Harbin Food is really great and there is a good variety of food, from dishes that go with rice, to hotpot, to Chuar; the Dongbei region is well known for its food. I encourage everyone to try as much of the local food as possible. If you are just visiting – when is the next time you are going to be in Harbin? If you are staying as an expat for the long haul – make the most of it.
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Travel to North Korea seems to spark controversy, and there are some good reasons for this.
There are many moral issues within the country and it sports a long litany of Human Rights abuses.
In my previous post I covered information on how to go to North Korea, what to expect on the tours and some of what you can see.
In this post I will talk about my view of the ethical aspects of travelling to North Korea here as they seem to go hand in hand with visiting the country.
When I tell people that I have been to North Korea, the general response goes something like:
“North Korea! You can’t actually go there, can you?”
“How did you get in? I thought no one would be able to get a visa.”
“Were you scared? Was it safe?”
“No you didn’t. You mean South Korea”
Sigh. NO I don’t.
Daqing is usually completely missed by travellers to Heilongjiang province. That should be reason enough to visit in my book. I don’t think it is even mentioned in Lonely Planet, which seems to get everywhere and list everything.
I only really knew about it because when I did my TESOL course in Harbin, some people had previously gotten teaching jobs in Daqing after finishing the course.
It is only a couple of hours from Harbin and is totally worth the trip.
“I can’t go there, I don’t speak the language.”
Many people don’t want to travel because they don’t speak any other language than their native language and are scared of being misunderstood, not understanding anybody and not being able to manage anything. It is a classic category 1 fear.
First thing: You don’t need to be able to speak the language to travel somewhere. It sure helps, but it is not needed.
The Vatican City is the world’s smallest country at just over 100 acres. It is so small that it is the size of one eighth of New York’s Central Park. It mints its own coins, prints its own stamps, issues passports and license plates, operates media outlets and has its own flag and anthem.
What to pack in your Backpack?
Deciding what to take and how much to take on a trip can be one of the hardest things to do when planning.
The first step is finding a good backpack. A small one is best, or you will find a way to fill it up.
My first time backpacking was a disaster of getting a backpack that was too big, and then I had no real idea of what to pack in my backpack and over packed. I took some ridiculous things. A whole bag of fish oil tablets anyone? Seven pairs of underwear? I can’t even remember half the garbage I packed for that trip, I left some of it with Couchsurfers and sent three boxes home during the course of my trip.