Fine dining @ Hekou Scenic Area in Dandong County

Roughly 2 hours north of Dandong City, in the middle of the Yalu River lies the Hekou Scenic Area on an island just a few yards away from North Korea. Amazing views and unspoiled nature make this island and the surrounding countryside a very popular destination for Chinese tourists. Most of them come to Dandong City to catch a few glimpses of North Korea. Combining … Continue reading Fine dining @ Hekou Scenic Area in Dandong County

CHINA 1997: WOODEN PAGODA IN YINGXIAN

I traveled to China in 1997, not even 20 years old, full of adventurous spirits and ideas. My Chinese was limited, as was my budget. Crappy hotels, long bus and train rides, fun people along the way, excellent food and unforgettable memories, that’s what I remember. It certainly was a different China, but I am truly grateful, that I was able to see and experience … Continue reading CHINA 1997: WOODEN PAGODA IN YINGXIAN

China 1997: DATONG

I traveled to China in 1997, not even 20 years old, full of adventurous spirits and ideas. My Chinese was limited, as was my budget. Crappy hotels, long bus and train rides, fun people along the way, excellent food and unforgettable memories, that’s what I remember. It certainly was a different China, but I am truly grateful, that I was able to see and experience … Continue reading China 1997: DATONG

The Chinese Wall @ Dandong

Ever fancied to discover and enjoy the Great Wall of China without sharing the experience with thousands of tourists competing for the best views? It is possible in Dandong, Liaoning, where the easternmost part of The Wall has been restored on a length of around 1 mile (1,3 km). Sitting just next to the Yalu River and the North Korean border, this part of The … Continue reading The Chinese Wall @ Dandong

Sichuan Hotpot

Best enjoyed in one of Chengdu’s many excellent restaurants (look for the tables with a hole in the middle), Sichuan hotpot is a true highlight of the region’s cuisine. Divided into spicy and not-so-spicy halves, more or less chili stews in a broth (lamb, beef, etc.), that waits to be filled with raw, thinly sliced lamb or beef meat, tofu, vegetables, noodles or fish dumplings. Depending on what … Continue reading Sichuan Hotpot