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Seoul : short itinerary between history and modernity

Surrounded by several hills, Seoul is nestled between history and modernity. As the capital of South Korea, it is also the third biggest city in the world. Here is a shortlist for an itinerary into the land of kimchi, soju and barbecue ! 

How to move ?

Subway, bus, taxis, ride about in Seoul is quite easy. Everything is written in English and hangeul (Korean alphabet). Once at the airport, you can buy a SIM card for 5 days (about 20 euros for unlimited data). It often comes with a TMoney card which enables you to take all public transportations and pay in affiliated stores. As a high technologic country, wi-fi is free everywhere !

First day :

Namsan park is located at the top of one of the hills ; what I like in visiting a city is to take height and have a complete idea of it ! I walked for about 30 minutes and arrived to N Seoul tower that offers a great vision of the whole city heart. As often in Asia, you have also the choice to take a cable car 😉

Seoul Namsan

Let’s try then a typical – and so much present in their art of living – “jimjilbang”. This a kind of public bath or sauna where Korean people like to spend their time. They come with friends, to discuss, relax and enjoy the multiple services offered. You will find there every kind of bath but also movie projection, food, drinks, nap place, massage… I recommend the Siloam Spa, huge and great area for about 10 euros or 15 000 won. Be careful : as in Japan, jimjilbang have naked area (un-mixed).

For dinner, I really enjoyed the Myeong Dong night market. Located near the cathedral, you can find a lot of different street food of excellent quality. Cheese, skewers, kimchi in several ways… The area is also quite lively and busy for a drink. You can also go to Hongdae ; not that far, the student and modern district is very nice as well. Then, if you are full of good vibes, you can join the Soap club for an epic night (famous international DJs and an underground scene as well).

Second day :

A little bit of history… Located in Seoul center, you definitely have to go to Gyeongbokgung palace. At the first place, looking quite like the Forbidden city, you will be impressed by the size and the meaningful colors you find there. So much details ! At certain times, you can have the chance to watch the guards changing. Include with your entrance fee, you can visit the folk museum to learn more about ancient traditions in Korea.

Your first bibimbap is calling ? Lucky you ! There is a street at the left of the palace called Yulgok-ro-1-gil full of delicious dish.

Enjoy then a major temple in Seoul, Jogyesa Temple. You can walk from the palace to this charming sanctuary, at the same time deeply religious and surprising. This is an historical place of buddhism in Korea, where catholicism and shamanism are still very present.

From there, take the subway to join another lovely area, Ihwa Dong mural village. What is to say about Ihwa Dong ? Let’s breath, take coffees, admire street art, panorama and architecture… Another soul and part of history of Seoul !

For dinner, you just have to climb down the hill and find Gwangjang night market. Quite covered, you can take a seat with local people and enjoy soju 🙂

Third day :

Quite intense but I advise you to explore the recent history or modernity of Korea. As divided in two parts, it is a must-see to discover the demilitarized zone (DMZ) at the border of north and south. Ironical isn’t it ? This area is still one of the most guarded worldwide but, in an other hand a unique refuge for animal species. Created in 1953, the JSA (joint security area) is located in the old village of Panmunjom.

To access this place, you need to book a tour with an operator. I recommend you this agency, price differs of the journey you take. It is so impressive and disturbing to be there, in the very center of tension. Emotionally charged as well as you realize that many Koreans dream precisely of the reunification.

If you still have some time, you can go back near Gyeongbokgung palace, to explore Ikseon Dong Hanok village. There you will find little shops, coffees and restaurants in an arty and authentic mood.

I hope you will love your days in Seoul ! Of course, there are a lot of other things to do, so feel free to add your tips or ask for other ones in the comment zone 🙂 

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How to go to Huangshan & Yellow Mountains?


If you are in Shanghai and have some time to travel in China, here is an article that might interest you. You will appreciate it even more if you like to contemplate the beauty of the landscapes and the adventure in the middle of nature. Here, this article will guide you in the organization of your trip to Huangshan in the heart of the Yellow Mountains from Shanghai or Hangzhou.



The journey to Huangshan


First of all, you have to know that to go to the Yellow Mountains, you have to go through the city of Huangshan. For that, you have to take a bus. Here are the buses from Shanghai and Hangzhou to Huangshan Bus Station: Buses from Shanghai leave Shanghai Long-Distance South Bus Station. There are only two bus schedules each morning, a bus at 7:57 am and another at 10:27 am and the journey to Huangshan takes about 6 hours. Buses departing from Hangzhou depart from Hangzhou West Bus Station. There are buses all day long between 6:50 am and 6:20 pm and the journey to Huangshan takes approximately 3 hours.



