July 31st, 2012
WildChina | Categories: Chinese Culture, Environment, Holidays and Festivals, WildChina Travel Tips
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In China’s fall, picking the right time to travel is essential. Thinking about traveling to Guizhou November 9-12th? Get ready for eye-opening adventure. Thinking about traveling October 1-7th? Get ready to wait in line. Timing your visit to China for early November will put you there for the Lusheng Festival, a time of rich celebration for a culture that is thousands of years old. Planning your visit during China’s National Holiday in October will get you closer to great crowds than the Great Wall.
During early November, those lucky enough to find themselves with WildChina in Guizhou are in for a real treat: The Lusheng Festival of the Miao people. This annual event is a festival that celebrates the courtship between the young men and women of the local villages. Taking its name from the Lusheng instrument played by the men during ceremonies, the festival is marked by a host of activities. In addition to singing by the women in their traditional bright colors and shimmering head dresses, buffalo fighting and horse racing are also a part of the celebration. If you choose to explore this event along the Damochong Valley with us, we will take you into the homes of the Paika villagers for dinner and give you a chance to try the Lusheng instrument for yourself. As Catherine Meng, one of WildChina’s travel consultants explains, “The Lusheng festival is unique because outside of the Sisters’ Meal Festival in the spring, it is the only festival where all the different Miao minorities come together for a single event.” China’s Lusheng festival truly has something for everyone to enjoy.
Now on to something no one enjoys. Have you ever tried booking a last minute ticket home for Thanksgiving? Now imagine trying to book that ticket in a country where the population is 1.5 billion. This is the reality of China’s two Golden Weeks, times during which it is virtually impossible to move about the country. While the first Golden Week which celebrated the Chinese New Year passed in January, the second Golden Week will take place October 1-7. During this time, WildChina would recommend you avoid visiting the country because not only will transportation be jammed, but national parks and monuments will be flooded with people.
Though travel during China’s Golden Weeks is certainly something to be avoided, a journey to Guizhou during the fall festivals can be life changing. WildChina traveler Anthony Garrett described the trip he and his wife had in Guizhou as something they “will treasure the rest of their lives.” Pick the right time to come to China and you stand a good chance of leaving feeling the same way.
If you are interested in service in Guizhou check out our recent trips with Harvard Business School Alumni and also with Princeton’s Summer of Service students. If you have any other questions about travel in Guizhou email us at email@example.com
Photos by WildChina & Chinanews.com
July 30th, 2012
WildChina | Categories: Chinese Culture, Educational Travel in China, Environment, WildChina Experts
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A trip to China’s western province of Xinjiang is a journey to a China that you will not recognize. Although it has a history thousands of years long, and a population of over 1.5 billion, China’s economic and urban development can cause one to overlook the variety of its landscape. When people think of China, they can readily imagine its bustling cities and lush southern rice patties, but they often forget the arid deserts and snowy mountains of China’s far west. To journey to Xinjiang is to step back in time. As you explore the province, you will see nomads driving herds of livestock to market, grapes drying on wooden frames, and bread cooking in open stoves. With so much to see where does one begin?
How about retracing the Great Silk Road? The highway of the ancient world, the Silk Road conjures images of camel trains packed with bolts of silk and bags of richly colored spices. And indeed, much of this remains. Join us for a trip on camel back through markets that have existed for centuries. Explore the inside of Abakh Khoja Mausoleum and Id Kah Mosque, and then pick your way through the remnants of Kashgar’s Old Town. Break bread with an Uighur family and then sit back and relax as they entertain you with the swirls and chants of their traditional song and dance.
Are you a photographer looking for a more technical experience? Join WildChina expert and professional photographer Sean Gallagher for a photography expedition on the Silk Road. In addition to having his work featured in TIME Magazine, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Der Spiegel and National Geographic China, Sean also had the honor of serving as the official photographer for British Prime Minister, David Cameron’s 2010 visit to China. As you cross the desert with Sean, he will teach you techniques for landscape, portrait, and time-lapse photography.
If you are more interested in raw adventure, join us for a trek through the heights of the Heavenly Mountain: Mount Bogda. With snow capped peaks, and ruggedly hewn glaciers Mount Bogda offers a rare look at Xinjiang’s mountain terrain. Over the course of your hike, we will journey up to 13,350 feet above sea level then down again where we plunge into the Tuyog Village to visit with a local family and share our adventures. Go west with us, and discover a piece of China few even know exists.
