MARCH 19, 2021

Thời gian có thể không chứng minh được nhiều điều, nhưng nhất định nhìn thấu được nhiều thứ.
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时间不一定能证明很多东西,但是一定能看透很多东西。
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Time doesn’t necessarily tell a lot, but you can see through a lot of things.

P.s.: Picture taken in Dujiangyan and Mount Qingcheng, Sichuan, China in 2019.

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10 Days With The Most Steps In 2019

According to Pedometer app, I walked the most steps in my Sichuan trip:

1. July 5: 31,497 steps ~ 15.12 km* (in Chengdu)
2. July 6: 29,337 steps ~ 14.08 km (in Chengdu)
3. July 3: 28,849 steps ~ 13.85 km (in Mt. Siguniang)
4. June 24: 23,878 steps ~ 11.46 km (in Dujiangyan and Chengdu)
5. June 26: 23,233 steps ~ 11.15 km (in Songpan and Mounigou)
6. June 30: 20,196 steps ~ 9.7 km (in Langmusi)
7. June 27: 20,136 steps ~ 9.67 km (in Huanglong)
8. May 18: 19,550 steps ~ 9.38 km (in Wulingyuan And Fenghuang Old Town)
9. Nov 5: 17,348 steps ~ 8.33 km (in Shanghai)
10. Jun 23: 16,136 steps ~ 7.75 km (in Saigon, Hanoi, and Chengdu)
* My normal stride length is 48 cm (80% of the number in the app 60cm).

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OCTOBER 23, 2019

Thủy bản vô ưu, nhân phong trứu diện, sơn nguyên bất lão, vi tuyết bạch đầu.
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水本无忧,因风皱面,山原不老,为雪白头。
Shuǐ běn wú yōu, yīn fēng zhòu miàn, shānyuán bùlǎo, wèi xuě báitóu.
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The water was worry-free but then wrinkled by the wind, the mountain was not old but white-haired by the snow.

P.s.: Picture taken in Dujiangyan and Mount Qingcheng, Sichuan, China in 2019.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites I’ve Visited

As of November 2019, I’ve been to 19 world heritage sites of the world. However, I can’t find my Halong Bay  photos that I took on 2007-10-22, thanks to the shutdown of WebShots :(.

Among these sites, my most fav ones are in Sichuan, China. I so love nature there. I always wish to revisit Sichuan if possible.

1. Hạ Long Bay (672), Quảng Ninh, Vietnam
2. Hội An Ancient Town (948, cultural,1999), Quảng Nam, Vietnam
3. Angkor (668, cultural, 1992), Siem Reap, Cambodia
4. Tràng An Landscape Complex (1438, mixed, 2016), Ninh Bình, Vietnam
5. Complex of Huế Monuments (678, cultural, 1993), Huế, Vietnam
6. Phong Nha – Kẻ Bàng National Park (951, natural, 2003), Quảng Bình, Vietnam
7. Historic City of Ayutthaya (576, cultural, 1991), Ayutthaya, Thailand
8. Sydney Opera House (166, cultural, 2007), New South Wales, Australia
9. Greater Blue Mountains Area (917, natural, 2000), New South Wales, Australia
10. Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area (640, natural, 1992), Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China.
11. Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System (1001, cultural, 2000), Dujiangyan City, Sichuan, China.
12. Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area (638, natural, 1992), Songpan County, Sichuan, China.
13. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries (1213, natural, 2006), Sichuan, China
14. Central Sector of Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long (1328, cultural, 2010), Hà Nội, Vietnam
15. Citadel of the Hồ Dynasty (1358, cultural, 2011), Thanh Hóa, Vietnam
16. Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary (949, cultural, 1999), Quảng Nam, Vietnam
>>> Marking my last of 8 Vietnamese heritages.
17. Mount Huangshan (547, mixed, 1990), Huangshan City, Anhui, China
18. West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou (1334, cultural, 2011), Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
19. Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun (1002, cultural, 2000), Yi County, Anhui, China
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Các Di Sản Thế Giới Được UNESCO Công Nhận Mà Mình Đã Ghé Thăm
Tính đến tháng 11 năm 2019, mình đã đến 19 di sản thế giới của thế giới. Tuy nhiên, mình không thể tìm thấy các bức ảnh Vịnh Hạ Long mà mình đã chụp vào ngày 22 tháng 10 năm 2007 vì WebShots đóng cửa :(.

