China Wedding Dress Market in Suzhou

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Suzhou has now become one the most popular place for brides who are wedding dress shopping as the Wedding Dress Market is located near Tiger Hill. There are thousands of wedding dress shops that offer all sorts of designs from readymade to tailor-made! For brides that have an inner bridezilla that needs to be tamed due to the stress of wedding dress shopping, Suzhou awaits your visit! 


Bargaining for your Dream Dress

Searching for the right dress is like finding Mr. Right for many brides. The Suzhou Wedding Dress Market has a wide collection of wedding dresses to fit any budget! Amongst all the glitzy gowns, taffeta, chiffon and silk is the perfect gown waiting for the right bride. Dress prices can start as low as 200RMB or a VIP price of over 2,000RMB! For many folks who have visited China, bargaining before purchasing is essential. Never settle for the first price given is the key tip here! 

Travelling to Suzhou 

If you have plans for travelling to Suzhou by plane you will have to take a flight to Shanghai either to Hongqiao Airport or Pudong Airport. Suzhou does not have an airport therefore upon arrival in Shanghai you will have to take a train to Suzhou.

You can catch a train to Suzhou at Shanghai Station where train tickets to Suzhou can be purchased. You can purchase at the ticket booths or the automated kiosks, especially for the high-speed trains. There is no need to worry about tickets being sold out, there are several  trains to Suzhou daily. The train trip from Shanghai to Suzhou takes approximately under an hour.

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Shanghai City Tour – Chinese Hand Printed Blue Nankeen Gallery

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If you’re looking for a unique way to spend your day during a Shanghai City Tour, you should take a trip to Shanghai’s Changle Road. Tucked away at the end of the street is an exhibition hall of Chinese Hand Printed Blue Nankeen. At the exhibition hall you can learn of the traditional craftsmanship behind the hand printed cloth making trade and the history behind the production of the cloth. Follow the blue signs until you reach the entrance of the gallery.

Blue nankeen is also known as calico cotton which is a heavy cotton material that uses paper stencil patterns, wax or rice starch to stencil out the patterns. After the patterns have been completed they are put into a natural indigo dye, the stencils are then removed leaving the cloth with its intricate white patterns against the indigo background. Should you visit on a sunny day you can see the cloth lined out on the washing lines which creates a pleasant sea of blue 

There is a range of souvenirs available for purchase that are made of different patterned blue nankeen cloths. Material can also be bought and are sold by the meter, there are also garments on sale which are all handmade. The items are great for those wanting to purchase something unique to take home as a momentum or as gifts for family and friends.

Opening Hours: 9:00AM-5:00PM

Address: No. 24, Lane 637, Changle Rd, Xuhui District, Shanghai 

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Ferry tour to Tung Ping Chau, Hong Kong

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In our 3 days tour in Hong Kong, we visited an island of Tung Ping Chau last Sunday. This island has No. 1 rock formation in Hong Kong, and it is listed in National Global Geopark of China.

Tung Ping Chau

Tung Ping Chau is the easternmost outlying island of Hong Kong. The island is isolated from central Hong Kong, it can be only reached by ferry boat, and ferry is only available on Saturday and Sunday.

Overlapping shales and the finer-grained mudstone layers have clear lamination and sophisticated structure.  Vivid color of shale looks like a huge book.

The cliff on the right was once a part of the Tung Ping Chau island.

Tung Ping Chau has the best snorkeling area in Hong Kong. 13-years old Bruno had a good time here.

How to go to Tung Ping Chau

We took MTR to University station, walk 15 minute from exit B, follow the biking trail to seashore, arrived at Ma Liu Shui Ferry Pier. The ferry leaves at 09:00 am, tickets are sold from 08:30 am. You'd better be there before 08:30 am. We saw people keeping on coming until 9 am! And there was only one ferry on that Sunday.  Many people had to giveup this trip to Tung Ping Chau eventually.

Two ways tickets are required to be bought, HKD90 for round trips. The ferry leaves Tung Ping Chau at 17:00 pm.  If you miss this it, you have to wait 6 more days!

Definetely we will come back to Tung Ping Chau for a deep sea diving next time.

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Journey to the West: Silk Road Tour

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“Journey to the West” is one of the most famous classic pieces of literature in China. Written by Wu Cheng’en in the Ming Dynasty, the storyline is about a holy Buddhist monk who travels to India to collect the Mahayana Buddhist scriptures along with his three disciples the Monkey King, pig and a friar. During their adventurous journey they encounter many demons and fears which they conquer to continue their journey. The story is set in the Tang Dynasty and the route which the monk and his disciples took to India included travelling along the Silk Road.

The Silk Road stretches from Xian, Lanzhou, Yinchuan, Xining and Urumqi. Though the monk and his disciples planned to travel to India during their journey they passed many of the tourist attractions that are still part of today’s Silk Road tours. These places include Xian, Dunhuang, Hami, Kashgar and many other locations. You can now trace the footsteps of the monk and his trusty disciples with a modern tour of the Silk Road.

The Silk Road has been in existence since the Han Dynasty but it was in the Tang Dynasty that the Silk Road flourished. Today, the Silk Road is one of the best tour routes to explore taking you to the historical wonders, golden deserts, ancient ruins and intricate architectures of temples. You can also see the beauty of nature and enjoy the change in culture throughout the journey.

Although “Journey to the West” emphasizes the morals of Buddhism, during most Silk Road Tours you will find that Islam is prevalent in many of the locations in particularly in Xinjiang and Xian. Other regions such as Dunhuang are known for its presence of Buddhist culture especially the Mogao Grottoes otherwise known as “Caves of a Thousand Buddha”.  

As for natural scenery deserts and singing sand dunes are part of the tour with Taklimakan Desert and Mingsha Desert being on the top of the list. Other sites which are also worth noting are Flaming Mountain in Turpan which is well-known for its fire like glow and there is even a monument that commemorates the Buddhist Monk and his disciples.  

You too can take a journey to the west with the Silk Road being the main route. With a range of train tours and discovery tours which can trace the steps of the legendary Buddhist monk and his mischievous disciples! 

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Pig's Inn in Xiding Village

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We went to Xidi village in a raining night, and our destiantion is Pig's Inn, it was well known on many blog articles of Huangshan and Xidi.  Though our GPS showed we were 2 blocks away only, our big coach could not enter into the narraw street.  A local people pointed out another direction in his Huizhou dialet, and we passed one and one crossroad, eventually we were here.

Pig's Inn in Xiding Village

The house is located in a hidden street of Xidi village, away from those must-go attractions.  In fact it was a traditional civilian house with a large enclosed yard with a garden, pigsty, chicken coop, kitchen, and outhouse.  After renovation by two poets from Shanghai, it was coverted into a hostel.  The 1st-floor lobby bar was located in the original pigsty area, that was why this place was known as Pig's Inn.

Xidi village was built between the 18th and 19th centuries, about 600 traditional Huizhou style houses, a main street which runs in an east-west direction, two parallel streets, and many narrow alleyways form the layout of this village.

Some of the houses were used as oil crushing workshop, which was popular in a traditional village of Huangshan.

A straw hat capped table lamp and other farm-style decoration

A guitar was played with melodic flair in Pig's bar

Our first night in Huangshan was in a sweet queen sized bed room.

Photo source: Pig's Inn Photo and  Raining night in Huizhou

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