These journeys are only starting points. We are happy to tailor to best suit your interests. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin building the perfect western adventure.
Photos by WildChina & Sean Gallagher
July 27th, 2012
WildChina | Categories: Adventure Travel in China, Luxury China Travel, WildChina Travel Tips
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Have you ever woken up on a plane to discover that your flight has been rerouted mid-air? Or arrived at your destination only to discover every single bag is missing? Everyone has at least one story, that nightmare travel experience where a series of disasters have conspired to wreck a vacation. Sometimes it is a storm, sometimes it is a mechanical problem, sometimes its another thing entirely. Whatever the problem, you know you are going to spend a long time standing in line, or on the phone, while your wait for “the next available customer service representative.” Cue annoying music.
This past weekend, China was hit with a particularly aggressive weather system. A record rain storm in Beijing and a typhoon that passed over Hong Kong wreaked havoc on flight plans all over the country. While WildChina could not keep the storm from coming, we were able to act as advocates for those who had booked travel with us. For those who wanted to let their families know they were alright, even in remote regions, we used their emergency numbers and called home on their behalf. For those who had children scared of the storm, our guides provided laughs. And for those whose flight plans were headed for a snarl, we provided a way out. This past weekend we had a group flying from Guilin to Lijiang via Kunming that had missed their connection as a result of delays. While these travelers were in the air, WildChina arranged for a guide to meet them at their connecting airport free of charge. Our booking department then reached out to the airlines to get our guests on the next available flight, and when that did not work, we turned to our network of contacts to find seats. In the end, the group was able to make it to Lijiang only a few hours later then originally planned.
Our goal when we plan a trip for you is for it to be as smooth as possible, from start to finish. Whether you are exploring the Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall, watching the sun rise on Mount Meili, or going on a trip to Pabongka Monastery in Tibet, we always prepare for the unexpected.
Interested in joining us for a journey through China? Email us at email@example.com and we will start working with you to create your perfect itinerary.
Photo of flight screen by Eye on Spain. Photo of fisherman by Michael Deng.
July 26th, 2012
WildChina | Categories: WildChina Travel Tips
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Imagine waking up inside a room overflowing with so much extravagance that even after getting out of bed, you still feel as though you are walking inside a dream. The blaring sounds of your alarm smoothly transition into the calming melodies of Mozart as you are taken by the lovely smells of lavender that permeate even the most hidden corners of your lavish quarter. Pull back the velvety curtains of the broad windows to unveil your spectacular front-seat panorama of Victoria’s Harbor as the sun gloriously rises. With a cup of some of the finest aromatic tea in one hand and a scrumptious blueberry scone in the other, jump back onto the plush sheets of your cloud-like bed and take a deep breath as you become mesmerized by the wondrous hues of cinnamon and golden yellow that form the ideal backdrop to the wondrous cityscape located in the best city in the world.
At The Peninsula Hong Kong, each and every guest is treated like royalty. A night at this grand hotel is not one of simple relaxation, but rather, an unforgettable and magical experience. Although the name “Peninsula” is one synonymous with first-class luxury and elegant style, the branch in Hong Kong embodies not only these elements, but also, much more. Unparalleled in its grandeur and top-level service standards, The Peninsula Hong Kong has begun redefining what it means to be a five-star hotel. As a front-runner in the luxury travel industry, it is only fitting that we at WildChina recommend The Peninsula Hong Kong, along with its sister locations in Beijing and Shanghai, to our clients who desire a leisurely stay suitable for a superstar.
This opulent hotel has recently embarked on a two-phase project focused on giving the interior designs of its 297 rooms a fresh new look, one composed of “classical modernity, chic simplicity, and timeless luxury.” The focal point of these renovations is not merely simple modifications in furnishing, but rather, further satisfying the needs of each and every one of its visitors by enhancing the overall convenience of each suite. Using only the finest materials and the best craftsmanship, this remodeling well meets the hotel’s lofty standards for quality, practicality, and functionality. The combination of modern décor and cutting-edge in-room technology will set these newly-revamped rooms as culminations of magnificence, cementing the hotel’s leadership in global luxury hospitality and its overall footing at the top of Hong Kong’s finest.
