Songbei, Harbin after dark // 松北区, 哈尔滨

Sometimes the most memorable experiences are those that you didn’t go looking for. Like the after-dark activities that we stumbled upon in Songbei, Harbin’s central business district.

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Tea notes in China: Lijiang and Hangzhou

Centuries ago, weary tea and horse traders travelling along the Ancient Tea-Horse Road 茶马古道 passed through Lijiang en-route to or from Shangri-la. Bricks of pu-erh tea 普洱茶 were bartered for Tibetan horses amongst the merchants. It was in Lijiang, which is in China’s Yunnan province, where my budding love affair with Chinese tea started. The year was 2008 and you can read…

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Going Places

“I got this photograph in an email and it is one of those pictures that you wonder where in god’s name is that…” This is the opening line in a video made by Robin Esrock. He was hiking in Mount Hua 华山 in a quest to reach a lofty teahouse located on one of the southern peaks. Previously, the…

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Reading Mo Yan 莫言

I first learnt about Mo Yan / 莫言 when I was browsing books in an Eslite bookstore in Taipei. There was an entire shelf featuring his works that had been translated into English. Many of these books had “Winner of 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature” printed on the cover, lest this recognition goes unnoticed. Having made a…

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Lijiang 思念丽江

寒冷的冬天,品尝来之丽江的“女儿红”普洱茶, 感觉真舒畅。。。 August 2008: Lijiang, Yunnan 2008年8月:丽江,云南 It was my first time in Yunnan. I was there for work, a photo shoot, and stayed at Banyan Tree Lijiang.  Lijiang is renowned for its UNESCO World Heritage Site: Old Town of Lijiang (丽江古城), which consists of Dayan, Basha and Shuhe villages.  The preserved Naxi architecture and…

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