All posts tagged: zhangjiajie national forest park

Journey in Zhangjiajie: Harmony of Water and Mountains

“He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.” — Chinese proverb Travelling in China is somewhat of a mystery to many people. While mega cities like Beijing and Shanghai are often visited, a place like Zhangjiajie and other less developed areas in China are somewhat of a curious and strange place. In travelling these past several weeks I have gained a new appreciation for China’s stunning sights, both natural and man made (mostly natural). China is a huge country of diverse sights and landscapes – from deserts to tropical like weather in the south. At the same time, I came across many challenges and frustrations that I don’t want to overlook if I were to consider revisiting the country. Crowds are hard to avoid and development is only starting to catch up to the large numbers of tourists. I continue to include photos of the pillar like landscapes because it truly fascinates me. The “pillars” are the product of years and years of physical erosion. What’s interesting is how the forests and foliage …

Journey in Zhangjiajie: An Extra Special Day

“With true friends… even water drunk together is sweet enough.” – Chinese Proverb Today was my first day entering Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, today I walked for over 6 hours in 33 degrees weather, today I experienced Bailong Elevator (the world’s tallest full-exposure outdoor lift), today I saw a bus nearly explode, today I interacted with international tourists for research, today I spent a full day getting to know my incredible roommate, today I watched traditional Chinese theatre of dance and acrobatics featuring Hunan myth and culture, and today… today was my birthday*! *My posts regarding my travel in Zhangjiajie, China are mainly re-written words from my journal. I didn’t have access to my blog and many other sites (because of Internet censorship in China), so the time stamp on these posts are several weeks dated. I was very grateful to have the opportunity to celebrate my birthday in China. This is my fifth birthday away from home, spent abroad and physically far from family and friends in Canada. I hadn’t told anyone here it was my birthday, …

Internship with United Nations World Tourism Organization: Sustainable Tourism Observatories in China

When I received the news that I was selected to be an International Intern for the United Nations World Tourism Organization in China, I couldn’t believe it. Almost a half year after I applied, the thought of hearing back was a distant idea and lodged somewhere in the back of my mind buried under the stress of school and final exams. So when I heard back, I was in shock and it was like someone had surprised me with this incredible gift. In 2014, I spent the summer traveling Europe on my own. On my 21st birthday I visited the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. I took a tour and I became interested in exploring International Relations. I made the realization that the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) was a specialized agency I could foresee my future in (or to work for a company/organization with similar values of realizing the need to progress hospitality and tourism in sustainable way). In the future I want to contribute to sustainably developing tourism, study more about culture and languages, and incorporating …