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Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang, China

September 22nd, 2017 · Nobody Surrendered

Had the opportunity to visit Longmen Grottoes back in April.

Wikipedia: The Longmen Grottoes or Longmen Caves are some of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. Housing tens of thousands of statues of Buddha and his disciples, they are located 12 kilometres south of present-day Luòyáng in Hénán province, China.

The site is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

We paid RMB100 for entrance. The area is rather huge and The weather was so fine that day. I got sunburn on my forehead 😛 Be sure to wear a hat if you don’t want to get burnt hahaha…

Here’s some general information found at the entrance. Well… Great effort for having dual language albeit funny ones hahah…

The scenery is not bad. However, could see many steel rods coming up in the middle of the trees which are all solar panels and transmission towers to cater for mobile devices needs. QR Code signboards are also everywhere too. This is how advance the Chinese are now.

Wikipedia: There are as many as 100,000 statues within the 2,345 caves, ranging from an 1 inch (25 mm) to 57 feet (17 m) in height. The area also contains nearly 2,500 stelae and inscriptions, whence the name “Forest of Ancient Stelae”, as well as over sixty Buddhist pagodas. Situated in a scenic natural environment, the caves were dug from a 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) stretch of cliff running along both banks of the river. 30% date from the Northern Wei Dynasty and 60% from the Tang, caves from other periods accounting for less than 10% of the total.Starting with the Northern Wei Dynasty in 493 AD, patrons and donors included emperors, Wu Zetian of the Second Zhou Dynasty, members of the royal family, other rich families, generals, and religious groups.

So many tourists, most of them are domestic tourists. The place is always filled with people! Even the walking paths, stairs, and handrails turned so slippery and shinny from the frictions endured daily. No doubt the facilities are well maintained.

The site management also set up places where tourists can interact or get up close with some of the items there. The flowery rock is known as Chrysanthemum stone.

The relics are all surrounded by fencing because people like to touch it! We could see the previous fence was built nearer to the relics. Now they built it further away to avoid people from touching it. The damages done by visitors are very obvious where the relics were “polished” because of all the touchings until it become smooth and shiny.The text that couldn’t be read before can now be read *LOL*

How grand and huge the place is… These are just part of the attractions.

You can also go on the boat if you are lazy to walk to the exit because there is a lot of walking needed. We lost our direction and got off the boat at the wrong jetty 😛 Ended up had to walk for quite a distance to get ourselves out of the place.

Anyway, looking at how the Chinese develop and maintain their tourist attractions, it gave me goosebumps. When will we be able to reach that standard? Are we able to cope with such influx of them coming to our state? We are still very far lagging behind. Imagine our national parks become like this? I hope it won’t happen…

Categories: City of Peonies - Luoyang · Going Places

Hog & Wild Saturday Mingle Party

September 9th, 2017 · Nobody Surrendered

Hog & Wild, located in Everrise, VivaCity, has been a place I patron for quite sometimes when I’m craving for pork dishes.

Starting September, they will be having monthly mingle party on the first Saturday of every month. It’s RM59/pax for buffet of gourmet food and two glasses of wine/beer.

Cheese!! Yummy cheese! Eat the bread with cheese. There’s many other condiments available also. You can try them all if you can.

Ah… I think I will just let the photos show you what I had. These are just some. I didn’t take photos of some dishes.

If you love pork, do come and try. All sort of pork dishes from east to west.

Pork filling pastries were also served.

All right, I guess that’s all for now.

Remember, it’s every first Saturday of every month.

Let’s end this post with cheese tarts. 😉

Categories: Food Porn

Spring in Luoyang, China

August 26th, 2017 · Nobody Surrendered

Went to Luoyang in Spring but only posted it now and it’s already summer going into autumn soon! Hahaha!!

Luoyang is known as the City of Peonies. We took flight from Kuching to KL using Malaysia Airlines, then to Guangzhou using China Southern Airlines. Stayed a night in Gunagzhou and took the early morning flight to Luoyang with China Southern Airlines. Just the journey itself is tiring enough. We came back by using the route Luoyang to Guangzhou with China Southern Airlines and rushed to the other terminal to catch flight to KK also using China Southern Airlines but we couldn’t check through our luggage. Baiyun Airport is huge! We practically had to run all the way until check-in counter to check in our luggage again. Then from KK to Kuching with Air Asia. The journey took us the whole day just to get home.

