooks, that sort of thing. And yet, what makes something special enough to not just be there, but be something? China makes that question particularly noteworthy.
The last thing to expect in Hunan countryside is a Japan connection, yet there it was… In the eastern part of the Jiuxian Lake Scenic Area in You County, Hunan, just about as deep into the Chinese countryside as you can get without traveling back in time, there are two Buddhist temples.
Climbing Everest would still get you points, ridiculous though it has become (with guides and porters who basically carry not just the gear but even some “climbers” up that veritable Disneyland of a mountain). But climbing the highest mountain, which isn’t very high, of a rural Chinese county, which is neither big nor home to […]
China, for all it has to offer beyond the pollution and problems one tends to hear about so much, is not a very popular tourist destination. The places we go because family is there are particularly unpopular – and thus, chances to show a China as it really is, as hardly anyone gets to see […]
Shanghai, as seen in my previous posts, provided several nice impressions. Still, I keep saying that Shanghai is not quite China, and there’s a very #GetAtHome reason for that:
Three years – has it really been three years already?! – after the first time I visited the place my wife grew up and her parents still (mainly) live, deep in the countryside of Hunan, we returned. One of the things I returned to was running in a circle.
Said goodbye to Europe shortly after the OutDoor Friedrichshafen 2016, went to the other place that is home for my wife and me, while also always being something of a place for ‘adventuring‘: China. Wanted to share a few impressions which show something of the very different views… China West-East, From the Plane China Intimately, […]
The plan was to go to Chenzhou on Monday, be at some place where to float down a river – or is that a water amusement park? – on some sort of rafts… then the relatives on whose invitation that was to happen were coming back, Sunday, and suddenly the call was to pack because […]
China, yes, but which China? We hear so much about China, it’s hard to escape the news about it – but what do we ever hear and see anything about? Hardly how the majority of people live, what moves them, quite outside the usual focal points of the big cities and the people with grievances […]