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More than 100 people joined our Meetup and Free Networking event last Thursday at Eleven’s bar! The Red Man from Enjoy Shanghai was there to give out prizes to 3 lucky draw winners! Pictures provided by HolaChina.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our next event on March 3rd at Kulou bar!

 

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Today, February 22nd, 15th day of the first lunar month, is Lantern Festival  day – the first significant feast after Spring Festival. 

Where

Yuyuan garden (closest metro station – Yuyuan garden L10)

When

Shedule of  the perfomance:

14:30-15:00

16:00-16:30

18:00-18:30

20:00-20:30

21:30-22:00

Don’t miss out a unique cultural event!

 

About Chinese lantern festival:

The Lantern Festival (simplified Chinese: 灯节) is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar year in the lunar calendar marking the last day of the lunar New Year celebration. It is usually in February or March in the Gregorian calendar. As early as the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 25), it had become a festival with great significance. During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns (simplified Chinese: 猜灯谜).

In ancient times, the lanterns were fairly simple, and only the emperor and noblemen had large ornate ones.In modern times, lanterns have been embellished with many complex designs. For example, lanterns are now often made in the shape of animals. The lanterns can symbolize the people letting go of their past selves and getting new ones, which they will let go of the next year. The lanterns are almost always red to symbolize good fortune.

Finding love

In the early days, young people were chaperoned in the streets in hopes of finding love. Matchmakers acted busily in hopes of pairing couples. The brightest lanterns were symbolic of good luck and hope. As time has passed, the festival no longer has such implications in most of China.

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Expats/Locals/Travelers community is a non-profit community whose goal is to bring people together!

What to expect?

Meet dozens of people of different nationationalities, age and professions, play ice breaking games, get to know about weekend trips, Mandarin school, kindergarten for locals and expats, find an intern or intership and, of course, good deals on drinks, good music and lots of fun! Why should we pay for making new friends and business partners? NO ENTRANCE FEE, just come and enjoy!

Address:  Elevens bar

Changping road 888-8, near Jiaozhou road. Changping road metro station, exit 5 (L7), Jing’an, Shanghai

Date: February 25th, Thursday 19:00-22:00

Drinks:

Budweiser draft – 25 rmb

House wine – 40 rmb

Coctails – 40 rmb
Food: pizza, pasta, burgers!

You can join at anytime!

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Healthy breakfast, juices, herbal drinks, organic veggies, yoga, meditation, ionic foot bath, clean air and amazing mountain view… The detox program is available the whole year around, choose the dates that fits you best and let us make a plan for you!

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Viaje sugerido

Puede parecer una locura ponerte tu bañador y remojarte un día de invierno a 6 grados centígrados, pero al contrario de lo que parece, las aguas termales en esta estación son la mejor manera de recuperar ese calor perdido y hacer una limpieza de cuerpo y alma. Para probarlo Hola China viajó con WannaTravel a las aguas termales el pasado 6 de Diciembre.wths201504
El tour organizado de un día empezó a las 9am el domingo en Zhongshan Park donde fuimos recogidos por el minivan. Nuestros compañeros de viajes eran de una multitud de países diferentes, España, Noruega, Reino Unido, Rusia, Polonia, China, entre otros, y gracias a esto pudimos aprovechar las breves hora y trenta minutos de viaje a las aguas termales desde Shanghái para conocer gente y aprender idiomas con nuestros compañeros de viaje.

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Al llegar a las termas, a breves 10km de Suzhou, WannaTravel nos explicó el balneario y nos dio un vale de aperitivo de frutas y dulces. Inmediatamente procedimos a ponernos el bañador para disfrutar del día. El recinto es una formación harmónica de edificios de madera con piscinas, jacuzzis, saunas y termas en espacios exteriores e interiores. La limpieza y el servicio del personal fueron impecables y el recinto ofrece multitud de servicios para la salud complementarios como masajes, servicios de belleza, tratamientos de medicina tradicional china (como el famoso “cupping”), tanque de peces para eliminar pieles muertas de los pies, tratamientos de vapor etc…

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Las aguas termales tienen propiedades desintoxicantes, limpian las cutículas de la piel, restauran el balance del pH de la epidermis, son anti-reumáticos, reducen el estrés mental y la tensión muscular. El complejo tenía más de 15 diferentes termas con diferentes propiedades, olores y colores. Entre las diferentes clases de termas que encontramos, Hola China probó las de té rojo, café, manzanilla, leche y jugo de arándanos entre otros.

