Apr 16 2018

Tangshan


Tangshan, Hebei

This is my first time but I knew it kind of well: my stepmother died during the 1976 earthquake.

Without traffic, it takes little over two hours from Beijing (facing the sun in the morning there and again, coming home). Speed train is only an hour away. First impression of the city: big, new, many cars but less people on the street, compares to Beijing.

People are warm and helpful. The ticket girl shares her two mangos with me – thanks sweetie.

 


Apr 14 2018

Dao Wei

Will return.

A lovely fusion restaurant in the Wudadao. I like their young Peking Duck very much – small and tender. Other dishes are delicious and nicely presented. It’s ideal for small groups as they don’t have a main hall. The fake tree in the ground level area is a turn off.

 


Apr 14 2018

Astor


Tianjin

This fabled hotel has a long history – since 1863. It’s built by an English missionary. There is a “museum” in the basement but I didn’t visit, the woman  huatily told me there is ¥50 admission, even for hotel guests.

After the afternoon tea at the O’Hara’s bar I wander in and out of the old wing freely – for this reason, not sure I want to spend a night or two there.

 


Apr 14 2018

The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin


167 Dagubei Road
Heping District
Tianjin, 300040

It is on the site of Gordon Hall, cross street from Astor. The main entrance is off the Jiefang Garden North 解放北园, a tiny green patch with a Chinese gazebo. There is rich history to this location, the hotel offers a short tour at 6 pm.

1976 Tangshan earthquake had damaged the building. They rebuilt and used as municipal government till 2010. Ritz began in 2013

The columns at their 2-level Chinese restaurant are slaveged from the American garrison, treated and preserved. Nice touch.

Aboundant paintings are hung throughout the public area. The stairs in the lobby somehow, remind me of Gone with the Wind, where Gable noticed his girl.

 


Apr 12 2018

Beef pancakes 牛肉饼

With home grow chives!


Apr 12 2018

Niujie Muslin Supermarket

5 Niu Jie 牛街清真超市 美食城
Beijing

I’ve been here a few times. There are many individual vendors on the street level and supermarket in the basement, plus a bakery.


Apr 12 2018

Gongyuan 江南贡院


Fuzimiao
Nanjing

A few minutes walk from Nanjing Dapaidang. Opposite from the museum. It’s rather small but the little sitting area at the rare is nice, looking out to the golden dragons on the wall. If you’re in a rush,visit the museum. This one cost ¥25 and museum ¥40 (combo is ¥50 for both).

 


Apr 12 2018

Baoding

Thursday isn’t too busy, we parked right in front of the entrance.

The small town flair is rather prominent: people crossing the busy road at will. Cars making left turn at will. Diners smoke at will.


Apr 10 2018

Gongyuan Museum


Nanjing

南京一日游

济南贡院和博物馆都挺好的.
The combo ticket for both is 50; separately, left hand site is 25 and the museum is 40.

After reading Elman’s book (more of gleaming) the museum isn’t that much. But visualization adds charm to a dry subject.
There is a tea house on the ground at the museum. The lady told me they’re not really for profit but to promote the tea; and is most helpful when their director has foreign dignitaries.

 


Apr 10 2018

南京大排档


夫子庙景区 平江府店
48 Dashiba Road 大石坝街48号
Nanjing

Will return: old fashioned decor and delicious food. Service is good and efficient. An excellent place to have a quick bite and move on, in a convenient location.