Wenn man an China aus der Sicht eines Touristen denk schießen einem sofort Begriffe wie „Die große Mauer“, „Shanghai“ oder „Die Terrakottaarmee“ in den Kopf.
Natürlich stehen auch all diese „must have seen“ Orte auf meiner Reiseliste aber im Dezember stand mir eher der Sinn nach etwas Natur. Zufällig war ich zu diesem Zeitpunkt gerade in dem Büro in Zhuhai und hatte somit einfacheren Zugang zu Reisezielen in und um die Region Guangdong. Meine Ziele für die kommenden 4 Tage hießen Guilin, Yangshuo und Longji.
Mit einem berüchtigten Schlafbus, ging es innerhalb von 11Stunden von Zhuhai nach Guilin in die Provinz Guangxi. Nach der außergewöhnlichen Anreise war ich froh meinen Tagestrip nach Yangshuo für den kommenden Tag direkt im Hostel buchen zu können.
Mit dem Bus ging es dann direkt vom Hostel ins 2 Stunden entfernte Yangshuo. Die Landschaft war schon auf der Hinfahrt der absolute Wahnsinn! Berge wohin das Auge reicht! Zudem hatte ich auch noch irrsinniges Glück mit dem Wetter- strahlender Sonnenschein, ein blauer Himmel und Temperaturen um die 15-20Grad, und das im Dezember!
Der Bus ließ uns in einem kleinen Dorf raus, von wo wir unsere Reise mit dem Bambusfloß über den berühmten Li-Fluss fortsetzten. In aller Ruhe und Gelassenheit über den Fluss zu fahren und die umliegende Natur zu bewundern wurde umgehend zu einem meiner China-Highlights!
Auch das Städtchen Yangshuo, welches ich im Anschluss mit dem Rad erkundet habe hat mir ausgesprochen gut gefallen. Umringt von eindrucksvollen Bergen und direkt am Fluss, ist Yangshuo wirklich der ideale Ort für jeden Reisenden und Hobbyfotografen- hier gelingt definitiv jedem ein Schnappschuss!
Nachdem ich am Abend wieder nach Guilin zurückgekehrt war, habe ich meine Reise am darauffolgenden Tag zu den Reisterrassen nach Longji fortgesetzt. Die Terrassen befinden sich ca. 23 km von der Stadt Longsheng und 3 Autostunden von Guilin entfernt. Auch diese Tour konnte ich problemlos und sehr bequem über das Hostel buchen. Nach einer Autofahrt durchs Gebirge und auf Serpentinenstraßen erreicht man schließlich ein Tal von welchem man entweder mit der Gondel auf den höchsten Punkt zu einer Aussichtsplattform fahren kann, oder man erklimmt die Terrassen zu Fuß.
Die Aussicht ist in jedem Fall atemberaubend! Obwohl die Becken nicht wie im Sommer bewässert waren, war der Blick ins Tal mit den umliegenden Terrassen auch im Winter ausgesprochen eindrucksvoll!
Für jeden, der die „natürliche“ Seite Chinas erleben möchte und auf der Suche nach dem Ein oder Anderen Fotomotiv ist, wird in Yangshuo und Longji auf jeden Fall fündig!
Ich kann eine Reise nach Guilin, Yangshuo und Longji nur auf´s Wärmste empfehlen!
In the beginning of November our InternChina Zhuhai crew started another adventure. This time the destination was called: Yangshuo 阳朔 <<Yáng Shuò>> – a place with unique and truly stunning scenery.
But before I tell you about our trip, here is a little summary about Yangshuo:
Yangshuo County has a fairy-tale landscape with a lot of traditional Chinese, rural culture which has inspired many artists and poets in the past. Its history goes back to antiquity and was established in the Sui Dynasty in 590AD. The architecture and caves allow people to trace back the ancient history. Located in the Guangxi province close to Guilin, the area is a very popular tourist destination and a delightful escape from noise pollution in big cities.
On a Friday we started a 7 hour bus journey from Zhuhai together with about 10 Chinese tourists whom we didn’t know before. Needless to say we were all every excited.
Once we arrived, some of us went to find a midnight bite to eat. The hotel staff told us to be aware of the local “pirates”, which from that moment became the comedy theme of our trip. Nonetheless, we found very delicious BBQ lamb close by, got comfortable on miniature stools for a little while, and made it back safe and sound to the hotel without being made to walk the plank.
The next day we had an early start to finally explore the area and so we got on the bus and went to the world-famous Li River 漓 江 <<Lí Jiāng>>. There we took a boat to cruise along the river and witness the countryside imprinted on the 20CNY note. We also made the acquaintance of these lovely cormorants:
Next we went to XingPing old town aka XingPing fishing village 兴坪镇 <<Xīngpíng Zhèn>> – a street with many small shops and food stalls.
