Forget all pre-definitions or prejudice against the Chinese people. My blog is based on information acquired during my travels because I don’t believe in pre-judgment.

I have been traveling around the world discovering and gaining knowledge on different cultures and customs. My desire to visit China came after my amazing trip to Japan(Let’s do it in Japan, Japan a traditional and modern country and How can I describe Tokyo before I go back there ?), to where I will be back for sure. First of all Japan and China share the same origin but they have completely different cultures.

I got really surprised when I arrived in Hong Kong. That is a huge city but it is very small compared to cities like Beijing or Shangai. I felt all the cities I have been to in China are very organized, but the behavior of the people is different in each one of them. I understand their behaviour, it doesn’t mean I agree to it. As a result, I felt confused there.

People will go over you if you move a little slower to get on the train or the subway. I felt this is disrespectful with a tourist, but if they do not move fast they will lose a lot of time. As a tourist, I wait for the people inside of the train to get off so I can get in. Chinese people don’t do that. To me, the explanation for this lies in the size of the cities and the huge amount of people living in the same city.

Should I spend my time visiting China? Yes, you should. But everything in China takes a while to visit. It happens because everything is far and you have to travel a lot. An advice: try to use as much as you can the trains. Avoid getting a cab or hiring a car. Traffic is chaotic. When trying to get to the places to visit, there are no surprises. Expect a huge amount of people there. Not a surprise again, they are very organized. In general most of the queues move fast, but a big number of people makes a queue huge, and it takes a while and it seems like everyone is going to the same place that you are.

As a photographer, I like nice weather. It does not mean I need sunny days. I like the beautiful scenes. Chinese cities didn’t have much of that. The eternal fog made me angry. I disliked most of my pictures. To understand how strong the fog is there I had to check the weather app to know if there would be sunny days or not. Consequently, you cannot see blues skies very often. Pollution is a big problem there.

Do I need to visit China or not? Definitely, you need to. I liked my trip. I learned a lot about the culture. China is an amazing place with a lot of history and symbolism. History came from all directions. I really recommend a guide and trying to learn all aspects of the Chinese culture. If you can, try to visit China, there is no place in the world that does not deserve a visit, a picture or a dinner at a street restaurant.   

If you are considering visiting Uluru, at the center of the Australian continent, you must consider how many days for Uluru. The first consideration is how to go there. I don’t recommend using a car to go there. From Adelaide or Darwin it is a journey of at least 1600 km in middle of nowhere. It means driving long hours without much to look at. Usually I prefer to save time rather than save money. I’m not a rich person, but is much easier to make money then to go on holidays. In my case I went by air. I flew from Sydney to Alice Springs and from there I started my tour by car.

In Alice Springs I got into The Rock Tour. One of many companies that provides this sort of excursion. I was really happy with my crazy, dj, friend and much fun guide Ash. The objective of the trip was an experience closer to nature. We walked a lot near Uluru, Kata Tjuta and other secrets places. In some of these places isn’t allowed to take pictures. It is impossible to compare the experience of sleeping under the stars looking the milky way. Some of the people will think this is crazy, and to be fair it is. But this is the spirit of the experience. Like the slogan I saw there “Sounds of Silence”.  In any moment I felt unsafe. It is safe, but at same time I was sleeping in the middle of the bush.

But how many days for Uluru? The 3 days tour I think was long enough. I think if it was less than 3 I would feel as if I had missed a few things. But in 3 days I think I covered the most important areas, I learned substantial information about the Aborigines and at the end I was feeling that was enough. Of course I don’t know how the long trip is, but this was the most isolated place I have ever been in my life. I have been traveling around the world but never to a place like that. To me, more days will make the trip much slower than necessary, I don’t think that there is much more to see. 3 days is perfect. Not too rushed and not too slow.

When this trip finished I spent my last day at the huge Yulara city. There is not much to do in this city. At least I met all of the 887 people that live there. I chose staying in Yulara instead of going back to Alice Springs to avoid the 6 hours travel by car. Putting a cherry on top of my trip was visiting the Field of Light. This art installation looks like the Keukenhof gardens but instead of tulips they have frosted-glass spheres bloom with a led light inside. This creates an unbelievable combination of lights and stars. The Field of Lights will close on 31/March/2017. You don’t want miss that.