In a way, The Peninsula Hong Kong and WildChina are very similar. Both are front-runners in their individual fields, the former in the luxury hotel industry, and the latter, in the luxury travel industry. Although both are constantly evolving, whether it be staying on top of the most innovative in-room technology or maintaining the most eco-friendly travel standards, both The Peninsula Hong Kong and WildChina share the same ground when it comes to setting the personal needs of their clients as a top priority and preserving the individual foundations on which each was established. The five-star hotel’s fresh look composed of chic sophistication upholds its motto of “innovation as a part of tradition,” while WildChina’s upcoming “Gastronomic Tour of China with Fuchsia Dunlop” maintains the travel company’s motto of “Experience China Differently.” Whether one is exploring the Silk Road with WildChina or spending a night at the palatial Peninsula during a visit to Hong Kong, each and every client will feel like royalty, waking up each morning feeling refreshed and as though he or she is walking inside a dream.
Photo credit: Peninsula Hong Kong
Interested in dining on some mouthwatering dim sum in Hong Kong? Check out WildChina’s trip High Speed China to explore all that this “Pearl of the Orient” has to offer.
July 25th, 2012
WildChina | Categories: Chinese Culture, Educational Travel in China, Environment, Holidays and Festivals, Sustainable Travel
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No landscape in China is as timeless as that of Guizhou. The hills, covered in stripes of green created by the tiers of rice paddies, look the same today as they have for over six centuries. Above the valleys, mist slowly rises, obscuring your view of the houses that have settled sentient into the top of the mountains. Unlike the rapid evolution that is presently shaping urban China, much of Guizhou remains unchanged. WildChina’s rustic journey through Guizhou and Guangxi, recognized as one of National Geographic Traveler’s “Tours of a Lifetime,” will make you feel like you have strolled into an old Chinese watercolor.
A trip to the countryside does not mean sacrificing culture, as Guizhou is the home of the Miao minority people. Plan your visit during the Miao festivals and you are in for a real treat. This year, a trip on either Nov. 9-11th or Nov. 10-12th will land you in the middle of the celebrations. During this time, you will see women in black tunics patterned with bright reds and blues, and atop their brows will rest shimmering silver head-dresses. They will laugh smile and dance, and will even offer you a sip of their powerful rice wine.
Guizhou’s remoteness makes it an ideal location for service trips for those who are interested. Only recently, WildChina led a group of Harvard Business School alumni to Guizhou to help in the in the construction of irrigation channels for rice paddies. Opportunities are also available for students on summer break and anyone looking to lend a hand in China during their next vacation. Thinking back on her student’s experience in Guizhou, Adrian Gan, a teacher at the Hong Kong Discovery College noted “Our students have all consistently described their few days living in the Miao Village as one which has completely changed their ideas of what it means to be in community.”
If you have seen China’s cities, or are simply looking for a trip that is on the road less traveled, Guizhou is the perfect answer. When your trip is over, you won’t feel like you are exiting a foreign museum, but like you are leaving a foreign world.
If you have questions about traveling to Guizhou, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cormorant fisherman photograph by Yam-ki Chan
July 24th, 2012
WildChina | Categories: Chinese Culture, Environment, On the Road
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Starting your own business can be tricky. Starting your own business in a foreign country? Now that is a real challenge. However, in 2003, that is exactly what Colin Flahive and Kris Ariel set out to do in Dali when they first began thinking about Salvador’s Coffee House. Although they moved Salvador’s to Kunming in 2004 with the help of two of their friends, the spirit of the place remained the same.
Salvador’s aims to offer great food, environmentally sustainable products, and an enriching workplace for its employees. Overtime Colin and his friends became so impressed with the loyalty of their staff that they decided they wanted to give something back to Yunnan. To do this the four friends started Village Progress as a way to support the communities surrounding them. The goal of Village Progress is to allow locals to “recognize problems and address them in ways that work within their own skills and interests.” Since its inception, Village Progress has sought to do just that whether it was healthcare, sustainability, or education.
