My latest article for Skylife, the in-flight magazine for THY Turkish Airlines. Click here for the link.
Xiamen in China is well-known as a city that hosts many art exhibitions. On my short 2 day trip, I came across many lovely sights that projected art in one way or another.
Xiamen, located in eastern China, is famous for four main things: Gulangyu Island (which is vehicle free and hosts many British colonial style buildings), South Putao Temple (Nan Putao Si), fresh delicious seafood, and Xiamen University, notably with one of the most beautiful university campuses in China. Two days are enough to go and experience this tiny city.
Qingdao is one of the cleanest and most liveable cities in China. Immaculately clean beaches.
Qingdao is a coastal city located in Shandong Province in east China. The city is famous for its beautiful buildings with German architecture, the seaside (one of the cleanest beaches in China), beautiful parks and the famous Tsingtao brewery, which is the second largest brewery in China. Two days are enough to see the whole city. Because of its German influence, Qingdao has a strong connection with German food and culture. The German airline, Lufthansa, flies regular weekly services from Frankfurt and Munich. Thankfully the weather was on my side for the short weekend break I took.
Always nice to read your own article in an in-flight magazine! Came across my own words on a China Southern Airlines flight from Hangzhou to Qingdao recently -- 'nihao' magazine (click here to read more).
The Gallery Suites is a wonderful boutique hotel neatly hidden away on Hengshan Road in the fabulous Xuhui District of Shanghai. If you want to experience what life must have been like in 1930s Shanghai then have a go at staying at the Gallery Suites.
All the generously spacious rooms come with antique mahogany furniture, ultra-comfortable beds, complimentary Chinese or Western breakfast, free wi-fi, a mini-bar and tons of space...you'll feel like royalty. There are tons of cafes, restaurants and the main shopping area of Xuhui is within a 5-minute walk. Each bedroom contains an expensive antique artwork, which is available for purchase. Worth a stay.
Ridiculously delicious...and only 4 RMB (about US $0.60)...but EACH bite is worth a million dollars. Shame that even the BEST Chinese restaurants outside of mainland China don't serve this. The chefs at this company cafeteria in Hangzhou deserve more attention than they get.
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