Wanderlust: Gulangyu (Xiamen), the piano island (part two)

Just off the coast of Xiamen is Gulangyu, a pedestrian-only island that is also a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. At only 2 km2 area and home to about 20,000 people, Gulangyu is a major domestic tourist destination and is one of China’s most visited tourist attractions. However, all cars and bicycles are banned on the island, which helps to preserve an air of antiquity and tranquility.

Shuzhuang Garden

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Wanderlust: Xiamen, the gateway to China (part one)

After spending almost four days in Guangzhou, we took a high speed train to Xiamen. Xiamen, located in Fujian Province, is a coastal city, and as such, has been an extremely important port in China for centuries, as well as one of China’s earliest Special Economic Zones. Translated directly, Xiamen means “door to the house”, referring to the city’s centuries-old role as a gateway to China.

Yongding District of Longyan

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Wanderlust: Guangzhou, the city of the five lambs (part one)

It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to post about my travels, but now that I’m back home, I finally have some time to get all my photos sorted out. I spent the last three weeks or so along the Southeastern coast of China, in Guangzhou and Xiamen, so the next few posts will be sharing my experiences there.

Lingnan Impressions Garden

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new: check out All the Beautiful Time’s Instagram page!

It’s been a while since I last posted, mostly because I’ve been on the road the whole time. I’ve got a bunch of posts lined up for the next few days, but because I’ve taken so many photos, I decided to make a new Instagram page just for my blog. So head over to @shipsarebuilttosail to check out a photo preview of what I’ve been doing the past three weeks! Likewise, stay tuned for new posts coming soon!! 🤗

Wanderlust: Jiuzhaigou (China) & Singapore

As I was sitting in my room, bored out of my mind and not quite yet ready to start studying physics, I decided to finally clean up my room/treasure-hunt in my closet. I found my old camera card from a few years ago, and there are some pretty interesting photos I took from my travels. Here are a few from China from a few summers back.

The Venice of China.

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Wanderlust: Boston (lifestyle & the arts)

When we weren’t roaming the streets of Boston, we headed over to some of the markets and museums. Quincy Market is a huge building filled to the brim with restaurants selling heavenly food (you’ve got to try the clam chowder and eat lots of lobster!). The Museum of Science was a highly-interactive and educational museum for people of all ages, while the Museum of Fine Arts is definitely catered more towards the artsy people who won’t get bored wandering a beautifully-designed architectural building filled with timeless pieces of art. While you’re there, book a visit to hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra play; it’s not too expensive, and it’s very much worth your time.

We visited during Spring Break, but it was still freezing.

We visited during Spring Break, but it was still freezing.

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may it bring you good luck, prosperity, joy and contentment

Chinese New Year was actually almost a week ago, but the best part about it is the food (okay, and the family, friends and just overall happy atmosphere haha), and food is never too late to post about, amirite? On that note, hope y’all had an amazing Chinese New Year! 恭喜發財 and may the New Year bring you good luck, prosperity, joy and contentment.


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Wanderlust: Tirano (Italy)

Like I mentioned last time, during our stay at Davos, we signed up for a two-day trip to Tirano, Italy. Tirano is a small town in the province of Sondrio in northern Italy is adjacent to the Switzerland-Italy boundary. Because we weren’t able to stay for long (and the majority of the time we spent on the train), we only managed to walk around some parts of the town, though it is very lovely! I had hoped to put my meager Spanish skills to use, as I had been told Spanish and Italian were very similar. Nonetheless, it only occurred to me how to say “Post Office” in Spanish after I had left Italy…

This was a pretty cool photo I took while we were passing through a tunnel.

This was a pretty cool photo I took while we were passing through a tunnel on the Bernina Express.

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Wanderlust: Zürich (Switzerland, Part III)

After two weeks in Davos, we stopped by Zürich for a couple of days. The atmosphere of the two places are polar opposite—one is a bustling city of the financially-stable nation; the other, a pretty, relaxed small village at the foot of the Alps. Both are wonderful places in their own unique ways.

Another church. Switzerland's history is rich.

Another church. Switzerland’s history is rich.

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