Salvador’s increased commitment to enriching the lives of its employees has not led to the abandonment of its other pursuits. Located in the back of the restaurant is Green Kunming, a store which concentrates on selling a whole host of organic products including organic toothpaste from Beijing as well as local food like honey, milk, and yogurt. Next on the horizon is the development of Salvador’s very own Dali granola bars. Quality service, organic food, and community involvement–there’s nothing these guys cannot do. Stop by next time you are in Kunming, and see for yourself.
Interested in joining us on a trip to Kunming? Many of our Yunnan travel programs, such as “South of the Clouds and Life along the Mighty Mekong begin in Kunming. Questions? Get in touch at email@example.com and we can fit any itinerary to your needs.
Photo of Salvador’s staff by Salvador’s Cafe
July 23rd, 2012
WildChina | Categories: Chinese Culture, Where the Wild Things Are: A WildChina Series, WildChina Experts
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This past Saturday, the weather outside maybe have been frightful, but for those who braved the rain, TasteV‘s wine was delightful. While the worst storm to hit Beijing in the last 61 years buffeted the outside of Capital M, Steven Han managed to steal the thunder at WildChina’s Where the Wild Things Are: A WildChina Series. Whether it was the importance of having a clear mission statement, finding good products, or maneuvering through government bureaucracy, Steven’s words pulled back the cover on a whole range of China business issues for prospective entrepreneurs.
During the discussion, guests were also treated to TasteV’s incredible wines. From the Chairman’s Reserve to the more modest Pinotage, TasteV’s selection across the different price points was top notch.
As guests sipped their wine, Steven shared the reason he first joined Google – the food-, the biggest hurdle to starting a business in China – state paperwork – , as well as stories of the taste tests for his wine the world over. A particularly funny anecdote concerned a group of French sommeliers who chose a Chinese TasteV wine over a French one and then called the comparison unfair.
After his talk, Steven opened the floor up to questions and everyone had a chance to chime in. As the event concluded and everyone headed out into the rain, attendee Jack Gomer stated “Even with the weather I’m glad I came out tonight.”
We hope to see you at our next Where the Wild Things Are: WildChina Series in September with Laurence Brahm. We will keep you updated once the details are finalized. If you have any questions before then feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
July 20th, 2012
WildChina | Categories: Dining Experiences in China, On the Road, Sustainable Travel, WildChina Travel Tips
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Coffee, crumpets, and the chance to be cosseted by Karine Kafrell–chemical engineer, entrepreneur, and baker extraordinaire. This is what awaits customers at Bakery 88 in Dali, Yunnan.
A German bakery specializing in organic breads and jams made from locally sourced ingredients, Bakery 88 now resides at Foreigner Street Center 52 in Dali. Perhaps the bakery’s success and popularity were pre-destined when Karine scored big time with the original address at Yue’erxiaojie No. 88–the number 8 is a lucky number in China (much more so than the 7), and 88 is of course, twice as lucky. However, to believe this the sole reason for the bakery’s rave reviews is to do a disservice to Karine and her mission of empowerment.
Bakery 88's simple yet classy tables
Karine is German to the core–but also has the warm affection of an Italian mamma, enveloping her customers in hugs and smells of freshly baked bread. A chemical engineer by profession, she traded in her crucible for cookie sheets, and her formulas for recipes (but held on to her thermometer!) to start Bakery 88–simply because she loves to bake. At 14 years of age she declared herself a baker, but after years of baking solo she now employs a large staff and has customers clamoring at her door. Bakery 88 is a long-loved staple of the Dali food scene–a feel-good favorite of both locals and expats alike.
Bakery 88 is a home away from home for many of its customers
One of Karine’s aims in opening Bakery 88 was to employ local Yunnanese women who were, as far as the job market was concerned, skill-less. She teaches them to source, bake, and cook all kinds of recipes–including jam. In fact, one of Karine’s staff, after 3 years of working with Karine has succeeded in launching her own line of jam which Karine says is an ingenious combination of peaches, plums and pears–a gorgeous recipe she created on her own. Karine’s mission of female empowerment definitely has our applause at WildChina.
Deliciousness at Bakery 88
We love Bakery 88′s granola bars–a simple choice made with local Yunnan mulberries that just melt in your mouth. Here is to hoping my next journey leads me there sooner than later.
To truly treat your taste buds to Karine’s delicious baking, check out our trip Retracing the Ancient Tea & Horse Caravan Trail: Yunnan. Starting in Dali, this journey takes you along (you guessed it!) the 1,000 year-old Ancient Tea & Horse Caravan Trail.
