LumDimSum | Filed under: Travel | Tags: Camping, Gansu, high altitude, hiking, Hui, Kanbula National Park, Longwu Monastery, monasteries, Namzong Nunnery, Qinghai, Rebkong, Sichuan, Tangka paintings, The Hutong, Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan homestay, Tibetan milk tea, Tibetan Plateau, Tibetan yak yogurt, Tongren, Travel, Tsampa, Xinjiang | 2 Comments »
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Travel | Tags: French Laundry, Los Angeles, Otium, The Broad Art Museum, Timothy Hollingsworth, Travel | No Comments »
By Timothy Hollingsworth, Otium is L.A.’s Most Exciting New F&B Destination
With a location surrounded by iconic L.A. landmarks (it stands literally next to The Broad Art Museum) and a head chef who worked at The French Laundry, Otium has some serious pedigree. Under Timothy Hollingsworth’s (who cut his teeth at the French Laundry) leadership, Otium has emerged as one of the most talked about restaurants in the city.
The space is beautiful. Large open windows allow light in from everywhere, illuminating the centrepiece of the restaurant, the open kitchen. The design does a great job of explaining what kind of an experience you will have here. Incredible quality, yet easily accessible. The waiters are warm and friendly, the atmosphere is lively and you won’t feel like the menu is written in a foreign language. The restaurant itself says the name Otium is meant to: “emphasize a place where time can be spent on leisurely social activities”.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Travel, Upcoming Events | Tags: aerobics, Alyssa Farrelly, beach yoga, Brittany Dunn, Chef Sophia Du, E-West Club, Erin Henshaw, Full-Body Fitness Retreat, herbal tonic, high-intensity interval training, holiday, LDS Hook-Up, Lin Wang, meditation, Qing Ming Festival, Running, Sanya, strength training, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Travel | 2 Comments »
Escape to Sunny Sanya for a Health Retreat by E-West Club Team
After organizing a handful of Full-Body Fitness Retreats during the summer months in the gorgeous and green E-West Club just outside of Beijing, the fantabulous duo Lin Wang and Alyssa Farrelly are transporting their popular health retreats from Beijing to sunny Sanya.
Organizing an extended 4-day, 3-night island getaway holiday over Qing Ming Festival (April 3-6, 2015) to the southern coast of Sanya island, they have brought on a triple threat of Fitness/Health gurus including strength and cardio instructor Brittany Dunn, yoga and tea fanatic Erin Henshaw, and Chef and Nutritionist Sophia Du from The Hutong.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Hot Tips, Travel | Tags: China, Harbin, Ice and Snow World, Ice Festival, Siberian Tiger Preserve, Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Fair (太阳岛国际雪雕艺术博览会, Travel, Winter, 冰雪大世界, 老虎公园 | 1 Comment »
If you’re pressed for time, you can see the best of Harbin in 24 hours!
To me, Beijing is already unbearably cold. So traveling to a place like Harbin was always something I feared was out of the question for a weather-pansy like me.
But seeing photos every year and hearing others rave about the annual Harbin snow and ice festival finally got the best of me. A group of us decided to make a quick weekend getaway just before the Chinese New Year holiday and we were able to see the top Harbin highlights in just over 24 hours!
So even if you’re pressed for time and don’t have much holiday time to take off outside of CNY, you can still see the best of Harbin in just one weekend! Since train prices were through the roof before the CNY week break, we were only left with the option to fly.
Our Flight Itinerary:
LumDimSum | Filed under: Food For Thought, Travel, Upcoming Events | Tags: Barbara Demick, North Korea, Nothing to Envy, Oriental Place, Travel, Where the Wild Things Are, Wild China | No Comments »
Los Angeles Times’ Beijing bureau chief Barbara Demick discusses her award-winning book on North Korea
A unique chance to meet one of those rare individuals who has seen things we can hardly imagine, Wild China Travel Company has arranged for a unique chance to meet exceptional journalist/author Barbara Demick to gain insight and knowledge of WildChina’s newest destination – North Korea.
George Polk Award and Robert F. Kennedy Award-Winning Journalist and author of one of the best books I’ve ever read (not exaggerating, I promise) Nothing to Envy, Barbara Demick is also winner of the 2010 BBC Samuel Johnson prize. Definitely the best person to share true stories of what life is really like in North Korea, she will be WildChina’s esteemed guest in their upcoming “Where the Wild Things Are” speaker series.
“WildChina recently added North Korea to its collection of wonderful explorations through China and neighboring regions. However, in North Korea, the experience is particularly distinct: visitors are always escorted and are given guides who speak the party line. With filtered responses and experiences, it is easy to find yourself wondering: What is life REALLY like for ordinary people living in North Korea?”
LumDimSum | Filed under: A Day In My Life, Health & Fitness, Travel | Tags: Bike Challenge, Bike Trek, Biking, Bulangshan, cycling legends, Ganlanba, Jinghong, Joe Wood, Josh Kernan, Manbo, Manzhao, Menglun, Morgan O'hara, Mountain Biking, Nannuoshan, Pu-er Tea, Ride of a Lifetime, sing song, The Hutong, Travel, village home stay, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, Yunnan Cuisine | 11 Comments »
Biking Through the Rolling Hills of Xishuangbanna, Yunnan
I have a bad habit of falling into a rut and getting stuck in Beijing over the October holiday week break, but this year I signed myself up for an active travel adventure with The Hutong on their 8-Day Bike Challenge through Xishuangbanna in the Yunnan province of China.
“The ride of a lifetime” was what was promised and it still managed to exceed my expectations.
The landscape was stunning with lush green mountains surrounding you and rolling hills to take in the view. The biking itself was quite a challenge, but it pushed everyone in the group to motivate each other and push our physical limits. More than just biking through breath-taking scenery, The Hutong also arranged for us to visit tea farms and tea factories, walking us through the intricate, complex process of producing pure Pu’er tea that Yunnan is so well known for. The food was phenomenally fresh and I most enjoyed our over-night visits in minority villages. Almost a month since we completed this bike journey adventure, now it seems like just a dream.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Health & Fitness, Travel, Upcoming Events | Tags: Erin Henshaw, Genghis Khan MTB Adventure, Grassland Extreme Marathon, Marathon, Mountain Biking, Nordic Ways, North Face, The North Face 100, Travel, Xilinhaote | 2 Comments »
The beginning of 2012 and the beginning of the Year of the Dragon brings new aspirations, new dreams, motivation for better lifestyle decisions and a drive to reach new goals.
Among the many new years goals I’ve set for myself, one is to kick myself into shape and train for the half marathon.
I had originally planned to run the Great Wall Marathon in May (which I may very well still run), but I just recently found out about the Genghis Khan MTB Adventure & Grassland Marathon in Inner Mongolia at the end of June (thanks to the adventurous and active Erin Henshaw).
LumDimSum | Filed under: A Day In My Life, Travel | Tags: Angèle Restaurant, California, French food, French Fries, French Laundry, Mustard's Grill, Napa Valley, Paul Maksy, Sonoma County, Swanson Vineyards, Travel, wine | 3 Comments »
The Napa Valley/Sonoma County area is just one of those magical places everyone ought to visit at least once in their lifetime. This photo was taken just after sunrise on a hot air balloon ride over all of Napa Valley just when the world is beginning to wake up. (I highly recommend for everyone to do this hot air balloon ride during their visit to Napa). As you can see, even in January, the middle of winter, Napa is covered in green with acres of vineyards and surrounded by grassy mountains covered in trees.