We at Soultravelers3, were very honored to be interviewed by the award winning China Travel 2.0 (which was voted best English blog in China). Hopefully, the information will be helpful in your own trip to China planning, so we will share it in two parts here:
1) It was great meeting you 3 this time you travel to
China, how did you feel about China? whats the big difference between
the real and your thought before your coming? what will you say to the
people who would like to come to China but didnt come yet?
It was so great meeting you too Winser as we’ve been talking on
Twitter for many years, so about time we meet! What a joy too that we
got to meet Elliott Ng who introduced us.
We absolutely fell in love with China
and much of that is due to you and the amazing people we met through
you. The people is what makes a country and our hearts were very touched
by the generous, caring people
we met in China. The culture shines through, not only with the
fantastic people you connected us to, but also with the strangers we met
who were exceedingly kind. We’ve never been to a city as large as Beijing where kindness was so obvious.
The Chinese community in Malaysia is very kind ( as are all the
people here in Penang), but they are a minority here, so I’d heard that
the Chinese people in China were much harsher and only cared about
money. I also heard stories about the pollution/food/water problems and
knew people who got sick on a trip to China just before we left, so I
had concerns about that.
We had the most delicious food in China and met the kindest people,
so found those worries put to rest. We were also in China when there
wasn’t much air pollution so that helped. I still have some concerns in
the food/water/pollution areas for long term stay, but there are no
worries for a short stay and China is a lot more modern than I expected.
I think everyone should visit China as it is an exhilarating,
special place and one of our favorite countries now. It is a big
country so it either needs a long stay or several shorter stays and most
important is connecting with the people.
Thus,those planning a China
trip need to know you or someone like you to help that aspect. Had we
taken a typical tour of China as so many do, loaded on a crowded bus
from place to place, I don’t think we would have the same deeply moving
impressions. independent travel in China is harder because of the
language, but doable with help from you.
2) You traveled to Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai
this time, it is just the golden tringle cities of the China tour.
whats your understanding or memory of the 3 cities? whats the
difference? which city do you like best?
We really enjoyed all of those cities and the water village we saw near Shanghai. Each of those Golden Triangle cities is unique and shows a different aspect of China. We spent most of our time in Beijing
so that is probably our favorite as we also have the most friends
there, got to know our way around, had beautiful, clear blue skies most
of our visit and enjoy it’s “real China” aspects. With six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, scrumptious food, art, hutongs and Peking Opera, it can’t be missed.
is a very close second, as it is the most international and futuristic.
I think most Americans and Europeans would be most comfortable there.
One can be in areas that are ancient Chinese, super modern or some that
look like Europe or America.