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Romance is in the air.
Chocolate hearts, roses, and greeting cards are everywhere.
Today is the day to go the extra mile
and show that you really love and care.
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The Great Wall Covered in Color
Just trying to count the vivid shades of gold, orange, ochre and scarlet red is a feast for your eyes.
Autumn season is by far the best time of year to experience the Great Wall of China. Although every season has its perks – winter for the white snow, spring for the pink cherry blossoms and summer for the lush green foliage, the great wall’s mountains covered in a ray of autumn colors is breath-taking.
As the change in colors has just begun, Beijingers have about two weeks (until the end of October) to get their butts up to the wall to catch a glimpse of this brief, yet beautiful time of year.
When I hiked the Great Wall this past Sunday, there were still quite a lot of barren and colorless mountain patches. But making our way from Jinshanling to the nearest exit before reaching Simatai, the view just got better and better. The chance or running into other people becomes less probable and the landscape slowly brightens up with more intense colors, motivating you to trek on further. *Unfortunately, you can’t actually cross over to Simatai part of the Great Wall as it is still under renovations “until next year” (which is what they’ve been repeatedly saying for at least three years now).
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Everyone always tells me that I look exactly like my dad…but with long hair. And yes, I take that as a compliment.
And we don’t just look alike, we also share the same adventurous spirit, love for travel and the outdoors and a good physical challenge.
I admit that for all the similarities we share, I do not sing his praises as often as I should.
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Beijing at the Stroke of Midnight: Chinese New Year 2012 by Tom Pattinson
For the past six years, I have been in Beijing during the Chinese New Year holiday and although I’m kicking myself each year for not pre-booking a tropical getaway to some sunny beach far away from this city turned ghost-town where the majority of the population evacuates, streets are empty, everything closes down, taxis are impossible to comeby and temperatures drop to -17 degrees Celsius.
In spite of these downsides of Beijing at this time of year, I also love being in this city at one specific moment – when the skies light up with firecrackers. I’m not talking about the loud firecrackers that start at the crack of dawn or the ones that are just plain loud and cease to stop even days after new years day, but the hour where all the best firecrackers are simultaneously fired into the sky at one go.
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Like me, I’m sure many of your email boxes have been filling up the past week with Chinese New Year E-cards and thoughtful holiday messages. While I’ve received lot of cool designs featuring dragons, the color red, symbols of good luck and fortune for the upcoming year of the dragon, I’ve got to say the most creative design for a CNY card would be by Nathan’s Famous.
This card creatively emphasizes its brand identity while simultaneously wishing Chinese New Year holiday wishes for all with a dragon head sketched out of our famous hot dogs, burgers and chicken tenders! A brand synonymous with the world’s best hot dogs, 100% beef burgers, unique golden crinkle-cut French fries, Arthur’s Treachers quality seafood products and Chicken Classics, they have branches all over the world and currently have three locations in Beijing.
Some additional good news from Nathan’s is that they have just launched a partnership with Beijing’s best delivery service – Jinshisong.com. Open throughout the Chinese New Year holiday week, you can get Nathan’s delivered straight to your door!
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California is about 16 hours behind Beijing, so please forgive the belated post, but after a peek into my very merry Christmas, I hope that perhaps you’ll understand why I’ve been distracted.
LumDimSum Snapshots of My Christmas Day:
My LumDimSum Family
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Allow me to share a corny Christmas joke I just love:
What do you get if you cross a snowman with a vampire?
(scroll down for answer)