Category Archives: Food

Jiu Zhai Gou Valley

6 am start – Entrance to the Jiu Zhai Gou Valley

Ticket Booth

Survived the Ticket Booth

The beginning of our track


Gorgeous plants on the way

Foot path


Medium format with digital back!

Gorgeous view

Map of the area

Gorgeous View

Gorgeous View

Sam and the backdrop

Our very own tourist attraction

Gorgeous View

Angela, Kuang, Sam

Random couples taking their wedding shots

Gorgeous view

Gorgeous view

Gorgeous view

Sam + Monkey

Me and the backdrop

Sam preparing tea at the tea garden


Traditional Tibetan Restaurant

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Jiu Zhai Gou: The first impression

Jiu Zhai Gou, the first impression

View from the Plane

Landing strip

Huang Long Airport signage

Our taxi to the “city”

The entrance

Sam at the entrance.

Sam and Yean

Winding roads

Scapes before the ‘city’

Prayer sheets



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Chengdu: Our accommodation

Adventure Planning

Chengdu: Our accommodation

A city famous for the Panda Sanctuary.

As we explore the city before we make our way to the Panda Sanctuary, we found Chengdu to be quite a “chill” city, people we sitting by the river side sipping tea, eating sweet potatoes, and chewing sugar cane.

Most foreigner come here as a port of entry Tibet.

Our first close encounter with a local

We thoroughly loved the hostel we stayed in as well, it was our first interaction with a ‘true local’. She worked in the hostel we live in. She was ambitious, she’s from a small village outside of Chengdu, her English was immaculate compared to the rest.  And was eager to speak to us, to practice her English.

She wanted to travel, the furthest she ever been is to Shanghai. Passports were not a commodity, let alone visas for different countries.

She reminded us how lucky we were. For the things we took for granted. The life we live. It’s valuable lessons like these, that makes our travel worthwhile.

Here’s a little snippet of our accommodation in Chengdu.

The dresser, Our room

The window view, Our room

The bed, Our room

The hall way, Our Hostel

Bar & Restaurant – Our hostel

Bar & Restaurant – Our hostel

The entrance – Our hostel

Bathroom sink – Our Hostel

Bathroom sink – Our Hostel

Pomegranate @ I heart my camera

Ma Po Tao Fu, Our hostel

Fried Vegetable, Our hostel

Chicken, Our hostel

Our travel buddies, Our hostel



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Shanghai: Food

First things first, of course, it’s the food. 🙂 

Food culture is quite a big thing in China, on our first meal, we were taken to a fancy restaurant, in a private room setting with Kuang (our friend from Shanghai who lives in NZ)’s family and his extended family.

We didn’t know what to expect.

As we we entered the room, they clapped to welcome us. During the dinner, each ‘elder’ or ‘parents’ would give a toast, to the guest of honor. In this case, Kuang, Angela(his partner), Sam(my partner) and I. It was quite an interesting experience.

PS. They ordered quite a few dishes.. including Deep friend Snake!!!! It tasted like KFC but let fatty.

Niu Rou Mien, Beef Pull Noodles

Cee Pah Mien, Chicken Chop Pull Noodles

Xiao Long Bao, Dumplings

Chicken Sandwich



Dumpling Chefs

Milk in a bag

Fun facts: The head of the table, is the of furthest away form the door.


Deep Fried Prawn

Peking Duck

Steak with Mushroom

Pickled vegetables


Yam Rice


I’m glad we experience China the way we did, with our friend Kuang, their family were so kind and generous and went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience… (More on this on a later post)