Tag Archive: culture

the “beloved” lotus

I don’t know if you are familiar with lotus flower but this is the pod. It’s a special delicacy in this part of China. The petals  as  well as these  pods  are made into special dishes. It has a peculiar taste and  they  said its very nutritious. Well , everything is nutritious here as Chinese have all this balance of the yin  and the yang food…which is really hard for me to get the basis of. I don’t know really know which food has more yin  and which has more yang.I have tasted a lotus pod dish but I  never did  see the raw stuff in the market… but alas!  in the streets of Suzhou I found this one so I quickly took a snapshot.

treasure in a bamboo

I had  a short trip to the south just this summer and visited the town of Suzhou near Shanghai. In one of  my street wanderings, I found this very exquisite bamboo lamp. I could  have bought one had it not been too bulky to carry back. I don’t know what is it with bamboos , I always find myself drawn to it whether it’s a dish , a painting or just anything made out of  it . I find its simplicity and versatility  simply alluring.


A home to a privilege few VIPs. The place overlooks a pristine view of an uninhabited rock island called Bang Chui Dao . Here government officials have their meetings and relaxation while on transient in the city. . We got a glimpse of it last holiday , the residences were mostly western -style town houses. The place is very nice but  the crowd of people ruined the experience for me, but I managed to take this shot from a nearby hill.

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