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Yangshuo Village Inn

This small hotel is located in Moon Hill village, famous for its crescent moon mountain. We are only a few kilometers from Yangshuo, yet it feels like the end of the world. This traditional Chinese house is so charming with its typical decoration: wood and bamboo, red and yellow, celadon and a few antiques here and there make the atmosphere as rustic than authentic. Enjoy a dinner on the roof watching the sunset that colors the mountains, while the following morning it is in the garden that will be served your breakfast under the shades of fruit trees and osmanthus.

Everything is beautiful in this place, with a just and singular simplicity. Time gradually slows down to let you enjoy every moments, and your stay seems to be a celebration.

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Stopover in Perfumes #1: The Middle Kingdom

As is often the case our journey begins on the lands of the Middle Kingdom. The delicate notes of Mandarine-Mandarin capture the essence of the myths of Imperial China. Pushing the crimson gates of the Forbidden City, Serge Lutens tells us the fragrant story of the Emperor. All the accuracy of a refined tangerine note, dressed in a candied peel surprised by the intense accord of a smoked Lampsang Souchong black tea. A discreet appearance scent that reveals all its complexity while being contemplated, such as a traditional embroidered silk gown.

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Lotus flowers in Lou Lim Ieoc garden, Macau

One of the first trips I made after moving to Asia was going to Macau. This small enclave of southeast China is a former Portuguese colony, now formalized as an administrative region of the Republic of China.

After over four hundred years of colonization, Macao was one of the last European colonies in Asia. The Portuguese influence is clearly felt. You will be seduced by the charm of neighborhoods and their narrow cobbled streets, balconies adorned with linen drying in the sun, not to mention the splendid mansions lined with azulejos tiles; all witnesses of an incredible past.

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Osmanthe Yunnan, Hermès

A chaque voyage son parfum. Le besoin de me remémorer les instants vécus en voyage m’oblige à trouver une odeur qui puisse retranscrire mes souvenirs. Suite à mon voyage dans la région de Guilin en Chine du Sud, j’ai essayé d’imaginer quel parfum pourrait caractériser au mieux les odeurs découvertes dans cette magnifique province de l’empire du milieu. Mélange subtil d’osmanthus et de thé, il m’est apparu telle une évidence, il s’agit d’Osmanthe Yunnan, parfum d’Hermès, crée en 2005 par Jean Claude Ellena pour la collection des Hermessences.

Avec Osmanthe Yunnan, Hermès nous fait bel et bien voyager au cœur de la Chine. Véritable hommage à la fleur d’osmanthus, le parfum est construit autour des différentes tonalités de la fleur chérie, subtiles et délicates, elles évoquent à la fois l’abricot, le thé et le freesia.

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