Sunday, June 16, 2019

Harbin. Yanji. Baishan.

Heilngjiang
16th tues
齐齐哈尔到 扎龙 ( stay 1 day)
 (get to Zhalong Nature Preserve in Qiqihar. Zhalong Nature Reserve is a a wetland reserve that encompasses the 2,100 km2 marshland, a major migratory route for birds from the Arctic migrating to South East Asia. It boasts the endangered red-crown crane. Actually the reserve has nine of the world's fifteen species of crane. 睡一晚
从齐齐哈尔市区到扎龙保护区有306路公共汽车, 如果在火车站附近的话,可以做公交车先到龙沙区大福源超市一店,306路公交车在超市后门。 扎龙景区门口有住宿,美鹤农家院,100多一个房间,空调,浴室都有,非常干净 ,他家的饭菜做的也特别好 ,非常值得一去。
4.20pm last bus
Walk to village 530pm (20min away)
17th wed qiqihar 南 station
7.25am reach 6 hours train
Antu west to 从安图到二道白河。 睡一晚
1240pm
Bus 2.10pm
长白山关外精品客栈(长白山望松国际青年旅舍)安图县 二道白河镇象新林墅5号楼101象新商厦北侧  (3 hours) can walk from antu west train 22 min turn right straight to baihe
Sit all the way to the end
Alot of accomodation in the town
18th thur 二道白河到北坡 (sleep)
19th fri  morning 到延吉。 睡一晚。
【兴豆饭店】
豆浆面,辣炒鱼籽牛肉。哭面。一定要吃~菜码很大~

20th sat 延吉
About one hour away by bus / train from Yanji is a smaller city just separated from the DPRK by the Tumen River; Tumen. At KTG we are able to arrange entries in to the DPRK via Tumen where you can cross over the bridge into the Korean city of Namyang and then move from here  Northeastern parts of North Korea such as Mt. Chillbo, Hoeryong, Rason and other areas in the region that are slowly opening up to tourism
这里附近可以去的有图们和珲春,图们就是单纯的中朝边界,而珲春是可以“一眼望三国”的神奇城市,可以同时看到朝鲜和俄罗斯
到达图们站后立马就有公交车去各个景点
图们江公园
图们江公园位于中朝边境图们江边,与朝鲜南阳隔江相望。公园建于1982年,沿江总长2000多延长米,石砌江堤,柏油铺路。江堤设有照相馆和饮食服务厅等旅游网点,公园建有儿童游乐场、儿童小火车、高空观览车等游艺设施。江岸设有游览码头,游客可乘船在江上观赏两岸风光。
图们口岸
游人登上国门眺望朝鲜南阳城市风貌,领略异国自然风光,国门附近有边防宾馆、图们江旅游观光纪念品商店和饮食业等旅游服务设施。国门右侧约50米处,设有1991年江泽民总书记视察图们时的题词景点,中国山水诗人陈运和站在石刻边照相。国内外游客尤其是韩国游客到延边来,国门是必游景点之一。游客高峰时期,到国门旅游的游客每天达2000多人次。
Bus 9
铁南夜市 一个是北大夜市
劳顶笨 strawberry ice
地址:滨河路丽水宜家门市3号楼3-03
雪冰屋
人民街有人民公园。往前走走就是雪冰店辣!

21st sun 
水市
参花街,水上市场,咕咕炸鸡,全州拌饭一条街。
爱丹路;西市场,改名一个大市场啦。胡同里面各种咖啡店和逛街的地方
帽儿山国家森林公园
门口有43、16路。均可在延边大学倒车
【张师傅参鸡汤】
参鸡汤,鸡里面是糯米和大枣。韩式烤肉,拿生菜包肉和米饭一口吃下!还有特产苏子叶,好吃,是鸡蛋包着的
乐倍窑烤披萨】
五角星地瓜披萨,每一个角都是奶香地瓜,

22nd mon yanji 9.33am  到 harbin 2pm
上道外中华巴洛克一条街感受老哈尔滨的民情民风。
Zhongyang dajie 中央大街 (Central Main Street
师大夜市
哈特购物广场
23rd tues harbin
机场快线发往机场方向
哈尔滨火车站 - 哈尔滨太平国际机场
早4:30至晚21:00
20分钟
930am (630am check in)