Las aguas del balneario son canalizadas directamente de una terma subterránea natural.

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La parte cubierta del balneario está acondicionada con calefacción y en la parte exterior una vez dentro de las termas te olvidas por completo que ya es invierno en esta fría ciudad. Los empleados nos proporcionaron a menudo diferentes tipos de té, agua fría, toallas y controlaron que no estuviéramos en cada piscina más tiempo de lo que es recomendable para la salud.

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El edificio principal, además de la zona de aguas, cuenta con comedor, restaurante, facilidades para dormir una siestecita, zona de descanso silenciosa, habitaciones privadas para masajes y tratamientos de belleza y gimnasio. Allí pudimos disfrutar de unas partidas a ping pong y de ejercicios de musculación que se sintieron de lujo después de los saludables baños de esa mañana. Aprovechamos una de las bellas zonas de descanso exterior para tomarnos un café y nutrir la mente leyendo un libro con la brisa natural de la zona arbolada que rodea el balneario.

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Los guías fueron atentos y amistosos en todo momento y nos acompañaron en los baños y en la comida. Durante nuestra estancia tuvimos la oportunidad de hablar y conocer más a fondo a los otros integrantes del grupo y hacer interesantes contactos personales y de negocios en un clima relajado.

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A las 6pm nuestro grupo departió de vuelta a Shanghái en el confortable minivan donde acabamos nuestro viaje de un día, exhaustos, pero con cuerpo y mente renovada para afrontar la vida en la gran ciudad de nuevo.

Un viaje totalmente recomendable y a un precio asequible para todos los públicos y con compañeros de viaje. Tomate un respiro, come, bebe, libérate del estrés, combate el frio invernal, pasa un día diferente con tu familia, pareja o amigos, disfruta la naturaleza y límpiate por dentro y por fuera por el mismo precio que uno de esos “brunchs” rutinarios en el Bund.

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EF Teacher Travel Journal

 

Zhangjiajie Trip Nov 29th – Dec 2nd  2015

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20 EF teachers from 4 cities gathered together and explored Tianmen Mountain, Avatar Mountain and Grand Canyon in Hunan.

           It was an amazing and memorable four day trip with an even more awesome group of people.

 

           Missed joining us on this trip? Stay tuned by following EF Teacher Travel for upcoming trips this year.

 

 

“there are several happy and sweet moments … singing on the bus, playing with monkeys, funny games in the birthday party, having meals together and talk etc.

 

Helen Li

GZ 8

 

When I received the phone call from Sarah I was very excited because I got the lucky draw of TRT trip to Zhangjiajie! In a month, I would be able to travel in Zhangjiajie with EF teachers from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen!

 

The trip was well-organized. The organizers had made a detailed schedule from which we were clear about the places we were going and hotels we were going to stay. We  got the names and phone numbers from e-mail and we had got we-chat .

 

Zhangjiajie is a beautiful and famous senic spot in Hunan Province. During the four days, we visited  the most famous places such as Tianmen Cave, Wuling Yuan, Yangjiajie etc. Although the weather was not pretty enough, we could see amazing mountains in foggy weather. The waterfalls in the Grand Canyon is really nice.

 

I think the most meaningful and wonderful thing of the trip is that I get the chance to meet teachers from different countries and cities. We share the same experience and there are several happy and sweet moments that I’ll recall  in the future — singing on the bus, playing with monkeys, funny games in the birthday party, having meals together and talk etc.

 

I feel lucky to be one member in EF big family. Thanks a lot for those who supports me this trip.

