Last summer me and my family went to China to visit friends and relatives in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Xi´an. Our schedule was full of activities, and there was no time for rest. We were all super exhausted in the end, but we or at least I had a really, really great time!
The time in Guangzhou we spent with our closest family like our grandparents and my uncle, aunt and cousins. It was really nice seeing them again after one year apart, or even more with my uncle´s family.
Other than just yum cha and eating dinner with friends and relatives, we did a lot of cool stuff. We went to cool cafés, explored the city, played tennis, went to an atelier and painted, went to the countryside and a grape farm etc. So much fun, in such little time.
In our stay in China, we also went to visit some more relatives in Xi´an which is a very vibrant city which I like really much. We went to a lot of familial visits where we met people we hadn´t seen in a long time. Our “cousin” Wangang really groomed us, and took us to eat a variety of food so we could get a taste of Xi´an. He drove us around, showed us everything that was worth seeing, briefly; he did a lot for us.
With him we bicycled 13 km around the wall of Xi´an which was really cool and a new experience. It was a bit hard with the tandem cycles in the start, but after me and my sister got the hang on it things started to go smoothly.
The all time favorite thing we did in China was the visit to the ECO-garden. There was so much to watch and so much to learn, and picking our own watermelons and riding were a lot of fun. I really had a great time there!
Later in our stay we went on a trip with some friends of my dad and their families. The little town/city we went to the first day was marvelous. The petits shops were so cool and they sold a lot of coconut water, milk and everything with coconut (i love coconuts)!
But what really was breathtaking was the beautiful view. The beach shocked me when I saw the clear, turquoise water. We went on board on a boat and drifted around for some hours where we could just enjoy the view and relax. When the boat returned to the beach we went for a swim in the perfect tempered water.
Later that day we ate together everyone and we got to know the children of the other families.
Hong Kong was just a one-day trip and we didn´t stay really long. It was super hot and sunny which I found exhausting. The city is great though, but not particularly different from the rest of China.