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



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

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


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 10 2018

Gongyuan Museum



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


夫子庙景区 平江府店
48 Dashiba Road 大石坝街48号

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.


Apr 10 2018

A day in Nanjing 一日游

What a day!

A glorious sunny Tuesday. An hour ride from Shanghai is super cool. But the nightmare begins from me getting my tickets: wrong name – my cousin purchased it under my Chinese name.

忙忙碌碌的一天,从买错票(名字错了)开始. 上海-南京的火车G360 是直达,1:08 分钟(还有最短的一小时整)存了行李杀进村. 江南贡院和博物馆超好. 以为可以找到五世祖刘进士 结果找到五世祖周. 明远书房的茶牛.
总统府需要身份证才可以买票. (又不是去寄竞选 要什么🆔呀?!)幸好俺带了… 小皇表哥的爸爸生在煦园所以名煦良.
长长的一天结束在去错站 (由于改票 火车从不同的站出发…)俺就要顶不顺了 😜 几天不出错俺就不舒服是的.
[愉快]亮点:带了3个熊孩子进总统府 (据说18岁下免费)然后碰到一对好心人 帮我找到俺都要放弃的资料 – 谢谢亲们 感恩. 哦还有好吃的午晚饭.
奔波于2⃣个火车站之间 算是夜游南京吧
在等去北京的火车… 希望不要再出错了 [大哭]

Apr 9 2018

Green & Safe

A two story, three parts French establishment, opposite from the middle school affiliated with Shanghai Music school, in the French concession. Clean, good service, delicious food and they sell wine by the glass. If I’ve to pick, is they switched my Raoja to Chardonnay.