The accommodation in Huangshan


The best ​​Huangshan area and the most typical is the old city district. Regarding your accommodation, it is best to locate you in this area, because it is lively at night and filled with small shops and local products.



The climb from Huangshan to the peaks of the Yellow Mountains Natural Park


There are buses that can take you to the entrance of the park. But from Huangshan city you can easily find a van, directly in the streets, which will take you where you want, that is to say at the entrance of the natural park. When you are at the gate of the park, you will have to pay the right to enter this sanctuary. From that moment, the steps can begin. But there is the funicular option for those who are unable to climb 4,000 steps. Because you have to be in very good shape to make such an effort.



The end of your perilous adventure in Huangshan will finish with a reward that is priceless. It is this incredible vision of the sunset over the sea of clouds and the mountains that emerge from it.

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Shanghai Botanical Garden

Shanghai Botanical Garden

If you have a free Saturday, go to the Shanghai Botanical Garden. The Shanghai Botanical Garden is a botanical garden located in the southwest suburbs of Shanghai, China (about 12 km southwest of downtown), in Xuhui District. It is the largest in China and easy to access. 

How to get to Shanghai Botanical Garden

 Entrance No. 1: Take bus 56, 178, 342, 714, 720, 824, 831, 956 or 958 and get off at Luwulu Baiselu Station; take bus Shangfeng Special Line and get off at Shanghai Zhiwuyuan (Botanical Garden) Station. The conservatory, herb garden and tropical plants house are near this entrance.

 Entrance No. 2: Take bus 56, 178, 342, 714, 720, 770, 824, 956, 958, or Shangfeng Special Line and get off at Longwulu Longshuinanlu Station. The demonstration garden and Temple of Huang Dao Po are nearby.

 Entrance No. 3: Take bus 720, 824, or 973 and get off at Baiselu Longchuanbeilu Station. Gardens of maple, osmanthus, rose and bamboo are nearby.

 Entrance No. 4: Take Metro Line 3, get off at Shilong Rd. Station, and then walk south for five minutes. The Children’s Playground is nearby.

Ticket price Shanghai Botanical Garden :

Admission Fee: CNY 15
Conservatory: CNY 30
Bonsai Garden: CNY 7
Orchid Garden: CNY 7
Combo Ticket: CNY 40

* Children under 1.3 m (4.3 ft) can visit the botanical garden for free.

Enjoy the Shanghai Botanical Garden at all seasons

Covering an area of over 81 hectares, the garden is home to a diverse collection of Chinese plants, of which 3,500 species of local flora from the middle and lower Yangtze are found in the gardens.Shanghai Botanical Garden

Each season, a majority of flowers show their beauty and charm in a competitive way.
That’s why, no matter the season, you will not be disappointed.
You will be able to find in the spring of big exhibitions of flowers all in colors. Breathe and enjoy the smells of cherry, peach, Bauhinia or Begonia that the garden offers.


In autumn, enjoy the colorful leaves. Between poplars, fruits of dawn and maple leaves, you will have a complete view!

Finally, the garden is also accessible in winter when you can go to the Conservatory, which offers a new spring for flowers and plants. The greenhouse is filled with tropical plants that will disorient you.

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Tokyo : a 4 days itinerary, between soul and culture

Tokyo is one of the biggest city in the world and fascinates by its strong culture and soul. Near Shanghai, it is interesting and easy to dive into another asiatic way of thinking and art of living. Here is a shortlist for a nice itinerary in the heart of Tokyo.

How to move ?

Once at the airport, you should buy a PASMO or a SUICA and charge it with about Y3000 (about 25 euros). Subways in Japan are quite expensive but easy to understand. Those cards enables you to take whatever transport you want and are available in konbinis as well.

Google Maps is a great help there because streets are not as organized as the Chinese pattern. They are not listed or recognizable with precise billboards.

Therefore, I recommend you to buy a SIM card at the airport – even it is expensive as well, you will be prepared for any surprise ! Eventually, you can also buy it in the shop Big Camera (Shibuya area) for about 13 euros for 2 gigas.

First day : 

Shibuya area is one of the first thing of which people think about when you speak about Tokyo. As a very animated space, you can enjoy the famous pedestrian crossing always crowded. That’s very impressive ! Near the railway station, you also have the emblem of Tokyo, the Hachiko dog.

You can have a lunch in a sushi restaurant on conveyor belt which is called Genki Sushi. The atmosphere is surprising and it is also a good value for money.








