Travel Theme: Entertainment

This week’s Travel Theme by Where’s my backpack is Entertainment.

While living in China, “entertainment” has taken a different spin for me. The expat life has made me rely on myself a lot more when it comes to having things to do and not getting bored.

There’s the old activities that I’ve done for a while that carry through: rock climbing, reading and drawing. There are others that made a come back (like slacklining or blogging!) and then there are those things that I never really thought about, but since I’m in China, “why not?”

So taking a different approach on “Entertainment” this is how I keep myself from getting bored in my free time (which I have a lot off! I love it!):

  • Rock Climbing in Yangshuo is incredible. Most climbs have an easy approach, the views are beautiful, you very often find yourself almost completely alone, and you get to see so much more of the area. It’s a good way to avoid the crowed tourist areas (although those can be fun too once in a while):
Climbing in Yangshuo
Climbing in Yangshuo
  • Or for those days when you find yourself in the middle of a city. Climbing building walls can also be fun (and painful on the fingers!):
Nanning, Guanxi
Nanning, Guangxi
  • There is never a lack of stairs to climb in China, you miss a little of the “proper nature hike” but you do get a good workout and nice views at the top:
Fuyang District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang
Fuyang District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang
  • For sunny days, having a slackline lying around the apartment provides easy fun for everyone (everyone invited, passing by or straight up staring). There are several parks around Fuyang that provide perfectly placed trees for us to set up the line:
Fuyang District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang
Fuyang District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang
  • You can always join the local fun and bottle feed some fish:
Guilin, Guangxi
Guilin, Guangxi
  • And if everything else fails, becoming “The Entertainment” is easy to do as a foreigner in China (nothing more entertaining than me singing “I Wish you a Merry Christmas” in front of the entire school, parents and neighbours):
Linping, Hangzhou, Zhejiang
Linping, Hangzhou, Zhejiang

4 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Entertainment

  1. Aww, loved this! And brought back good memories of my year in China–you never knew when you might stumble across a random martial arts demonstration on the side of the road…or, yes, be asked to dance and sing and perform for others. 🙂 “Bored” is something that was never part of my life in China.

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