SEPTEMBER 3, 2020

Lợi ích lớn nhất của việc lớn lên có lẽ là bạn được ăn kem không chỉ trong kỳ nghỉ hè.
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长大最大的好处大概就是可以不仅仅在暑假的时候吃冰淇淋了。
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Probably the biggest advantage of growing up is that you can eat ice cream not only during the summer vacation.

P.s.: Picture taken in Songpan, Aba Prefecture, Sichuan, China in 2019.

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AUGUST 30, 2020

Ăn một bát khói lửa nhân gian, uống mấy chén cuộc sống thăng trầm.
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食一碗人间烟火,饮几杯人生起落。
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Eat a bowl of earthly fireworks and drink a few cups of life’s ups and downs.

P.s.: Picture taken in Songpan, Aba Prefecture, Sichuan, China in 2019.

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APRIL 19, 2020 – 2

Điều khiến cô chán ghét không phải là sự xấu xí của thế giới, mà là chiếc mặt nạ tuyệt đẹp mà thế giới đeo. (Đời nhẹ khôn kham)
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令她反感的,远不是世界的丑陋,而是这个世界所戴的漂亮面具。–《不能承受的生命之轻》
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What disgusted her was not the ugliness of the world, but the beautiful mask worn by the world. (The Unbearable Lightness of Being)

P.s.: Picture taken in Songpan, Aba Prefecture, Sichuan, China in 2019.

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FEBRUARY 2, 2020

Cho đến khi một khoảnh khắc quý giá trở thành hồi ức, bạn mới thực sự nhận ra được giá trị của nó.
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直到一些珍贵的时刻成为了回忆,你才会真正意识到它的价值所在。
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You will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

P.s.: Picture taken in Songpan, Aba Prefecture, Sichuan, China in 2019.

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DECEMBER 22, 2019

Trước kia uống một lon cola liền có thể rất vui vẻ, hiện tại lớn rồi cần uống 5 lon bia mới có thể bớt buồn sương sương thôi à.
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以前喝一瓶可乐就能很快乐,现在长大了,需要喝五罐啤酒才能稍稍不难过。
Yǐqián hè yī píng kělè jiù néng hěn kuàilè, xiànzài zhǎng dàle, xūyào hē wǔ guàn píjiǔ cáinéng shāoshāo bù nánguò.
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When we were young, just one Coke could make us happy; now 5 cans of beer only make us a little less sad.

P.s.: Picture taken in Songpan, Aba Prefecture, 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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17 Tháng 11, 2019

Không phải bất cứ ai cũng phù hợp để cùng ta ngồi xuống, ngồi nhìn trời mây hoa cỏ và kể những câu chuyện được bảo vệ trong lòng.
P.s.: Ảnh chụp tại Hoàng Long, Tùng Phan, châu tự trị A Bá, Tứ Xuyên, Trung Quốc năm 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 9: Langmusi To Barkam, Transit In Zoigê

I didn’t know that I saw the Hui mosque the day I arrived in Langmusi. It was on the right side of the monastery near the bus stop and on the way to the hill that I trekked in that evening. I found out when I saw the photos I took that day.

Before getting on the bus back to Zoige (Ruoergai), I went inside the mosque but all doors were closed. I was at the Ruoergai station before 8:30AM but the tickets wrote that the bus to Xiaojin started at 12:10PM.

This place must be the highest place I’ve been to in this trip. It was cold today, too. I followed the Hanoian teacher girl to buy some flat peaches. They tasted just like other peaches I’d eaten before. But at least I tried.

After having potatoes and beef rice for lunch, I found a cat playing with my backpack hit belt.

After 1 hour, we were stuck again in a traffic jam for 1 and a half hours. First time I got to use my paper fan. 10 years later, Sichuan traffic jams were much more orderly and polite.

It was so hard to ask for the direction to Mt. Siguniang here because the station was closed when we arrived in Barkam aka Maerkang at 7:30PM. The bus driver told me there’d be one early tomorrow morning.

Then I leaded my team to find a hotel. I saw one looking kinda luxury next to the bus station. I realized that Chinese people used a face recognition machine to check in to the hotels here. After waiting for a while, I got the boot because I was a foreigner. I got the same result from one or two places nearby.

After wheeling my suitcase faster to the downtown worrying it would be dark soon, I saw another luxury hotel after crossing a small bridge. Luckily, they accepted 4 foreigners in 1 room. But the receptionist took so long to register me that I had to tell her I’d come back to get my passport after dinner.

The room was the most well-equipped I’d ever seen in Sichuan, and the bathroom looked extravagant too.

Later, when I was out seeking a place for dinner at 9:00 PM, I realized that this town was almost empty. It was hard to find a noodles restaurant that was open. Didn’t know why the chef kept laughing while talking to me. He didn’t believe I wasn’t Chinese until I showed him my passport. However, he cooked delicious noodles.

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Ngawa Tibetan And Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Day 6: Songpan To Zoigê Grassland

After one third of the journey, I discovered that I was able to buy a ticket, make a reservation, ask for directions, order food, etc. with my improving Chinese.

Though the bus departed at 10:00AM, it reached Zoigê Grassland aka Ruoergai Marsh at 12:30PM. As I was at a higher place than Songpan, I saw no trees, only grass, goats, yaks, and tents which reminded me of Tagong Grassland in the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

I thought I would be here at 2PM. Luckily, I had enough time to find out the bus to Langmusi at 2:30PM also passed Huahu/Flower Lake. So I bought the ticket for 21 yuans (26 and we could go to Langmusi).

A woman took us to their hotel. 4 of us shared the 2 bedrooms in a room. I didn’t feel at ease but I hope I could sleep tonight.

I then found a big restaurant where many people was having lunch. I decided for a bowl of beef noodles. Hmmm, too much noodles and too little beef. Too salty as well.

We strolled around the bus station as we waited for the bus. Zoigê had something that reminded me of Kangding, maybe because it wasn’t as dull as I had thought. It had so many uptown-like stores. Maybe I was the first Vietnamese to have been to this town.

It took us 45 mins on the bus to be at the so-called Ruoergai Wetland National Nature Reserve. Because it was rather late, I was worried of the bus going back, I asked some travelers to find out how much time needed for this place. It took me 2 hours instead of 1 like they said.

It was so cold and windy here (8-9 degrees celsius) despite sunshine, with not many flowers to see. If I were here in late July (as my initial plan), flowers would be in full bloom. However, I’d never seen so many gesanghua in the wild like in here.

When I was walking and waiting at the gate, I found out there was no bus back to Ruoergai. The taxi driver from Langmusi didn’t accept the bus fare. We went back to Ruoergai with 100 yuans (25 each). From what the driver said, I guessed Langmusi was not so far away.

Finally, I had a normal rice meal with eggs and tomato soup which cost me only 5 yuans in a Ruoergai restaurant.

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