As many ultra-endurance races got postponed this year and travelling is still very complicated, expensive, and includes many risks, me and some friends decided to set up our own challenge here in China. We came up with the idea to cycle along the Great Wall from west to east and called it Great Wall Ride (GWR).
I took the train with my bike and met my friends from Beijing in Jiuquan, who flew there. Whenever possible I prefer to take the train over a flight, because I rather carry/handle my bike myself rather than trusting airlines with it. Once we had met up, we were ready to begin the trip.
Lots of people feel the need to leave the city, their homes, once in a while. Routine can be quite suffocating, boring, even disorienting. Living in Xi’an also brings some other variables, such as pollution and the inevitable distance from the ocean…So what if we gave different meaning to our holidays other than ‘doing nothing’ ?What if we thought about them as a whole experience? A transportation to a different environment that can – in many ways – help us with some struggle? I know the ‘sunny beach with an umbrella cocktail’ is a very attractive option but let me tell you about my experience.
It’s no secret that pollution has been a major issue in the past, and has become one of the top priorities that the government has decided to tackle. One of the major contributors to urban air pollution is car exhaust, and in an effort to combat this, several preferential policies have been released favoring electric vehicles, such as the BMW iX3. To find out more, we sat down with Yevhen and Yuliana Balatsanov to talk about their experience driving an electric vehicle in Xi’an.
A beast of the northeast, Wanlong Ski Resort 万龙滑雪场 is one of several HUGE, modern, well-equipped ski resorts just a short distance outside of Beijing. Located in Chongli District of Zhangjiakou, a city in Hebei Province, these resorts will be the location of the 2022 Winter Olympics. I only visited Wanlong, though, so I will limit my review to this resort.
Your first question may be a big WHY?
First, winters in Shaanxi aren’t usually that bad, besides a few weeks of colder, smoggy weather. Nothing that could stop you from doing some exercises and staying or getting in shape. Cycling is also a very good way to improve your fitness and health. It’s fun to explore the surroundings around the city, especially when you go with a group of friends. The feeling of accomplishment is bigger in these days too.
Winter is the best season for spas. In an outdoor private hot spring spa, you can relax in warm water while breathing cool air. If it happens to snow, you can watch the snow dancing above the steaming water and melting on your shoulder. This kind of iconic vision always appears in Japanese TV series, now you can experience it in Xi’an.
Xi’an is rich in hot spring spas because of abundant geothermal resources beneath the Qinling mountains. Around the city, there are many spas that can provide private yards with a hot spring pool. You can even have BBQ or hotpot in some of these places. So, we gathered some information on good private spas near Xi’an. When you go there, don’t forget to take passport/ID card and a green Yimatong (Health code).
For the first time in 6 months, it was wheels up and we were in the air! After quarantine, work from home, and living behind a mask, travel seemed like a dream come true.
With international travel not possible for foreigners living in China, some have felt that their travel options are somewhat limited, with many avoiding travel all together. However, domestic travel has been an option for several months now, but many are still unsure about what it would be like traveling in China post-COVID. What do you need to do? Is it possible to travel wherever you want? What loops with you need to jump through in order to do so.
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