All over Shibuya you will find a lot of love hotels, fancy and cosy bars, small streets but also huge shops. It is a good way to enter Japanese atmosphere ; you will discover your first pachinkos, speakers in the streets and neon illuminations. You can finish by Yoyogi park to have a look on a typical temple.

Second day : 

If you are full of energy, let’s move on at dawn to discover a sumo training ! Those very special fighters are practicing in the streets of Asakusabashi very early in the morning. This area is very nice for a walk as well, there are a lot of coffees, small houses and bicycles. Then, reach back the Asakusa district which has the very special atmosphere of old Tokyo. It is the ultimate traditional part of the city with temples on every street corner.










Have a lunch break in Nakamise Street to enjoy street food and then enter the Senso-Ji sanctuary. This series of temples presents different styles and architecture of the conception of sacred in Japan. You can finish the day in Ueno park which offers a lot of museums and a delightful and huge green space.

Third day : 

Let’s try another side of Japan and go to the countryside 🙂

About one hour from Ebisu railway station is located a charming city called Kamakura. At the seaside, it was in the medieval era the political center of Japan. It is now a seaside resort surrounded by mountains, a perfect spot for surf and a good idea for an easy hike. There are a lot of temples to visit, I particularly recommend the Hokoku-ji one ; you can find a bamboo forest and a meditative atmosphere thanks to the site’s beauty.








You can take the bus between the different points of interest or easily walk between them. If you are lucky, you will be overfly by a lot of birds of prey ; a complete immersion out of the city 😉 The city is also famous for its Great Buddha of Kotoku-in, a huge sculpture of 11 meters from the 13th century. You can even enter the statue and admire the work from its inside.

Last day :

Back in Tokyo for the last moments ; I recommend you to enjoy Naka-Meguro and Ebisu districts. There are a lot of coffees, nice walk along the riverside (perfect spot for Sakura, cherry blossoms)… In the street behind Naka-Meguro railway station, you have a lot of great sushis restaurants on “tatamis”. Daikanyama area is also great for libraries, beautiful shops and design atmosphere. To end this Japanese trip, you should definitely try a shento or onsen which are respectively public baths and natural thermal bath. Those places are dedicated to well-being and are very present in Japanese usages ; be careful, a lot of them are naked area ! Here is an adress in theses environs.


I hope you will love your days in Tokyo ! Of course, there are a lot of other things to do ; the fish market, numerous museums, the geek district of Akihabara… Feel free to add your tips or ask for other ones in the comment zone 🙂





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Where to travel in China ?

China is so huge that we never know where to start a trip. Therefore I will show you two places to travel to and how to get from one to another. The two destinations I will talk about are Guilin and what’s nearby then Chengdu which is in the Sichuan, a bigger region than France.

Sundown in chengdu china,Little town of China Yangshuo,

Guilin chill and view site

Guilin is in the south of China from Shanghai and Beijing you have 3 hours flight and from Hong Kong only 1h30. then you can go to Chengdu by train in 6h30 or flight in 1h30 and sometimes a flight is really affordable. Don’t hesitate to check your option on Trip that works really well in China.

the reason why Guilin is such an amazing place to travel to is his scenery. You will be in the real countryside of China with beautiful landscape, mountains and rivers alike. You can start by discovering The Longji Rice Terraces that have both spectacular scenery and ethnic culture.

Afterward, you can take a cruise on the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo to have the best experience and take a car on the way back or the other way around. You may take a stop at the twenty yuans bill at Xingping.

When you will arrive in Yangshuo you will have the opportunity to rent electric scooter where you stay or in a shop close by. It’s the best way to travel around this beautiful city. There are lots of spots to see and chill alongside the Li River all around the city. You can also climb some karstic Peaks, the green lotus is the easiest one to find. In the middle of this little town, you have one of the famous karts scenery. You may climb it for free from behind a massage parlor, at first you have stairs but be prepared for a real climb after that.
If you don’t feel adventurous, the other way works too but you will have to pay some fees.

Chengdu the panda’s city

One of the fifth biggest city in China is also the best place to go see pandas. You can volunteer in a center to feed them and be around them all day long. Or go to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding whose build to ensure the future survival of pandas.

Other than that Chengdu and the Sichuan offers one of the best foodies cultures of China. From the hot pot to the kung pao chicken you may have to hold on to your seat or ask “Bu la” (not spicy). Their specialties are known to be very spicy but also really good. You can’t pass on this opportunity to test the real taste of Sichuan’s food.

Leshan the biggest buddha close from chengdu

You could also take a train from Chengdu for a day trip to the humongous Leshan Giant Buddha viagra generika preis.
However, if you have time Kangding is the way to go.

