China travel tips with GoYvon

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In July last year I got to sit down with Yvonne from the Youtube channel GoYvon and talk about traveling to China for the first time. She shares her favourite destination (), her least favourite destination(), tips on what to bring when traveling to china for the first time(), how to get off the beaten path(), and of course – what food you cannot miss when you are there()!

Check out Yvonne’s Youtube channel:

The translation app we talk about is called Pleco, and it’s free!

› HOW I ACCESS YOUTUBE IN CHINA The VPN I’m using to access all the western websites from China (such as Facebook, Youtube and Instagram) is ExpressVPN. I have used since 2015, and so far I am very satisfied. You can get it here:

› MY CAMERA GEAR I’m currently using an old 2009 MacBook, iMovie and the following camera gear: (click the affiliate links below to purchase, to read more reviews or for price information)

• SONY a5100 ( The camera I use 95% of the time!
• SONY a6000 (

• SONY 20mm/2.8 PANCAKE LENS ( Very small and handy, and I use this for all my wide angle shots.

• SONY50mm/1.8 LENS ( The lens I use for all the close-ups and more detailed shots – wonderful colors and bokeh.

• Manfrotto Compact Action ( A relatively compact, light weight, cheap and easy to use tripod. I use it as a selfie stick sometimes too, but that can be a little clumsy haha.


My name is Miriam Follin. I’m a Swedish woman who has been living and traveling in China since 2015. In 2017 I married my Chinese husband and we live in Xining, Qinghai province (north western China). On this channel I share the small, green and slow things that I discover here – both regarding daily life and special events/traveling. You’ll find both stories of the people I meet, China vlogs, daily vlogs, thoughts, tips and just information about what it is like to live and travel in China (off the beaten path).

Remember that you can follow me on other social media, to take part of content I don’t release on youtube.



Evan Osnos – “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and faith in the New China” A book I just finished. It was published in 2014, and China has changed since – but I still find Osnos’ observations and analysis fascinating and relevant. It gives a varied and quite objective picture of social change in China the last decades. Get it on Amazon here:

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HCui says:

When I was watching your video, I was like waht??? I thought you are pregnant…then from your wearing, I realize it’s pre recorded, lol, I should read description beforehand, haha
Anyway, I agree with Pingyao, too touristy.

leon David says:

happy new year

GoldenMelody Software Ltd. says:

it is amazing that both of u Keep the vigorous freshness wading through these years of cultural shocks and conflicts. some other guys have drowned in their self swamped idealistic fanaticism.

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Hey, may I know How to buy 小隐蜂蜜 。

Calvin Wongn says:

Happy New year Miriam, family and friends!


YouTubers do collab.

Imbibing China says:

I'm surprised by her answer that Pingyao would be her least favorite destination. I do see, though, why she would call it very touristy. We went there a week before National Day, and it wasn't very crowded, tickets were half price, and the weather was good most of the time. It was easy to get off the beaten path, too, and I liked seeing some authentic building instead of all the rebuilt ones you see in so many other locations in China. I recently published a three part series on our trip to Pingyao, so if you're interested what the town is like, just go to my channel. 🙂

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