A Nigerian abroad exploring China
We are excited about this article which documents Stanley's visit to China. He calls it "Orienting to the Orientals — a tale of two cities!". Most importantly he will be sharing all his travel stories with us as often as possible. He is definitely one of the few well-travelled Nigerians and we can't wait to read all about his trips. The next paragraph begins with the details of his trip to China. Enjoy!.
Those who know me know travelling is part of my identity. To say that I enjoy travelling is quite an understatement. It is my release when it seems like the weight of the world is on my shoulder…it is therapy to keep me sane amongst the insane…it is a university I am enrolled in as a student where I go to learn…it is my religion giving me a sense of belonging to something abstract and supreme. I think you kind of get the point here!
In February 2017, I made a promise to start blogging on some of my traveling experiences and with my professed love out of the way in the introductory paragraph, this would be the first among a number of adventures I’d be sharing, so sit back, buckle your seat-belts and get ready for take-off into the clouds.
Let’s talk China!
I had always wanted to visit and explore this culturally rich and fascinating place since my graduate school days (2010), and 2016 was the year I finally got to indulge in that fantasy. I am a big proponent for solo-travel and planning it all by myself…however, China had to be an exception to this rule for the obvious reasons you can imagine (notably the sheer logistical nightmare). If this trip was ever going to happen, I had to go as part of a tour group and let the local professionals handle it whilst kicking and screaming. Somehow, I had this preconceived idea that group trips weren’t fun, but turned out I was wrong after the fact.
I was placed in a group of twenty-two people and met everyone on the first day of arrival at the Beijing Airport (our first of a number of stops across two major cities). Everyone of the group was eventually going to be my friend, but I had made immediate connection with a Californian based lawyer named Bill and his step daughter Emily, whom I remember as being quite sarcastic and quick-witted. In the coming days, I would also find myself bonding with the Ysusi family (dad and two lovely daughters) who came all the way from Mexico City, and much later down the road bonding with every single one of the twenty-two member group. Our tour guide Kevin fondly described the group as a ‘bowl of sticky rice’ — a description we proudly claimed and owned.
During the entire nine days of the tour, Kevin would prove to be a fantastic and fun tour guide that made every moment of our experience memorable.
A picture is worth a thousand words as they say, so I’d let some pictures do the rest of the talking from this point.
Night market in Beijing with all sorts of assorted…let’s just say delicacies. No, I didn’t try them.
Day 3: Boat house structure; very picturesque!
Some sights from Shanghai
Shanghai, on China’s central coast, is the country's biggest city and the most populous city in the world. Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. Across the Huangpu River rises the Pudong district’s futuristic skyline, including 632m Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
Along the Bund! Someday I’d juxtapose poses I’ve taken with versions of the famed charging bull in NYC, Shanghai and Amsterdam (dwarf version).
Final words on Travelling to China
When it was time to go home on the eight day, many of us still wished we had just a few days to stay back and explore more of what China had to offer.
Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow. Anita Desai
China has certainly become a part of me with lifelong experiences and new found friendships sown into the fabric of my destiny. I shall be visiting this lovely place again!
Hope you all enjoyed reading this as much as I did. I just can't wait to visit China and explore the heck out of the country. Have you visited China before? How did you apply for visa? Please feel free to share your stories with us, either in the comment section or as an article on the blog.
Thanks to Stanley Awenlimobor , a cybersecurity expert all day and an explorer every other day, for sharing his experience with us.
NB: He travelled from America to China
Till our next adventure, be kind to one another