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May 31st, 2012

Lost Heaven in Beijing

By: WildChina | Categories: Dining Experiences in China

Yesterday several members of WildChina attended the Grand Opening of Lost Heaven Beijing. This renowned restaurant has been pleasing Shanghai eaters for many years and we are thrilled to finally have a branch in Beijing.

Lost Heaven Beijing restaurant opened its doors yesterday by throwing a fantastic opening party.  The highlight of the event was undoubtedly sampling the delicious cuisine. WildChina’s Jenny Zhao said, “The spring rolls were absolutely delicious and I loved the seven spices chicken. To enjoy such delicious and flavorful food on the second floor terrace was a total treat.” In addition to these dishes, guests enjoyed fish filets, spicy noodles and a dish similar to a Malaysian curry beer. For Claudia Pumarejo, who heads up WildChina’s Latin American department, she says, ” I was so impressed with the service. The waitstaff had a very friendly and positive attitude.”

 

Lost Heaven Beijing location couldn’t be better. At Qian Men 23, we’re just steps away from the biggest landmarks of the city: Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City. The place is full of history, as it housed the US Embassy during Qing Dynasty, the last Chinese Imperial house.

Notwithstanding the rich ethnic and historical heritage, the party was decked by trend-setters and Beijing socialites from every walk of life.

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Photos by WildChina’s Claudia Pumarejo


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May 30th, 2012

Dali Courtyard Two, the new Yunnan restaurant in Beijing

By: WildChina | Categories: Dining Experiences in China

There is no shortage of restaurants in Beijing – high-end, mediocre, fast-food; international, regional, Imperial … and the trend has been an increase in numbers, variety and location. But there is one well-established regional restaurant that has earned its reputation as ‘the best Yunnan food in the capital’, and now it has opened a new, more sophisticated private kitchen, in the secluded Beixiawazi hutong.

“Dali Courtyard Two”, the new Dali Courtyard, by the same owner as the original restaurant (which is still open for business in its traditional location), has kept its excellent quality of service, freshness and deliciousness, but added a sense of exclusivity and exquisiteness to the already successful business. Set in an elegant courtyard, “Dali Courtyard Two” is beautifully decorated with wooden furniture, mixing traditional Chinese with Zen minimalist, yet modern deco. On warmer days, you can eat al fresco under the shade of ancient trees. As you go into the restaurant, you are welcomed by beautiful bamboo bird-cages, the smells of a private kitchen in quiet and private surroundings.

The New Dali Courtyard restaurant is an excellent venue for entertaining visitors, corporate dinners or simply enjoying a delicious home-made Yunnan meal. As you sit at the table, Dali’s polite staff will ask you if there are any food restrictions they should be aware of. The dishes are made from fresh – sometimes piquant ingredients, incorporating the unique flavours of Yunnan.

Fresh mushrooms at Dali Courtyard Two

There is no ‘a la carte’ menu, but rather a set lunch or dinner at a fixed price. So let yourself be surprised and amazed. Lunch is RMB 188 and dinner RMB 228 (excluding drinks). Open every day for lunch and dinner, (except Mon-Tue, closed for lunch).

Yunnan-style Tofu

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Dali Courtyard Two 大理餐厅2

1 北下洼子胡同 (1 Beixiawazi Hutong)

[Just off Xiaojingchang Hutong, north off Gulou Dongdajie]

Tel: 84046913/84041430

 


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May 28th, 2012

The Ancient Tea and Horse Road – An interview with Jeff Fuchs

By: Chelin Miller | Categories: Adventure Travel in China, Chelin Miller

After months of following Jeff Fuchs’ blog and appearances at WildChina’s website, I finally met him personally during a presentation at Beijing Literary Festival in Capital M. Jeff’s passion for mountains and tea are evident in his exquisite, almost poetic writing, and the photographs that illustrate his blog have a special quality which caught my attention. Forests of tea trees, hundreds of miles away from civilization; beautiful landscapes of wind-blown, snow-covered peaks; portraits of ancient faces, whose thousand-year old wrinkles tell stories of long-gone ancestors. I wanted to find out more about Jeff’s creative process – where does his inspiration come from, what stirs him, what makes him tick.
I decided to get in touch with Jeff to satisfy my curiosity. Always generous when it comes to sharing his knowledge and experience, Jeff did not hesitate to answer from Switzerland, where he is spending the coming weeks working and climbing. Surrounded by fresh air, mountains and his precious tea (I could sense his longing for China), Jeff wrote the following:

