Have a cup of tea in Uji

June 28, 2013 § 4 Comments

Uji River. Any picture is better with sakura in it. Uji, Japan. April 2013.

Uji River. Any picture is better with sakura in it. Uji, Japan. April 2013.

If you eat enough Japanese snacks and candy, you must have came across this town’s name already. Since there are tons of green tea flavored snacks said to be using green tea from Uji. So after spending a few hours at the Fushimi Inari Shine in the morning, I hopped on the local train to spend my afternoon in the small town of Uji and ate the most awesome green tea ice-cream ever.  « Read the rest of this entry »

Oh deeeeeeeeers

June 5, 2013 § 6 Comments

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Lots of deers at Nara Park, Japan. April 2013.

During my recent visit to Kyoto, I made two day trips out of the city. One is the tea capital Uji and the other one is the awesome Nara. There isn’t a lot of interesting sight in Nara for me, as I’m already overdosed on temples and shrines. However, the free roaming deers definitely caught my attention. Come on, where else you can see tons of deers chilling out in a park under cherry blossom?

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Colourful Taiwanese temple with dandelion juice

July 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

Entrance plate of Mengjia Longsha Temple in Taipei, Taiwan. Jun 6, 2011.

Before leaving Taipei, I had a few hours to do some last minute sight seeing. Mengjia Longsha Temple was he perfect choice for me, as it was easy to get to by metro, and I was curious to see how different this Chinese temple was, compare to those I saw everyday back home. « Read the rest of this entry »

Sunrise in the middle of Taiwan

April 2, 2012 § 6 Comments

One of the most beautiful view I encountered in Taiwan. Feb 8, 2009

Normally, you wouldn’t see me running around at 6 o’clock in the morning. However, this is something all the tourist do at Mount Ali (Alishan) in Taiwan. We all came to Mount Ali for the same reason: to get up to the summit and see the sunrise. Therefore I set my alarm clock and left my bed when the sky was still dark. I wasn’t alone, pretty much every tourist in this little village came out from every hotel there. It was quite an interesting sight, sorta like zombies walking out from their hiding place once the sun is set. « Read the rest of this entry »

Food in Beijing

February 1, 2012 § 14 Comments

Here is a collection of food that I tasted in Beijing.

Ice cold aloe vera with orange sauce, which is so amazing after you ate some spicy food.

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The Great Wall and me: Journey of a potential nightmare.

January 15, 2012 § 10 Comments

My first glimpse at the Great Wall at JinShangLing. God knows what a nightmare this journey could have been. JinShangLing. Oct 10, 2011.

It was October 2011, my company joined a fair in Beijing, which offered me the opportunity to visit Beijing for the first time. I stayed for 3 days after the fair was over. So I had this one full day dedicated to see the Great Wall. When I was growing up, I always had the impression that the Wall was right next to the Beijing city. Probably because every time when people talked about Beijing, they always mentioned the Great Wall all together. However it never occurred to me that I’ve never seen the Beijing city right behind the Great Wall in any photo……

I have a friend who traveled quite a bit around China, and he recommended me to visit JingShanLing, a section of the Wall which is further away from the city as it was less touristy. It made sense, if I was taking the trouble to go all the way out there, why would I want to see the cheesy thing that’s pretty much rebuilt for tourist? Since I was really busy to prepare for the fair before departure, I didn’t do much research about how to reach the Wall. Instead I asked my friend to email me the direction:

From Dongzhimen long-distance bus station, take a minibus (1¼ hours) or bus 980 to Mìyún , change to a minibus to Gǔběikǒu , and get off at Bākèshíyíng

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