A long and unexpected stage of our journey, Hong Kong did not disappoint us: behind its skyscrapers and main streets where opulence, stressful and superficiality life reign, we discovered more traditional neighborhoods, bits of nature for hiking or swimming, villages where life is good. Return with a touch of nostalgia on this main stop, a real upheaval in our journey!
When we arrived in Hong Kong by the sea in the middle of the night, we dropped the anchor off a semi-wild, semi-industrialized island called Lamma Island. From the boat, we watched fascinated the island’s busy fishermen on their small boats, wondering if we were actually in Hong Kong… When after a few months temperatures became bearable (unlike the city life, which had become unbearable), we remembered Lamma and decided to give it a go.
Visiting Tibet was, for us, a bit complicated: we had to obtain a special authorization through an agency, follow a precise itinerary, hire a guide and a driver services… All these constraints were not compatible with our way of traveling. So we found another solution, much simpler, to get ourselves into the Tibetan culture: visiting Tibetan villages of Sichuan and Yunnan!
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Our journey in Western and Central China took us through Hunan; a province of an incredible beauty, inhabited by several ethnic minorities, endemic animal and plant species. It’s also in this subtropical climate province that we found the popular forest park of Zhangjiajie – whose natural elements are unmistakably reminiscent of the setting of the film Avatar. Curious, we let ourselves be tempted by a visit to the park. A visit under the sign of rain, mist, but also (and fortunately!) of wonders… and we can say it, of a real visual slap in the face!
Two months is the (very small) amount of time we had to cross the 3rd largest country in the world: China. From the desert highlands of Xinjiang to the mountains of Yunnan, through the tropical forests of Hunan, we were totally amazed by the beauty of the landscapes, the Chinese gastronomy and the exceptional cultural heritage of this country. Are you interested to visit Western and Central China? We’ll take you there through this guide!