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Three Days in Hangzhou

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The capital of Zhejiang province, and the city in which the G20 summit of 2016 took place is no other than Hangzhou. Despite that it wasn’t crowded at all during the weeks before the G20 took place, the government evidently had spent lots of efforts decorating the city with LED light strips hanging on the trees and such. Later on, we heard from others that the reason for why the city was quite empty the weeks before the G20 was because the government wanted to ensure a perfect G20 so they ordered the inhabitants to have a holiday while also giving them coupons to travel around the Zhejiang province. That’s why we were quite astonished by how little the traffic...

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“The world is a book — if you don’t travel, you only read one page” by Sebastian


Hello! My name is Sebastian and as a friend of JDS, I’ll be writing one daring post about the Avatar Mountains! They are nicknamed after the most expensive movie ever, Avatar, which was shot here in 2009. You know, the 3-hour movie with the blue people and stuff.   I have never seen something comparable to these mountains, and even though I haven’t seen every corner of the globe yet, I can assure anyone that this landscape is a one-of-a-kind. Let me start with how we got to this otherworldly must-see. After a few times practicing, we could finally pronounce the location of the famous Avatar Mountains: Zhangjiajie [dzjang-dja-dje]. We just emerged from the beautiful rice fields of Guilin, and took the...

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Poké? Yes Please!


If you are here because you thought this would be a Pokémon story, I am sorry 😰. But, hey, don’t be too disappointed yet, because we are talking about healthy, delicious and affordable food this time!! It’s been a while since we discussed food matters on the channel, but the last few weeks have been pretty hectic… Hint: posts about Barcelona, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and more are coming up very very soon 🙌🏼 🙌🏼 Last month, Poké Bowl has opened its store in Rotterdam at the Hoogstraat and since then I have visited three times. Ever heard of Poké? Yup look at that picture down here, that is a poké bowl. It was not until recently that I heard about this concept. My opinion? Whoever invented...

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A spontaneous trip to Fragrant Hills – Xiangshan Park

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(see cover for gate) In Beijing I tended to let fate decide my adventures, leading to a stance with minimal planning while  looking forward to the unexpected. And one day I got an invite from my roommate Jens to join his Honours team on a trip to the Fragrant Hills of Beijing — I didn’t know the team nor the destination but I thought: “why not, and why not say more yes in life than no?” In contrast to my roommate who was ready to rumble, I had 10 minutes to brush my teeth, wash my face, and put some decent clothes to embark on this adventure. After rushing everything and meeting the team, it became clear that one of their teammates...

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Japanese desserts in London


If you have read our previous post about London you would know that we were in Chinatown in Soho. We have tried out quite some Chinese restaurants in the area since travelling with Chinese parents means that at least one meal a day had to be Asian food (only rice can make the stomach happy haha).  The funny story is how we came across this Japanese café. To reach Chinatown, we have to cross this wide street with no pedestrian crossing nearby, which was in our opinion one of the scariest things we did in London (no kidding, our heartbeats would fasten every time we cross over). To recover from the shock, we would take a little break from walking to...

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London, a dream city

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Since young, I have always had London stowed in a special place in my heart because it was my dream city. To me, it has always been a place that looks effortlessly magical and filled with stories that are waiting to be told. Each time I stumbled across a literature or fictional book with the setting in England, I immediately dived into the storyline while noticing the lines that describe every single detail of the surrounding, picturing in my mind how it would actually look back in history. That was how strong my enthusiasm for England was in general, I was looking forward to the day when I will set my foot onto this land filled with magic and youthful...

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Insanitea, anyone?


The sun is shining brighter than ever and the temperature is slowly increasing, thus we can finally say summer is here! We thought we will share with you a location in Rotterdam where we hang out very often, that is YoYo! Fresh Tea Bar. YoYo has three locations in Rotterdam, one nearby the Central Station, one at Rodezand (close to where V&D used to be), and one in the Markthal. Besides Rotterdam, they also have locations in Amsterdam, The Hague and even South-Korea! What is so special about YoYo? BUBBLE TEA. Do I need to say more? 😉 Besides that they sell my favourite drink, their stores always have a nice atmosphere. Their cute interior makes it the perfect place to sit...

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Peking University the Harvard of China

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Peking University is considered by the Chinese as the Harvard of China, and together with Tsinghua University the two form the most influential academic institutions in China. On the campus one will witness numerous children as young as 6 years and as old as teenages of 16, who are accompanied by elementary teachers, parents or even grandparents. This phenomenon would be mind-boggling in the Netherlands, as I have never experienced or seen an elementary school-trip to Dutch universities. In contrast to my Western perspective, this practice is actually amazing as the Chinese wish to instil the aspiration of aiming for the top as early as possibly in their children. They believe that education is the key to a prosperous future,...

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Is it the beginning or is it the ending?

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On the day of departure to Beijing, I struggled out of my bed to the university to do my last exam early in the morning. Can you believe it? It is not even July yet and I am about to board the plane that would take me from the West to the East. As time continued to tick, I was reminiscing of all the good as well as the bad things in the past two years. Before my friends and I knew it, we were already entering the last stage of our bachelor, as well as our last year of being together in the same class. It struck me more and more that I am leaving the past behind, and starting...

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