China Boutique Travel Route

【Sanmao Literature Tour 】

Madrid, Spain → Casablanca, Marrakesh, Laayoune in Morocco → Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma in Spain → Taipei, Taiwan

Sanmao is a representative figure in the world of Chinese travel literature. Her works are loved by many Chinese readers home and abroad. She led a vivid life travelling around Europe, Asia and Africa and finally settled in the Sahara Desert with her beloved husband Jose. There she wrote many romantic pieces of work. Apart from creating travelogues and proses, Sanmao was also the lyricist of the famous song The Olive Tree, which echoes with the feeling travellers have far away from home. Her former residence in Huangqueya in Chongqing, her ancestral home Zhoushan in Zhejiang Province, her kindergarten in Nanjing and Taipei Veterans General Hospital where she passed away are all the places that Sanmao’s fans would like “to make a pilgrimage”. Taipei, where Sanmao grew up in, is best loved by many of them. Some of Sanmao’s fans have even travelled around like their beloved writer had.

Day 1 Hong Kong——Madrid
Morning - Night:

Flight from Hong Kong to Madrid. Enjoy a Spanish style dinner in the city.


Day 2 Madrid——Casablanca, Morocco
Morning:

Visit the Complutense University of Madrid where Sanmao studied in before.

Afternoon:

Stroll around the public square Puerta del Sol.

Night:

Flight from Madrid to Casablanca, Morocco.

Day 3 Casablanca——Marrakesh
Morning:

Visit Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Africa.

Afternoon:

Have a relaxing time at the beach in Casablanca.

Dinner:

Enjoy a drink at Rick’s Café from the movie Casablanca and indulge in the mood of it. Leave for the airport and take the flight to Marrakesh at night.

Day 4 Marrakesh
Morning:

Visit the Jardin Majorelle and Yves Saint Laurent Museum. After that, head for the Bahia Palace for a visit.

Afternoon:

View from outside the Ben Youssef Madrasa. After that, stroll around the Medina of Marrakesh and head for Jemaa el-Fna.

Night:

Enjoy a nice dinner of Moroccan cuisine and traditional music and dance performance in downtown.

Day 5 Marrakesh-——Laayoune——Gran Canaria, Spain
Morning:

Flight from Marrakesh to Laayoune. After arriving at the city, visit the former residence of Sanmao there.

Afternoon:

Stroll around the local town, where Sanmao used to spend her time in.

Night:

Flight from Laayoune to Gran Canaria, Spain.

Day 6 Gran Canaria——Tenerife
Morning:

Visit the former residence of Sanmao on Gran Canaria.

Afternoon:

Sunbathing on the beach. After that, take the boat to Tenerife.

Night:

Enjoy the night view and a nice dinner.

Day 7 Tenerife——La Palma
Morning:

Take the boat to La Palma.

Afternoon:

Enjoy water sports on the Island. Then, head for Jose’s grave to commemorate the Sanmao’s beloved husband. Part of her cremated ashes is placed here with the grave.

Night:

Enjoy a nice dinner in Mediterranean style on the island.

Day 8 La Palma——Taipei, Taiwan
Morning - Night:

Flight from La Palma to Taipei, Taiwan.

Day 9 Taipei, Taiwan
Morning:

Visit Sanmao’s former residence at Lane 133, Section 4, Nanjing East Road to trace her footsteps. Then, go to Taipei First Girls High School she studied in and Chinese Culture University she taught in for a visit.

Afternoon:

Head for Chin Pao San Cemetery, Sanmao’s final resting place, to commemorate this romantic writer.

Night:

Enjoy your dinner at “Cafe Astoria”, where Sanmao used to spend time in.

Day 10 Taipei——Hsinchu——Tainan——Hong Kong
Morning:

Take the train to Hsinchu to visit “Sanmao Former Residence”, where you could look at those exhibits relating to this famous writer.

Afternoon:

Take the High Speed Rail to Tainan and visit the National Museum of Taiwan Literature. There you could see a collection of exhibits relating to Sanmao and other outstanding Taiwanese writers.

Night:

Direct flight from Tainan to Hong Kong.

Last revision date: July 13, 2020