Spring is here! And at Nicely Made in China (NMiC) it’s around this time of year that we get itchy feet! A trip, be it on horseback in far flung lands or a stay at auntie’s beach bungalow, needs careful preparation: tickets have to be booked and the right clothes have to be packed. We spoke to NMiC’s partner Serge Pierrard, CEO of Beijing-based Travel Stone (travel agency specialised in the Far-East and China) about the dos and don’ts for a memorable trip.
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Culture and adventure holidays are now relatively common in China. But if you’re looking for something off-the-beaten-track, where knowledgeable and reliable guides are paramount, there are fewer options. Nicely Made in China (NMiC) has found such a team for you! They are called Red Rock, and are based in Dali, in the heart of Yunnan, a favourite region of China amongst those in the know. NMiC had a fascinating chat with Australia-born Mancunian Ed Jocelyn, a Long March scholar, and one of the two founders of Red Rock. He talks about rediscovering ancient tea and horse trails, the differences between mules and horses, and speaking Mandarin with a Yunnan accent. Read the rest of this entry »
Summer is here and to help those of you who have no holiday plans Nicely Made in China (NMiC) talked to a young French woman, Marion Chaygneaud-Dupuy. Marion has been a trekking guide in the Himalayas since her 20′s exploring places such as Ladakh, Tibet and Nepal. After studying tightrope walking and juggling in Bordeaux she went on to study Tibetan buddhist philosophy in Darjeeling. Marion – who speaks Tibetan – has been living in Lhasa for the past 9 years and has created a truly original travel agency called Global Nomad. But Global Nomad is more than just a travel agency, as you will discover and Marion goes the extra mile to make sure her visitors leave Tibet with an unforgettable experience. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s summer, and to get away from the heat in Beijing, Nicely Made in China felt like dipping a toe in the sea. That’s how NMiC landed in Xiamen, Fujian province, to interview Ms Liu Hongyan, Red Dragon Yacht Building general manager, to discuss sails, carbon fiber rudders and the new Chinese consumers who are boosting the recreational marine economy.
Ms Liu, when was the company created?
The company was created in 2003 by Mr David Winter who had long experience in the marine industry working for Taiwanese shipyards. When he arrived in Xiamen in 2001 he was surprised to see no recreational boats at all. That’s why he decided to build a small sailing boat for the Chinese market. A few months later the D5.8 – a reference to the boat’s length – was born. He found a shipyard to build it and when that shipyard did not want to build it anymore, David decided to make it himself, creating Red Dragon Yacht Building. We are today what is called a contract builder or an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). Clients from all over the world, like Scandinavian Cruisers, come to us with their design and we build the boats.
This week NMIC presents a new kind of travel services. Sarah Keenlyside the owner of Bespoke-Beijing, her business partner Tom Pattinson and operations manager Cao Wei tell us all.
When and how was Bespoke-Beijing created?
Bespoke started to operate one year ago exactly, in May 2009. Tom worked at Time Out Beijing for nearly 3 years and so did I says Sarah. During those years we got to know the Beijing scene very well. What made us think there might be a need for a new kind of travel services is that we kept getting phone calls from Read the rest of this entry »