From Chengdu to Kangding

The little city of Kangding is at 3 hours from Chengdu by bus at 3000m of altitudes. You may discover the most beautiful mountains views alongside rivers, lacs and some stunning monasteries. Between hiking and visiting the city, you may taste some Yak dumplings or yak’s milk dumplings that will give you another taste of Chinese specialties.
This place is great to spend your last days of this trip and enjoy the clean air of the mountains.

If after all of this you don’t have the anger to try traveling around China during the Chinese New year for example. Which is a great time because of the sense of hospitality that Chinese people have during this period. They may even welcome you to their home for dinner during the new year’s eve.

On my hand, going back soon as I could, was the way I felt on the way back home.


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The Fanciest Restaurants In Shanghai

If you are looking for one of the best culinary experience of your life, you are in the right place. Indeed, if you live or pass by Shanghai, here is a list of the fanciest restaurants in Shanghai that you cannot miss. Great news! The culinary options are also sure to please every palate: French, Italian, Indian or Chinese restaurants? You can find humongous places all around the city! 

1. Ultraviolet

Have you heard from the Ultraviolet? It is a 3 stars Michelin restaurant which one of the 50 World’s Best Restaurants. This is a unique concept created by Paul Pairet. This multi-sensory technology will definitely create an immersive experience. Therefore, the restaurant has only one table for 10 guests per night. The Ultraviolet is in a secret city location. You will be pick-up at Mr & Mrs. Bund to go to the secret location.

Address: Pick-up at Mr & Mrs. Bund,

Bund 18,
6/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu,
near Nanjing Dong Lu

中山东一路18号6楼, 近南京东路

More information here



2. Mr & Mrs. Bund

Looking for a perfect spot for dating in Shanghai? What about Mr & Mrs. Bund, another restaurant of Paul Pairet. It is located in a former bank from 1922. Furthermore, the decoration is a  mix between the 18th-century style and some modern furniture. It is really lovely. You will enjoy French food with an Asian influence.

DEAL ALERT: This restaurant is quite expensive for students but you can enjoy almost half prices dishes after 10 pm. Quite cool isn’t it?

Address: Bund 18,
6/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu,
near Nanjing Dong Lu

中山东一路18号6楼, 近南京东路

More information here


3. Le Cuivre

If you are missing your country or just want to discover French cuisine: this is the place to go. Le Cuivre is simple country-style French bistro with a touch of modernity. On Mondays, there is a really nice deal: 88 RMB for an amazing burger & fries.

Address: 1502 Huaihai Zhong Lu,
near Wulumuqi Lu

淮海中路1502号, 近乌鲁木齐路

More information here






4. The Commune Social

If you are looking for delicious Spanish dishes, this is the place to be. The atmosphere is so nice. I recommend going there on a small committee.

“The Tapas, Dessert and Cocktail Bar concept allows visitors to take their own journey through The Commune Social by starting with drinks in the courtyard or terrace and watch the team of chefs crafting dishes at the open-kitchen Tapas Bar, then move to the Dessert Bar to see the pastry chefs at work and finish upstairs at the Cocktail Bar” – Jason Atherton’s, Chef of The Commune Social.

Address: 511 Jiangning Lu,
near Kangding Lu

江宁路511号, 近康定路

More information here



Vegetarian amateurs? This place is definitely for you!

This upscale, vegetarian restaurant chain, with several locations throughout Shanghai, offers creative takes on classic Asian cuisine. You will find a variety of amazing vegetables. It is a really innovative restaurant.

Address: 4/F, 22 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu,
near Jinling Dong Lu

中山东二路22号4楼, 近金陵东路

More information here





6. M on the Bund

M on the Bund is a lovely restaurant with a humongous view. If you love sophistication, it really worth the detour. For the amateurs of a simple menu with high-quality products.


Address: Five on the Bund,
7/F, 20 Guangdong Lu,
near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu

广东路20号, 外滩五号7楼, 近中山东一路

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7. Mercato – Jean Georges


Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten create its first-ever Italian concept. Simple pleasures like woodfire pizza, tremendous Burrata Cheese. If you are a truffle lover, please order the truffle pizza which is simply amazing.

You will also enjoy a very nice view of Pudong during your lunch or dinner.

Address:  6/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu,

near Guangdong Lu

中山东一路3号6楼, 近广东路

More information here



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L’étoilé le moins cher du monde à Shanghai

Le restaurant Michelin le moins cher du monde à Shanghai

Vous rêviez de manger dans un restaurant Michelin deux étoiles ? 
Les restos deux étoiles en France sont trop onéreux ? 
Vous pensiez que c’était trop cher pour vous ?  

