Over the summer, my youngest brother was lucky enough to travel for 2 months in Asia. He went all over China and spent some time in Vietnam and Taiwan as well. I’ve really enjoyed seeing all the pictures of his trip and wanted to share a few.
But first, the snacks he brought me back from Taiwan. I asked for instant cup of noodles, as my supply was running dangerously low. My mom never understands why I’m obsessed with the ramen cups in Taiwan. But I like them a lot better than what is offered in the US. What I really love about them is in the ingredients inside. For example, if one is labeled beef noodle soup, they actually have beef slices inside. They are preserved in a vacuum sealed pack. They also usually have several different packets to make up the soup base, to make it taste much more authentic and less like sodium and msg.
(I couldn’t find my photos, but here is an example I found on a now defunct Taiwan beef Noodle soup facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Taiwan-Beef-Noodles/211774702172168)
My favorites are usually the beef and the tripe ones but we don’t usually bring them back because of the US restrictions on bringing such food items. So I asked him to bring me the mini ones, which have genuine pieces of fish cake. He brought me back these adorable ones where the fish cakes have little pig faces.
Now onto some highlights from his trip.
He spent a good amount of his trip in Sichuan. While there, he visited the Bi Feng Xia Panda Center.
Of course there were lots of giant pandas to observe.
I had no idea pandas could hang out in trees!
Here are some of the food items he enjoyed:
I was really impressed with these photos he took of Arrow Bamboo Lake Waterfall in Jiuzhaigou National Park
Pearl Shoal Waterfall
During his time in Beijing, with the pollution and bad weather, it was hard to take good photos of the buildings.
Of course he had to visit the Olympic center.
Temple of Heaven
There’s plenty more to share, but I’ll stop here for now. Hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the weekend!