Everyone has a dream country. With a kiasu mindset, instead of having one, I have two, US and Japan. Why US? Maybe because of ‘White Man’s Burden’. I really curious what burden are they talking about.
What about Japan? Please don’t think aside as I am not taking about Hentai or Jap girls. High tech stuffs are what I am eyeing at and sushi of course. Eh, I think I just found my next destination.. hehe..
Have you ever feel like you are on top of the world? No? It is still not too late. I just have mine recently. I mean literally on top of the world.
Mount Baiyu is near the center of the Lvshun. If you ask me how to get there, I really have no clue. What I know is that this place is very close to a residential area. I bet local can point you to the right direction.
If I am not mistaken, just pay about CNY 10 (RM 5) to get a cable car ride all the way to the hill top. I have checked, all in tip top condition. So, you don’t need to buy insurance before boarding the cable car :p
On the peak stands a 66 meter tower, a memorial tower in remembrance of the soldiers who died in the war. It is actually erected by Japanese military leader after Japan defeated Russia.
Speaking of Japanese, this place is closely resembled Japan. I don’t smell sushi here but climbing the Mount Baiyu is actually bowing in the direction of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
What more can I ask for when I only visit Japan in my dream. This place is a famous tourist attraction place where you get to visit not only this 66 meter tower but a smaller scale of Eifel Tower alike tower.
Like any other mountain top, you get to experience the fresh wind breeze and nice sceneries. Over here, you can see whole Lvshan and islands surrounding it, quite calm and relaxing to be honest.
I would suggest you to bring your binoculars if you like a zoom in effect. If not, you can purchase a binocular at a ‘tourist price’. More importantly, tourists can get a great range of souvenirs from the stalls around here too.
Memorial Tower on Mount Baiyu
GPS: 38.810854, 121.257195
You are a cold blooded animal! If someone ever say that to you, please don’t get mad but respond this, “I am a human, mammal and I am a hot blooded creature. Get your biology right!”
Many always equate cold blooded to inhuman or reptile but my definition of cold blooded is flexible! Why so? Cold blooded creature can homogeneously change their body temperature to fit into the environment.. Cool isn’t it? If that is not flexible, what is?
I am not a fan of reptile as they are slimy and ugly little bastards but I ended up in reptile museum. Guess why? The building architecture impresses me a lot.
I walk on a park like usual.. yea, I am a guy that do walk on the park. All of the sudden, I felt a strong magnetic force pulling me to this great looking building. Not knowing how to read Chinese .. I bought a ticket and walked in..
The beginning part of the building is decorated with nice landscape, sorta jungle theme with water feature and I realize small crawling little creature. I can still take it.
Then I saw a section where visitors literally throw their money to. I thought, wow! People here are so rich.. then I realize, there is a white snake which they believe it is a sacred animal.
If you notice the crocs, what I really want to show to you is the faeces (or crocs’ stool) .. hehe..
Like many other reptile museum, you will have snakes for sure.. proly iguana bla bla bla.. I know what you are going to say! My wildlife photography skills is great.. I know..
All these poor creatures are the exhibits behind the glass cages. Kinda pitiful to be honest but hey, “itulah kisah seekor reptilia yang ditangkap”.. that line is just to brush up your Malay.. :p
The museum also displays skeletons of reptiles which I personally find it very unique. It keeps me wonder how they actually collect and preserve it. Quite an art honestly..
Also, the museum displays various reptiles’ reproductive system. Of course, the display is aided with actual frozen models. The photos are a bit 18, so I decided to include in here.
As soon as you walk out the museum, you will find a long walkway full with hawker stalls. If you are a fan of Chinese herbs such as dates, ginsengs, etc.. you can get everything at “tourist price”.
I am not sure if bargain is a norm here but I didn’t do it as the products here are at reasonable price. Killing two birds are not easy but I killed 3 birds that time: i) see crocs stool ii) see the reptiles reproductive system iii) get free dates.. :p
Lvshun Snake Museum
Leyuan Street, Lvshunkou,
Dalian, Liaoning, China
GPS: 38.808892, 121.2367
Before Mr. Albert discovers E = MC2 which later led to the development of nuclear weapons, fortress is the best defensive shield against any sort of artilleries.
Fortress can also turn into offensive mode with all heavy weapons such as big canon, missile launch, heat tracking laser, force shield bla bla bla. Okok.. there are no such weapons in ancient time except canon.
Most of the fortresses were built boundary along the territory line like the famous Great Wall of China or by the shoreline like this one here to prevent the invasion from opposite clans.
Huang Hai Fortress turned out to be one of the famous tourist attraction area in Dalian. Over here, we can see weird tourists from all over the place including “rock lover”..