July 19th, 2012
WildChina | Categories: Adventure Travel in China, Chinese Culture, Environment, WildChina Experts, WildChina Explorer Grant, WildChina Travel Tips, Zhang Mei
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This week, in addition to updating you on our adventures in Guizhou and Guangxi, WildChina has been concentrating on providing travel tips. If you have been following our blog, then you have seen our top five tips for easy China travel, as well as heard from our founder Zhang Mei about her essentials for running and hiking. In our final chapter of recommendations for this week, we turned to our team of specialists and advisers to provide us with their travel secrets. Below are recommendations from our experts which we think will appeal both for those excited by raw adventure and those more interested in the culture and history of China.
Zhang Mei: Although you did hear from WildChina Founder Zhang Mei only yesterday on her essentials for running and hiking, she also had a few recommendations for items she will not leave the house without when she is going traveling. Simple but crucial, Mei relies on her First Ascent EddieBauer raincoat, OFF! bug spray and Lindberg sunglasses. The raincoat is great if there is a quick shower in Yunnan, the bug spray perfect protection in Guizhou, and sunglasses block out the powerful sun in Xinjiang.
Katherine Don: Having made a career running galleries in Beijing and New York Katherine has spent plenty of time crossing the globe. Her recommendations? Dig into the community as quickly as possible. Use jet lag in your favor and explore the neighborhood when you are awake in the early morning. Discover an aspect of the local community that you would otherwise have missed. Another trick is to download local applications for current listings of restaurants and major attractions. As Katherine notes, “GPS is great, but if the network is down, it’s a basic lifesaver to handover a phone number to a driver and let the other end communicate with directions. If all else fails, ask a local for directions or recommendations.” She explains, “Guanxi -Chinese for ‘relationships’- is a point of pride for people living in China. People tend to go out of their way to help make connections. Just be aware of advice that is given when you have not asked for it!”
Shanghua Zhang: One of last year’s WildChina Explorer Grant winners, Shanghua recently completed an arduous trek through the Ganzi prefecture of Sichuan province. While in the back country, he found the two things he relied on the most were a good map and simply being polite. A map got him there, but Shanghua also found fostering good relations with the people he met in the mountains to be particularly important. In addition to sharing fascinating stories about their lives, newly made friends would sometimes offer Shanghua a soft bed and warm meals free of charge – a much appreciated change from his tent and diet of increasingly stale buns.
Sean Gallagher: When he is not giving lessons to WildChina travelers on the Silk Road, Sean is tramping around the world using photography to bring light to a host of environmental issues. Needless to say, Sean is used to schlepping a true assortment of equipment across a plethora of landscapes. Sean’s travel tip is simple, yet brilliant: bring plastic shopping bags. Sean says “Whenever I travel in the field on shoots, I always pack a bunch of regular supermarket plastic bags. They can serve a multitude of useful purposes from putting dirty shoes or clothes in, to acting as temporary waterproof housing for your equipment, separating foods or toiletries, and keeping your general rubbish in. You can even re-use them on multiple trips and since they are incredibly light, you won’t be lugging extra weight around.”
Gady Epstein: Since 2002, Gady has made a name for himself covering China and Asia for The Baltimore Sun, Forbes, and The Economist. During his time working for these periodicals, Gady has spent ample time in airports. His advice for getting through transportation hubs in one piece? Good noise-cancelling headphones and a book. As Gady writes, “Air travel has become the worst part of anyone’s China experience. At some point in your trip, you’ll find yourself waiting around in an airport and, worse, on an airplane sitting on the tarmac. You may even find your ears assaulted with the musical stylings of your captors, the worst kind of muzak playing on repeat, slowly chipping away at your sanity. Escape into your own music and a great book.”
We hope you find these tips helpful, if you have some of your own you would like to share feel free to post them on our Facebook page. As always if you have any questions about travel in China do not hesitate to be in touch at email@example.com
July 18th, 2012
WildChina | Categories: WildChina Travel Tips, Zhang Mei
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When she is not occupied with journeying around the world or updating her Weibo with the captivating sights she encounters on her travels, WildChina’s founder, Mei, thoroughly enjoys exploring the outskirts of greater China, whether it means running a marathon in Inner Mongolia or trekking up the boding hillsides of Guizhou. Traveling luxuriously is one thing, but traveling luxuriously in style is another. For us at WildChina, it is no surprise that Mei has effortlessly mastered both.
