Mar 15 2016

Hefei train station

I couldn’t tell where this station is (blurry doesn’t help either) – very unformed, except I’ve a receipt for a bowl of noodle (¥17, a little less than US$3) indicating the date and time, which put me in Hefei, Anhui province. The infrastructure, especially rail is far superior than in USA.

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Most conductors are female


Mar 14 2016

How to get to the park

After lunch we doubled back on the provincial road S319, and made a left turn to Niu’Ao to Liu Bingzhang memorial park.

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I can’t map it Google, except Niu’Ao 牛凹. (安徽省合肥市庐江县万山镇长岗 牛凹) The Google Earth shows the park top left.

Off the S319, we made a left turn, through this underpass. At the first junction (3rd photo), keep right. A few homes will be on the left and the pond on the right. The park is at the road end.

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At the end of the narrow road …

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Mar 14 2016

Liu Bingzhang memorial park

It doesn’t have a map-able address, but it’s not difficult to get to. We randomly asked a store worker who gave us the simple direction.  The surrounding mountains are very bare. At the end of narrow road, is long steps up, to the tomb. More pix on FB.

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Mar 14 2016

Lujiang 庐江县

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From Meishan in Dongzhi we headed straight north to Lujiang, 78 km/48 miles south of Hefei, Anhui.

I knew Lujiang well, heard it a lot but never been. The last time I passed it by, the driver decided to deny my pleasure of visiting.

The town after the toll booth looks fitting.

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We stopped for lunch at 水中酒家/Shuizhong (庐江县万山镇闸山村长岗街道军二路南侧/S319 Provincial Rd, Lujiang, Hefei, Anhui – it doesn’t have a street #). No one was there even it’s lunch time. None of us like an empty restaurant but for time sake, we stayed. The owner or staff let us to go into her kitchen to order, something fast.

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Again, I couldn’t pay for the meal. We doubled back on the provincial road S319 to Liu Bingzhang memorial park.

 

 


Mar 14 2016

A private club

A short hop from Anhui Hotel is my chauffeur‘s hole – his private club with room and board. A great way to entertain, at any budget.

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After this dinner, we stopped by at another restaurant for spicy crayfish (crawfish) which Chinese call it little lobster. Actually we were meeting this friend’s chef who has just started a private club in Beijing but unfortunately I didn’t have time to go. Next time.


Mar 13 2016

Anhui Hotel 安徽饭店

18 Meishan Road, Hefei, Anhui Province, 230022
安徽省合肥市蜀山区梅山路18号

The hotel is a modern high-rise on a busy but tree lined beautiful road. The deeper end of the lobby has high ceiling and is facing the Yuhua Pond 雨花塘, part of the Xishan scenic area 西山景区, with access.

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It’s up and coming: the smokers were everywhere in the lobby (and they smoke freely); some of them dosed off on the comfortable couches, which made me feel like in an opium den. I couldn’t speak much about the service since I didn’t require any except at check out. Yes, you have to line up at the front desk and do the whole nine yard. I didn’t find the young women behind the front desk warm and friendly.

The amenities in the room are decent, water pressure is ok. There is an ad on the building for a gym/swimming pool but I didn’t get to check it out: had two dinners that night.


Nov 9 2014

Anhui 安徽省

An eastern province in China. Hefei is the capital.

  • Hefei
  • Dongzhi
  • Huangshan

Jul 7 2011

Hefei

An real estate billboard out side of the HFE, the Hefei airport Luogang International Airport 合肥骆岗. It says if you have no time to travel to seaside, at least you own the 200,000 sq meter sandy park in front of your door. Very enticing, except the typo. But guess no one knows or cares. Why English? Does English on a ad makes the product more desirable or prestigious?

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Great Chage Great Dream

Lakeside Holidays


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The mini van we were provided.

Cities in China large or small, are all dotted with 农家菜馆 peasant meal, peasant cuisine, peasant gastronomy. Even in the countryside. I never questioned the difference between the peasant meal and emperor’s banquet. Just eat myself to death. More pix on FB