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  • David’s Testimonial

    David’s Testimonial

    “Not as a “hiker” experienced, but from the point of view of a mountain lover. We visited one of the most beautiful trails ever, the altitude makes it feel a little challenging but in the end the good company, amazing virgin nature, and of course kindness of Yunnan people I felt so connected. The trails…

  • Valts’ Testimonial

    Valts’ Testimonial

    “Organized by Sylvie three days high mountain trail trekking at JinSha River, Yunnan was extraordinary experience of beautiful mountains, cliffs towering into the sky and turquoise river peacefully flowing its way hundreds of meters below. Although the trek itself is not for fainthearted, the opportunity of seeing magnificent scenery and visiting remote, much unchanged by…

  • Sierk’s Testimonial

    Sierk’s Testimonial

    “Unsere Reise nach Yunnan war wunderbar. Vom Süden bis in den Norden haben wir mit Teeplantagen, Reisterassen, sehr schönen alten Städten und grandioser Natur wunderschöne Eindrücke und Augenblicke erlebt. Dank Sylvie haben wir auch viele tolle Menschen getroffen und besondere Momente erlebt. Wir haben viel mehr gesehen, als wir durch normale Reiseagenturen oder Reiseführer bekommen…

  • Vanessa’s Testimonial

    Vanessa’s Testimonial

    “I have only six months living in China, and when you travel the country, you want to make the most of it. Traveling Yunnan was the most gratifying experience thanks to Sylvie’s careful and thoughtful planning. From the gem hidden places she suggests, to the beautiful hotels, delicious restaurants, to the fun activities, everything was…

  • Sonia’s Testimonial

    Sonia’s Testimonial

    “We decided last minute to do a trip around Yunnan. We didn’t have much time due to work and schools and Sylvie was able to do the miracle. She organized wonderful traditional hotels, the best driver and an unbelievable itinerary. She didn’t forget any detail: sharing with us great information about all places, many tips…

  • Petra & Rainer’s Testimonial

    Petra & Rainer’s Testimonial

    “Vielen Dank für die schöne Zeit in Yunnan. Du bist einfach die perfekte Reisebegleiterin und wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Du hast dich in unsere Reisewünsche genial eingefühlt, unseren Fitnessgrad und meine Höhenangst gut erspürt und unsere sportlichen Aktivitäten perfekt darauf ausgerichtet. Es war einfach genial und wir haben viel über das Land, die…

  • Anja’s Testimonial

    Anja’s Testimonial

    “Mein Mann und ich haben dank Sylvie im letzten Jahr einen tollen Urlaub in Yunnan verbracht. Sie hat alles daran gesetzt, dass wir die vielen verschiedenen Orte trotz der Pandemie-Umstände unbeschwert bereisen konnten. Ein großes Highlight war ihre Hotelauswahl, die haben uns immer super gefallen. Sylvie ist auf unsere persönlichen Wünsche eingegangen und ist im…

  • Adam’s Testimonial

    Adam’s Testimonial

    “I joined a hiking trip some friends planned with Sylvie, that included summiting Haba Snow Mountain. The trip was so incredible I reached out to Sylvie the following year to plan another Yunnan hiking trip, this time around Yubeng Village. Sylvie planned both itineraries and took us to some of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. My…

  • Sven’s Testimonial

    Sven’s Testimonial

    „After a first online meeting, in which we discussed our wishes and plans for a Yunnan trip, Sylvie arranged a tailor-made vacation through Yunnan province. With a great experience in Travel organization and high intuition for our interests, she organized a perfect matching tour with a pleasant balance between culture and nature, very nice hotels…

  • Patrick’s Testimonial

    Patrick’s Testimonial

    We decided to visit Yunnan quite spontaneously in the summer of 2022. We had just survived the long Shanghai lockdown and were eager for some fresh air. Most expatriate travel agencies offer full package tours with guide, driver, 5-star hotels and the main tourist hot spots everyone visits. But we wanted a more personal trip,…

  • Markus’ Testimonial

    Markus’ Testimonial

    „Yunnan, eine großartige Reise – Dank Sylvie Ist Yunnan eine Reise wert? Unbedingt, aber holt euch lokale Unterstützung! Egal ob es die großen oder kleinen Städte sind wie Dali, Lijiang etc. oder die beeindruckende Natur… es waren viele bleibende tolle Erinnerungen und Bilder die ich immer wieder gerne mit Familie und Freunden teile. Aber die…

  • Julia’s Testimonial

    Julia’s Testimonial

    “One of the most memorable tour I have done in my life was the Gongga snow mountain trekking tour with Sylvie. She is a great tour guide, always caring for the safety of the group members and well experienced. She took great care that we had the right equipment and that we were well prepared…

  • Natalie’s Testimonial

    Natalie’s Testimonial

    “I took a trip with Sylvie and 3 other friends to Yunnan during the Golden Week holidays and it truly was the trip, that I will remember forever! […] Sylvie prepared the perfect mix of adventure (breathtaking mountain hikes, bike rides around lakes, visiting of unique temples and outdoor lunches by beautiful plains,…) to chill city…

