On the Road/在路上

(下面有中文版)

Recently, many of my friends have been traveling around China, whereas for once I’ve stayed put. “Are you done traveling China?” you might ask. Of course not! I still have four provinces left to see, and probably two more big trips. What’s left on my list? Let’s have a look.

Liaoning
A province in the Northeast, this is what I would consider a Dumpling Paradise. Obviously, there’s more to it than that, such as its hearty locals and awe-inspiring mountains. However, what draws me most to it would have to be the city Dalian. Many have told me it’s relaxing and full of great seafood. There’s a big chance that once I get to Dalian, I might not leave to explore anything else.

Jilin
Also located in the Northeast, Jilin’s natural scenery is its biggest draw. There’s a lot of forests there, which means that autumn is the best time to go, being a good time to see the leaves changing colors. One of the most unique sights would have to be the red seaweed found in the Panjia Red Beach. I tend to favor unusual natural scenery, which Jilin certainly satisfies. I will definitely go in the fall. In addition, Jilin’s Changbaishan area has hot springs (I’m really looking forward to those!) making this place a worthwhile visit.

Qinghai
Located in China’s wild west, Qinghai is a desolate province bordering Xinjiang and Tibet. More than half of Qinghai is part of the Tibetan Plateau, so it goes without saying that it has a pretty high altitude. Most western travelers I’ve talked to say that Qinghai IS Tibet, but without as much bureaucratic red tape. You’re still on/near the Himalayas, and Tibetan people live in Qinghai, too. I’m also curious about the Chaka Salt Lake. I love the thought of swimming in the mountains, and since I’m a mediocre swimmer at best, will appreciate the buoyancy.

Tibet Autonomous Region
I probably don’t even need to introduce thsi one, since it carries so much romance. Mount Everest is in Tibet. Religious mystery is in Tibet. One of the highest ferries wheels in the world is in Tibet. Sadly, I have not yet been there yet. Many travelers are frustrated with Tibet, and it’s no secret why. Whereas back in the 90’s, travelers could carry a backpack and just wander around (I read all about this in an old Lonely Planet guide from the 90s), now travelers are required to have a permit, a planned tour, and a guide. Sort of takes the mystery out, but it won’t deter me from visiting.

China is very big (thanks, Captain Obvious), which means that even once I hit all of the provinces, there will be more to see. For now, this is what I’ll be looking forward to in the fall/summer!

Until then!

我这几天有一些朋友出去旅行,但是我自己暂时并没有安排。如果你问我“是跑遍了吗?”我的回答是:并没有!我还有四个省是没有去过的,所以应该还有两次远足。哪四个省呢?我会看什么样的东西?

辽宁
就是在东北,我的理解是“饺子天堂”。除了饺子,在我看来辽宁也有强悍的当地人和迷人的山脉。我都感觉不错,但是我最想去的地方是:大连。很多人说是特别休闲,而且到处都有海鲜。我觉得有可能去了大连,就懒得去辽宁其他地方。

吉林
靠近辽宁的一个省,吉林的自然风光是特别值得看的。那里有很多森林,秋天的时候会有很特别的红叶。奇怪的是吉林的一个地方,盘锦,有红色的海草。我自己比较偏爱独特的自然风景,所以我肯定会选择秋天的时候去吉林。加上吉林的长白山有美丽的温泉(太期待泡温泉!)我感觉吉林是非常值得去的。

青海
在中国的西部,青海是一个荒凉、毗邻西藏和新疆的省。青海的一半属于青藏高原,大家应该都知道那里的海拔是非常高的。在不少西方旅客看来,青海就是西藏,缺少签证,导游等方面。因为去西藏的手续很麻烦,去青海会容易很多因为没有这些要求。那里离喜马拉雅山峰不远,而且青海有不少藏族人。更吸引我就是青海的几个盐湖,比如茶卡盐湖。我可以想象在山里游泳多么好玩的,尤其想到游得一半,你会感受到盐湖带来的浮力有多么大。

西藏自治区
我应该不用特别介绍西藏,因为这个又浪漫又神奇的地方是神圣的。埃佛勒斯峰就在西藏,很奇妙的佛教也在西藏,世界上最高的摩天轮在西藏(没说错!你查查看……)。可惜我还没有去过西藏。有些游客对西藏有点失望,因为我上面已经提到的手续和要求。我看过了一本90年代的《孤独的星球》发现当时游客可以随随便便在西藏到处旅游。反正,现在不可以了那么随便了,手续,签证、导游、固定的路线都是必不可少的。但是这些并没有动摇我去西藏的决心!

众所周知中国超级大,所以我每跑完一个省,马上就想去新的地方看看。大家一起来期待我这个夏天的旅行吧!