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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The flower market of Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Facing the north coast of the island of Hong Kong is Kowloon Peninsula. As the second region to have been urbanized, Kowloon is now recognized for its high residential density of above 30,000 inhabitants per square kilometer. One of its main areas, Mong Kok, is one of the densest in the world, with numbers of up to 130,000 inhabitants per square kilometer.

Numbers like these can make us dizzy, but it is here, in the heart of this popular overcrowded neighborhood, that I discovered the images I had imagined I would find in Hong Kong: huge buildings with blinding signs, crowded streets of people jostling and pushing for space, all bathed in various odors and vapors in a deafening hubbub!

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Hong Kong, the fragrant harbour

Situer HK sur une carteOn the South coast of China, between the Pearl River and the South China Sea, lies the island of Hong Kong. Nicknamed the “fragrant harbor”, Hong Kong certainly does not actually lack flavor. This vibrant city of 7 million inhabitants, is surprising and sharpens the senses.

The perfume found in Hong Kong, is not necessarily that of flowers, spices or even opium. Let’s face it, it is more of a perfume of concrete, exhaust fumes and light sea aromas, much less salty and somewhat foul at the hottest hours of the day. As in many Asian cities, we can nevertheless feel a mix of tasty scents of all kinds: soup vapors, freshly cooked meat and dried fish… expertly mixed with the burning incense that smokes on small doorstep altars. A well existing Hong Kong olfactory environment, but much less charming than the Cantonese translation lets imagine.

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