We were prepared for temperatures around 10-15 degrees, however, it turned out to be very sunny and warm that weekend and thus we were not equipped with the appropriate clothes. Speaking of clothes, this brings me to the next point on our budget list: Trying on traditional Chinese outfits at The Big Banyan Tree 大榕树 <<Dà Róng Shù>>. So on top of what were already warm clothes we put another layer of the finest Chinese materials.
We turned into the sight-seeing highlight for many of the Chinese people around us.
About 100 selfies and group pictures later we jumped back on the bus to see the Silver Cave 银 子岩 << Yínzi Yán>>. Luckily we weren’t there during the very busy season and thus had the chance to enjoy the colourfully lit rocks in only partially crowded areas.
But that was not it for the day. The moon-mountain as well as avery eventful dinner was up next.
And once again we turned out to be lucky: we met one of the ethnic minority groups “Zhuang” – really lovely ladies dressed in their traditional outfits – who ended up taking many pictures with us as well! Yangshuo is home to several ethnic minority groups and wearing traditional clothes in daily life still seems to be very common there.
Last but not least we went to see a very impressive, and the world’s largest natural theatre called Impression Liu Sanjie 印象刘三姐 <<Yìn Xiàng Liú Sān Jiĕ>>. Its stage are the waters and natural islands of the Li River and the twelve mist shrouded hills are its backdrop. The performance with 600+ actors is divided into seven chapters including the preface and epilogue which captured the entire audiences’ imagination.
To round off the day we enjoyed a cool breeze around bar street and celebrated the birthday of one of our crew members!
Like true pirates we woke up the next morning bright and early to continue our expedition. This time we took the bus to Yulong River 遇 龙河<< Yù lóng hé >> to go for a round of relaxed bamboo rafting. Even though the weather was drizzly that morning, we didn’t want to miss out on another great experience. The fog covering the mountain tops even gave the area a mysterious look and feel.
After a carefree float on the river we went for lunch close by before heading back to our beloved Zhuhai!
Many of the interns come to Zhuhai or in general to China, to do their internship. Sometimes it’s part of their studies or they have just graduated and want to go out to gain some work experience in the real business world. However, why should you go to China for your first ever work experience? You are young, inexperienced and want to see the world – doing an internship in China, you can save time and do these two things together.
Will you have time to experience China while doing a full-time internship? Yes of course, you will have the weekends, the governmental holidays and of course, some days you can take off from work. 🙂
Zhuhai is located in the south of China – that means the weather is very nice all year round. Summers are really hot and humid, winters are mild so you only need to have a thin jacket. Many outdoor activities can be done all year round. I usually go running along the seaside, called Loversroad – but in summer I usually stay inside as it gets really hot. 🙂
For those hot days, InternChina organizes weekend trips to one of the 146 islands all around Zhuhai. So you can refresh yourself in the cool sea, have some really good fresh grilled seafood and a really good time together with your friends here in China. If we stayed in the city we would usually chill at the Jida Beach in Zhuhai or go shopping in the cool underground market. Every Friday we spend the evening on the office building rooftop, drinking beer and enjoying the start of the weekend.
When it starts getting cooler, you can be more active outside, start to play badminton as well as volleyball outside in the courtyards or at the beach. You can go to one of the four nature parks we have here in Zhuhai. We also have some mountains right in-between the city so hiking fans are very welcomed.
Further away from the city center we have the paintballing place – to get into the competitive spirit and to let go your anger about everything you will have on your mind. If you are done with that and found yourself again- you can go to one of the hot-springs resorts to relax and get prepared for the following workdays. The hot springs are small pools with hot water flavored with coffee, flowers, tea or some crazy stuff like beer or wine.
For the weekdays and after work-activities you will find many KTVs, places where you can go go-karting, bowling and also skating. You can go for a massage or get your nails done (which is really cheap here in china) and you can do many other things where you only need an evening to do it.
For those who want to see and learn more about the Chinese culture, Zhuhai has it’s own Zhuhai History Museum and a porcelain museum. You can also go to the parks to practice Tai-Chi or watch the old people do this and see them concentrate very hard. By the way Tai-Chi is not as simple as it looks – it is hard work, believe me. Once, we also went to a traditional artist to learn the Chinese Calligraphy, a very traditional kind of Chinese Art.