Whether she is racing along the Erhai Lake in Dali or simply on a treadmill at her local gym, Mei’s iPod nano is always by her side. Lightweight, durable, and reliable, this pink gadget has been her loyal companion on the most memorable runs through some of the most remarkable backdrops. So what are a few of the top hits on Mei’s track list? Not the predictable Mozart or Bach. As an avid fan of the latest chart-toppers, Mei’s eclectic taste in music ranges from Propellerhead’s jazzy beats to Adele’s crisp voice. Who says Lady Gaga is only for teenagers? Mei will be the first to admit that the country rock twist added to “Born This Way (Country Road Version),” along with the pop star’s strong vocals, are indispensable when running through nature’s most beguiling wonders. Besides, for those of you worried about getting lost amongst the monumental mountains of Abujee, the refrain will reassure you that you are in fact “on the right track.”
Not only does Mei have the perfect ‘pump-up’ track list for her run, she also looks très chic while doing so. From running shorts to racerback tanks and even socks, Mei is an avid fan of Lulu Lemon, an athletic apparel company whose lush lightweight fabrics ace the founder’s tests for functionality and durability. The racer back’s body-skimming fit is flattering and the top is so comfortable that you won’t ever want to take it off, even in exchange for your pajamas. With its loose fit, the featherweight “Light as Air” running shorts will help you “fly without taking off from the ground.” For the perfect amount of sun protection, Mei recommends the Adidas Adizero Sequence Hat, which, with its ClimaCool ventilation, will keep you cool, dry, and stylish all-in-one. For the winter months, check out a brightly-colored North Face Goretex Jacket to keep warm. Windproof and waterproof, nothing will ever get in your way from exploring Mother Nature ever again. Whoever said workout gear wasn’t fashionable?
An ardent runner, Mei knows from personal experience that the key to a great run is all in the sneakers. She loves the functionality of her Adidas Adistar Salvaation 3 , which helped her spring to the finish line in a recent marathon in Inner Mongolia. With its reliable support and cushioning, these sneakers are comfort and durability at their finest. With such a great pair of shoes, you are bound to get compliments while running in style. For hiking, Mei recommends Asolo’s indestructible hiking boots, which are perfect for trekking along the Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan in either rain or shine.
Want to give your lips a whole lot of love? Mei recommends Burt’s Bees Pomegranate Lip Balm, which will hydrate and revitalize your thirsty lips with antioxidant-rich pomegranate oil. Best of all, it smells absolutely delicious! L’Occitane’s best-selling crème is a classic, one of Mei’s go-to items. Even after an adventurous day exploring the high mountaintops of Gaoligong in Yunnan, this buttery cream makes her hands feel soft and luxurious.
What are some other necessities that Mei always keeps in her bright red, versatile REI Flash 18 Pack? Weighing in at almost nothing, this affordable and durable daypack is ideal for short hikes away from camp. It comfortably fits all of Mei’s essentials, from her impact resistant Camelbak water bottle to her handy dandy travel-size Purell Hand Sanitizer, which Mei admits, has collected as many mileage points as she has. Regardless of whether or not she is traveling by herself or with her kids, sunscreen is a must on Mei’s checklist. She loves the one from Shisedo, which not only boasts an SPF of 60+, but is also non-greasy and odor-free. To reenergize, Mei recently discovered the Dali Bar at Salvadore’s Cafe in Kunming, each and every one hand-made by locals. Consisting of a mixture of sunflower seeds, honey dates, oats, and walnuts, this bar is not only delectable, but also, full of nutrients. Who ever said healthy couldn’t taste good?
Whether it be luxury travel in China, chart-topping music, or the latest fashions, WildChina’s founder Mei is on top of it all. How does she pamper herself post-travel? Mei loves to relax while taking a bath using some aromatic Hongjintian Bath Salt with a cup of her favorite Longjing Green Tea by her side. With a fashionista as its founder, WildChina is not only a front-runner in simply luxury travel, but rather, luxury travel in style. Even Harper’s Bazaar is impressed!
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