安图不能直接到长白山北坡,先到二道白河,有大巴车,票价38,早上5点30到下午4点有车,不到一个小时一班,时间2.3个小时。
从二道白河到长白山北坡景区门口,下车的地方就会有,但班次不确定,时间不到1个小时到达,价格15左右。很多人都是拼车过去,价格都差不多。

晚上再从长白山北坡去延吉?应该是没有直接返回延吉的,只有一班是晚上17点,延吉=长白山往返的,,您只能到二道白河镇客运站坐车回延吉,从早 6点 第一班,下午2点多最后一班,中间有2班。

第一天:晚,哈尔滨,2036➡早五点,安图➡早八九点,二道白河➡早九点,长白山➡晚上,回青旅聊聊睡吧

第二天:早,二道白河➡早随便几点都有车到延吉➡晚八点,回程,2037



Harbin
Yanji
Changbashan

If it's any help, I travelled by train from Harbin to Dunhua (straight) and a coach from Dunhua to Erdaobaihezhen. The bus station is right next to the highspeed train one in Dunhua.
journey takes 3.5 hours straight on the high speed train and costs approximately RMB 150 for a second class ticket
From Dunhua, take a bus (客车 Ke che) to Erdaobaihezhen, which takes 2.5 hours. The bus station is right next to the Dunhua train station. Costs around RMB 36. The bus stops right in the middle of Erdaobaihezhen.

哈尔滨去长白山可以乘火车卧铺;到安图站下车,然后乘长途车到达长白山大门口,再坐景区游览车。

哈尔滨每天都有一趟直达长白山的大巴车,哈西客运站每天发车是下午1点,到达终点长白山是下午7点30分。哈尔滨至长白山(二道白河)票价156元.全程530公里,行程时间七个半小时。

望松国际青年旅社




Harbin to jilin
2 hours
9am
10am
2pm

Harbin to changchun
1 hour

哈尔滨去长白山可以乘火车卧铺;到安图站下车;乘车时间是8-9小时左右;到安图站以后;乘汽车2小时到达长白山大门口;换乘长白山环保车游览;长白山门票100;环保车68;倒站车80-130(夏天80;冬季130;这个车是上长白山天池用的;必须用;只要是要看天池)

安图——长白山池北区(即二道白河)的客运班车从早上五点半开始至下午四点平均每一个多小时一班车,票价38元/人(附加1元钱的意外保险票价合计39元,注意别忘了火车站到客运站还需要5元钱的打车费呦!),单程用时3小时。

然后在二道白河再换乘车辆到长白山景区,打车费用在60-80元之间不
牡丹江·绥芬河
伊春·汤旺河林海
雪乡
Wudalianchi - Heihe
Wudalianchi (Five Great Chain Lakes)
赴太阳岛风景区参观

Chennai - yelagiri

5th may
Kotagiri 915pm - 4.15am
By Train: The nearest major railway station is Mettupalayam which is located at a distance of 33 km from here. The station has trains which are well connected to major towns and cities across the state and to a number of them outside as well.
Chennai
Mettupalayam
Kotagiri
5th 1.13pm to 513pm
Bus stop opp vikram lodge
6th
Punganoor Lake
Swamimalai trek
Shopping in Yelagiri is very special since the place is famous for jackfruit and pure honey taken from natural beehives
7th may
1130noon to 315pm
915pm (7pm at airport)

Friday, September 28, 2018

Ende - maumere city



*Ende :
  early morning trekking Kelimutu lake
  We woke up at 4am and our driver made our way there. Rushing as we woke up late but thankfully the sunrose at a later timing supposedly. Highly recommend this place. Easy trek up and fantastic scenery.
Its cold though. Especially if you want to stay up there for a long time to capture photos. The lake changes colors as the sun light hits it. So...there is really alot of scenery changes to capture. Love this place. Totally worthwhile!
 

Tanjung kajiwulu Hill
Love this breathtaking scenery too.
Few tourist. Clear skies. Golden hills.
Whats more to say.

