The local people, New Zealanders or Kiwis as they like to be called, are a very welcoming bunch of people and known for their hospitality. New Zealand ranks high in the ‘Worlds friendliest places to visit’ roundup every year and for good reason. New Zealanders love their country and are always excited to show it off to new arrivals. The hospitality is world renowned and comprises of good food, a few laughs and an adventurous life.
Kiwis have been some of the best hosts I have ever met and enjoy hearing the tales about this country from them while traveling. People of New Zealand tend to live an outdoors life and enjoy water-sports, rugby, fishing, kayaking, tramping (hiking), and all sorts if adrenaline pumping action on the south island.
Maori culture shines through in New Zealands history. The Maori people who came across from the Polynesian islands in giant canoes have a rich and steep culture in New Zealand. They have many sacred sights throughout the country, none more so than Cape Renga in the north island where traditional beliefs say that that is where the souls of fallen warriors go back into the ocean to the islands where they came from.
Boutique bakeries and coffee shops are hidden away for tourists to seek out and explore in the city streets. Resorts have secret lodges with fine dining and private chefs. New Zealand cuisine is alive and wonderful. There are many great wineries in the Otago and Canterbury regions which are world renowned for their elegance and taste. Places like Auckland and Wellington have Michelin Star restaurants and a chic cafe vibe.
Transport in New Zealand is of the highest quality and catching a short flight, bus or renting a car is easy. The roads consist of long winding corners and epic mountain passes for you to take tour along and it is true that driving around New Zealand is an experience in itself!
If you are on a tight budget and looking to travel around New Zealand on the cheap, then you could always consider sticking out your thumb and hitchhiking some of the way! This is common here are very much so on the south island.
In Hong Kong you can find a load of really cool places to live. Whether you want a high rise, a small flat or a mansion by the beach it’s a city which clearly caters to everyone and is worth checking out. This will give a good overview into life in the Kong!
Apartment hotels and studio flats are the trendy place to be and it’s important to be cost effective and well prepared when you decide to settle for Hong Kong.
In Happy Valley which is on Hong Kong Island you will be impressed by the crazy range of things to do, the excellent location and the brilliant views. Happy Valley is stunning and a load of ex Pats, foreigners and Chinese locals all come here to chill out in swanky apartments after a hard day’s work.
Hong Kong can be a dear place so you do need to consider a lot of things if you want to meet your budget. You want a good location as well as cutting your costs.
Self managed apartments are a superb alternative to the usual kind of pricey hotel room accommodations mainly because of the fact that living spaces like these already come with a full range of cupboards, washing machines, settees etc. (i.e. fully furnished and fully serviced units). You can also stay in one for as long as you like, without breaking the bank on most occasions.
These type of Hong Kong style serviced lodgings can give you real freedom and space of your own as well as giving you some cost-effective housing options. Yes the biggest shock is that these managed flats offer big spaces – a novelty itself in tight fitting Hong Kong meaning you will have more space around you to move relax and live. You get a decent bit of privacy in these flats too.
Bathrooms and kitchens are standard these days, and while you will pay extra to have the main essentials installed it will be worth it once you move into that flat and feel the magic of your own place. Hong Kong is a truly magical and wonderful place to live.
Happy Valley is situated in Hong Kong island not far from Causeway Bay and Wan Chai. The area has a mixture of locals, Chinese people from the mainland and also some foreign ex-Pats. Hong Kong is a diverse multi cultural city to find yourself at home in.
You’ll certainly feel relaxed when you stay in a V apartment because each space already comes fully managed (comes with a commendable set of services) and fully furnished (comes with the latest and finest resources and amenities, just like in a hotel). They definitely have all the things that you’re looking for in a place and more.
You have got to love Hong Kong – this will be a cool place to live.
China offers a range of fantastic food that you might never have heard of elsewhere. How about some sweet rice, with colour added to it? It certainly sounds intriguing and if you head to the fantastic Jiulong Waterfalls in China’s Yunnan Province then you can try the sweet coloured rice. It’s near the city of Luoping in the Yunnan Province.
Whereabouts can you get Chinese coloured sweet rice?
You can find the sweet coloured Chinese rice in a load of places, but Yunnan is one province that definitely has it. If you head out to the amazing Jiulong Waterfalls you can see a lot of food stalls there and some of them sell the Chinese sweet and coloured rice.
It is very sugary, it’s hot and of course this rice is colourful, it’s a really different style of rice to the normal.
What price is this sweet and coloured Chinese rice?
Now come on, this is China so everything is cheap. It won’t be more than 5RMB (50 pence) for a pack of it.
You have to sample the fantastic sugary coloured rice in Yunnan in China.
In terms of taste, what’s this Chinese rice like?
It’s delicious and really sweet. It will surprise you – you will munch and scoff it down really quickly. Despite not having much flavour, the sugar really is noticeable and it goes down a treat. It comes in multicolours – purple, pink, yellow, blue and white.
Overall what about travelling in China, what’s it like?
To see China properly you need to get out of the big cities like Shanghai and Beijing and you will see all this massive country has to offer. The countryside has endless travel options and the country of China is quite simply littered with ancient and modern popular tourist sites to see!
So head to China and get trying the excellent sugary rice which is coloured. You should go to the Yunnan Province to buy it. You might just love them!