Chelin Miller: I am very curious about your photography, I love your style and many times I wonder how you do it! – Could you tell us about your photographic career, what camera do you use when you travel?
Jeff Fuchs: Until very recently I always had along with me a film camera – including a wonderful old monster, a Pentax 6×7. I had film leftovers from jobs and whenever I encountered a face – especially a face – I would shoot both digital and film as for whatever reason, the film for me kept some of the integrity and dimensionality of the face. I now travel with two digital cameras, both Nikons, and one of these is a small compact, which easily fits anywhere and can shoot brilliant video. I’m also shooting a lot with my Apple Iphone which is far less intrusive and at times the perfect ‘invisible’ solution when the mood is right – it doesn’t disturb and mobile phones are barely given a glance, whereas an SLR still changes people and their feelings.

CM: Do you take all the photos for your website yourself or do you work in partnership with other photographers? The portraits you showed us at the presentation are absolutely stunning.
JF: All of the photos on my blog and website (barring those of myself) are taken by myself.  I often play around with them as sometimes a very simple shot can still be edited a bit to fit the mood of the piece…or my own taste. I think the blog and website should have a certain ‘feel’ that is consistent with my view, otherwise it is simply a temporary and random experience and I see both sites as something long-term, both style and subject-wise. I always feel that if I am going to tell any story, however brief, there needs to be the human element, and that involves getting portraits of life being lived and keeping a ‘feel’ of ‘life-being-lived’.

CM: Do you carry a lot of photo gear when you go on expeditions?
JF: My gear loads have been minimized to a huge extent from even 5 years ago when camera bodies, multiple lenses, and a whole load of ‘insurance’ pieces of kit were taken up mountains, through rivers, down mountains, and everywhere in-between. Now, I’ve got two SLR bodies, two lenses and a small compact. As with many parts of my life, what I find ‘essential’ has been cut down hugely and I don’t feel that I lack for anything. A good shot still needs work and patience.

CM: You have a very distinctive style, very ‘analogue’, sometimes ‘retro’ and yet, you keep up with modern times by posting wonderful images online.
JF: My strong urge is always to shoot people, and I suppose I’ve changed my approach a bit in enjoying simply taking portraits of what is in front of me rather than going for the full ‘set-up’ approach. Some of my favourite shots (taken by others as well) are those shots that are of what is going on, as opposed to ‘creating’ something that isn’t there. Having said that, with technology, one can have a bit of fun ‘post production’ creating something extra with the shot – colour manipulation, mood, tones, etc. Once I see an ‘image’ after I’ve shot it, I get an impression of what – if anything – should be done to enhance the shot, and it is often shots I’ve forgotten about that become pivotal to a story.

CM: You are always very busy, travelling, climbing and on expeditions, it must be challenging to manage your time efficiently. Do you write on your travels, or do you keep notes and then write when you get back home?
JF: On expeditions I jot notes down in a pad, or record thoughts on an mp3 so that the moment ideas – however nutty – come into the head and heart, they are put down immediately. If you value the present – and I do – then its essential to get everything down to edit later on. Those precious thoughts and feelings don’t linger as long as I would like, but they are often the keys to a day, a journey, or simply a moment. When I arrive back I use the notes – and photos – as the basis points for the writings.

CM: What inspires you to write? I know you are passionate about mountains, climbing, exploring and tea, but what feeds your passion? Do you have a favourite author/ photographer/ explorer?
JF: I was lucky in that growing up I had the opportunity to select from a huge library of writings and styles and the written words became worlds in themselves that I felt privileged to be able to access. I suppose I have the same desire to impart and expose what I’m privy to, to others – especially given where I spend much of my life. Certainly the areas that I travel through and observe stir me – regardless of whether I like the area or not. I guess I’m not simply content observing a place, person, or action; I want to impart what the senses take in to others. Growing up and still now, Joseph Conrad’s writings left huge impressions for their ability to communicate the human condition and struggles, while all the while introducing these huge geographies. I love reading Orphan Pamuk as well, and the climber E.E Shipton offered up the world of humans and nature interacting, colliding, and ultimately co-habitating. All of the writers that I’ve enjoyed are able to transmit feelings on a plate to all of the senses and it is this that holds me. Mountains, for me, are one of the great instructors and ‘motivators’ that feed me. Once you start interacting with them, the blood, the mind and the body are hooked – or at least in my case are hooked. They punish, they feed, they edit, and ultimately they draw and shelter, again and again … and it is they who have taught me the lesson, that one needs to take time to seek, and to take more time.

