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Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan November 27th 2018

Another day, another breakfast. My friend had wanted to take me for a soupy noodle dish that is popular here, but I nixed the idea as I am not a fan of soup noodles and had just eaten it the day before. Instead we returned to the hot dry noodles place and had another very filling and tasty bowl of those. We also got some shuijianbao, which are another type of dumpling and are a style that I really like. They are similar to xiaolongbao in that they have soup inside as well as meat, but the wrapper is thicker and breadier, more like a baozi. The way they are cooked is a combination of steaming and frying, which makes the tops fluffy and the bottoms crispy. Total yum! I think I have been spoilt with ... read more
Guiyuan Temple
Guiyuan Temple
Guiyuan Temple

Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan November 26th 2018

Another day, another breakfast, and another excuse to try a new local breakfast food. Today, we were having doupi (豆皮), so we headed to the restaurant street where we'd had breakfast yesterday. My friend located the place that sold doupi and we ordered two different kinds; the regular one and the beef one. There was also a shrimp one, which I would have loved to have tried but my friend isn't big on fish and seafood. We timed our order perfectly as after we had been sitting down for a while, the queue was almost out the door. Doupi is a mixture of glutinous rice, pork, bamboo and other vegetables, which is cooked in a mixture that forms a skin around it. My explanation doesn't really describe doupi well and I wish I could explain it ... read more
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Jiqing Street

Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan November 25th 2018

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day according to some and it is definitely an important meal in Wuhan. According to my friend, who lives here locals typically eat out for breakfast and even if they eat at home they don't prepare it themselves. Given the amount of restaurants and stalls selling breakfast, I could well believe it. After grabbing a quick coffee, we headed to Jiqing street about a 5-10 minute walk from where I was staying, which was lined with restaurants. I was excited to try 热干面 (reganmian), which translates to hot dry noodles. This dish is one of Wuhan's most famous and it sounded perfect for me as I like noodles, but not noodle soup. The restaurant we went to was called Cai Lin-Kee (蔡林记) and is a pretty popular place. The ... read more
Cai Lin-Kee
Hubei Provincial Museum
Hubei Provincial Museum

Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan August 2nd 2018

A couple of days later I was off again, but it wasn’t to find Yellow Crane Tower, this was to visit a friend that asked to show me the Han Lu (Han Street) and Han Jie (Han River) area of Wuhan. Sometimes referred to as “The Han Walking Streets”, this was similar to the Style Streets but more purely Chinese in structure and ideals. She didn’t have much time but gave me a quick tour and explanation of this area and the history attached to it. Wang Qiang (also known as “Zhaojun”) was only one of the small bits of history found in this area. Few pictures were taken during the brief showing of the street itself but began at one end as I looked over the river. The long walking street with many wonderful shops ... read more
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Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan August 2nd 2018

I was out the door on the next day, with a much earlier than my normal start time, that I could complete my first attempt to reach Yellow Crane Tower. As I found it, I was relieved that I had an earlier start time that day. The sheer scope of places I needed to visit was huge which isn’t truly amazing for me after my time in China. Finding historical and botanical sites that could barely be covered within a day if you luckily started when the gates opened in the morning is a normal event. Yellow Crane Tower, for the large touristic area it covered, was actually done easily within the afternoon. The amount of stairs wasn’t as daunting to me anymore with all the walking and stair climbing I had done between my first ... read more
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Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan August 2nd 2018

Wuhan The best of these return visits to Wuhan was the chance to see the city better. I was not mostly stuck seeing Guan Gu but other places around Wuhan including around the many metro stations and train stations between all my travels from and to Wuhan. From the Grand Ocean Mall’s statue reproduction of the “running of the bulls” to the wondrous street scene and the many small park and gardens hidden throughout Wuhan. But the reality was that it was finally time to start the last leg of my return “home” to Shenzhen. I had one last chance to see the beauty and modernness of Wuhan before going to my last stop upon my trip list. I had added Langfang for a chance to visit with my friend Terry before finally coming back. Fortunately ... read more
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Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan August 1st 2018

This was my second time in Wuhan but I didn't have my friend Terry assisting me. The four and a half hour train ride was done during the afternoon arriving to my destination by 18:15 (6:15 P.M.). It was a very long trip when compared to the half hour to forty-five minutes (the ride to Guangzhou) I was very accustomed to by now. I feel very happy upon arriving at the Wuhan Train Station. I had in part "forgotten" to mention this little trip to my friend Terry because I wanted to discover this place on my own this second time around. It started with discovering which metros I needed to use to reach the GuanGu Area (Optical Valley). With a bit of help from the tourist office (that barely spoke English) and a tourist version ... read more
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Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan August 1st 2018

My short secondary trip was not the last time I got a chance to walk around Wuhan. This third trip was to give me a chance to actually see the other attractions in the city. My first two visits had centered mostly on the Guan Gu area (Optic Valley area) where the Grand Ocean Mall and the Style Streets were found. I had been planning to visit Yellow Crane Tower but, like most of my adventurous walks, I ended up getting side tracked by a different sight. Along the long path from the closest metro station to Yellow Crane Tower, I ended up cutting through a park which was a memorial site that housed the Red Chamber of Wuchang. This was another monument for the 1911 Revolution of Sun Yat-sen that lead to the beginning changes ... read more
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Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan May 10th 2017

by Mali Andreoli When we was looking for our hotel, we got stuck and couldn't find the hotel. So we asked two people, and they said to go left. So we went left. We kept walking, kept walking, but we couldn't find it. Then we realised we were going backwards. So we went back, and then Mum spotted it. It was right behind us. The name was right up the top, and we didn't see it. And then we finally found the hotel. When we went to have breakfast, we was late, so we got as much food as we can, and eat as fast as we can. And I had rice bubbles and watermelon and two pieces of cake. Then we looked at Dad's watch and it was about to close, so we quickly went ... read more
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Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan May 30th 2016

On a bright sunny day in May, I decided to do another outing. After a long week of midterms for the second semester, I felt I needed to get out and see some sights of the city once again. So after putting some laundry in the washer I was off. There was a place I noticed when I visited Bao Tong Temple here in Wuhan that sparked interest. Shi Yang Park. Of course I had to take a bus to Guangu then from there a subway to Bao Tog Temple then about 300 to 400 meters from the exit was the Shi Yang Park. Getting back into seeing the city, exploring uncharted areas is one of the joys I do truly hold dear. That an educating the youth of today. Helping them become strong and intelligent ... read more
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