 

 

 

 

 

“I would go back, just for the monkeys.”   

 

Karen Edes

BJ 4

 

I loved our trip to Zhang Jia Jie.  It was my first chance to get away from Beijing since moving to China.  The mountains were beautiful.  Our first day going up the mountain in the cable car was and coming out of the clouds into the sunlight was like breaking free.  My favorite part was the monkeys.  They were soooo cute.  I would go back, just for the monkeys.

 
“We aren’t at work. We’re in heaven. This is what heaven looks like.”

 

Chris Gray

Shenzhen Operations Teacher

 

“We are lost” said Steve.

“I know exactly where we are! “ I replied, fingers crossed behind my back. The early morning quiet of Day 4 had only me and Steve in the forest. Wet leaves dripping, birdsong and green, green, green was all around us.

 

Steve gave me a long, hard, laconic Australian stare. “So… where are we then, smarty-pants?” he retorted.  A monkey with a bright pink bottom came out of the forest, walked past me and jumped up onto the footpath railing that was above my head, the gradient of the steps up this mountain was that steep. He gave me a long, hard, milk-brown eyed monkey stare, and like Steve, waited for my answer.

 

“We came down through here on the Day 2. Do you remember? We couldn’t see anything. The fog was so thick that we were only 20 metres away from the Hallelujah Mountain and we could hardly see it. Only 2-300 steps to go and we will be at the top”. Steve nodded his head “Yeah, even though we couldn’t see it, the mountain was still amazing. Like a huge ball floating in the fog”.

 

I was quite glad of the fog on Day 2 as I am not the happiest person in the world when it comes to speed, heights and taking a risk. My idea of taking a risk is castling on the Queen side in a game of chess.  One year EF took us to the local amusement park at Windows of the World in Shenzhen for team building.  Yumei, my DOS at the time, shares my aversion to speed and heights so when everyone else went on the Giant Rollercoaster we went on the children’s Magic Roundabout. We had horses next to each other, held hands and shut our eyes. We went round and round until it stopped. We still talk about it.

 

So on Day 2 we had gone up by cable car through a whiteout to the plateau that horse-shoes the monolithic karsts. Safe in a cocoon of endless white, I was unable to see how high we were and so quite happily munched my Snickers bar until we got off. The mind is a curious thing.

 

Day 1 had been a different matter. On Day 1 we had cable- car-ed over 7km to the top of Tianmen Mountain. Awesome as that ride was, only part of it was in fog and so for most of the 30 minutes I knew EXACTLY how high up I was! But on that day we had passed through a blanket of fog at 1000m and emerged into radiant sunshine.  The paths around the top of the mountain where as if floating on a white cotton sea, lit with rainbows and the sun and the shy face of the moon.  Unable to see the 1500m sheer drop, I even braved the Glass Skywalk.

 

The cave “Heaven’s Door” at over 60m high was incredible, then down the “Stairway of Heaven” steps, some of the steepest and longest stairs I have ever encountered in China to view the “99 Bends”. Down these by bus to the bottom of the mountain and then for lunch. Day 3 had us in Yangjiajie Scenic Area, a canyon of untouched Tolkein-esque beauty, waterfalls and white headed, electric blue tailed finches.

 

“I know where we are, Steve” I said. “We aren’t at work. We’re in heaven. This is what heaven looks like”. When we got to the top and the sun was out and we took millions of pictures of Zhangjhajie and put them on WeChat. We found a woman cooking spicy potatoes and spicy  tofu Hunan style so we ordered 2 serves each. The woman had cold beer. Steve found a hammock, kicked off his boots, ate his lunch sank into his hammock and sank his beer. The woman brought him another.

 

“I think you’re right” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

“It’s great to interact and meet new people, hear their stories.”

 

Roy Kouchakgi

Shanghai Online Teaching Centre

 

This was a trip of a lifetime. The city of Zhangjiajie is home to the mountains that inspired the movie Avatar and these mountains are truly something to see with your own eyes. The movie is beautiful, but doesn’t do this place justice.

