Girls' getaway to Guangzhou and Shenzhen, ft. delicious food, 22 hour train rides, Finding Dory, and walking around in humid hot weather
Around the middle of May, about halfway into my study abroad program in Shanghai, I started feeling homesick for the sun, sand, and ocean waves of the California coastline. An online search yielded no results for beaches within Shanghai, so I settled on a weekend getaway to the nearby Shengsi Islands.
My one goal for visiting the Guizhou province was to see some MONKEYS! Did I achieve my goal? Read on to find out...
May 1st is a national holiday in China, so since my dad (who works in Wuhan) had time off from work, we both decided to take advantage of the long weekend by traveling to Guiyang to visit family. I ended up having an awesome weekend full of nature, culture, food, and even (my favorite), animals!
Dad, Aunty and I went to the Nagano prefecture to see the snow monkeys. This could have been done as a day trip, but to give ourselves a little time to relax, we booked a night's stay at a ryokan, or Japanese-style inn. It was a great opportunity to experience Japanese living and hospitality, and is one of me favorite memories from Japan.
One of my requests for food in Japan was tonkotsu ramen, a noodle soup with broth made from pork bones. Aunty and her husband took me to a small ramen shop on the outskirts of Tokyo.
Aunty is really cute and fun because she really wanted to make some Youtube videos with me. She currently has some videos of her cats (lol), but really wanted to film me making Japanese food, so we watched a video together on how to make Okonomiyaki, which is a Japanese savoury pancake-like dish. This was my … Continue reading Okonomiyaki cooking tutorial