27.1.16

Romance of the three kingdoms in Wuxi ...

I like Wuxi ! I don't know a thing about this city till this trip and never really heard about it. Perhaps the attraction about Wuxi to me is the Li Lake or Lake Taihu, which can fills four Singapore! The lake was a haven to the pearl industry (where we were brought to a Pearl factory for 'shopping'!) and fresh water produces. Anyway, the surprising fact is the lake is not deep, and what I heard was it is around 2 m deep only.  It's not as picturesque as West Lake in Hangzhou but it's still a great place for picture taking and enjoying the scenery there.

A highway bridge crossing the Li Lake in Wuxi
We were brought to a filming location of the Three Kingdoms in Wuxi where they seems to invest a lot in building this filming location. Everything looks so ancient there and so real! I understand after the filming, they kept the place as a tourism spot.


Statues of the characters from the three kingdoms near the entrance. I can recognized Zhuge Liang, Liu Bei, Zhang Fei and Guan Yu.  
Another row of statues there , like terracotta armies to me!

It's indeed beautiful over there with these ancient decors and trees around
There was a live show where they reenacted famous battles from the Three Kingdoms and we were presented with an exciting display of horse riding skills and martial arts. This is especially when the artists 'fight' while riding their horses. They are really skillful and some of them performing stunts while riding. And, I kept cuddling myself with gloves on, in the open cold weather!! Though I love the show, I was glad when it finished too as we wanted to get some 'warm' inside some buildings...LOL

Warming up for battle

In action ... 

Then, before we left the location, we were brought to Li Lake for a cruise. It was a beautiful sight at the lake with the sunset as well as nice man-made ancient harbour for the filming. Though the ships are 'fictional' and meant for filming only, it actually can move and we were given a treat to cruise around and nearby the lake.

The 'harbor' to dock battleships. 

The entrance to the harbour

It's sunset at 5pm+ then... The lake seems looks like sea.

I had a great time watching sunset from the cruise , as the sun slowly descend below the mountain. 

And yours truly ...  in front of one of the ancient buildings.



22.1.16

Yangtze Kiang Bridge in Nanjing ...

This was the last destination in Nanjing before we left for Wuxi where we are travelling nearer and nearer to Shanghai, which is the last city in our long 9-day tour of Jiangnam. Well, I always heard of Yangtze River or popularly known as Yangtze Kiang , Chang Jiang or Cheung Kong in Cantonese. This was third longest river in the World and the word Jiangnam was also derived from this river which means the southern ridge of the river. Well, besides vacationing, I also learnt a lot here..LOL.

We were ushered to a building at an early 9am+ where at this time, I usually still making coffee in office or on my way to work. So, you can imagine what time we woke up, washed up and had our breakfast, besides travelling to the destination. Well, it's always tiring following a tour but then, we don't really felt it (probably in holiday mood) as well as we got our naps in the coach.

At the building, we took a lift up and we were out to a large balcony. Well, I guess this was a part of the 'beam' of the Yangtze River bridge  and we enjoyed a 360 degree view of the river there. I understand the bridge was built entirely by the chinese people and had two decks, one for the railway and the upper deck for the highway. And, it was cold in the morning in the open air!!
View of the bridge from the right, with its upper deck (highway) and lower deck (railway) and the magnificent river

The Yangtze Kiang flowing across Nanjing

A closer view of the highway to the North

A large statue of Chairman Mao waving at us at the exit


We didn't stay too long here as more and more tourists were coming in and the place became kinda congested and we left the sentimental city of Nanjing for Wuxi, which was also one of my favourite destination, besides Hangzhou. And speaking of Hangzhou, well, it snowed today and how I wished it snowed when we were there. Even my kid also said we miss it! sigh ... 
Oh yeah, no food pics today but whenever we went for our lunch or dinner, there were always one or two bottles of beer, with a bottle of coke on the table. Well, I heard the beers are not expensive there but the alcohol contents are also very low, about 2.5%+, which is half of the usual typical beer we had. I don't really have a habit of drinking beer but it's so tempting and refreshing to have a glass and I had it in every almost every meals. LOL. 

Have a good weekend!

19.1.16

Night shopping around Nanjing ...

I had a great time shopping around Nanjing's Gongyuan Street,  after having their famous Nanjing vermicilli and duck blood-cubes soup , which is located around there. It was not too late, around 6pm+ but due to the winter season, it was all dark there. It's basically more of a window shopping there as the place was too big and we are also busy taking pictures around. However, we got something for our kids by getting them some extra clothing since we didn't really brought a lot of winter clothing. My kid was delighted when he saw a Li Ning sports shop there, and so was I, since both of us are avid badminton fans. However, to our dismayed, they don't seems to sell badminton stuffs but rather, operates like Nike or Adidas by selling clothes, shoes and other sporting fashion stuffs. We only saw one Li Ning racket and it's not cheap either , better get it in JB...Lol. Anyway, this is really a comfortable shopping haven, where the night scenery was nice, cool weather, not as crowded as Shanghai and clean with beautiful ancient-typed buildings.

A light-up dragon display on the banks of the river

One of the buildings around which contains lots of shops

Folks hanging around the bridge along the river banks. You can buy tickets at the kiosks for a cruise along the river, but we do not have the time for it.

Another view of the Gongyuan steet


One of the gates

It's so nice walking around the spacious area there and it's not really that crowded.

I was hungry and saw these freshly baked biscuits there. It looks appetizing on a cold night! 