CM: I would love to get a copy of your book, “The Ancient Tea Horse Road” but sadly it is now out of print. In one of your blog posts you mentioned that you are working on an e-book. How is that coming along? I can’t wait to read it.
JF: The e-book comes along well. I am working with a small independent publisher – CSF Publishing – that is run by Pierre Toutain-Dorbec, who himself is a great photographer and fan of the project. The e-book version of my book is going to be far richer in images than the hard copy, so that there is a more tangible feel to complement the text. Hopefully the e-book will be out in the coming months. The title is likely to remain simply “The Ancient Tea Horse Road” – as well as some minor ‘updates’, it will be made available on all of the current e-book technologies – including Kindle, iBook, nook and others. Pierre and I will meet in the coming months to talk of trying to create a ‘multi-language’ platform allowing the book’s translation into French, and perhaps Spanish and German as well.

CM: Thank you for taking the time to share your passion and your experience with us. And I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on National Geographic Traveler having named your Ancient Tea Horse Road trip with WildChina as on of their “Top 50 Trips of a Lifetime”.

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Links:
You can visit Jeff’s blog and his website at http://www.jefffuchs.com/
For more information about WildChina’s trip “Tea Horse Caravan Road” hosted by Jeff himself, visit http://www.wildchina.com/china-immersion-experiences/overview/tea-horse-road-with-jeff-fuchs-yunnan

 


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May 25th, 2012

Update from the Field: Travel to Tibet

By: WildChina | Categories: WildChina Travel Tips

For the past four years, Tibet experiences a hiatus in tourism during the spring.  As we are moving to the end of May, Tibet is slowly opening up again to travelers.  Currently, permits to the autonomous region out west can be granted to groups of 5 or more people of the same nationality.  Thus, it is the perfect time to gather friends and family for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to this spiritual land…

Our journeys are briefly outlined here in Action Asia magazine, but no matter if it is a trip for your entire family or a group of friends camping out in the Tibetan countryside against the world’s most magnificent mountains, there is certainly something for everyone.

For travelers looking to travel in the Tibetan regions of Sichuan province, Ganze and Dege districts seem to be closed still while Litang and Yading reserves are open to foreigners.  Overland journeys from northwest Yunnan to  southeastern Sichuan are also fine.  For a peek into the lives of monks in these remote monasteries, check out WildChina’s 12-Day journey in the Western Frontier.

 

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For more information, contact us at info@wildchina.com

 


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May 24th, 2012

Cross Border Journey: Trip Notes from Vietnam and China

By: WildChina | Categories: Adventure Travel in China, WildChina's Newest Journeys

Our first clients recently returned from WildChina’s inaugural cross-border journey to China and Vietnam. Here are some highlights from Max Stein, a Princeton in Asia fellow at WildChina, and his parents Richard Stein and Eva Zuckerkandel. In addition to the geologic wonders – the limestone islands of Halong Bay, the villages of Sapa and the Great Wall, their encounters with the people of the two countries left quite the impression…

Max: In Vietnam, a visit to Dong Ngac cultural village in Hanoi was particularly memorable. An elderly man took us to his family’s altar that dates back several hundred years. He originally fought for the Viet Cong, and here he was, welcoming Americans into his home many decades later.

Richard: The hikes that we did with our guide, Mr. Thuan, were a bit more challenging for us. I am in good physical condition and the hikes were strenuous. They should be described as such. Also the Vietnam leg of the trip is much warmer and much more humid than that of China. When hiking in a very hot and humid climate, specific attention needs to be paid to the amount of water that is carried for the hike. We found ourselves consuming a lot of water and did in fact run out at mid-day on the second day of a hike. Also, showers were by bucket in one of the homestays. The Dzao and Tay homestays were good.