For long weekends we plan trips to places that are interesting in the South China area, we went to Guilin (the mountains you can see on the 20RMB note) http://internchina.com/internchina-trip-to-yangshuo/, the place of the famous “Penis-mountain” called Dan Xia Park (http://internchina.com/ic-trip-to-dan-xia-park/ ) and to Fujian with the huge Hakka Houses (http://internchina.com/fujian-trip/).
During Christmas and New Year, I took some time off work to fly to Beijijng and Shanghai, so I also saw the most famous parts of China. I went to the great wall, the Forbidden City and the hutongs, I went to the Bund and shopping in those huge fake-markets.
So you see, half a year in China doing an internship you will still have enough time to see many parts of China and to learn more about the country, people and culture.
If you want to join me and the others pushing our careers AND experience a total different world then apply now.
Yangshuo, a small town near the city of Guilin in Guangxi Province, is a very famous landmark of China and one of the InternChina Zhuhai office’s favourite travel spots. Philippe, our office manager, has been there all of seven times, and he likes it so much he will probably continue to go many more times.
For most of the 20 people who went on last weekend’s trip though, it was the first time, and we had high expectations. We left on Friday night and took off on an 8-hour bus ride, which we weren’t too fussed about because after Zhangjiajie, eight hours felt like a piece of cake.
We arrived early Saturday morning and stopped to eat traditional Gui Lin Mi Fen (Guilin rice noodles) for breakfast. Though it wasn’t cold, it was raining, so again we donned our ponchos. We were taken to the wharf and got on the boats for a tour along Lijiang River. Even though the rain and fog did not allow us to see much of the mountains around the river, it was still a nice ride and we were having fun trying to see whose boat would make it to the other end first.
One of the most famous features of Yangshuo is the spot on Lijiang River that is printed on the 20 Yuan notes, and of course, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to take some pictures to show we’d been there!
After the boats we took a walk along Xingping Town, a small town with narrow streets full of little shops where all kinds of souvenirs can be bought. Some of the interns bought amazing scroll paintings picturing the beauty of Lijiang River and its mountains.
Then we were taken to the Yinzi Cave, a huge cave full of stalactites and stalagmites in all kinds of shapes and sizes, which are made even more beautiful by the colourful light effects that surround them. Here you can also buy some special local products such as chilli sauce and chunks of solid honey, straight from the honeycomb.
After the cave we had lunch and then, since it wasn’t raining anymore, we decided to head over to Yulong River (also called the ‘Little Li River’), where we got on bamboo rafts again but this time, we had a mission: a water-gun fight! The funny part was that it took a while before all our rafts were assembled and ready to go, so while we were waiting we started shooting water at each other and by the time we actually got on the boats, most of us were already soaking wet. The rides were also a lot of fun, trying to aim at our friends from far away and even engaging in fights with other Chinese tourists who were more than happy to play around with us. Some of us even jumped in the river for a swim, the water was so clear and fresh we could have stayed there all day.
Then it was off to our hotel, where we took quick showers and headed to a local restaurant where we were served a feast of all kinds of dishes, including snails and the traditional Beer Fish. We were also given some of the local bai jiu (rice wine), which some of the interns drank with enthusiasm while others stuck to the safer option: the local Liquan Beer. After dinner we walked over to Xi Jie – bar street – for a night of dancing and bar-hopping.
The next morning, after breakfast, we visited the Butterfly Cave – another cave which goes up the mountain – and the Banyan Tree which is said to be 1000 years old. Afterwards we had a lunch of duck hot pot, and finally we were taken to West Street in Yangshuo Town, where we spent about an hour walking and looking around, eating fresh passion fruit and shopping for cool Chinese clothes and souvenirs. Then it was back on the bus and back to Zhuhai!
Die Zeit verfliegt und es ist mittlerweile nun fast ein halbes Jahr vergangen seit dem mein Praktikum bei InternChina angefangen hat. Es ist also an der Zeit einmal rückblickend zu betrachten was mir so ein halbes Jahr, bei InternChina, gebracht hat.
Ich muss eine Sache vorweg schicken. Dies ist nicht mein erstes Praktikum. Mir wurde schon des Öfteren bestätigt aus welchem Grund es Klischees a la “nur Kaffee kochen”, “das ist nicht so wichtig, das kann die Praktikantin machen”, “guck halt einfach mal zu” gibt. Klar, daraus lernt man was – wenn du möchtest, dass dich jemand ernst nimmt, such dir die Arbeit, mach alles ordentlich damit man dir das nächste mal vielleicht ein bisschen mehr zutraut und sei ein bisschen geduldig.
