My co-worker Elton was given a case of Shanghai hairy crabs, but with no way to cook them, he asked if I had a steamer. Well, of course I do! We called some colleagues, made some side dishes and served … Continue reading
Long time readers of youusedtobealright will remember that a couple of years ago, I screwed up a trip to Cambodia to meet my friend Brian Hopkins and only ended up seeing him for breakfast in Siem Reap. (post here)
So when he emailed me that he was going to Hong Kong, I decided to fly down and meet him and hang out in HK for yet another weekend.
First, I ran into my friend Suda on the street on my way to eat scrambled eggs for breakfast. Since I didn’t really have the time to go to Australia Dairy Company, we settled for almost-as-good Hokkaido Dairy Milk Farm.
So you’ve probably seen the hundreds of stories about the pollution in China and air quality and how terrible it is to live here.
Those are all pretty much true. However, the last week or so, an temperature inversion has capped Shanghai, not allowing the pollution to escape. Thus . . . airpocalypse. There’s a AQI scale – usually bad days in Shanghai are in the high 200s or low 300′s.
Today? We’ve gone off index.
View out my window this morning.
The guy who sits next to me at work was having his birthday and he said he wanted hot pot. I suggested Dong Lai Shun a Beijing chain which is famous for it’s “shuang yang rou” – thinly sliced lamb in an old style hot pot. He was in.
This is just going to be a series of shots of lamb and eating.
Wow. Look at that. So many days without posts. No excuses – but some catching up.
We went down to Xuhui Binjiang and ran the famous riverside run at a pace much faster than I’m used to normally. Time to get those miles up.
Located 125km away from Jiuzhaigou itself, Huanglong or Yellow Dragon is a smaller, but no less scenic national park located towards the Songpan Plateau. Because of the unique rock formations made through calcification, the Huanglong Valley has developed some amazing formations and rock pools. The Yellow Dragon moniker comes from the calcified rock looking like a yellow Chinese dragon wandering through the valley.
For my second day in the park, I took the bus up to the middle – and instead of exploring the entire park like I did on the first day, I was determined to go back and cover the few things I missed – mainly the ancient forest up at the top of the valley, the panoramic view of multi color lake and the shuigang falls, both of which I only saw from the bus on the previous day.
As every Chinese holiday comes around, the eternal question is always where to go? A lot of people recommend getting out of the country because the rest of China is on vacation at the same time, and going to any tourist, resort, scenic area in China means dealing with millions (no exaggeration) of other tourists.
I chose to ignore all that and took at trip to Jiuzhaigou in Sichuan, China. THe Jiuzhaigou valley is known as one of China’s most scenic areas and it is named for the nine Tibetian villages that used to be inhabited in the valley. Instead of me explaining all this – it’s probably easier to go right to the travel wiki article: http://wikitravel.org/en/Jiuzhaigou