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Memories of China: Nanxun, Zhejiang

Welcome to Nanxun

During my Christmas-slash-New Year vacation, I went on a day trip to Nanxun, Zhejiang, one of the many water towns outside of Shanghai. Since we went on a weekday, the touristic part of the city was very calm, almost too empty… but it was exactly the kinda escape I needed at the time, just an hour away from home.

A home on NanxunCharacter

We walked along the canal and visited some of the old houses, temples, and gardens. I wish I could go back during the spring or early summer, I’m sure it would look and feel completely different!
By the riverJump by the river

Nanxun being the only water town I’ve visited in the Shanghai area, I can’t compare it to the other ones based on experience. HOWEVER, I heard that Qibao, although the closest one from Shanghai proper, is too small with not much to see. Zhujiajiao, on the other hand, sounds like it might be the best one to visit; it’s closer to Shanghai and livelier than Nanxun!

I put together a short video of the town to capture the atmosphere a little better. This is my first 5×5 video (Vimeo has a whole special category for these if you wanna check it out) so don’t look for anything fancy here.. they’re just a few scenes from the trip 😉

A Day in Nanxun (5×5) from CaffeinatedJen on Vimeo.

P.S. I noticed a huuuge number of new visitors on my blog this past week (thank you, Tumblr, for featuring my DIY post!). Welcome all! Thanks for checkin’ this blog out! I’ve actually been working on an “About” page, so bear with me!

HK – Day 2 (Central)

Weeks may have gone by, but I did not forget about the HK posts :)


Markets in Central
The second day, we started off by walking around the busy streets of Central, checking out the markets, going up the Mid-Levels Escalators, then a little detour in Soho, and lunch at Lin Heung Tea House.

Food in Central
Streets of Central
Signs
Hong Kong and Shanghai have a lot of similarities (nice and bright buildings next to the old, falling apart ones, for example), but with all the signs hovering over the streets, I thought HK had a stronger “Chinese” feel than Shanghai. I loved it!
Mid-Levels Escalators
Mid-Levels Escalators

Shop in Soho
Going downhill in Soho
Lin Heung Tea House
Dim Sum at Lin Heung Tea House – the place was crazy packed!
It was difficult to get some food at first but the locals at our table were nice enough to help us out. Lin Heung Tea House - full
Dim sum
Dim sum

Hong Kong – Day 1

At the end of August, I had to go to Hong Kong to apply for my Chinese work visa. I stayed there for about 3 days and I’m glad the visa troubles were minimal and I was able to visit the city a bit :)

5:00 Rough wake up → 5:45 Taxi to the airport → 7:20 Late take off of our plane to Shenzhen
*A flight Shanghai – Hong Kong is way too expensive (cost of an international flight). Most people fly to Shenzhen, the mainland Chinese city right next to HK and then take a bus or train to HK. That’s what we decided to do! Arriving at Jinggangshan

10:00 Stopover at Jinggangshan, Jiangxi province

On the way to Shenzhen

11:40 Arrival in Shenzhen, China → 12:00 Bus to HK (with stop at Chinese/HK border for immigration)
→ 14:30 Arrival in Wan Chai, HK → 15:00 Arrival in our hostel in Causeway Bay, HK

We had to almost run to the Visa office to make sure my Visa could be done if not in one day, at most in two! Luckily, we didn’t have too much trouble finding the office and arrived there an hour before it was closing.


Buildings by the playgroundSouthorn PlaygroundHong Kong streetSauna and Fins
About half an hour later we were out of the Visa office. We walked around Wan Chai and back to Causeway Bay.
A friend advised us to look up restaurants on the Open Rice website; best advice ever! By 20:00 we decided to go to an Indian restaurant, Aladdin’s Mess, near Time Square for dinner. Causeway Bay
Causeway Bay at night

Time Square, HK

View of Time Square from the restaurant. Dinner @Aladdin's MessDinner @Aladdin's Mess
We had a dinner set for two; it was delicious and unexpensive 😉 Jardine's Bazaar
On our way back to the hostel, we did a little detour into Jardine’s Bazaar. Nothing too exceptional, just cheap clothes, jewelry and souvenirs.

And thus concludes Day 1 :)

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