China

Something new: Jing Du Noodle

Usually the best discoveries happen on the fly. I had gone to the big festival in Chinatown last Saturday with our Will Chen, Wang Chungs owner Danny Chang and good Chinee girl Jennifer Lieu to see if I could find things that…

Chinee like me: Moon Festival 2014

About two dozen varieties of fresh moon cakes at Sing Cheong Yuan.I did it again. Like last year, I was running around for a week before the official mid-autumn festival, which was yesterday (Sept. 8) and forgot to get my…

Aloha Beijing! Last looks

The famous Bird’s Nest stadium from the Beijing Olympics I got to spend, literally, one full day back in Beijing before heading home at midnight. Fortunately, it was a beautiful day and the pollution was low, so we could enjoy…

Amazing and quirky eats in Shanghai

I debated on splitting this day’s blog entry into two, because each restaurant is notable in its own right, but in the interest of time and space, I gotta keep them together.On our last full day in Shanghai, we had…

Shanghai: China art and an artsy dinner

I saw some reports on China’s “ghost towns” and was intrigued. The world’s most populated country builds gigantic cities fashioned after European destinations to house a million people each, but only a fraction of that reside in them. Many of…

Return to Shanghai

Part of 1933 Shanghai If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I visited Shanghai last year as a detour off Hawaiian Airlines’ inaugural flight to Taipei, Taiwan. My niece Cymri lives there, so it’s natural that I would…

Aloha Beijing! The Great Wall of China

As mentioned in my initial travel post, it’s been 30 years since I was last in Beijing. One of the highlights of my last visit here was visiting The Great Wall, which was started as early as 7th Century B.C.…

Tasting weird Asian snacks

Will (left) and Marv with the entire collection of snacks that we tasted.As you know, I went to Taiwan, China, and Japan recently, and the trips were so close together that I was able to stockpile a nice collection of…

Taipei and Shanghai: My top 10

It took a while, but here’s my wrap-up of my trip to Taipei, thanks to Hawaiian Airlines, who launched direct service there and invited me along on the inaugural flight. With so many Taiwanese in Hawaii, there’s no reason not…

Shanghai Rush: living the life

I’m not going to candy-coat it: the difference between what a Westerner makes in Shanghai, and a local Chinese person, is dramatically different. Laowai (foreigners) make a lot more money, and you might find Chinese senior executives making way less…

Shanghai rush: Unusual dinners, unusual places

Shanghai is known for their food: street food, fancy food, ethnic food (including the minorities in China), Western food, and more. Beyond sightseeing and shopping, which can be done in a few days, all of your other time in Shanghai…

Shanghai rush: exploring Pudong

Aside from the various districts, Shanghai is divided into two distinct areas: Puxi, the main city; and Pudong, where the tallest buildings are. You will see  a lot of tall buildings on the Puxi side, but they are a mix…