Bien sûr, nous sommes habitués aux restaurants étoilés Michelin français hors de prix. 

La chance vous sourit, bienvenue à Shanghai, la ville où il existe le restaurant deux étoiles du guide Michelin le moins cher du monde.

En effet, depuis l’arrivée du Guide Michelin à Shanghai, le 21 septembre 2016, Le Canton 8 fait parti de ce fameux guide reconnu à l’international. C’est un restaurant où vous mangerez vos plats chinois préférez de très haute qualité pour moins de 8 euro.

8 euros cela vous parait impossible pour un restaurant étoilé Michelin ? Mais c’est bien le cas. Bon c’est vrai que le service et la qualité de cuisine ne vaut pas les étoiles que nous trouvons en France, mais la cuisine propose de l’authenticité chinoise avec une dose de maîtrise très intéressante.

Le quartier :

Un petit restaurant chaleureux situé à Puxi, un quartier chic et branché de Shanghai. A l’intérieur, le cadre et l’ambiance sont assez sobres mais agréables.

Sur la carte, des délicieux dumplings pour tous les goûts, des noodles à prix imbattable, et pour les plus aisés, du homard.

Le test :

Je l’ai testé pour vous avec mes camarades du MBADMB, et nous nous sommes régalés.

Bon c’est vrai que nous avons eu quelques surprises… 🙂

Un ami attendait impatiemment ses dumplings de haute qualité quand son assiette de pate de poulet est arrivée devant lui, oups il avait surement mal lu le menu… Heureusement que quelques minutes après, une autre amie végétarienne impatiente de manger son plat, était ravi de voir arriver du foie de porc dans son assiette.

Pourtant, je vous rassure les cartes sont belles et bien en anglais, mais il faut bien regarder la description du plat… et aussi se faire comprendre… 😉

Ils proposent aussi des menus complets entre 300 et 500 yuans. Avec ce menu, c’est un défilé de 5 ou 6 plats qui vous attendent : assiette de homard, huitres etc…

Mon avis :

Au final, la nourriture est bonne mais était-ce niveau Michelin… bien peut-être. Est-ce que j’irais une fois de plus, oui. 

En tout cas, si vous êtes à Shanghai, c’est pour vous l’occasion de vous asseoir à la table d’un deux étoiles Michelin sans vous ruiner. Nous en avons eu pour 18 euro chacun avec plusieurs plats et boissons comprises. A ce prix-là cela serait dommage de le rater ! Il est assez difficile de réserver à l’avance. Je vous conseille d’y passer quelques heures avant de manger afin qu’ils vous gardent une table.

Le Bibendum comprend 129 établissements à Shanghai. Parmi les primés deux étoiles on y trouve : L’Imperial Treasure, le fameux restaurant de notre français préféré : L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, le Yi Long Court, le 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, et le Yongfoo Elite.

Pour les plus pointilleux, il est possible de trouver deux restaurants 3 étoiles : le T’ang Court et le fameux Ultraviolet qui dispose d’une seule table pouvant accueillir 10 convives.

J’espère que cet article vous donnera envie de l’essayer, et surtout n’hésitez pas à m’y inviter 😉

Ou le trouver ? 

Adresse du Canton 8 : 
No. 63 Runan Street, Shanghai 200000 Chine
Téléphone :
+ 86 21 31 65 8198

Mon Twitter : Ici 

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8 Must-Eat Street Food in Shanghai

8 Must-Eat Street Food in Shanghai !

Try it and you will love it.


When I first arrived in China for the MBA DMB, I immediately wanted to try the Shanghainese Street-Food. Fresh spring rolls. Delicious Nems and Samosas. Shrimp Fritters… What a surprise it was for me to discover that all this exists only in our traditional Asian caterers, in France or elsewhere. These delights come mostly from South East Asia: Vietnam, Thailand, India…

However, the Chinese street-food that we can find in Shanghai with its specialties is just as delicious. It’s a culinary trip to every corner that you enjoy discovering every day.

I will list and introduce you to 8 different street-foods that can be found in this multicultural city with many cuisines influences. My goal is that you’re not lost when these meals come to you! This list includes simple, raw or more sophisticated foods that are all part of Chinese favorite snacks…. Or from the strangers.

The prices are all indicative and can vary depending on the location, the quality of the food and your art of negotiation.