This place is not as creepy as concentration camp in Germany but I wouldn’t want to come here at night as well. The Chinese Government turned this place into a museum to store all the “leftovers” from the post war.
Did you see my dream girl standing over there? or is it a guy? Ops..!
As many of you might know, I am a man with heart.. and I am not those violent type.. scoff ..so the heavy gears did not fancy me. However, I am still glad that all those bullets ended up in this museum..
Why? well, if it did not end up in this museum, I bet it will end up killing many other innocents people. See I told you, I have heart.. :p
History makes people learn but history also taught us, the bigger the better.. Don’t think aside as I am talking about bigger weapons ! Over here, there are plenty of scrap metals a.k.a BIG GUNS.
But there is also a softer side of the fortress where you can buy souvenirs, finger food and so on at “tourist price”. Nonetheless, I feel somewhat powerful when standing infront of gigantic firearms..
GPS: 38.793814, 121.26488
In years 2050 (I am 21 by then :p), teleport will becomes so common that our future us will get to a destination in a split second. If you look back from then, you will be wondering how ancient people travel few thousand miles by planes.
The circle of life is almost similar now when you are wondering how ancient people travel few hundred kilometers by horses.
Sadly, I am still living in the present world that planes are the only option for me to travel far and fast. It leaves me with no choice but to board the plane from this Liuting Airport to my next destination.
To where? Why not you try to guess first? To me, this is just another airport with self check-in counters and packaging service. Nothing new, really .. beside the futuristic architecture.
Boarding a private jet is like a once-in-a-lifetime-experience. Unfortunately, not this time. As much as I wish the plane belongs to me, I have to share with it with other folks.
I am sure you have read about Bohai Pearl Hotel Dalian, so yes! I was travelling to Dalian before. Rather than telling you about hotel and food only, I have come to my senses to share some nice photos with you.
You know you are inDalian as soon as you see this big giant ball, or many called it Friendship Square. Beside this ball, you can experience the oldest functioning tram. What so special about it?
The driver is girl and girl only. Don’t ask me why coz I was on my iPod when the tourist guide mumbled. If you don’t trust girl driver, my advice is don’t try it!
This place is quite developed. A lot of modern skyscraper and internationally recognized hotel too!
About 5 min walk from my hotel, I found a food street! Of course this is not as famous as WangFuJing – The Food but still, you can get a lot of decent stomachache-free food here.
The food is rather cheap. Some cost as low as RMB 5 only or as high as RMB 30.
If this place did not excite you, walk along this Tian Jin Jie Street and you will come across a seafood street. Exotic or not, have a peep on your next table and see what they ordered before you go for yours.
Nightlife is awesome here. There are a lot of shopping malls and hawker stalls operating at awkward hours with nicely decorated lightings.
Over here, I found my dream girl. Despite a bit shy in the beginning, I took a big courage to ask her out, BUT she did not entertain me even I pestered her for few minutes. She only allowed me to take her photos. How sad
Before I end this post, I spotted this cute furry little animal. I wonder what it is. Dog, wolf, huskies? I really cannot tell.. Maybe you can tell me..
Dalian Frienship Square
GPS: 38.92154, 121.643758
Dalian Tian Jin Jie
When you read about Dalian Seafood Restaurant, you know I was there before. Probably you will ask me this question, if happen that one day I go to Dalian, China, where should I stay?
I cannot possibly list all the options for you as there are many decent hotels around there but I can share with you where I stayed before this. I stayed under the highway bridge like those unfortunate one. That is obviously a lame line.
5 stars hotel is too expensive for me so I resorted in 3-4 stars hotel, Bohai Pearl Hotel Dalian. Bear in mind that 3-4 stars hotel over here is not exactly 3-4 stars ya! So, don’t have too high expectation on it.
This hotel is situated beside Dalian Train Station. How convenient if you are planning to go there by train, right? Only about 5 min walk, walla, the cozy hotel is just right there.
The hotel is a bit creepy as you walk in the lobby as they did not turn on the light during the day time. “Saving the energy” I presume.
The room rate was reasonable to me and I managed to get special discount when I book over the internet too! As you can see, the lists of the room prices are vary depending on which day you go! So, pick the right date.
From a quick glance, I noticed a small glitch on the notice board. The temperature shows 26 deg C. Honestly, this place is colder than you thought, I mean Dalian in general. So bring along your wind breaker.
The walkway to room is not impressive but the room is decent. I wouldn’t use the word classy but it is rather neat and tidy AND they still use the “Big Potato” TV. It makes me feel like I am travelling back to 80’s.
For bookworms, this room is not recommended as the lightings are meant for romantic ambience. Good if you can bring along your partners with you. Bet they are going to love it.
No COFFEE, only tea. This is just a reminder for coffee lover, please bring your own sachets of coffee just incase you are craving for it.
