Nov 9 2014

Zhejiang 浙江省

Chekiang is an eastern coastal province in China, bordering Jiangsu, Shanghai, Anhui, Jiangxi, Fujiang and East China Sea.

Jan 27 2011


There is one tennis court at Sheraton Hotel which is vacant most time.

Majiangat Tianyi Ge; first batch, ticket; libraries; 凝晖堂
史学大师全祖望 Quan Zuwang by the 月湖 Moon Lake;
The Tea Museum

Foot massage

I shopped at the jewelry 老凤祥 Lao Fengxiang. It has a similar tear drop bracelet like that of Tiffany.

The subway is being built, coming your way very soon.

tennis court at Sheraton Hotel

Sheraton Hotel


a lady with a cart

Smile ..

the subway is coming your way ... soon

Jan 13 2011

Two dinners

I wasn’t hungry having just gulp down a taro drink. But I just wanted to eat because so much foods were on display around Drum Tower even I had a different dinner in mind. Never got to my planned dinner.

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Jan 13 2011

Ningbo’s moon cakes and 撒尿牛肉丸

Ningbo 宁波 城隍庙
Sept 20, 2010

The making of the moon cakes

Mid Autumnal Festival 中秋节 was approaching (9/22), 月饼 is the center piece of the celebration. Those freshly made moon cakes are delicious. I went there around 2pm, wasn’t crowded. I didn’t know its for locals or a tourist trap, or both.

撒尿牛肉丸 Pissing beef balls? I’ve never heard of this one before. 哗众取宠 try to please the public with claptrap or what? It doesn’t sound appetizing.

Oct 17 2010

The naked ..

It was a hot and sticky night in Ningbo 宁波 (ning bo means Tranquil Waves), a seaside little town in northeastern of Zhejiang province, or 280 km (174 mi) south of Shanghai, with little over 2 million inhabitants. After the museum, I went to the Drum Tower, and basically ate myself to death: two meals plus taro drink in two hours. Then went to check out a sporting store for tennis balls because Sheraton has a carpet court and they provide equipments: two rackets a a bag of used balls. The nature thing to do was to buy a can of balls. It cost RMB38 per can, about US$5.5 (at 6.8 exchange rate). I must have winced. The salesgirl immediately took out a plastic bag loaded with new lose tennis balls with brands I’ve never heard of.
“Wu yuan.” 5 yuan each.
I was somewhat incredulous to see new balls being taken out of the cans. Oh well, I’m only a frog in the well.
South of 余姚江 Yuyao River and 丰化江 Fenghua River where they converge with Yong River 甬江 is the city center. Ningbo is building a subway, and 中山东路 Zhongshan East Road is obviously part of the loop. 和义路 Heyi Lu/Road to my right is the new 5th Avenue where spacious and glittering Louis Vuitton leads the way. Behind the mall’s the water front of Yuyao river. Crossed over ZhongShan Dong Lu is the colossal shopping compound, Tianyi Square 天一广场. Note: the world is flat, really. It gets trite that everywhere you go, you see the same brands back here in the USA, they differ only in currency. American influence is undeniable but how long it is going to be?
It’s the Reagan creed: America’s best days are still to come. It’s exactly how I felt when I first got here, back in 1986. Most corners I turned in the old Europa, were dilapidated remnants of once glorious past. The abundance in the new world was just simply overwhelming. The sunny and easily going Americans simply made me believe the best has yet to come. Merely quarter of century has passed and I think I have to reassess that.
山明水秀 green hills and clear waters – picturesque scenery is little far fetched since there isn’t hills (and I didn’t get to swim in its rivers ..) but Ningbo feels charming and sophisticated, or at least merging toward that direction. Its people are still simple and sincere.

A night market was in rage. Following the music I came up to this show booth. Naked cowboys performing? They didn’t seem to be doing a brisk business the few minutes I lingered there. Maybe I was in the way, so I moved on. Then did I realize that everyone was selling their unique foods in some form of nakedness. There were security guards or police mingled with orderly crowds.
Btw, I couldn’t taste any of them bec I had no empty corner in my belly. Errrrrrhhhhhh … what a bomber.

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Sep 20 2010

Foot massage

The Grand Lotus Spa is an upscale salon in Ningbo with few locations. I went to the one that’s next door to Sheraton hotel.

Sep 20 2010

Quan Zuwang 全祖望

史学大师 全祖望, stands by the 月湖 Yuehu, the Moon Lake. Next to it is a neat 李宅青年旅舍 Ningtown Lee’s Youth Hostel, looking out at the Tea Museum. The standard room RMB 168 yuan with private bathroom and a TV.

Sep 20 2010

Tianyi Ge: 凝晖堂

Ninghui Hall is made of brick and wood dates back to Qing Dynasty. It houses ancient stone tablets and calligraphy works. It has the fragrance of Chinese ink and blends in harmoniously with its surroundings.

Sep 19 2010

Mahjong 麻将 at Tianyi Ge

Majiang at Dehe Tang 德和堂