 

In China, Richard and Eva visited Guizhou. Two experiences stand out. During their first full day, they stumbled on a family baby-naming ceremony for their newborn son. The family saw these foreigners and described it as a destined meeting. Out of respect, they chose to name their son Richard.

Richard: While on a hike we came upon a 400 year-old home. We then had a spectacular time speaking with the owner, a sweet 80 year-old woman that lives alone in the house. She was beautiful with perfect skin and teeth. I had my iPhone, so I took a video of her and played it back. She lit up. Her home looked like it was last renovated about 400 years ago yet she was proud and happy with her life. She told us stories about her children, her husband…It was a great experience that I cannot ever forget.

 

Eva: We had a wonderful time in both Vietnam and China. Mr. Nang from Journeys Within guided us on a portion of the Vietnam side. He was professional and courteous. While in China our guide was Xiao. We cannot say enough good things about him. He was wonderful. He is very passionate about what he does. This gives the trip much greater historical perspective. His great ability to connect with local residents in the area gave us an up close and personal view. That really made the trip amazing. Xiao is a true asset to WildChina.

 

 


Tags: Beijing China-Vietnam China-Vietnam ethnic minorities cross border cross border travel China-Vietnam Great Wall Guizhou Guizhou ethnic minorities Halong Bay Hanoi homestays Journeys Within Kaili Lama Temple Sapa .







May 21st, 2012

Where the Wild Things Are: An evening with William Lindesay is in Time Out Beijing!

By: WildChina | Categories: Where the Wild Things Are: A WildChina Series, WildChina Experts

All of us at WildChina are excited about our upcoming Where the Wild Things Are speaker: William Lindesay.  Lindesay is a WildChina Expert and Great Wall historian whose first trip to the Wall in 1987 “was supposed to be a one-off trip [but] sparked a lifetime obsession.”

William Lindesay

The May issue of Time Out Beijing features Lindesay and his most recent contribution to Great Wall history: the rediscovery of a section of the Wall deep in the Mongolian Gobi Desert.

The discovery of this wall on the other side of the Chinese-Mongolian border is not new. Lindesay is not adding to history…he is rewriting it.  Long thought to be remains from Genghis Khan’s vast empire, Lindesay now thinks this 3ft -high wall is actually part of the Chinese Great Wall.  “My first reaction was, why would Genghis Khan build walls?  He’s the big conqueror, the man who went out and ruled Asia.  A wall is normally a form of defense”.

The Great Wall by William Lindesay

So, he set out to find it and examine it himself. His previous experiences in the desert–along part of the Han dynasty Great Wall in arid Gansu province–were close calls.  “Some of the crew collapsed from dehydration during a 30km trek in temperatures of 46 celcius, and Lindesay was forced to drink his own urine to ‘make it that last mile’.  Not wishing to repeat that experience, he made doubly sure enough water was brought. “Laden with enough water (40 litters per person to last over five days), tents, basic provisions, and the twin luxuries of HP sauce (for the Brits) and premium Genghis Khan vodka (for the Mongolian army officers they would meet near the wall), they set off in two old Land Cruisers.”

What he found, and the conclusions he’s drawn–that the wall was part of the Western Xia dynasty–have incited uproar among Mongolians who claim the wall as the “Genghis Khan Wall”.  However Lindesay “hopes, whether the wall was Genghis’ or not, that Mongolians can still feel proud.  ‘It should be a shared heritage.  As the president of Mongolia once said, “The Chinese people were hard-working and organized to build the Great Wall, but it takes a great people to have a great wall like this built for them”.’”

The Great Wall by William Lindesay

For someone who’s first trip to the Wall involved “being arrested nine times, deported once, overcoming sunstroke and having to out-run vicious guard dogs”, we can’t wait to hear more about Lindesay’s most recent Wall adventure.

Where the Wild Things Are: An evening with William Lindesay event details:

Thursday, May 31 at 6:30PM
Great Leap Brewing 大跃啤酒
6 Doujiao Hutong, off of Dianmenwai Dajie
东城区豆角胡同6号院

RSVP
Tickets are RMB 250 per guest and can be purchased on Yoopay
票价为250元一张, 请直接从 Yoopay 购买:
https://yoopay.cn/event/wildchina-20120531

Tickets are RMB 250, which includes entry, two beers from Great Leap and dinner provided by Mercante (vegetarian option is available). Soft drinks and sparking water will also be available.