 

From longest-in-the-world cable cars up, to 7 super-long escalators down; from glass walkways and zip-lining across, to ski-lifts even higher up, and fast slides down, this place has it all. The sheer beauty of the natural surroundings is something to take in, soak up, and bask in. It’s a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of any major city here in China.

 

Going on this trip gave us all the opportunity to make new friends from both Centers in our city and out. I met teachers from my city I hadn’t met before and instantly clicked with; I met teachers from other cities who both arrived recently and have been here just as long as me, if not longer. It’s great to interact and meet new people, hear their stories. At times, we forget about this path that we’re on whilst abroad; it’s refreshing to meet people still on this path, thirsty for more adventures.

 

This was truly a great experience seeing what we saw and making connections with people and nature.

 

 

 

 

“It’s was great to meet such an amazing group of people.”

 

Stephen Kelly

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This was one of the best trips I’ve done in China. It’s was great to meet such an amazing group of people and I really loved my surprise birthday party. I’m sorry that the weather was not in favour for you guys but I hope to meet you all back up again some time. Enjoy your time in China because there really is some awesome places, people and experiences in this country. Think of this whenever you have a “china day”.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

The journey was short but the memories will last a life time …

 

 

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Wanna Travel is 1 year old! Seems very young, but here is our 2015 from cameras – we visited more than 30 different destinations in China, had more than 50 trips and more than 1000 people traveled with us! Here is our selection of the best moments in 2015! Find yourself in the picture!

February 2015: Getting warm in hot spings, eating bbq so much bbq that we cannot even get up and trying rappeling from a cliff!

March 2015: Getting tanned on the mountains, paragliding from 300 meters mountain, a very comforting instructor’s outfit and “the land of broken dreams” – the Chinese lanterns that didn’t fly!


April 2015: “Dougnut hotel”, hiking in Moganshan and Chinese flying lanterns by night! Hiking and rafting in Anji, getting warm by all means, and setting the lanterns on the sea side!

May 2016: Getting really close to the nature, exploring the hidden village at 600 meters height, stunning form 1800 meters peak and “slide down!”


Watching the sunrise on the Yellow mountains!

Visiting the biggest sitting buddha in the world in Sichuan!

June 2016: one of the first foreigners to explore underwater caves and river in Zhejiang!

July 2016: Horse riding on a beautiful island and bbqing crabs!

30 fearless people to do bunjee jumping in Zhejiang!

August 2016: Stone forest, dead volcano exploration and the beautiful “Great Wall of the South”!

September 2016: chilling in the natural pool in Anji and admiring the nature at Hua Hing trail

Enjoying the view from the famous Tiandu peak in the Yellow mountains

Camping on the Great Wall and watching the sunrise!

Riding camels on Karakuli lake, 3600 meters above the sea level with the 21st highest peak in the world on the right side! Admiring the yurts at Heavenly lake!

Practicing yoga in the temple!

Exploring the beautiful Chinese “Venice” – Wuzhen water town!

Hiking the famous Longji terraces and boating in Yangshuo!

November 2015: CS on an island: girls vs boys and flying on hot air balloon!

Admiring breathatking sea of clouds on the Yellow mountains – a wonder of the nature!

December 2016: exploring the cave with the highest elevation in the world in Zhangjiajie, being brave on the glass bridge, watching the sea of clouds and taking the longest cable car in the world – 7.5 KM!

First snow of the winter in Yellow mountains – and an incredible sea of clouds again! Lucky us!

Hiding from the cold winter in Natural hot springs!

Welcome the year of monkey, new goals and and new destinations for 2016! Be part of Wanna Travel club!

Our coming trips:

10.02 One day relax in natural hot springs! (only 350 rmb!)


11-13.02 Trip to WIld China: Shangri-la of the East!

26-29.02 Yellow mountains! Discount for students!

Private tours: Xi’an, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Chengdu, Tibet!

13.03 Paragliding + BBQ + Chinese lanterns!

20.03 Horse riding on the island!


26-27.03 Camping on the Great Wall!