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Asia » China » Jiangsu August 11th 2018

August 6th - Last Day in Chengdu - Dia 46 Waking up alone was a weird feeling. I didn't have anybody to talk to while preparing to head out for another day in China. With a lot of time in my hands I decided to start the day right, with some Yoga and stretches 😀 As I headed out to eat breakfast I ran into a Chinese friend I had made yesterday, Alijie and the Australian guy, Jake. We decided to head out for breakfast together and keep exploring Chengdu. I guess I was not going to be alone jajaja Our first visit of the day was the Museum of Chendu. It was not much of a visit since we realized it was closed when getting there. Switching museums we decided to head over to Sichuan ... read more
CHENDGU- not a small city jeje
Cool Lego design in Chendu Mall
Walking through the central plaza in Chendu

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou August 7th 2018

I woke up pretty early, but after having had a very early start yesterday, I lazed in bed for a while longer not wanting to move. Eventually, I got up and we headed out. Our first stop of the day was breakfast. After returning our key card and being given some bottles of iced tea and breakfast recommendations from the hotel reception staff we were on our way. We passed by the first place they recommended and decided to see what the other places looked like. Pretty much as soon as we saw the second place, we decided to go in. Dumplings for breakfast! Definitely one of my favourite meals. The restaurant was pretty busy inside, lots of people enjoying a late breakfast or early lunch. We ordered at the counter, the menu on the wall ... read more
Breakfast
Taihu Wetland Park
Taihu Wetland Park

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou August 6th 2018

We arrived in Suzhou at lunchtime and headed to the main downtown area to find some lunch. We had looked up some of Suzhou's famous food online and headed to a place that served sour vegetable fish soup. My friend said it was a Suzhou dish, but after doing my own research it appears to be a Sichuan dish. Why does all the best food in China originate from Sichuan? I don't know if my friend meant that the restaurant we were going to was a famous restaurant in Suzhou (I saw several posts advertising the place around Suzhou) or whether the other soup, a tomato based one, that the restaurant offers was a traditional Suzhou dish. We ordered the soup and some shrimp tempura to snack on while we waiting for the soup. The meals ... read more
Suzhou
The Humble Administrator's Garden
The Humble Administrator's Garden

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Wuxi June 15th 2018

A short stop in Wuxi, only 2 days, but spent with an old friend, which meant catching up while enjoying good food!... read more
Pretty big lake
Boats but no swimming
Roads are new and great

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou May 15th 2018

On day six of our China adventure we travelled by bus from Hangzhou to Suzhou, our first stop was at the Master of the Nets garden which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The garden demonstrates Chinese garden designers' adept skills for synthesising art, nature, and architecture to create unique masterpieces which explore the fundamental question regarding the nature of concepts such as being, existence and reality. The Master of the Nets is particularly regarded among garden connoisseurs for its mastering the techniques of relative dimension, contrast, foil, sequence and depth, and borrowed scenery. The Master of the Nets garden, originally called Ten Thousand Volume Hall, was first constructed in 1140 by Shi Zhengzhi the Deputy Civil Service Minister of the Southern Song Dynasty government who was inspired by the simple and solitary life of a ... read more
The house surrounding the Master of the Nets garden
Master of the Nets garden
Master of the Nets Garden

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou May 4th 2018

Unfortunately, no matter where you live in China, (and I assume anywhere else abroad) you are bound to have what we foreigners call a 'Bad China Day'. This is where essentially everything will go wrong. It will be the biggest thing like missing your trains to the smallest thing like having to re-walk stairs in extreme heat just to switch a gondola ticket for a ticket you already have to get your gondola ticket.... a system that seems completely void. This blog post is to enlighten you followers on what it is like to go through a Bad China Day, best way to combat it and to know you're not alone if you plan on coming to China. First off, I don't want what seems like a life time of struggles to put anyone off coming ... read more
Gondola Photo Shoot
Nanjing Gondola
Nanjing

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou April 13th 2018

The first few weeks of China... well to be honest I felt like a lost toddler in a supermarket many times. To get myself sorted, I found myself people who I consider my China family - Tim was the first addition to the family, he became like my older brother. We both come from NZ and actually met through a mutual friend via Facebook as he came from the UK to China as opposed to NZ like myself but we met up in Beijing for the TEFL course and it just so happened we were going to be working together at Disney English for the year. When we arrived in Suzhou, we were both placed at the same hotel for three weeks. There was not one day in my first three weeks of China I did ... read more
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Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou April 13th 2018

There comes a time when you need to just buy all your stuff in one go for your apartment and what better way to do it than to IKEA? Sounds like a fun day out, super chill, no stress, local right? One critical factor to this story is that it happened in China so of course, it was yet another adventure for us foreigners. So if anyone reading this blog is not a kiwi and never been to New Zealand, we have nothing to even compare ourselves to the wonders of IKEA. Going to IKEA was just another trip for the American's that came along. For Tim but more so for myself, it was like having a second Christmas in a year that no one pre warned me about. IKEA IS LIFE. But because we were ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou April 13th 2018

By this point in time, I was very well settled in Suzhou. I have amazing friends and have become quite the social butterfly. But to an extent that I did not even realise. After a year of flatting with Americans then a year with just one Irish girl, feeling like a challenge, I made the decision to flat alone. I was getting to the point I just needed some me time and a place to calm down and reconnect with my inner self. What better way to do this than in a beautiful two bedroomed apartment with a massive 52 inch tv on the 16th floor with a great view and have it all to myself!? Of course, moving into a new flat is not complete without a house warming party. So I decided by October ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou April 8th 2018

I have finally decided that because lately, well for the past two years eight months, has been such a whirlwind of adventures and hilarious moments of the ups and downs, it was time I shared them on a blog because then years later if I'm not sitting alone at home with 28 cats and actually have managed to find a guy, settle down and have kids, then I have a place they can read about my time in China. So where to start? Well let's start with how I actually got here. This is the most common question I get asked when they hear about China; "why China!?". Well, just like Ash chooses his Pokemon, China basically said, "I choose you Maria!". I was all set to go to the UK. I had my primary degree ... read more




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