8. Chòudòufu (臭豆腐) or « Stinky Tofu »

Sometimes, walking down the street, I can smell a rather unpleasant odor, a mixture of cheese and sewage that you can spot very quickly. Even stronger than the smell of the infamous durian fruit.

This is an ultra-popular 100-year-old Chinese dish. It is made from fermented tofu in a brine that is very smelly composed of fermented milk, vegetables, some meat, and bone.

Despite the unpleasant smell, I let myself try it with a friend once. We tested the fried version that was supposed to be easier to eat. Indeed, once it dips in its spicy sauce with garlic, the Stinky tofu loses its smell and then remains almost only its taste. Therefore, this is an experience to do once in China for the reckless. You’ll find it in the small, animated streets.

Vegan-friendly. 10-15 yuan one tray


7. Zòngzi (粽子), fresh fruits and marbled tea eggs

You will find some little shops all over Shanghai selling enough to support an urgent craving for hot and fast food.

  • Zòngzi: It’s a triangle cooked sticky rice in a bamboo leaf. Very popular during the dragon-boat festival in China (端 午 节 duānwǔ jié) (5 yuan)
  • Cháyè dàn (茶 葉 蛋): Marbled egg cooked and fragrant with tea and spices (2 yuan)
  • The classic steam corn found throughout Asia (5-10 yuan)
  • Sausages brochettes (often low taste & cheap) (5 yuan)
  • Fresh cut fruits: Very yummy and practical with for example mango, apple, pear, dragon fruit, orange…  Moreover, it comes with a wooden peak. (10-15 yuan)


6. Shanghai Guan Tang Bao ( )

This is a local specialty.  It is a Baozi (stuffed brioché bread) containing a burning broth inside that was inserted by a hole on the top. It is advisable to drink the broth first with a straw and then eat the baozi. I recommend those with crab that are really very good. To test absolutely!

from 10 to 30 yuan/unit


5. Youtiao ( ): Chinese doughnut stick

Often eaten early in the morning in a hurry before going to work, Youtiao is a fried doughnut in stick vegetable oil, whether you eat with congee, porridge or a hot drink.

Trying it is adopting it (do not become an addict as there is a lot of fat in it!)

Vegan-Friendly. 5-10 yuan


4. Hui Cuisine: Chuanr (串儿) lamb/sheep skewers and Rou Jia Mo ()

Let’s talk now about one of the most underestimated cuisine when we speak about Chinese food. The amazing Hui Cuisine in small restaurants from the Muslim community living originally in the West of China, as the Uighurs, but some of them lives in Shanghai. They propose a Chinese and Arabic fusion cuisine by using mainly as the meat of the sheep(mutton) and the lamb at excellent prices ! You can recognize these restaurants thanks to writings in Arabic written above and in the present “Halal” word on the door. Furthermore, these people are generally very smiling.

  • Chuanr: Spicy lamb/sheep skewer succulence (10 yuan)
  • Rou Jia Mo: A very good discovery is the Chinese version of the famous American hamburger, filled with lamb, spices, peppers… each restaurant has its own recipe and it becomes difficult to live without it when it has been tasted. (10 yuan)

You can also find sesame naans, nuts, rice dishes, lamb and take-away chicken.

You will find this street food all day in the heart of Shanghai on Zhejiang Middle Road and every Fridays at the Muslim market from 11 AM to 3PM on 1328 Changde Road.


A famous street food in China for breakfast

3. Jianbing ( 饼): Northern Chinese Crepe

A Chinese rolled crepe that you can eat mainly in the morning. You can choose your own filling. The traditional is made with bean paste, green onions, eggs, and crispy wonton leaves. When you taste one, you understand the fascination around this traditional recipe

Vegan-Friendly. 15 yuan for a basic – 25 for a special


2. Shāo Kǎo ( ): Chinese Street Barbecue

These barbecues pop up out of nowhere at night and are difficult to find in the principal streets of the city. In the middle of dozens of different brochettes (meats, vegetables, fish, tofu, seafood, lotus, mushrooms, etc.), cooks are busy grilling skewers with special sauce and spices on long charcoal barbecues. Excellent price-quality ratio. Caution, this can be very spicy (Kunming/Sichuan spices).

Vegan-friendly. 20 yuan for several skewers. Ones with meat are more expensive


Best Food

1. XiaoLongBao (包)& Shengjianbao (生煎包) : Dumplings, the kings of street food

My all-time favorite. The absolute reference. One of the reasons that will make me come back to Shanghai. If there are dozens of different kinds of dumplings and Dim-Sum, the two specialties of the city, which are easily found everywhere, are in my opinion one of the best snacks in the world.

