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Hotels in China – do your research well!!

The hotel we stayed in Hangzhou was quite special – Hangzhou tea boutique hotel 杭州天伦精品酒店. Would stay there again if I ever return.



Our Beijing accommodation was even better. It was not a hotel establishment, but a hu-tong. Totally love it! The staff were so helpful. I enjoyed how special it was. However, I think my mom did not feel the same way. She did express that she still preferred the grand and posh hotel.

Well, after seeing many typical hotels, a boutique hu-tong was exactly what I needed. The place is known as Red Wall Garden (Forbidden City) 红墙酒店.


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Hangzhou – the beauty no longer

I have planned Hangzhou to be part of our itinerary, as it is famed for its beauty. Well, due to several reasons, our journey from Shanghai to Hangzhou was terrible. It was their national holiday, and when I wanted to purchase the ticket one day in advance and sought help from our hotel counter, they claimed that I could easily obtain a ticket on the day itself.

Not helpful at all. No foresight too. Disappointed in SSAW Hotel Shanghai. The reviews online claiming that the hotel even assisted in purchasing the tickets for the tourists were b*llsh*t.

I was so apologetic to my mom, as we needed to wait for super long to obtain ticket for the next available train. And by the time, we got there, the queue for taxi took hours.

That was when you knew you were in China – the massive country with countless people.

The journey definitely dampened the mood. Both of us did not think Hangzhou was any beautiful. There was nothing really spectacular too.

Once again, disappointed.

















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Gloomy April

The constant rain fall and thunderstorms do bring grey into our lives. While places up north of Asia are enjoying springtime, seeing blossoms everywhere, Singapore, in comparison, is a quite depressing place.

Nothing interesting or exciting to wow about, except the feature story in the latest Nat Geo magazine, which provides details about a climbing team which conquered K2, a range which divides Pakistan and China.

Looking at some of those amazing photos, it makes me feel super incompetent and of course, insignificant. These able people carried heavy backpacks to climb the oxygen-depleted up slope. WOW! I am in astonishment. I have difficulty even carrying a slightly heavy bag at sea level. Kudos to them!

The lady in the team also shared that she has trained herself to walk on a rope tied between two apple trees as training for this expedition. Yes, I can see you raising your eyebrows. Isn’t what she doing a 气功? *smile*

Well, the highest altitude I ever have was at Badaling Great Wall China. I just returned a week ago, and will definitely share more in my upcoming posts (although I must admit editing the photos can be time-consuming).


I just realised I am considered as 寒体 in terms of TCM. And that translates to less watermelon and green tea, and of course cool or cold drinks for me. I need to make sure I consume less of such things if I want to get well. *sigh* I always love my green tea.