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To seek the therapeutic and spiritual values of retreat, not to escape but to find reality.
I grew up and live in Chengdu, a large and yet pleasant city located in a fertile plain surrounded by hills and mountain ranges in all directions(known as the Sichuan Basin) in Southeastern China. It's a city renowned for its tasty and spicy food and laid-back lifestyle. It's also a gateway to the Tibetan Plateau, where the visions of astounding landscapes and unique culture lure travellers from around the world. I grew up with nice food on every street and mountain adventures on my doorsteps, and developed quite a taste for food and travel. In high school I grew fond of debating, and started to travel extensively around the country and beyond to attend tournaments. I did lots of other independent travels as well, to try to know distant land and unfamiliar people. When I am tired of traveling, I often read a lot, from time to time acquire some new skills and venture into all sorts of other things that make me happy. I am very glad to welcome travellers from other countries and I hope to meet interesting travellers and locals whereever I go. I like the idea of couchsurfing for such uniquie experience, cultural exchange, the saving of expense and most importantly the prospect of making a lot of friends. I am right now studying in a small liberal arts college in the United States.
"The great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark. " -- To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I saw some posts about Couchsurfing on a Chinese social networking site and a friend told me about the idea of couchsurfing, which I found quite appealing. Then I started!
Surfed with surfers from different countries a couple of times in and out of China.
Hosted a few times but I guess I am not doing enough for my ability to host is limited as a student. I will try to host as much as I can.
I like debating a lot and I often attend debating events in different places to debate, travel and meet people. I like the freedom and autonomy that I possess when travelling, and I am very open to meeting new people and making friends as well, both of this makes me feel quite different and detached from my daily life. In my spare time I like reading, playing and watching football and playing badminton. I like languages, and except that I speak Sichuanese, Mandarin Chinese and English, I learned a bit German, and picked a few Japanese and Malay in travelling. I am right now learning Spanish in college and would like to practice speaking to anyone.
Music, Movies, and Books
Authors: Kazuo Ishiguro, Peter Hessler, J.R.R.Tolkien, Richard Dawkins, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Italo Calvino, Liu Yu, Sanmao, etc.
Films: Blade Runner, The Matrix, 500 Days of Summer, Before Sunset, The Last Emperor, The Last Samurai, Seven Samurai, etc.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Trekking along an old village strip to explore the old forts and castles scattered around the area in Shanxi,China
Motorbiking on Mae Hong Son Loop and Golden Triangle Loop in Thailand
Motorbiking from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
Hiking on the MacLehose Trail in Hong Kong
Hiking a local mountain, straying onto some small dirt path, and found myself on the other side of the mountain unexpectedly!
Countries I’ve Visited
Cambodia, China, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In