Xiaolongbao: Small steamed ravioli served hot in bamboo baskets and containing a juicy broth. The stuffing is generally composed of ground meat, ginger and soy sauce. A wonder that you will find both to take away and in the most expansive restaurants. Eat with Plum sauce or vinegar.

Usually 8 for 12 yuan

Shengjianbao: The fried version that we all love in our group of friends and that we can eat at any time. Fried in a large pan of 1 meter, covered with sesame and green onions. Drink the juice before eating. I won’t tell you any more, run and try it!

Usually 4 for 6 yuan

I hope that this guide will be useful for you. Enjoy your time in Shanghai!

See also:

The best places to Eat in Shanghai

Sources :

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Discover Hong Kong: New year’s Eve travel guide

One of the best destination to experience the new year’s eve.

From China, there are several destinations to travel during holidays. One of the best for New Year’s Eve is Hong Kong. There are lots of reasons for that but the one who closes the deal is, of course, the fireworks. The show takes place above the bay and lasts for 30 minutes in harmony with the light of the city. It is one of the biggest in the world and must be seen at least once in a lifetime.

Hong Kong is a young, vibrant city bursting with energy. This is obvious to anyone standing on the pier in Tsim Sha Tsui, looking out over Hong Kong’s impressive skyline of skyscrapers. Furthermore, this is a city that has managed to make an art of squeezing seven million people together in an area of 1.000 square kilometers.

With its tropical climate, beautiful landscapes, energetic nightlife, and fantastic food, Hong Kong is a traveler’s paradise. 25 million people come here each year to experience a city unlike any other in the world.
Temples, gardens, museums, amusement parks, and lookout points – Hong Kong has a great variety of sights to explore. Highlights include the Man Mo Temple, Victoria Peak, the Big Buddha and the night-time market in Temple Street, but be sure to find some time to explore some of the city’s fantastic gardens, as well.

A Symphony of Lights

At 20:00 every night, you can admire a dazzling multimedia show outdoors with laser lights in a multitude of colors the show involves more than 40 buildings by the harbor. This is a beautiful and unforgettable experience that should not be missed when visiting Hong Kong. The best views are along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront between the Avenue of Stars and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the promenade at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai. Another way to enjoy this event is to take the famous star ferry at the right time or any other special boat tour or cruise.

Victoria Peak

Is an absolute must for visitors to Hong Kong, ascend 522 meters by tram and look out over the entire city, but do make sure that it is not a foggy day and to take tickets online for the tram to avoid too much waiting in the line.
Victoria Peak has always been an area for the propertied classes, and nowadays this also means that Hong Kong’s best promenade is to be found in the leafy, quiet area around the peak station. It is also here you will find one of the most iconic landmarks of Hong Kong, The Peak Tower that features Hong Kong’s highest observation tower (the Sky Terrace 428), including the wax museum Madame Tussauds and the Peak Market.

Nan Lian Garden

Stroll around at this beautiful and well-maintained garden which is surrounded by skyscrapers. This is a very quiet and peaceful place where you can unwind and admire traditional Chinese architecture. The flowers, ponds, and waterfalls will also catch your attention. There is also a beautiful Buddhist temple above the garden, where you can find time to pray and catch an entire view from the top. It’s my favorite place in Hong Kong during daylight. Don’t miss the chance to get there.

Man Mo Temple

Is one of the popular places in Hong Kong. The old Hong Kong residents prayed for the God of Literature “Man” and the God of War “Mo” and this tradition has been retained until now. You can go to the altar to collect a box of prophecy stick. Shake the box until one of the sticks falls out – then go to one of the fortune-teller stalls and get to know your future.

Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong / Opening hours: 08:00-18:00

Big Buddha

You will find the Big Buddha on Lantau Island which is the largest island in Hong Kong. Big Buddha is the world’s largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha statue, which is more than 34 meters high. After the visit, head to the monastery nearby where you can eat a vegetarian lunch with the monks.

Address: Lantau Island, Hong Kong / Opening hours: 8:00-18:00


In Hong Kong offers a staggering variety of cuisines from around the world: Thai, Indian, British, Italian and not least, Chinese, among many, many others. Prices also vary widely, depending on the dining experience you’re looking for. Cheap, fast eats and street food are a must for the traveler on the go, but take some time to indulge in some of the city’s top-class dining, as well.