  • Marian’s Testimonial

    Marian’s Testimonial

    “I was fortunate to take a personalized 10-day private tour with Sylvie the summer of 2021 to Yunnan with three other friends. Even before the start of the trip, Sylvie met with us via a Zoom call to listen to our needs and wants for our trip. Subsequently, she designed a personalized itinerary which was…

  • Anett’s Testimonial

    Anett’s Testimonial

    “Yunnan ist eine Reise für alle Sinne – dank Sylvie hatten wir gefühlt täglich mehrfach Reizüberflutungen. Die Landschaft von Bergen bis hin zu Seen, vorbei an Kultur und vielen kulinarischen Highlights machte die Reise für uns als Familie zu einem unvergesslichen Erlebnis. Das war für uns als Eltern der Inbegriff von Urlaub. DANKE Sylvie!“ Anett,…

  • Anna’s Testimonial

    Anna’s Testimonial

    “Für mich hat das Gesamtpaket aus Wandern und Natur, kulturellen und historischen Einblicken sowie dem Miteinander in der Gruppe gestimmt. Es war es eine tolle Reise und ich bin sehr froh, dass ich dabei war! Danke Sylvie :-)” Anna, from Germany, living in Beijing. Yunnan Circuit & Hiking, September 2020.

  • Happy Western New Year everyone!

    This is a Chinese painting from my dear colleague Sherry. She has made it for me today, for my first New Year in China…. It says “To Sylvie, Happy Monkey Year, Sherry” This is the most beautiful gift I could ever get today…. Let’s stand all together in 2016, for peace & love & cultural…

  • Happy Holidays from China!!

    Happy Holidays from China!!

    Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all of you!!! Am missing my precious “Orphan Christmas” in Montreal this year, with my dear friends cooking and drinking, laughing and singing… Vous me manquez les amis, je pense beaucoup à vous ces jours-ci!!! Joyeuses Fêtes xxxxxxx Some Xmas-photo-impressions of my last weeks… actually, Asia is not as…

  • Out of the smog… December in Beijing

    First of all: I am doing very well! No need to worry. I took the attached photos beginning of December in the first intense smog that Beijing has made us live now recently. Probably most of you have heard or seen images on TV, or read about it. It was nasty. I must admit, it…

  • Life in Beijing: Subway, a Sunday at Tian’anmen & other lovely details

    Life in Beijing: Subway, a Sunday at Tian’anmen & other lovely details

    In the morning, I am taking the subway to get to work. My plan with the scooter is not realized yet. But coming, at some point! 🙂 I might wait for next spring though. For now, Subway & taxi is doing the job. The subway works really well. It is full of people when you…

  • winter = heating = air pollution

    winter = heating = air pollution

    The air pollution and the mask days have arrived. First week of October was the National Holiday week, called “Golden Week”. The whole country is off from work, well, kind of. All offices, at least. While the first days had been very beautiful and sunny, the second half of the week was awfully polluted. When…

  • The Great Wall & insides on China’s society

    The Great Wall & insides on China’s society

    Last weekend, I went on a Sunday-trip to the Great Wall. Tommy, a Chinese guy I had met, proposed to go to Simatai Great Wall, in Gubei Water Town, about 2 hours north-east of Beijing. We met at 7h in the morning to drive off, and we hit the most beautiful autumn day of all times!…

  • My apartment… waiting for the heating..

    It’s end of October now, that means I have been here in Beijing now for more than 3 months. It feels short and it feels long at the same time… I am (still) enjoying it fully: every day is a little adventure, I feel like a child discovering the world. 🙂 I totally love China!! I…

  • Work life in China or the extension of my role

    Work life in China or the extension of my role

    Some of you might remember what a never-ending nightmare it was to get all the paperwork done to receive my work papers for China. I am proud of these documents now: In addition to the resident visa in my passport, I received this Alien Employment Permit. The bar code is actually me. Me as a…

  • My first hike outside of Beijing: ShangFang Shan National Park

    For my first hike outside of town, I joined a Russian group of hikers to go to ShangFang Shan National Park, just 2 hours south-west of Beijing. This Russian woman is organizing these excursions approx. once a month, for her and her Russian group of friends in Beijing. A friendly crowd. It was amazing to be in…

  • 希琳 learning Chinese

    My Chinese lessons! 🙂 I have started end of September with a private teacher, my Lao Shi – I am seeing her twice a week, for 2 hours each time. It is going well so far, but it is a process that takes a while. I have become pretty good to tell taxi drivers where to…

  • Some extreme summer rain in the summer heat!

    Beijing can be very hot in the summer. In general the air has been more dirty this week than the previous 2 weeks. But still AQI under 200, so not to worry about. It has also been raining a lot this week. Rain in Beijing means heavy rain, with intense thunder and lightning. It suddenly…

  • my first 10 days in Beijing

    my first 10 days in Beijing

    So here I am! …in Beijing…. July 10, 2015. After a few months off in Germany, having finally the greatest time ever enjoying family, old and new friends… resting, having fun, and, after 15 years away, discovering once again my home-town and -country, with some visits here and there in Europe. And here I am…