Xuyuan caught the travel bug on his first solo backpacking holiday to South Korea when he was still an undergraduate. Since then, every trip has been a rewarding opportunity to explore the world and soak up the local culture. An avid rail fan, he takes pleasure in watching the scenery roll by his train seat window — with a local brew in hand. Known for his steady disposition and a friendly demeanour, Xuyuan is fuelled by his passion for history and architecture; he never fails to dedicate ample hours every holiday to not only visit museums but also take time to wander off the beaten path and get lost in alleyways. Some of his most unforgettable travel experiences include jumping into a near-frozen lake after sweating it out in a Finnish smoke sauna and savouring a private vegetarian kaiseki meal in Kyoto.