Like any other hotel, phone is provided in this room but all in Chinese. No option for language selection :p. So, don’t be surprise if none of them speak English when you call for room service.
The room comes with 2 bottles of complimentary drinking water and of course, toiletries as well. Although I am expecting slighting bigger bathroom but the size is just nice to fit ONLY one person at the same time.. hehe.
The bathtub is not the same like any other hotel. It is rather shallow to fill a fat.. I mean fit people like me. In general, this hotel is so so only but the price is reasonably cheap as compared to others. Remember, book online to get cheaper deal!
Bohai Pearl Hotel
8, Zhoushuizi Road, Shengli Square
116001 Dalian, China
TEL: +86 411 8882 8333
GPS: 38.921632, 121.635336
Laxative is a type of drugs to induce bowel movements or to simulate the evacuation of faeces (stool in layman’s term). In other words it is taken to treat constipation.
Sometimes, you can find natural laxative in your everyday consumption. You will find it more frequent if you visit unhygienic restaurants. If you are not aware, the frequency increases if you are inChina.
Mom once told me, “Dirty Eat, Dirty Fat” (this is a direct translation from Hokkiens means eat anything that is clean or dirty and you will still survive). So, without hesitation, I hop into this restaurant.
This is one of the many seafood restaurants inDalian. Dalian is another province in China which is famous with seafood such as abalone, sea cucumber, scallops etc. So, don’t be surprise if you see many seafood restaurants over here.
Is this one of the famous one over here? I don’t think so although the waitresses keep claiming that they are the best! This kind of hype is very common due to the local competition or I called it “Just another marketing gimmick”.
I did not order seafood because I do not want to get slaughter for no reason. I ordered seaweed with potatoes and cabbage with rice noodles instead. Although I tried to avoid seafood, it seems like every dishes over here taste slightly fishy.
Generally, the food is not very impressive. So, why I write about it? Well, I just like to give you a feel about what are the local food looks like here.
Wait a minute, when I say the food is not very impressive, I am not 100% honest. When I said I did not order seafood, I am not 100% honest too. I did order seafood… An Abalone Rice..
With only about RMB 35 (approx. RM 17), You get the whole abalone + broccoli + rice, quite a good deal and taste scrumptiously delicious. Is it genuine abalone? It looks like real to me, but who cares, as long as it is edible and cheap, right?
Now, comes the crust of the whole post, did I get stomachache or diarrhea after that? The answer is NO! This is because of my long years of practicing my stomach. Generally my stomach is tallied for harsh environment . What about yours?
Dalian Seafood Restaurant
GPS: (you did not miss anything.. if you cannot find this restaurant )
Have you ever wonder what is “i” on iPhone, iTouch, iPad etc? Is “i” refers to me as in the speaker/writer, intelligent, idiot, indigenous or whatever that is related to “i”? Let me think.. it must be intelligent because I feel slight intelligent when I use iPhone.
Eh.. but sometime, I feel slightly idiot wor. Don’t ask me why because I also wonder why. One thing for sure is the word “i” make me feel belonging and a little cooler. hehe..
“i” become such a trend nowadays that anything related to “i” signify modern, young, trendy. iTea is one of it but iTea is not a gadget. It is a modern dessert shop, a snowflakes alike shop.
This shop caught my attention when I see a very long queue of customer, the longer the better when comes to desserts. I went to genuine Snowflakes during Bloggers’ Gathering at Pavillion KL and ate shaved ice in Mill Wheel Ice Cafe but this shop is slightly above all.
What I love most about this place is the interior design. It is just a simple shop with white as the prime color. It gives me a calm feeling and white in China is very rare as it is hard to maintain.
The simplicity and well maintain corner prove that this marketing strategy works. Order and pay for your drinks when you enter the shop, < 5 mins later, the dessert is served and you can dine in clinically clean environment. To protect the ‘secret ingredient’, the dessert will be prepared in a non-visible corner. So, I can’t judge if everything is 100% clean.
If you that consider snowflakes is good, this is 3 – 4 times better. From the photos, you might noticed that mango and red beans are just common but what the photos didn’t show is the texture of the ice. Instead of calling it flakes, they called it slush.
Rather than rough and big chunk of ice, slush texture improves the dessert quality quite significantly. Try it once and I am sure you will amaze with the sensation. To me, I would give 9.8/10 as I never tried such a nice mango slush or red bean slush before.
Are these the only 2 desserts that are good? Of course not, this shop sells a broad variety of desserts and all are at reasonable price ranging from RMB 15 – 30. It is a perfect place to grab a quick recharge!
普照街96号, 辽宁省 大连市, 中国
Street 96, Liaoning Road, Dalian, China
GPS: 38.91962, 121.632535