I wanna share with you the best experience of my life with the hope to inspire women to travel solo!
How is it like to travel solo as a girl?
The main questions I’ve always been asked are:
Aren’t you afraid? Don’t you get bored?
This was my third and last solo trip cause then I met and started traveling with Matteo, but you don’t need the perfect partner to start exploring the world!
As long as you choose safe countries and destinations you always dreamed of, you can’t get bored and you’ll experience the most powerful feeling in the world!
Here is my itinerary to South China.
Why did I choose to go to South China ? Chengdu is home to giant pandas and pandas have always been my favourite animals! I mean, who doesn’t love pandas, right?
Well, one day I came across a picture of somebody doing a Panda keeper volounteer program and I immediately started searching for info cause that would have been an absolute dream to me!
In order to become a panda keeper for a day, you have to fly and sleep in Chengdu.
I booked the program with MypandaTour via Viator and volunteered at Dujianyan Wolong Panda Base, the Chinese first research base for the rescue and disease control of Panda.
Believe me when I say you will never forget this day. I actually hope to come back one day and let Matteo experience this.
I stayed in the awesome Chengdu Lazybones Lounge Hostel. This hostel is located in Chengdu’s city centre and offers numerous recreational activities such as Szechuan food cooking classes, dumpling party and Mahjong classes. I booked a private room.
From Chengdu I took a direct flight to Guilin and then a pullman (1h and 30 mins) to get to one of the most amazing landscapes my eyes have ever seen!
Getting around: ride a bike!
The Apsara lodge is a charming hotel with direct view on the typical karst hills. They offer use of bicycles which is the best way to get around. They also cook really good food and have a swimming pool.
Rice noodles for breakfast ahah
Also chicken soup, river fish and rice cooked in bamboo are traditional dishes.
To get here I took the express bus from Guilin to Longsheng County Town and then another bus from the town to the Longji terraces area. It takes about 3 hours.
There is some fabulous hiking to be done around the rice terraces that offer some of the most amazing scenaries in China or indeed the world.
The Longji Rice Terraces cover several village areas in Longsheng County. The most popular terraced field areas are around Ping’an (‘Peace’) village, where Zhuang minority people live, and the Jinkeng (‘Golden Hollow’) area, home to the Red Yao. Red Yao womens are known to have the longest hair in the world! (about 2 meters)
The best points to enjoy the scenary in Ping’an are:
You can enjoy different sceneries in different months.
The accommodations are mainly around Ping’an, Dazhai, and Tiantou Villages. I stayed at Longji One Art Hotel in Ping’an Village and I would highly suggest you to go there.
Come back to Chengdu before leaving! I’ve spent another night in Chengdu before leaving and I came back to Lazybones hostel
I can’t even tell you how do I feel rewatching the pictures of this trip. My heart is melting right now.
Still have so much to see in China but the South will always have the most special place in my heart.
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