Mar 31 2018

Xin Da Lu

At Hyatt on the Bund
199 Huangpu Lu

Will return. A wonderful restaurant for Beijing duck and local Shanghai cuisine.


Mar 31 2018

A night out

Mar 30 2018

Hyatt on the Bund

199 Huangpu Lu

Mar 30 2018

Oriental Land

A lovely park for a good start.


Mar 28 2018

Over 100 years old restaurant


This over 100 years old restaurant is undergoing a make over. What they’ve now is terrrible. Horrible restroom. Dingy environment. Food are ok.

The mini clams are tender, sweet, just simply delicious. And they are perfect companion to Qingdao beer.


Mar 28 2018

1901 Gothic Tower & The book store

The 1901 Gothic Tower is a twin-towers of wood and steel structure built before World War One. They skyline view of Qingdao from the tower is a breathtaking adventure. It is one of the historical sites welcome visitors to Qingdao.

The book store Liangyou 良友 on the 4th floor of the building 塔楼 (south gate at 5 Anhui Road).

Mar 28 2018

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

On Pier 8
Central, Hong Kong

A neat museum on the Pier 8, next to the  Star Ferry, it’s relaxing and convenient to visit, with many history.

I arranged 8 hour layover in HK to visit. Taking the airport express to Central is a breeze, quick and guaranteed of time, I highly recommend.


The museum takes credit card for purchase over hk$100. The admission for an adult is $30. I thought I don’t have HK currency. They suggest that I go to a 7 Eleven near by. I don’t really have a lot of time. So I offer them US dollar. They refused.
How about renmingbi?
Yes but we treat it as have equal value.
I have vague idea that Hong Kong dollar now has less value. They way she replies just confirms it. I agreed and took out all my banks and let her chose. Two red color 100 denominator notes and few 10 and 20. She took 1 twenty and 1 ten.
That night I take a taxi in Shanghai. The fare is 207 rmb. I gave him the two red color and 1 ten.
“Oh this is Hong Kong dollar.” He immediately spots it.
Emmm… I don’t feel good about the museum. The vendors are all sharp either in Hong Kong and China who spot the rmb/HK$ promptly. (Why do I always mix them together isn’t my lack of trying, also trusting the clerks.

Mar 28 2018

Hyatt Qingdao

88 E Donghai Road
东海东路88号, 近金狮广场

Check in and out need half an hour, it is the most terrible thing. And once you checked out, there isn’t WiFi in the lobby – very incomvient. The staff is friendly tho.

Over all, it’s a decent hotel: on the swimmable beach, next to Olympic sailing center, and I particularly like the fact they have a steam room and a pool (bathing cap is required). They open 6-10pm, the gym opens 24 hours a day.


The ocean view room on 10th floor


Buffet breakfast in the lower level has wide selections, ¥170. The  executive lounge is on the 21 floor has ocean view with limited food selections.


On the first night they send five mangos.



Mar 27 2018

Star Ferry

This Ferry is one of my faves in Hong Kong, like the South Ferry in lower Manhattan in New York. But either side of Star Ferry (Central and Kowloon ) are destinations.

I haven’t been to Waicha for a few decades, so do t know how it is now – before was more residential.

from the maritime museum on Pier 8

Mar 27 2018

Pudong airport

PVG is one of two airports in Shanghai. It’s newer, bigger and farther away from downtown. (CX doesn’t go to Hongqiao)

Getting into Shanghai at 5:40 pm on Monday. The flight CX360 is empty. However the immigration control is horrendous (not all the booths are open!) Then it’s the customs, the crowd is massive – another solid 25 minutes waiting. When I finally get to the taxi at 6:30, the line is relatively short, 7 minutes.