Kurzum: vor Antritt eines Praktikums ist man ja immer erstmal auf alles gefasst. Diesmal war das anders. Bereits bei meinem Vorstellungsgespräch wurde ich über meine vielfältigen verschiedenen Aufgabenbereiche aufgeklärt: Trips und Freizeitaktivitäten organisieren, Bewerbungen beantworten, neue Firmen suchen, passende Firmen für neue Praktikanten suchen, andere Praktikanten empfangen und in deren Firmen bringen, Blogs schreiben, Praktikumsstellen posten etc.
Meine Erwartungshaltung hielt sich demnach mehr so im Bereich: ‚Wie soll ich das denn alles machen, ich bin doch selbst bloß Praktikant‘ auf.
Nun, ich fasse das mal zusammen: Nachdem mich das gesamte InternChina Team liebevoll mit einem Dinner empfangen hat, mich direkt zu Beginn mit kantonesischen, kulinarischen Köstlichkeiten vertraut gemacht hat, bekam ich eine wunderbare Einführung über Zhuhai und über InternChina. Klar, dann ging erstmal ein bisschen Zeit drauf um Organisatorisches zu klären und mir einen Überblick zu verschaffen. Aber wenn ich so zurückblicke, wurde ich dann wirklich in Windeseile in alles integriert und habe mich mitnichten wie ein Praktikant gefühlt, sondern einfach wie jemand der ein halbes Jahr bei InternChina arbeitet.
Die Arbeit ist unfassbar vielfältig und abwechlungsreich! Von der ganzen Büroarbeit, über Firmenbesuche, bis hin zum stetigen Kontakt zu Bewerbern, den Praktikanten vor Ort und den Vorsitzenden diverser Firmen ist alles dabei gewesen. Ebenso wie die Organisation verschiedener Wochenendausflüge wie nach Guilin oder nach Guangzhou.
Selten ist ein halbes Jahr so schnell vergangen und selten hatte ich das Gefühl in einer so kurzen Zeit so viel gelernt zu haben. Leider nimmt fast alles irgendwann ein Ende und es fällt mir nicht leicht das alles hinter mir zu lassen: einen anspruchsvollen Arbeitstag mit einem sehr entspannten Arbeitsklima und einem unfassbar großartigen Team.
Falls du auch interessiert daran bist nach China zu kommen und ein Praktikum mit InternChina zu machen, geh einfach auf unsere Website oder schick uns seine Email an firstname.lastname@example.org. Wir freuen uns drauf von dir zu hören!
There it is- the review of one awesome year in Zhuhai!!!
One year with great experiences in Chinese host families:
Enjoying the hot springs in the ‘cold’ winter days in Zhuhai:
One year with great Chinese food:
An always changing, but an always awesome InternChina team:
Study China Programme:
Great trips to Gunagzhou,
and to Fujian:
And with a lot of other great things. Thanks to everybody!!!!!
All the best wishes for 2013!
Hi it’s Miriam again- just arrived from an awesome Trip to Yangshuo-Guilin at the weekend. So many things happened and we visited so many great places- there is too much stuff to write it down in one single blog. So here it is: Guilin Part one!
We started Friday night. The bus took us directly to one of the most beautiful places on earth. Guilin is a city in North Guangxi and one of the best known tourist destinations in China.
After arriving in the early morning and eating a famous Guilin Rice Noodles breakfast we started a great boat trip on the Li River, passing the Mountains printed on every 20 RMB bank note.
How many things you can do and see in one day? A lot: Having Lunch right next to the famous Moon Mountain,
Visiting the one of the many caves in Guilin, the Silver Cave,
Walking around in the streets, enjoy the relaxed feeling of all the locals, sitting in front of their houses, playing cards and selling handmade jewellery,
And then finally going to Yangshuo! After walking around and buying some warmer clothes, because nobody in Zhuhai knows cold weather anymore we went out for Dinner to enjoy the famous Beer fish.
Rest of the night: baijiu, beer, wet duvets, icecream, 5D movies and ganbei.
That was an awesome Saturday!
Living in a town like Zhuhai is incredibly great. Located in the Pearl River Delta and directly connected with Macau, Zhuhai is in a geographically amazing position: Jiangmen to the northwest, Zhongshan to the north, and HongKong and Shenzhen just across the bay to the east.
Guangzhou, the provincial capital is just about 150 km to the north, and other beautiful cities, like Guilin or Fujian are accessible easily with an overnight tour by bus.
Every single city has its own charm and its own atmosphere and it is hard to imagine, that all those beautiful places are geographically so close to each other.
But there’s one hitch. Zhuhai itself offers so many opportunities to have: For example different fruit plantations, or the several beaches and numerous islands or just the wonderful city itself, with the amazing buildings. So there are definitely too many awesome opportunities and not enough time.