Tickets are going fast–less than 10 tickets left, less than 10 days to book!  Come on out to the event that Time Out Beijing’s critics have named Number 1 Around Town.

To read the entire article on Lindesay’s “Wonder Wall”, pick up a copy of this month’s Time Out Beijing.

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For questions or RSVPs please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at wherethewildthingsare@wildchina.com

Photos by William Lindesay.


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May 16th, 2012

Celebrating Naadam Festival in Mongolia

By: WildChina | Categories: Holidays and Festivals

Every year in July, the crescendo of boastful taunts between Mongolian men only means one thing – Naadam Festival has arrived!  The national holiday not only commemorates the 1921 revolution & the Mongol state’s declaration of freedom, but it’s also a Herculean display of athleticism and traditional song and dance.

 

Dubbed the “Three Games of Men”, celebrations and competitions were traditionally tests of a man’s skill, strength and daring.  Today, the games have evolved.  While man-to-man wrestling still remains just that, long-distance horse-racing and archery competitions are open to participants of all ages and for women as well.

 

If you’d like to join in on these activities, we recommend traveling with WildChina partner Nomadic Expeditions.  You can spend the holiday with nomadic families from a small town away from the crowds in the capital and relax in the open plains surrounding the Three Camels Lodge.

 

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For other programs to Mongolia or more information, please contact us.

 


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May 15th, 2012

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits China

By: WildChina | Categories: China News

A couple of weekends ago, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in town co-chairing the third U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) alongside China’s State Councilor Liu Yandong.  They discussed and presented plans for increased collaboration and exchange between the two countries over a huge variety of areas.  A couple of topics that really grabbed WildChina’s attention were education and women.

 

China State Councilor Liu Yandong & U.S. Secretary Hillary Clinton

 

On education, Secretary Clinton stated, “American students…are yearning to learn more about China, and you cannot learn that from a textbook. You learn it from sitting across a table, having a discussion, sharing a meal, learning a language. There is nothing that substitutes for being in each other’s countries.”  We could not agree more.  When students on our educational programs return from trip, the focus is typically on how much they appreciated the homestays with local families or giving lessons in English, art, basketball or the hokey-pokey to a group of Chinese students.

 

Students of CET Academic Programs teach at a school in Guizhou province

 

Concerning women, the story of women entrepreneurship in China certainly hits close to home, and it’s empowering to hear that conversations about the ways to improve opportunities for girls and women in both nations (and around the world) will continue.  After all, as mentioned in this inspiring microblog:

 

 

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Photos by WildChina & Michael Gross, U.S. Department of State & textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com

 


Tags: China News student exchange in China study abroad in China U.S. Secretary Hillary Clinton in China U.S.-China relations women entrepreneurship in China .







May 11th, 2012

Celebrating Mother’s Day in Beijing, China

By: WildChina | Categories: Chinese Culture

As Mother’s Day is here, we hope you have something wonderful lined up for mother, wife, and/or grandmother.  Take a look below at a few of WildChina’s suggestions on how to spend a special Mother’s Day in China.  To get our insights, we sat down with Veronique d’Antras, Director of Leisure, and Barbara Henderson, Director of Business Development– both of whom are mothers– to pick their brains on what they think makes a perfect Mother’s Day in China.

For Veronique, her ideal day takes her out a temple, such as  Dajuesi (Dajue Temple), Fahuasi, Jietaisi or Silver Pagodas as they are located in a nice spots with a good fengshui. Several weeks ago Veronique visited several weeks ago when blossoming trees were at their peak– it was absolutely stunning and very off the beaten path.

Dajue Temple

If her children are really lucky, Veronique would like to treat them to tea at the Aman at the Summer Palace. Both of her sons are busy students and she wants to “show them something really beautiful and elegant.” One of Veronique’s favorite restaurants is  The Temple Beijing Restaurant, a restored temple that has been transformed into a very special venue and restaurant.

Don’t miss the chocolate desserts.

For Barbara, a mother of four whose youngest daughter is 11, her ideal Mother Day’s is a bit different.  While her youngest daughter may appreciate refined elegance in a few years, right now it is all about fun play dates and sports to make her youngest happy. Now based in Vancouver heading WildChina’s Business Development, Barbara’s 15 years in Beijing gave her a real appreciation for relaxing out by the Great Wall. Barbara would like to head out with her family and have a  “yummy” picnic that includes her favorite foods.

