Posts Categorized: People’s Republic of China

Potluck party

Thanks for coming to our house everybody!

With friends from so many different countries, it seemed fun to organize a potluck party and bring all their best food creations together. Last Sunday we all came together at our house and enjoyed games and various foods. Whilst combining so many dishes could be a risk, it turned out quite ok!

Everybody brought their best dish, our table was soon full of all kinds of delicious meals.

As always, we ended up at the Cuban bar down our street…

 

 

 

 

 

 

On my birthday, Suna had a little surprise for me! Spicy chocolate

My actual birthday was on Monday, so Suna took me out for dinner in the evening! We went to a Mexican restaurant called Maya and enjoyed a nice dinner together. In the end, she had a surprise dessert for me!

Rafting in Qiandao

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Suna and I went to Qiandao (1000 islands lake) with a group of expats this weekend. It turned out to be more legendary than we expected, a group of people organize this trip annually, this year it’s 5th year in the running.

Afterwards we ate BBQ on the lakeside

After a 5 hour bus drive from Shanghai we arrived at the hotel, merely a checkpoint to drop off the bags and head back to the bus to continue the journey upwards to the mountain. When arrived, we had to wear life jackets and a construction helmet (which turned out great for scooping water out of the boat), and off the shore we went. The start was actually a raging torrent of water, after some time we got the hang of it, and even could enjoy a tiger beer along the way. When we came back down, the 2 hr float trip was finished (long enough, water everywhere) and we headed back to the hotel for a great American barbecue.

Arrived at departure point

The Chinese staff aren’t used to so many foreigners staying over (and being so loud) so their son and friends got curious. Before we knew it, they joined the party and brought some drinks for everyone to enjoy. it was a lot of traveling for just a short time in the boat. However, all and all it was great, also to meet some new people.

In search of sunrise at HuangShan, Anhui

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After sunrise, 5:40 am in the morning.

Even though we have been in Shanghai for a while, a trip to the infamous Huangshan (yellow mountain) had never occurred. The mountain range, described by one blogger to “have influenced most paintings in Chinese restaurants” This labor holiday, we had a look for ourselves and scratched it off our todo list. First about the trip: We had our entire provision, including instant noodles, bread and chocolate in our backpacks and left room for one celebration meal at return. The plan was as follows: leave in the early morning by bus in Shanghai and aim to be at the our sleeping place (close to the summit) before the dark. The next day we would get up early to hike to the (200m?) to the top and see the sunrise, and then hike one of the designated paths back to civilization. The trip was quite spontaneous so we didn’t plan too far ahead. We made it a sport to keep costs at a minimum, while still enjoying the outdoors.

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explaining us where to go next

We traveled the 500km by bus and decided to sleep in a tent instead of a hotel. Smell the nature… Going there, In the back of the bus two Huang Shan residents quickly turned out to be quite friendly. One turned out to be an excellent tour guide for his home town. He spent more then an hour filling us in on every detail about our upcoming journey. Due to traffic, we arrived barely on time and had to keep pace up, we arrived at the hotel just before sunset. The tent was already setup for us, so there was no problem. We had a meal and looked around before we slept.

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At the camping site. Simple dinner, followed by beer and potato chips

 

Sunrise

The next morning we got up at 4am. Frankly, we were aiming for 4:30 but our neighbors woke up with a lot of noise, but it was perfect actually, we climbed (with flashlights) to the top of the mountain and could settle a nice place as we were one of the first spectators. After sunrise, we looked around for a bit. It’s tranquility was amazing. Still a few hazy clouds, just hanging on the base of the mountains, creating a bit of a mystical landscape.

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Incredible peaks, beautiful sights

20120430-111007 PM.jpgThe highlight for me was the Lotus peak. Although it got a bit more cloudy and it was a very steep stair climb, we were lucky with the weather and that it wasn’t crowded with people. The view was magnificent. We really are thinking about buying a more serious camera soon.

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On top of lotus peak, 1,864m

20120430-111057 PM.jpgDuring the way down, the sun came out from time to time. Steep, steep stairs down. Careful now!

Afterwards we enjoyed a meal and a footmassage down in the village, before taking the bus back to Shanghai.20120430-111115 PM.jpg If anyone reading this is planning to go, it seemed that our decision to stay the night and see the sunrise saved the day, would highly recommend it. We didn’t have to wait anywhere we came. When we came down the summit it quickly became busy and when we walked by the queue, waiting times were reaching 2.5 hours to go up by cable cart.

At training of Shanghai formule 1 2012

20120413-022824 PM.jpg20120413-022834 PM.jpgJust like last year, I went to the training session of Shanghai formula one. Together with Marc, Grace, Scott Elaine and first timer Suna. We watched the formula one training and saw all the legends race on the foggy, rainy track including Vettel, Alonso and Schumacher. But of-course we were there foremost to see the Porsche asia cup training afterwards. 20120413-022843 PM.jpgUnitedstyles colleague and promising racer Alexandre Imperatori (won 8 of 10 races of this cup last year) and team mate dutch/Chinese racer Ho-Pin Tung (formally reserve racer for renault formula one and making his debut in Asia) It was a very interesting training to see, apparently they were not allowed to change tires, and some cars slide of track. Alexandre became third and Ho-pin seventh after an off track slide. After the race Alex and Marc met up in front of the track, so Suna now had a picture with them (below). Now back to office for rest of afternoon, its promising to be an exciting weekend for the racers. A very nice experience!

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