Hi! It’s Street Snap Monday again! This time I tried to combine the vintage feelings (leather shoes and leather bag) with laid-back outfit, let’s see how it works :p (@Fashionmimo)
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Still can’t believe that I’m already flying back and about to have my half-year internship. I don’t know how to conclude my 4-month exchange life (or say 4-month vacation) but Singapore has been treating me so good. I won’t forget all those crazy but awesome things happened here 🙂
Even though I always grumble about how boring the life here is (I’m sorry haha), I realized there are still lots of things haven’t done when I was about to leave. So I used my last 7 days here to explore more great spots in the Lion City.
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My mom called me before I departed: “Are you going to Hangzhou in December? Well I don’t think you will enjoy the weather and views there.”
Emm…maybe she’s right. Because Hangzhou is in the southeast part of China, very near Shanghai, so you could expect the winter there would be windy/rainy, super cold (sometimes under zero celsius) but with very few snow. However, I didn’t have time to consider this cause my poor winter break just started a week before and Hangzhou, especially the Lingyin Temple has been on my travel Wishlist for over 5 years.
I only visited a few sights this time so I couldn’t tell much about it but I would strongly recommend you to chill at the Lake Xihu area. You got the most famous lake Xihu and Lingyin Temple. And also you could enjoy the nature with some nice teahouses, bars and luxury hotels in this region.
The first time I noticed the Lingyin Temple was 5 years ago when I saw the print ads of Amanfayun, a luxury resort in Lingyin temple by Aman group. The resort reserves the Chinese and Buddha elements and it just looks like an old Chinese village. It’s the exact right place to slow me down and to be more “Zen” I think.
Near Lingyin Temple, there are some tea houses for you if you want to try the famous Longjing Tea from Hangzhou.
After visiting Lingyin Temple, just go down the mountain then you see the Lake Xihu.
There are so many good hotels in Hangzhou but here I just wanna recommend those successfully blend the Chinese culture into their service and design.
A luxurious Aman resort reconstructed from an old village and located right next to the Lingyin Temple, attractive enough. The only problem is the location may not be that convenient, and, it is just EXPENSIVE 🙂
We struggled a lot between Four Seasons and Pins de la Brume before, and finally we decided to stay at PB and to take an afternoon tea at the garden of Four Seasons. I think it’s a right choice cause the garden in Four Seasons seems a little bit desolate in winter. However, if you are coming in summer or spring, I think the view here would be awesome 🙂
Pins de la Brume
Another French resort located near Lingyin Temple, it’s not that big compared to those two but I prefer its excellent location and environment.
A local small hotel in Hangzhou’s old style. In the room you could see the bricks and the wooden beams just like the old buildings 200 years ago.
After all, it’s the end of 2015 and I want to thank you all for supporting my blog since May. Wish you all a very Merry Christmas and see you in 2016! 😀 (@Fashionmimo)
Keep wondering what’s going on with the weather, it’s already mid-November but in Hong Kong you still feel like in summer. So every time when I see a long coat, I tell myself “Ok I will bring you home next time, if it gets cooler.” But I still haven’t got the chance LOL
Last Sunday I have visited Peng Chau, a small island near Hong Kong with no traffic on. The only way to get there is to take a 20 mins ferry from the Central in Hong Kong. Basically it’s a small village surrounded by the ocean and mountains (there’s a popular hiking trail called Peng Yu Path btw). My art teacher Mr. Yeung is a Peng Chau based art guru and he has a gallery here. Thanks to his invitation, I have the chance to explore this tranquil place with strong local culture.
Last week I have been to Huangshan, one of the most famous mountain ranges in China. It took me 2 days to climb up those peaks and to watch the sunrise. Personally I really enjoy hiking, especially that sudden cool feeling when you reach such an altitude.
There are 2 old villages near Huangshan, one called Hong Cun, another called Xi Di. Both of them thrived in the Ming Dynasty. In An-Hui Province, most people who thrived their business would help to develop their own villages.
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Here I’m gonna talk about Kyoto. I have been there twice this year, one in February, one in April (perfectly missed the sakura season though). Rather than Tokyo, people say this is the real heart of Japan. I can’t tell if this is correct, the only thing I can tell is every time I visit Kyoto, my desire to stay becomes stronger.
Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, also known as the city of ten thousand shrines. It’s nearly impossible to visit all these sights, but somehow we may want to avoid the most busiest sights. There are some following advices:
1. The Gion（祇園） Area – You are not gonna miss this popular area. A famous district near Kamo River, filled with shops, restaurants, teahouse and Geisha entertainment. I believe it’s the busiest area of Kyoto at night, with different restaurants and Izakaya(Japanese mini bar) along the Kamo River. With 10 minutes walk, you’ll see another famous sight Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺). However it’s way too famous that I found it hard to enjoy the view with tons of visitors.
2. Kinkaku-Ji-The golden temple has already become a symbol of Japan. Located in a fancy Japanese garden. It’s nice to chill at the garden and enjoy a cup of Matcha 🙂
3.Fushimi Inari-taisha (伏見稲荷大社)-It’s located at the outskirt of Kyoto, so we took railway to get there. It’s really a good place to shoot some pics with the representative Torii Path across the mountain.
4. Arashiyama(嵐山)-on the western outskirt of Kyoto, famous for it’s bamboo forest and picturesque views with cherry blossoms or autumn leaves. It’s also a great place to enjoy natural hot spring.
Since you are in Kyoto, trying the Japanese ryokan is a must. I suggest to book earlier in case there would be a shortage of rooms in peak season. This time I tried two ryokans, and I strongly recommend the Kyomachia Ryokan Sakura, traditional ryokan with advanced facility, also English-friendly. And if you are asking me which district would be better to stay at, I would suggest Higashiyama-ku (東山区) or Shimogyō-ku (下京区).
Taking the Shinkansen or JR can reach any other big cities in Japan. In town, rather than the metro, I suggest to take a bus. It’s cheaper (500 yen for one-day trip with unlimited rides) and more convenient, cuz it covers most tourist sights.
Hope this article would help you if you are also interested! ;D (@Fahionmimo)
Last summer, I dropped by Annecy on my way from Lyon to Geneva. This place was mentioned many times by locals when I stayed in Lyon. When they talked about Annecy, I could see excited glow on their faces: indeed, if you understand southern French’s idyllic fantasy, Annecy is the right place with no doubt.
If you decide to depart from Lyon, trains and buses are both available. Personally I would suggest you to try the Blablacar(https://www.covoiturage.fr). It’s the most popular and trusted ridesharing website in France, the bonus is you could make friends and understand more about your destinations when sharing the journey with friendly local people. One hour drive, 5 euro costs, I cannot ask for more 🙂
I just spent a day here ,so I didn’t explore much about this place. But if you are also with a tight schedule, the Lake Annecy would be very nice for a one-day trip. Walk along the lake and the river, have some seafood in the restaurants… If you want a better view of the landscape, renting a boat and relaxing on the lake would be perfect.
Also, the Annecy Castle and Palais de l’Isle are famous sights for those who wanna explore more. (@Fashionmimo)