Peonies in Jingshan Park

For Mother’s Day, both Barbara and Veronique feel that it is a day to enjoy the simple pleasures in life.  Both agree that visiting the gorgeous peonies currently blossoming in Jingshan Park is a wonderful activity to do right now (April/May).  Spending time with family and relaxing together is a present enough!

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Photos by: Temple Restaurant Beijing and WildChina


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May 8th, 2012

Reflections on “Easy China: Three Ways”

By: WildChina | Categories: China News, What We're Reading

Last week, The New York Times published “Easy China: Three Ways,” a look at how first-time visitors can tackle Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.  Everyone at WildChina religiously keeps up with what is being written about China– we want to make sure  our clients are not missing out on any amazing restaurants or an experience that we think would really wow.  On the whole, we think this article has a lot of interesting suggestions and serves as a great introduction into China’s biggest cities.  We invite you to read our reflections on this latest piece.

Looking over the Beijing portion, the recommendation to visit 798 is spot on and the galleries highlighted– UCCA, Pace and Galerie Paris-Beijing are definitely the big daddies to see. For die-hard art lovers, though, a visit to Caochangdi, is a bit more off the beaten path and if you are lucky, you may stumble across Ai Weiwei (or at least peek out his home…). Walking through Caochangdi and 798 with WildChina art expert, such as Katherine Don or Meg Maggio, founder of Pekin Fine Arts is a total treat as they know everyone in the scene.  Interested in meeting emerging artists? They will arrange. A passion for ink painting (the new “it” trend in Chinese art)? Done– they know the movers and the shakers.

We absolutely loved reading the recommendation of touring the hutongs. That is an absolute highlight while touring Beijing and a meal at Xian Lao Man is delicious. Whenever we have a bad day, their fried dumplings (guotie) seem to be the solution to any problem. We look forward to holding our next Where the Wild Things Are at Great Leap. The owner Carl is a hoot and a good friend.  Best beer in China. End of discussion.

One area that we were utterly confused about is the idea that a car for a full day to Mutianyu (1.5-2 hours outside of Beijing) is RMB 500). In order for this to happen, there are two things going on (or if you are very unlucky, perhaps both). First, your car will make stops along the way to visit jade markets where you will be forced to enter and encouraged to purchase dubious goods, or second, your car/driver will be so far below safety standards that if your bumper is hit, the entire car will fall apart (and don’t get us started on if the driver has a license or not….). Trust us– it is worth it to spend the additional USD 30 to book a car through a reputable agency to ensure that you get an experienced driver, working airbags and no unwanted visits to cheap markets!

 

Aqua Restaurant in Hong Kong

Heading down to Hong Kong, many wonderful suggestions were recommended, especially eating at Aqua. Yum. Roughly 70% of WildChina clients eat at one of these restaurants while in Hong Kong and we have never heard a negative word uttered– only high, high praise.

Yes, we know, the Hong Kong Shangrila has a very convenient location. But we have to admit that there is no place more amazingly relaxing and wonderful to get over jetlag than the InterContinental Pool. The picture below really explains it all. Yes, it is not on the HK side. But if you are in HK for leisure or have business on the Kowloon side, there is not better place (we feel).

Intercontinental Pool in Hong Kong

Moving on to Shanghai, again, many of our old standbys are there. Anytime I’m in Shanghai, a drink at Glamour Bar is a must. There is nothing like a champagne cocktail and owner Michelle Garnaut, a good friend of WildChina’s, runs a top-notch show. For business travelers, the Puli is fantastic and so relaxing. The location is not 100% perfect– you have to get in a cab to reach the French Concession or the Bund– but this property has been a particular hit with European clients.

Our only beef is that la grande dame of Shanghai hotels– the Shanghai Peninsula– was not listed at all in the article. The location– incredible. The rooms– they have nail polish drying stations. Come on! The service– this is the hotel that takes care of any VIP guest coming into China.

Peninsula Shanghai

We hope you enjoyed a few of our insights and reflections on the article. Looking forward to hearing your comments on this blog post.

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Comments? Please get in touch at info@wildchina.com.

 


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