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China Summer 2015 (I)

Last summer, I went on a month long trip to China. I never actually got around to posting about my adventures there, so I decided since I still have the pictures on my computer, why not now?

I’ll probably split into several posts as I have so many images and so many experiences that I want to share. The first part of my trip was spent in Shangtou, located in Guangdong, China, where my dad grew up. Its a rather undeveloped city located in the South near the ocean. The people there still hold onto seemingly conservative or old-fashioned views to outsiders, but are fiercely family oriented and so welcoming to visitors.

The most important purpose of our trip was visiting relatives and family members that we had not seen in at least three years.

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This picture is taken at a relative’s house whose sons owned the apartment building. These are my grandparents on my dad’s side.

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We are picking lychee from lychee trees with my father’s side of the family. One of my grandmother’s good friends owns the place.

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My grandfather’s brother, so my great uncle, owns a farm that grows these special type of beans. If you see the little circular items, those are the beans! they have to be taken out of these large fuzzy pods individually before they can be sold.

Another really important aspect of visiting China is of course the food! Because Shangtou is near the ocean, we ate a ton of seafood. Also, as per custom in China, our relatives took turns taking us out to eat. We ate out almost every day!  One of my favorite places to go is a bamboo restaurant in a bamboo forest. They incorporate bamboo in almost every dish, bamboo from their forest, and everything else there is also locally sourced!

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This is the place behind the bamboo restaurant I was talking about! Another one of its perks is going from inside the bamboo forest to the outside beautiful lake and its surroundings.

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Lots of seafood – one of my favorites is squid!

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Crazy dimsum!

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Lychee is everywhere in the South!

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And I can never forget the sights and views! Because of the humidity, you see very stereotypical plants common to tropical places, lotus buds and lily pads, palm trees, beautiful lakes, sandy beaches. Everything is just so so so beautiful.

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more behind-the-bamboo restaurant pictures

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backyard palm trees ❤

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black and white

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the Philadelphia Museum of Art

A while back, I went to Philadelphia on a wonderful Sunday with my boyfriend and his family. We decided to go because it’s actually pay what you want the first Sunday of every month for the Philadelphia Art Museum.

We first stopped by this cute Italian restaurant called Serafina. The streets nearby were so adorable and so cute! (as you can see from the pictures below :))  The food was also very delicious though a bit expensive, in my opinion. I got the Tagliolini Al Salmone with everyone else getting other types of pasta with a shared appetizer of kalamari and Carpaccio di Tonno (fresh tuna and spinach).

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aside from the sports bar sign, look at all these cute little bushes in front of this tea shop!

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my salmon pasta that was slightly salty but very filling and delicious!

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the streets right outside, lots of people and cars, but such bright buildings!

We then went to the Philadelphia Art museum. We didn’t have that much time there as we ate lunch for too long and got there late, so we quickly started with the modern and contemporary art and barely had time to look but a glimpse at some of the other exhibits. I would definitely recommend going here earlier in the day and taking the time to look through all the exhibits. It’s definitely a worthwhile experience!

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made with plaster, i think 

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metal with holes 

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everything is in pairs! except the sponge

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eggshell chair? 

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fake flowers

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modern art 

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thread pictures

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right outside the Philadelphia Art Museum… really beautiful

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Hiking: White Clay Creek Park

A couple of weeks back, me and my boyfriend decided to go on a hike in White Clay Creek State Park, which is a park very close to my house. Although Delaware does not really have a lot of truly majestic nature monuments like grand rivers or canyons or cliffs you can climb, it was still a nice two to three hour walk through the beautiful forest, looking at wildlife, and taking pictures of the river. There are so many different trails to go on and each take you through different areas of Delaware, all approximately two to three miles long round trip. Many people also take the time to bike on the trails or run on them because they are all relatively flat and easy to walk through… A couple of pictures below! 🙂

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plain forest

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some very photogenic bark (also got featured on VSCO, which is pretty exciting)

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felt like this scene looked straight out of a fairytale!

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so pretty, like lace

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next to a small creek

 

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stumbling onto a nice field of tall grass

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Pizza by Elizabeth’s

Last Tuesday, I went on the cutest date with a friend to Pizza by Elizabeth’s for the first time. I had heard of it so many times before since it is one of the most Instagrammed eateries in Delaware, but I do have to say it definitely exceeded my expectations. The service was fantastic, the area was decorated in such a unique picturesque way, and the small touches of embellishment were seriously the cherry on top. A couple of pictures below 🙂
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Pizza by Elizabeth’s

3801 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807

 

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Rock Climbing

I went rock climbing a couple weeks back with the boyfriend. We went to Delaware Rock Gym and it was my first time attempting it. We did bouldering, which doesn’t require the harness/pulleys, and is pretty low to the ground. The difficulties are ranked from VE to V10, accelerating very quickly from very basic straight up and down pathways to upside down, tiny foothold pathways in a matter of two or three levels. I had an incredible time, even though I didn’t even manage to get past VE (LOL), and once I recover from this trip and build up my arm strength, I will be going back 🙂 A couple pictures below from the time!

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Me essentially resting and putting as little weight on my hands as possible! 

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the boyfriend making a difficult move swinging from one end to the other to reach another hold far away

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Almost to the top, but dying

If rock climbing is something you’re interested in researching, I would definitely suggest checking out Ashima Siraishi, one of the youngest professional rock climbers of all time and also one of the greatest at the tender age of 14!

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Spring Break: Philadelphia

I decided to head to Philly with my mother over Spring Break  because we hadn’t actually gone together before. It was a quick day trip, but we did manage to go scout out some of the typical hits – Chinatown, dim sum, City Hall, etc. It was a fun trip and great bonding experience with my mother – hopefully, when I go back next, I’ll have more stories and pictures to share 🙂

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