Today, I will talk about something that I like very much, which is travelling. Being a researcher has allowed me to travel to numerous places around the world that I may not have discovered otherwise. In fact, I have attended many conferences around the world since I was a gradudate student and also visited many research labs, and gave invited talks in many locations. Besides, I have also travelled to many places as a tourist.

Totally, I have visited 25 countries. And in China, I have visited four territories that belong to China (mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau). Those 25 countries (including 4 territories of China) are pictured below:

And for more details, here are some of the cities that I have visited (the Map is generated by TripAdvisor, which allows users to create a map of visited cities).

As it can be seen, I particularly like Asia and Europe.

This is just a short blog post, to talk a little about something different. I miss very much travelling internationally due to the pandemic. But in the mean time, I have been travelling to several places around China, which is also very interesting for me, as it is a big country with many different things to see. I am looking forward to start travelling internationally again as there are still so many places to see around the world. Do you also like to travel? You may let me know in the comment section below

Philippe Fournier-Viger is a distinguished professor working in China and founder of the SPMF open source data mining software.

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