To sightsee: Tibet After I finished making Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, I found time to visit the 'roof of the world'. Several friends and I drove a jeep for three days along the north-south motorway, cutting across Sichuan province in the south and passing through the Xinjiang-Uygur region to Tibet. It was a real adventure. We drove without any fixed itinerary and stopped whenever something intrigued us along the way. We experienced all four seasons in a short time: sand dunes in the sultry heat, lush green prairies and frozen snowland. Although verbal communication was barely possible, the locals and lamas (Tibetan monks) were friendly and often invited us into their huts for a cup of goat's milk tea. I am always aesthetically conscious, particularly when it comes to the beauty of nature. The turquoise sky in Tibet and the abundant wild flowers in vibrant colours were very inspirational. Although the highland visit gave me awful altitude sickness, it was worth it. To relax: Provence, France I tend to travel mostly for work and hardly have any time for a proper holiday. But if I do get the chance to take a break, I find the French region of Provence charming. Avignon, near Vaucluse, for example, is an idyllic town where everything - even simple things such as sipping a cup of coffee - seems relaxing. It has a lot to offer in terms of architecture and history too. The Popes' Palace (Le Palais des Papes), the biggest Gothic palace in Europe, has ornate cloisters and priceless frescoes, and the famous bridge, Pont St Benezet, has been standing since the 12th century. To shop: Paris The French capital is, without doubt, the ultimate place to shop for fashion because of the impressive mix of cult and designer labels. Whether street wear or upmarket attire, it is all good value for money, particularly when compared to Hong Kong outlets. Parisian boutiques usually stock a good selection of items from current collections - especially my favourite labels Issey Miyake (201 boulevard St Germain 75006, tel: 331 4548 1044) and Yohji Yamamoto (3 rue de Grenelle, 75006; tel: 331 4284 2887). I often visit stores, not to buy anything, but to appreciate the interior decor and how this reflects the distinct character of its owner.