Last summer, I went to Inner Mongolia for a famous historical spots there, the palace of the Empress Xiaozhuangwen. Empress Xiaozhuangwen was the second ruler of the ManchuQing dynastry as the mother of the Shunzhi Emperor and the grandmother of the Kangxi Emperor. The total area of the Palace is about 666.67 hectares. Quite a small one if we compare with the Beijing Forbidden City! But still, its a worth to go attractions with all the detailed and exquisite Chinese style architecture.
This winter, I travelled to Iran 😀
One of the most common traditional dishes there is Kebab. The word “Kebab” refers to various cooked meat dishes, including grilled chicken, beef or even fried fish. Usually, Kebab is served with bread, rice with butter and yogurt.
While in this video, next to the grilled meat, is a very special type (As perceived as the national bread of Iran) of bread called “Sangak”. The set of regular spot pattern is a distinguish mark of Sangak. Some of the locals said the pattern is created by the oven with bumpiness surfaces.
Lately in November, we interviewed Chandni, an Indian girl living in Hong Kong. She shares with us some differences between Hong Kong and India. Chandni’s favourite part of Hong Kong is the great diversity there. While she thinks that the lifestyle in Hong Kong and India are really separate.
Stay tuned for the next video and the story of Chandni 🙂
I am recently working on a social inclusion project. In this project, my friends and I want to raise the public awareness of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. As an well-known international cities, we think that we should be more open-minded and build a deeper mutual understanding with people in different nationalities.
Lately in November, I interviewed Chandni, an Indian girl living in Hong Kong. She shares her thought about Hong Kong and India in this video. Stay tuned for the next video and the story of Chandni 🙂
Music is an indispensable part of Inner Mongolia’s culture. This time, I visited a factory specialised in manufacturing horse-head fiddle, a traditional Mongolian bowed two-stringed instrument.
Horse-head fiddle is written as Morin Khuur, or Mорин Xуур in Mongolian language. It is a national instrument in Mongolia that almost every Mongolian would have one of this at their home. Its unique texture of sound always reminds people of the lives of Prairie people. While the horse-head fiddle also gains a high position globally, as one of the masterpieces of the UNESCO Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
When I asked my friends what is the origin of this horse-head fiddle, they told me it was inspired by a two-stringed instrument made for commemorating a horse. In the time of the ancient China, a herdsman was so sad about the death of his horse, and so, he took the body of the horse to make a two-stringed instrument (bone as the soundbox and the neck, and hair as the strings) and craved the top of the instrument as a horse-head.
Back to the real word, it is common to use wood or wood covered by animal skins to make the sound boxes of the horse-head fiddle. And people start to decorate the instrument by bringing some vivid colours on it.
The Hong Kong China International Tattoo Convention has come to its fifth years. It gathers more than 200 artists from all around the world. This year, the tattoo convention mainly focuses on the Japanese style tattoo. I dropped by the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal on September 29. It was amazing to look at people getting a tattoo right in front of you. I can really feel the artistic side of the tattoo culture. Click and see some of the amazing moments there!
This summer, I went to Inner Mongolia autonomous region in China. My trip started at Arxan, a famous tourist area renowned for its unique natural scenery with a spectacular volcanic landscape. My first spot in Arxan was “Wuliquan”. Located at the Southern part of Daxing’anling Prefecture, “Wuliquan” is a mineral spring surrounded by wetlands. There is a saying in Arxan that the mineral water in Wuliquan is a blessing from the god. Therefore, every year, tons of visitors, even the locals, would climb over the mountains just to taste and touch the “holy water”. Unlike many other similar attractions, “Wuliquan” allows visitors to take away the drinkable mineral waters. If you have a water bottle with you during your visit, you could get some holy water back home! Right in front of the mouth of “Wuliquan”, a monument stands sturdily. On top of it, there are four Chinese characters “Tian xia qi quan” in candy red, manifesting the magical nature of the spring.