Overnight at maumere City 
  Fly to Bali


Furthee up the road to ruteng and bajawa city


Itinery
*Ruteng
 Overnight at denge village

*early morning trekking to waerebo village
  overnight at Ruteng city
Waerebo village is a unesco heritage and deservingly so. Hidden among the hills and lots of ups it took us close to 4 hours of climb up. Reaching there the sight is breathtaking. Supposedly we are suppose to wait at the hut and have the elders come and pick us up as they have to indicate to their ancestors that we are visitors and not intruding - so we are protected and doesnt break the unity. We are then brought to a hut where a local communicates with an elder and does some translation for the above message. And we then wait for lunch which was a simple fare. Its a good thing that it isnt very touristy. Just eco tourism where you can roam around freely and just do what you want. One can choose to sleep in those warebos by reaching earlier and trekking up in noon. I think the sunset scenary there would be fantastic. Not sure if everyone is comfortable with the communal sleeping on mats though.

*Padang savana mausui
Untouched nature. If it wasnt blazing hot we would have took a climb /trek up slowly appreciating the birds and open fields.
It has a sort of serenity and innocence which was great for photo taking.
(Our driver took us up in the car but i believe not all drivers would because ermm lots of dust and uneven rocks -not v good for the tyres and didnt feel v safe either)

  Ogi waterfall
  Overnight at Bajawa city

*Bena traditional village

Mangaredu Hot-spring
Blue stone beach
We had a very good meal there. And price very affordable. Awesome place to chill for the day

  Overnight at Moni Village


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Ferry trip around komodo island

Whenever people talked about komodo island i always thought one will stay on an island filled with komodos. Okay
 So it was a misconception
 Its just one of the pit stops of a ferry trip. And ok one of the highlight for some

For us our friend made arrangements through recommendation by prior friends who visited the island.
The more people on the ferry the more worthwhile i would think.
It will set you back around 160usd to 300 usd per person. Depending on the kind of boat and amenities for a 2 day 1 night trip.
Other blogs have also mentioned that one can go to the harbor and ask around and get a good price. So then where is this harbor. Its beside the containers. Entrance is beside komodo cruises. You will see alot of boata parked there. Probably can ask around

 So here was our 2 day 1 night itinery 
Day 1*
- Kelor island ( trekking )
- Rinca island ( trekking and meet Komodo )
- Kalong island (Bats come out of mangroves in the evening )
*Day 2*
- Padar island ( trekking/best view )
- Pink beach (beach n snorkeling )
- Kanawa beach (snorkeling)



What i love most about this other than the serenity out at sea ( i think its a good place to bring someone you want to get close to because other than talk lots of the time spend out at sea is in silence. - oh yes back to the favs - i personally like the pink beach and the simple snorkeling. Few people and less touristy i felt. And for trekking padar island was splendid. However will be quite difficult for elder folks so the climb is quite a bit. But that said i saw many elder folks climb to the first tier scenery lookout which was also beautiful. Oh i also personally like kelor island because its also less touristy and it feels as though you have the whole place to yourself.



For the actual komodo island you see a few lazy komodo when you start the tour but after that none for us. So i was frustrated by that but well.. at least i saw the komodo i guess. ( previously in othet parts of indonesia i went to an animal safari but did not see any animals after driving for 3 hours that was hilarious frankly) and for this tour its max 5 to 1 guide. The guide is a must supposedly.

The highlight of the ferry trip would be the sunset and sunrise and the bats returning home in the evening :) 

Pricing wise. Local and foreigners has a huge price difference which well i guess is common in most places. 
Still manageable i guess. If one can afford the ferry trip....

Friday, September 21, 2018

Reached labuan bajo (land before a boat to komodo island)

From singapore i sat garuda indonesia (which frankly has awesome service) > singapore-jarkarta-labuan bajo.

About jarkarta airport. Pls note that all the yummt food is outside. Nothing much in the transit area. And for this flight you will need to go through customs then go to 2nd floor and go to sector f. Have signs and friendly immigration staff to guide you all the way.

Landing in labuan bajo on a small flight on a land of nowhere, its sums up the smallest of the island. And this place where you land at is a boat ride out to komodo island. Once you reach the exit of airport there will be taxi operators exclaiming taxi. The cost to the city is around 50000rupiah.

For our first 2 days, we decide to just chill on land.