If you love dim sum. At restaurant Din Tai Fung you can indulge in various traditional Chinese dishes for a reasonable price. The restaurant is well hidden in a shopping center, but worth searching for. The friendly staff serves quality food in a vibrant atmosphere.
But be prepared to wait almost everywhere. In Hong Kong, you will always have to take tickets and wait your turn before you can be seated.(Address of Din Tai Fung: 160-164 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong Public Transport: Exit E1, Sheung Wan MTR Station)


Explore the streets of Soho. Here you will find plenty of restaurants, bars, art galleries, and small unique shops. This is a great place to walk around and there is so much to see. During the night, it’s become the place to be, mostly after the fireworks of the New Year. Everyone wanders between the several bars and take time to drink outside on the steps and the many stairs there are in the area.

To summaries

Hong Kong is a breathtaking city during the night and has a lot of places to visit during the day. You won’t be disappointed by the many views, the variety of food, the parks and gardens, the historical and religious monuments, the nightlife and of course the skyscrapers that surround you wherever you are.
There is also a lot of shopping area of many types, from the night street market to the biggest and newest mall with all luxury brands you want. During the New Year’s Holidays, almost everything is 50% off for the “sold”. Make sure to have extra money to enjoy it.

Be aware that going to Hong Kong is also getting out of the Chinese territory so you will need your resident permit, but it’s also a visa-free area for a lot of citizen from a Western country. So it easier to get in and out and you also can go spend time and money to Macao with the ferry that takes only 1 hour to cross the bay. Which is also a visa-free city.

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Study in Shanghai

Organizing his trip to Shanghai

To study in Shanghai, it is important to anticipate your arrival in China. For that, here are some recommendations, ideas, and tips to properly organize your departure.

Students Shanghai

Administrative part

To begin, the administrative part.

Know that China is very sharp on the paperwork. If you want to study more than 6 months in China, as proposed by ESSCA, you must have a passport valid for another 6 months after the visa application date.

You will need to apply for a student visa. For this you can distinguish two types of student visa:

  • The “X1” visa for more than 180 days in China
  • The “X2” visa for a short stay (less than 180 days).

Regarding the X1 visa, know that it is only valid for 30 days after your arrival in China. You will have to apply for a residence permit during these 30 days in order to obtain legal status.

To apply for a visa, you will need to bring with you:

  • Passport (valid for at least 6 months at the time of application)
  • Copy of return air tickets
  • Invitation letter provided by your school


To all those who wish to study in Shanghai, know that once you arrive in China, if you stay in a hotel, you are automatically registered with the police. But when you move in, you have 24 hours to declare yourself at the police station closest to you. Bring with you your passport and rental agreement.


Before leaving, it is essential to subscribe to international insurance. This You absolutely need care for repatriation and hospitalization covering the length of stay in China.Health Shanghai

Here are some insurance companies: April, Mondial Assistance, SMEREP / LMDE World Pass, AIG Travel …

For all foreigners coming to study for more than 6 months in China, a medical examination is mandatory. This visit is essential to hold the residence permit.


Remember to review your vaccines before leaving. Some vaccines are recommended before leaving as hepatitis A, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid … Make a point with your GP and take a meeting in a center.

Personal papers

Before leaving, remember to refuel your personal papers. Print, copy and scan on your computer and mobile papers such as:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • ID card
  • Invitation letter from your university
  • Rental contract for your apartment
  • Insurance certificate
  • ID photos

Make change

Make changes before arriving at the airport or at the train stations. It will be easier to have cash on you for the first few days.


Remember to open a bank account in China, so you can use Wechat, Alipay Tabao … to pay your rent or everyday purchases. You only need to withdraw money with your foreign CB and use ATM kiosks to credit your Chinese CB.

To open a bank account you will need:

  • 20 Yuan
  • Passport
  • Resident permit


Two choices for accommodation:

  • Do your housing research before you go
  • Wait to be there.

If you wait, consider booking a few nights in a hotel before arriving.

Several Facebook groups of students in Shanghai have been created to facilitate exchanges. I advise you to include some as “Shanghai French People” or “Shanghai Housing”. In the daily rooms are released and announcements are made. You will necessarily find your happiness! You will only have to schedule a few visits before your arrival! And if you have a crush, know that signing a lease contract is possible. Ask beforehand to visit via Skype or Facetime.

The installation is done very quickly! In 1 or 2 days you can be moved.

Install a VPN

Stay connected to the world with a VPN. China is the fourth most censored country in the world. Many applications are censored. Here are some unusable applications without VPN:

• Facebook
• Instagram
• WhatsApp
• Netflix
• Google
• Youtube

Here are two VPNs for your trip to China :
Express VPN

Count around 120 euros for one year usable on several devices (laptop and computer).
You just have to anticipate your trip to avoid any difficulties once there. Enjoy!

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