We stayed in the new business district, it gave me a feeling of Putrajaya *LOL*. Bustling in the day and practically empty at night! There’s stark difference between the old and new district. You won’t find any cable or wiring throughout the new CBD.

About 5-10 minutes walk from Holiday Inn Express Luoyang City Center, there is a food street(政和路美食街 Zhen He Lu Mei Shi Jie) and a shopping complex. The food street selling all sort of Chinese food. No English menu though… Saw a lot of pork dishes and chicken feet hahaha… Was tempted to buy them but I didn’t. However, I did buy some from the hypermarket instead. Very spicy chicken feet but it was oh so good!!

One of the nights, we decided to go to a fish noodle shop to try out their fish noodle. The name is literally translated as Five Grains Fish Vermicelli(五谷鱼粉). So I ordered their signature dish. There were 5 different types of noodles with fish meat, fish ball, and vegetables. It’s a bit spicy though even though it didn’t look spicy. I can’t remember the taste but it’s not so bad or I was just too hungry that time. Hahaha… Portion was rather huge. Couldn’t finish it.

My colleague ordered their Rou Jia Mo(肉夹馍) aka Chinese hamburger aka pork belly bun. I seriously do not remember the taste of food I had back then, it’s been a long time. Well… Anything with pork is yummy. My colleague was happy with it so means it’s good enough.

Since it’s spring, let me share some photos of flowers I took while we walked around the CBD.

Sakai enough.. First time see real sakura 😛

Peonies were everywhere in the city! So pretty.

My first time seeing real peony too.

Aside from that, there are other flowers around. This looks like mini version of sakura. I’m no flower expert. I only know flowers are pretty hehehe…

Will be posting the tourist attractions I went while I was there soon. Enjoy your weekend!

Categories: City of Peonies - Luoyang · Food Porn · Going Places

Rainforest World Music Festival 2017

August 16th, 2017 · Nobody Surrendered

Finally my blog is back after a long down time. This post supposed to be posted before it was down, didn’t make it in time *LOL*

RWMF 2017 happened last month, 14-16th July. It’s my third time joining. The first time was there as a blogger. Second and third were for official duty.

Happening every year at Sarawak Cultural Village. This year is the 20th anniversary of Rainforest World Music Festival.

Many green initiatives involved such as tree planting and sorting of garbage. More food choices as well, even Japanese, Korean, and Indonesian food can be found there.

I’ll just let the photos do the talking.

I do not have any night performance photos hahaha yet that is the climax of the festival 😛 What to do… My camera and phone couldn’t take proper photos with low light. Was on duty also entertaining my guests.

You can view them and read more from the official website rwmf.net

There workshops being conducted in various house in the village.

Aside from that, lots of handicrafts for sale.

The last photo showing Dom Flemons from USA, he sure has his fan base. Once he was out from the theater, his fans were waiting for him eagerly. They bought his CDs and asked him to sign.

Next year? We’ll see… Will I be there?

Categories: Entertainment Snippets · Public Events · Uniquely Kuching

Holiday Inn Express Luoyang City Center

July 22nd, 2017 · 1 Surrendered

Back in April, I went to Luoyang, China for work with my colleagues. It was spring but the weather can be pretty cold at times.

Holiday Inn Express Luoyang City Center was where we stayed for 4 days. The room was comfortable enough and surprising spacious because it’s an express hotel.

Conveniently located at Northwest of the intersection of Kaiyuan Avenue and Jinchengzhai Street, Luolong District and 14km from Luoyang Beijiao Airport and 8km from Luoyang Longmen High-speed Railway Station.

Left: The bed was awesome! There’s pillows that you can choose also.
Right: Do not expect full package of toiletries available, it’s very basic. No lotion, no conditioner. The shampoo cum shower gel were attached to the wall in the shower cubicle. Very big bathroom as well.

Do not expect iron and ironing board in your room too. you can wash your clothes and iron your clothes at the common laundry room though.

Do not expect room service, they don’t. The kitchen does not open 24/7 too.

The view from my room. Overall, the stay was pleasant even though it’s an express hotel. Staff were friendly and helpful.

This area is just like Putrajaya. At night, it’s pretty dead *LOL* However, just walked a bit further up at the back of the hotel, you’ll find a slightly more happening street where you can get many F&B outlets and a shopping complex.

Address: No.28, Jinchengzhai Street, Luolong District Luoyang, HA 471000, China (People’s Republic)

Categories: City of Peonies - Luoyang · Going Places · Review It!