I decided to get a few pieces. It contains no fillings inside but kinda crunchy when I took a bite on it. And, it's best to eat it hot as I find it not so delicious when cold, and it gets cold very fast due to the cold weather. When the biscuits turned cold, its kinda harder.

Some decors along the road

Above and below,  views of the older shops when we walked out from Gongyuan St.


It's quite pleasant to walk around there though the traffic can be terrifying and we gotta be careful when crossing the roads. And, we were dead-tired after that and looking forward to a hot shower when back to the hotel!

14.1.16

A visit to Sun-Yat-Sen Mausoleum (ZhongShanLing) in Nanjing ...

I didn't really paid much attention to the itinerary as even if I read it, I still don't know that place till I visited it, except the West Lake of Hangzhou and some places in Shanghai. Thus, I was excited when the tour guide announced we are going to visit Dr.Sun-Yat-Sen Mausoleum in Nanjing, which is the final resting place of the founding father of modern China. And, he also mentioned that we gotta hike a mountain trail for about 45 minutes to reach there. I was like...what ... hiking under the cold weather of 3 celsius to 5 celsius? He gotta be kidding! Though I can managed it, how my kids and wifey going to do it, as well as some elderly folks and other small kids there? Then I realised he was pulling our legs but that was the case in the older times. Now, they have some vehicles that look like amusement park trains, to drive us up to the entrance gate of the mausoleum park. That saved us 30 mins of walking with a small damage of RMB 20 per ticket. LOL 

I did some research and the mausoleum is situated at the foot of the second peak of Mount Zijin in Nanjing. In fact, this was the place where I finally saw a lot of mountains. I hardly see any before that in Hangzhou, Yiwu, Suzhou and Haining except lots of canals and lakes. Once we reached the entrance gate, it was a 15 - 20 mins walk to the mausoleum, at the beautiful and clean park. 

Riding the bus on the way to the mausoleum. It was a beautiful and cool view. I saw folks hiking up too!

Reached the entrance and we gotta walk now.

Beautiful nature and trees along the pathway 

Reached the first gate to the mausoleum. It will be a flight of stairs now, all the way up.

Lots of folks and tourists taking pictures 



Flight of stairs leading up to the mausoleum. It can be tiring, even for me ..hahaha.. probably due to lack of rest too.

Another nearer view to the gate ... lots of folks around!

I look back at the previous gate.

Almost there ... few more stairs to climb in the cold weather, though the Sun is shining brightly.

One of the decor at the top

The full view of the gate to the mausoluem

Beautiful bonsai lookalike trees decorating the outside of the mausoleum

A pillar standing majestically at the top

Some of trees are almost 100 years old!!

A side view shot of the mausoleum
 We are not allowed to take pictures inside the mausoleum and we have to walk around the statue of Dr.Sun-Yat-Sen, where his body was buried beneath. It was a quick visit inside there. When we are out, my wifey decided to buy some hot sausages for the kids to warm them up while I also get a purple-colour steamed sweetcorn, which to me is tasteless. LOL

A view from above ... we can see Nanjing city at the top

Walking back along the pathway. It was a beautiful sight!

It was great to pay a visit to a great man in history who has his memorial halls around the world. I also listen to the stories of the Soong sisters which was told by the tour guide. Well, after the visit, we went to Nanjing City area for our dinner.

It was another clean place and polices are around to guard the area

We had their famous duck noodles, with duck-blood cubes and vermicelli. Not my type of food anyway...LOL .. but it was a specialty there.

Xiao Long Pau

Cold duck meat
And, we proceed to shop around town after that.

11.1.16

Views of Suzhou...

While we were around Suzhou, both the lead tour guide and the native Suzhou tour guide keep on boasting how pretty and beautiful the ladies here , and in fact, Suzhou is famous for pretty girls. Well, they mentioned in the ancient times, the Kings usually summon Suzhou maidens to the palace as well as the Empress Qi Shi, one of the four beautiful ladies in ancient times, was from Suzhou. So, I get ready my camera to click .... and in the end, I took more pictures of the city instead, which was so mesmerizing. Nicknamed, the Venice of The East, Suzhou really have a lot of canals and it's a beautiful city. Of course, not just the ladies, even the guys here seems to have beautiful complexion. Well, maybe I should take a sabbatical four months leave and stay here... hahaha...

Shopping around in Suzhou's Guanqian Street, which is the heart of the city's commerce centre


The street was very clean and it was crowded on a week-day evening at 4pm

Love the shops and stores here

Some beautiful statues depicting  the older days

Another view of Suzhou Guanqian street. It was so clean there!! And, its cold walking under 3 celsius to 8 celsius.

I can't stop taking pictures around ... 

Probably I don't think we can finished covering the entire shopping belt in an evening

An intrinsic and beautiful temple in the midst of the shopping belt

Street food along the way ...

Another side of the huge shopping square


A mixed of modern and ancient buildings there
 We went for dinner nearby and I love the beautiful night scenes along the canals!



Around here, we had their famous Suzhou Ramen along one of the restaurants near the river banks.

It was a crowded restaurant

They first served all the ingredients and it's cold. 

Then, comes the hot ramen and pour all the ingredients onto the ramen to make it hot.

And, it's ready to serve!
 After that, we left for the famous and beautiful LED light display at their 'bird-nest', a replica of the Beijing 'bird nest' Olympic Stadium. It was nice seeing the colourful LED lights turn to various colours on a cold and dark night. Yes, it was very cold that night, I think it could have reached 0 celsius.


I like Suzhou! Hope to visit their other attractions next time!