Trong số này, mình thích nhất là những di sản ở Tứ Xuyên, Trung Quốc. Mình đặc biệt yêu thiên nhiên ở đó. Mình luôn muốn thăm lại Tứ Xuyên nếu có thể.

1. Vịnh Hạ Long (672), Quảng Ninh, Việt Nam
2. Phố cổ Hội An (948, văn hóa, 1999), Quảng Nam, Việt Nam
3. Angkor (668, văn hóa, 1992), Xiêm Riệp, Campuchia
4. Quần thể danh thắng Tràng An (1438, hỗn hợp, 2016), Ninh Bình, Việt Nam
5. Quần thể Di tích Cố đô Huế (678, văn hóa, 1993), Huế, Việt Nam
6. Vườn quốc gia Phong Nha – Kẻ Bàng (951, tự nhiên, 2003), Quảng Bình, Việt Nam
7. Thành cổ Ayutthaya (576, văn hóa, 1991), Ayutthaya, Thái Lan
8. Nhà hát Opera Sydney (166, văn hóa, 2007), New South Wales, Úc
9. Khu vực Greater Blue Mountains (917, tự nhiên, 2000), New South Wales, Úc
10. Khu di tích lịch sử và thắng cảnh Vũ Lăng Nguyên (640, tự nhiên, 1992), Trương Gia Giới, Hồ Nam, Trung Quốc.
11. Núi Thanh Thành và hệ thống thủy lợi Đô Giang Yển (1001, văn hóa, 2000), thành phố Đô Giang Yển, Tứ Xuyên, Trung Quốc.
12. Khu di tích lịch sử và thắng cảnh Hoàng Long (638, tự nhiên, 1992), huyện Tùng Phan, Tứ Xuyên, Trung Quốc.
13. Khu bảo tồn gấu trúc khổng lồ Tứ Xuyên (1213, tự nhiên, 2006), Tứ Xuyên, Trung Quốc
14. Khu trung tâm Hoàng thành Thăng Long (1328, văn hóa, 2010), Hà Nội, Việt Nam
15. Thành nhà Hồ (1358, văn hóa, 2011), Thanh Hóa, Việt Nam
16. Thánh địa Mỹ Sơn (949, văn hóa, 1999), Quảng Nam, Việt Nam
>>> Đánh dấu di sản cuối cùng trong 8 di sản Việt Nam của mình.
17. Núi Hoàng Sơn (547, hỗn hợp, 1990), thành phố Hoàng Sơn, An Huy, Trung Quốc
18. Phong cảnh văn hóa Tây Hồ của Hàng Châu (1334, văn hóa, 2011), Hàng Châu, Chiết Giang, Trung Quốc
19. Làng cổ ở phía Nam tỉnh An Huy – Tây Đệ và Hoành Thôn (1002, văn hóa, 2000), huyện Y, An Huy, Trung Quốc

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Ngawa Tibetan And Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Day 5: Huanglong

Because it was raining when we started for Huanglong, we decided to take the cable car to halfway. On the way to the top, I saw some precautions of health and oxygen, but didn’t experience any breathing problem if I walked slowly enough.

The view from the top lake was astonishing. If Mounigou was all lakes with crystal clear water, Huanglong had an incredible calcified scenery.

Finally, I did record some videos when the driver passed through the mountain tunnels.

I thought I was a picky girl over food, but turned out I could have anything that was convenient. There was nothing better than a beer over some barbecued food for a rainy evening. And those barbecue restaurants were near, too. Luckily, the Dien Bien girl finally agreed to go with me tonight. And she was kind enough to treat me.

