The first time I left China it was for good. My wife and I worked as teachers at York English for over a year, and it was an incredible time. We travelled, made lifelong friends, had wild new experiences, and lived a type of carefree existence few will have the pleasure of knowing. We were also able to save enough money during this time to fund a journey that would take us around south-east Asia, Italy, Scotland, England, and France.
To visit Wuyishan as a teacher at York English in Fuzhou, Changle and Xiamen has never been easier. Wuyishan scenic area, home to the famous Wuyi Mountain, is located in Fujian province just a train ride away from Fuzhou!
Yunnan part 2: Shangri-La – Yubeng
The next morning we caught a bus North from Lijiang to Zhongdian (about 80 RMB), renamed XianGeLiLa (or for westerners, Shangri-La) by the Chinese government in 1997 in an effort to promote tourism to northern Yunnan, that was by all accounts successful.
Yunnan Part 1: Lijiang – Jade Peak Monastery – Yuhu
With 9 days free from work, two of my friends and I decided to check a mutual China travel goal off our lists: Yunnan province. We were particularly intrigued by descriptions of a small Tibetan village in the far Northwest corner of the province called Yubeng. Located in a valley between snowy mountains, and adjacent to a sacred waterfall and glacial lake, it required a full day’s hike in and out, which sounded just the right amount of off-the-beaten-path.
Due to the language barrier and cultural differences from the West, the prospect of visiting China is intimidating and often overwhelming to many would-be travelers. Thanks to smartphones, translation programs, and increased access to apps that were once exclusively Chinese, it has never been easier for foreign travelers to explore this ancient and diverse country. Download these 6 must-have apps for travel in China before boarding your flight (your app store may or may not work without a VPN in China) and you’ll be able to communicate, navigate, book flights, trains, and hotels, and make purchases with ease.