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Exploring Nanjing Part II

December 4, 2017

I’m back to share more about my overdue Nanjing trip and I wanna start with my favourite part of the trip. As some of you may know, I’m a Christian but I respect all religions so when I heard that we are visiting Niushoushan Cultural Tourism Zone aka Buddha’s palace, I was pretty excited. I like anything related to history (for the 1000th time haha).

Does it not look like Europe or something? I was shocked by how modern the architecture is!

I haven’t seen anything so grand in a long time and the detailing of the sculptures plus thoughts that were put into building up this magnificent site was just mind-blowing. I particularly like the Usnisa Palace and it was interesting to have my first vegetarian buffet!

Usnisa Pagoda!

For the first night of the trip, we were staying in Gongtangtou Homestay which is located in a serene, off the track village. I’d highly recommend you stay here for a night. We started the morning in their cafe with floor to ceiling shelves of books and whisked into the aroma of coffee, basked into the greenery in the day and ended the night with a dinner prepared by the hosts with their local catch. 

You’ll be shocked by how many beautiful spots there are in Nanjing for nice photos. Talk about golden hour and oriental background! If you’re looking at learning paper-cutting, clay figurine and shadow play from art and craft masters, you can do that at Ganxi Mansion!

Being a frequent traveller to China, this trip to Nanjing really opened my eyes to another side of China ; somewhere more cultured, historic and a good blend of old meets modern. I’d definitely love to visit again and this time, I’d make the Nanjing massacre memorial hall top on my priority list! Followed by dumplings, iced plum juice and more chinese food!

Lastly, a big thank you to Nanjing Tourism Board for organising this trip and Holiday Inn Nanjing Aqua city for making my stay such a comfortable one! I hope to be back again soon (:

If you’d like to find out more, you can click on these links :

www.travelnanjing.net
Facebook: Travel Nanjing
Instagram: @travelnanjing

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Sophia Chong

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The kind of love you seek.

November 17, 2017

I think as we grow older, the meaning of love gets diluted. When was the last time our eyes were focused on just one person, giving our everything to pursue the one love. The kinda love in today’s society, I call it the musical chair. We wait around, our eyes darted on every chair, and pounce on the one single available one without much thought. Just like now, we are constantly “testing out” even on people we don’t have deep attraction for. Well, if she/he is good-looking then I’ll consider him or her. CONSIDER. What happened to the kind of love you fall right into, that you don’t even take superficial factors into fucking consideration. Love is first a spark and chemistry, then it’s a choice of commitment. Not the other way round cos the former would only last as long as emotions and expectations do. Call me a hopeless romantic, but I believe in consensual romance and those are the best. Nobody has to do the chase, no one has to play hard to get nor push and pull. Both of you just fall so deeply in love where the rest of the world is a blur. You bask into how the universe brought you two together in the most unimaginable circumstance and timing. You embrace each others’ strengths that shine so bright, and accept each others’ flaws because no one is perfect and even more because your flaws are complementary. And when the sparks is gone, what’s left is still this bond and love you’ve built over time and countless fights that made you cry but came out stronger and closer together. The kind of love that’s selflessly lifting each other up, because you just want to see him/her grow and be happy. The kind that you give not because you want something in return but because the person is so special to you that you want him/her to have the best. The kind that you don’t just want to have fun with, but someone who can withstand storms with you. This is the kinda love I seek, but does it even exist anymore.

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Exploring Nanjing Part I

October 11, 2017

When I first heard about going to Nanjing, I was half excited half apprehensive. Half excited cos I love history and nothing says history better than Nanjing city, and half apprehensive cos I’ve been to China many times and I was a little afraid it would be like Guangzhou (where I always go for work trips). Well anyways, I’m back and I can safely say I really like the city and wish I had a little bit more time to explore more sites on my own. Nanjing strikes a contrast to other cities I’ve been to in China. It’s sanitary, people are nice and their museums/temples surprisingly have a very contemporary touch to it which I love. At some point, I didn’t even feel like “China” at all. Not to mention, they have a lot of local delicacies which I’ll briefly bring you through in my photo diary below. If you’re not a fan of overly oily or mala kinda chinese food, then this is the place for you! I love how lightly stir-fried their dishes are. I hope through this first segment of photo diary, I can make you feel a little like you’re in Nanjing with me too!

That’s not all. I visited some really jaw-dropping sites which I’ll share with you in part II (:
On a side note, I don’t think a lot of people know but Scoot does fly direct to Nanjing and it only takes about 5 hours so it’s very fuss-free no transit flight. Hotels and b&b are readily available. I stayed in Nanjing Aqua City Holiday Inn this time and the location is unparalleled. It’s right smack in the city with lots of malls surrounding, and walking distance to some major sites like The Qin Huai River and Nanjing DaPaiDang!

That’s all for now, be back soon!

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Sophia Chong