From WeChat, I learned that the driver didn’t really go to Huanglong even though he was born here. I told him it was beautiful and he should go there in autumn.

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Ngawa Tibetan And Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Day 2: Dujiangyan And Mt. Qingcheng

We woke quite early this morning, then waited for the tour bus. But then a small van took us to another place where it started raining.

The Chinese guy didn’t speak English so it was hard to understand about the Dujiangyan and Mt. Qingcheng history. And he tried to get more money from us. Turned out we had to pay more, and much more than the hotelier told us. I sent WeChat messages and they replied way too late. Bad service. Felt like we were cheated. Luckily, a Suzhou student girl who spoke some English tried to help me from time to time. 70 CNY more than expected (170 CNY instead of 100) made our trip too expensive.

To make it worse, it didn’t seem to stop raining, even after we finished visiting Dujiangyan and sat for the lunch. The square lunch was worth the money somehow.

Somewhere on the hike to Mt. Qingcheng top, I saw billboards with the temperature and humidity (22-23.5 degrees celcius, 99.9%). I was a bit tired, but I found that Chinese people were really good at hiking. They almost wasted no time and breath.

At least we could have some short break with the cable car of Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan. I liked recording videos while on a cable car. Check it out:

I also tried in vain to ask for the coach stop to Huanglong and Jiuzhaigou, as the pretty girl as well as her handsome boyfriend seemed to have limited knowledge of Sichuan while the tour guide kept on thinking there was no way to go alone there. How about local people going back to their hometowns? They had no clue or didn’t wanna share with me.

So, after the tour stopped at Chengdu, I’d like to go and see if I could buy the tickets at the Chadianzi station first. But I was lost from some metro as usual, and had no clue of the map. After walking for a while, I decided to take a bus. We reached the station a lil bit later than 7:30pm. But I finally know how to get back here early tomorrow by metro.

Back to our hostel metro, I decided to skip dinner and opted for a milk tea instead.

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Ngawa Tibetan And Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Day 1: Saigon To Chengdu, Transit In Hanoi

So I woke up early this morning to board the plane to Hanoi, in order to meet up with my 3 companions that I found online through a Facebook travel group.

I might have got out of bed the wrong side, because I had a problem from the start. The VNA ground staff was very slow. She checked my Chinese visa and thought out loud that it was invalid. I had to tell her if she didn’t know how to check then someone from their international staff in Hanoi should know how to do it. Even if I couldn’t go to China, I was still entitled to fly to and fro Hanoi, right? To make it worse, my luggage handle was stuck in operation.

I met the 3 girls at Noi Bai airport. They seemed to be friendly at first though the girl from Dien Bien Province seemed to have impaired hearing. Yet she could travel by herself to so many places. What an independent girl! I really liked her spirit.

We reached Chengdu on time (or earlier than expected?), but I had some problem with the checkin machine, and even though I finished on the machine, I still had to scan the 4 fingerprints again at the counter. Finally, after 10 years, I fulfilled my wish to return to Chengdu.

The metro was outside the airport. I found how to buy the ticket after a while. But when we reached the Flipflop Hostel, the Hanoi teacher girl had a booking problem. She must have cancelled the wrong date.

As there was too much trouble today, I decided to go to Dujiangyan tomorrow with the hotel tour group instead. I asked for a discount, but they just gave me a stuffed panda, and others some small panda things.

In the evening, I went to see the Anshun Bridge aka Dongmen Bridge (famous for its light at night) and passed by the Bar Street. Someone in a small pub by the street played a new song of Gao Jin, Xia Xue Ha Er Bin, which I liked a lot.

After completely lost to find Tangba Street (in TimeOut’s The coolest neighborhoods to visit in 2019) even with some help from other Chinese visitors in the area, we decided to have noodles at some vendor on the way back. Near the hostel, I bought some yellow cherries at a fruits store as I’d never eaten them before. It tasted like red cherries though.

Before going to sleep, I bought some bread for breakfast at a Hong Qi Guan store as I’d depart early tomorrow.

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