First day
Passing by the roads it totally felt like phuket. Full of diving and tour operators that line the streets. And erm bars? And lots of foreigners? I didnt have a good feeling about the place. But thankfully it was not as bad as i thought it would be.
Checked into our accomodation beta bajo which had very good reviews. Very friendly staff too. Then we made our way to a cafe that had a fantastic atmosphere and view of the place. Love that place. And they had yummy food and drinks too.

For dinner within walking distance but supposedly famous Kampung Ujung - it is a culinary center of Labuan Bajo at night- identify it by the huge fire base they have in front of each store. There are about thirty food stalls that serve a variety of seafood, from grilled fish, squid and crab which you decide whether you have it stirred fried or fried or grilled. Price wise you kinda have to bargain around with the price. 

2nd day 
We hired a driver for one whole day and he brought us to cunca wulang waterfall whose highlight would be the 10m jump into the clear green blue waters below. It was a nice place to chill around and some good exercise but the view not very impressive i would say. Its a good place to have a picnic and chill though. Next we went to a village which was supposedly razed to ground in 2017. There was a friendly uncle explaining to us the story in indonesian. But as mentioned since it was razed to ground we were primarily looking at photos. I suggested him to have an eatery there so at least people can chill there haha. Then we made our way to batu cermin. The cave also abit of a disappointment but the scenery along the way of the leaves and trees were awesome accessories for photo shots. We had a lunch there and had a gigantic plate of batu cermin mee goreng. And gigantic it was. Quality rather than quantity. But i would say the gado gado was quite yummy.

Finally we made our way and dropped by love hill ( bukit cinta) which was the best place i visited for this town. I can stay there all day ( of course if the sun wasnt blazing). Breathtaking :) and its an easy climb.  

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Wuxi 无锡



Was in Shanghai and had the weekend free.  So I was fretting where else can I go since I've been to most places around Shanghai (eg  Suzhou  Hangzhou  etc)  and I didn't have that much time.
And someone recommended wuxi and yangzhou.  And I went online to research.  And haha.  There were more street food photos in wuxi.  So my decision was wuxi.
There are many frequent trains from Shanghai to wuxi so I took my time.  Made my way to the station and off I went.
*note for hostels foreigners can stay is limited mostly with the yha  logo.  For the rest it caters to mostly locals.  So I made my booking for 无锡徐霞国际青少年旅社.
From the speed Railway Station walk along with the rest of the locals then look for exit a then you will find bus 203 and stop at 梁青路 then walk straight around 15 minutes and it's inside the building beside 小岛佳苑. It's inside the compound all the way at the side.  Not inside the building.  (frankly it's location is convenient for one to get to the tourist places oh and it's near a mall but I find they aren't very helpful. But it could also be that I could speak Chinese. And erm  because I could speak Chinese they placed me with local Chinese students/workers who were there staying on long term so the desk was filled with their items. I am OK with it but not sure for the rest of you who have gone to better hostels. But overall reasonable value)

As usual food is the highlight of my every trip, determining eventually if i fall in the place or not.
 I made my way to the nanchang  bu xing  jie  南昌步行街 with high hopes in search of good street food.  was disappointed as they were no street food at all.  And Because the period that I was there temperature had suddenly dropped to icy temp and many shops were closed. But the good side of it was that I could take a quiet walk and just be reflective among the streets.  Same goes for huishan old town 惠山古镇. Thankfully however, I walked around the nearby streets and manage to find some good local street snacks.
The salted pork ribs, And this mei hua gao with sesame.
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And the much raved about dumplings. Which hmm. I think was ok. 
With nothing much to do in town I went around the tourist places.  And decided to take the long ride bus to 灵山 ling  mountain to get a scenic worthwhile bus ride ( it was a flat fee at a public rate) 



And boy I was glad I went there.  Because it was at a higher elevation there.  The blossoms were in full view. Not interested in the statues I just went around taking photos of the blossoms.  And I spotted there was a tourist bus that was stopping by somewhere called 拈花弯古镇.(lingshan town nianhua  bay) 

 And that became the highlight of my trip.  And for this,  I would definitely make my way back there again!!  Nature.  Flowers.  Good food.  Cute baby monks that we use to see in those comedies. Love it! 
*note the ticket covers the trip to lingshan  then to nianhua  bay  then to one of the train station









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