Enjoy Best Moment of Plum Blossom Scenery 梅海之约:乍暖还寒时,春意料峭中

乍暖还寒时,
春意料峭中,
相约十里梅林,
繁花如海荡漾,若雪满地;
层层叠叠,犹如风吹麦浪。

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Hope everyone is doing great. Workdays are going by fast! Sometimes, I need to work overnight to get everything done. I try to relax on weekend. My parents came to Suzhou for a visit. I am so fortunate to live not too far away from my parents. We could get together every month to travel or have dinner. It is great to enjoy good food and good company with my parents. The weather at Suzhou is more spring-like this month.

首先祝大家工作日愉快。这周的工作日过得超快,我一直在通宵加班。周末必须放松一下。这周,苏州的天气更像春天,或者说春天已经来了。老爸老妈周末来了苏州看梅花。很幸运,老爸老妈住的地方离我不远,两小时的车程,我们可以经常一起周末周边游,有父母陪伴的周末时光,是我这周的一大乐事。

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“A City A Story” photo weekly contest #22: Green COLOR 江南春光,最美人间四月天

Fair Southern shore with scenes I adore.
At sunrise riverside flowers redder than fire, In spring green waves grow as blue as sapphire.
Which I can’t but admire.

江南好,风景旧曾谙。
日出江花红胜火,春来江水绿如蓝。
能不忆江南?

Good morning lovelies! It is Spring here in Suzhou, and summer is in the corner. So happy to be back in Suzhou after spending a 3-day holiday in my hometown during the Qingming Festival. My holiday was full of love hat feeling of hope when we think about the days spent with the passed ones. Today I am showing my entry for “A City A Story” photo weekly contest #22 COLOR hosted by @aaronli. I planned this green theme photo series to show the beautiful spring time in our city.

早安,各位!现在的苏州是最美的春季,夏天即将到来。在清明节期间,在家乡度过3天的假期,Ethan他家缅怀亲人的仪式感很足,一家人有着共同的回忆,一起追忆亲人,回忆过去,很有爱。今天这篇文章写来参加@aaronli主办的“A City A Story”照片每周比赛#22 COLOR的作品。我计划这个绿色的主题照片系列,展现江南美丽的春天。

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Small bridges and flowing waters , white walls and dark grey roof tiles match one another in tranquil elegance

苏州的街巷临河,小桥流水,粉墙黛瓦,简静雅洁。

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When I saw the theme of this contest: COLOR, what comes to my mind is: wow, our city definitely has NO colors for its architecture, ONLY white wall and black tiles. Yes, our city looks like a painting of ink and wash. Old street and deep lane, Water bridge, sheltered in the rain, like the watch of missing 1,000 years.

看到这一期的主题是色彩的时候,我第一反应的是“MD,我们大苏州的建筑没有色彩!”为了保持古城的风貌,苏州政府会统一建筑色彩,都是粉墙黛瓦。记得平江路一家潮店很时尚的翻新成了红色的墙面,我去拍照的时候发现,一片粉墙黛瓦中,一面复古的砖红色,好看的紧。可惜第二天就被勒令整改,给刷白回来。我们大苏州必须是那道白月光,隐在烟雨迷蒙中,恍若千年一叹的守望。

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Running with my Best friends at Shantang Ancient Town 日月交换,光影渐暗

The new year holiday is over, which left me a lot of work to do. I am crazy busy this week. But when I am thinking about what I have been up to, there is nothing. I only found 1000+ photos in my camera.That is a truth that I have spent time visiting around and taking pictures during the holiday.

新年假期结束了,假期给我留下了很多很多没有做完的工作,所以这周超级超级忙。但是回头想想自己大概做了哪些,似乎什么都没有。庆幸的是,假期里我拍了很多照片。

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Until I work my way to sort out and pick some pictures to post, I’ll just post a few from the last few days. We just got back from my hometown, where we spent 7 days to celebrating the Chinese new year. Lots of fun with our family & friends! It was also fun seeing a few relatives and eating delicious food. If you are from some places nearby, my hometown is a good place to visit.

在我把这些照片归类整理之前,我只会在最近几天游玩的一些照片。我刚从家乡回来,在那里度过了7天,庆祝中国新年。与我们的家人和老朋友一起庆祝新年,有很多乐趣,最起码拿到了很多大红包!也拍了一些老家的风光,蓝天白云,草儿青青,牛儿哞哞。

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We had a super fun when we were running around the Shantang Street. I have went through a few pictures and I a, excited to share today. The city I live is so beautiful. The pictures surprised us all.

我们在绕着美丽的山塘街上跑了一圈。小家碧玉的苏城真心太美丽了。

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I went on a girls trip with @veronicazhu and @sunnyjolly. They are my two besties that I worked with. Now it’s hard to find a time where we can all get together since now we are not work at the same place anymore. So we are aiming for at least once a month. I love them. I feel the time with them is super quick. I wish the time could slow up.

我与@veronicazhu@sunnyjolly一起的不带老公参加的聚会。她们俩都是我的中国好闺蜜。现在很难找到一个时间聚会,因为现在我们不在同一个地方工作。所以我们计划每个月至少要聚会一次。

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I have taken more pictures at the sunset I want to share then tomorrow. Hope you will like them.

我还拍了很多山塘街夕阳西下的照片,明天会分享。希望你会喜欢他们。

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“A City A Story” photo weekly contest #15 FLOWER 春风和煦,美如壁画

“The osmanthus is the ultimate beauty of the things.” The city flower of Suzhou is sweet-scented osmanthus, which is a symbol of friendship, good fortune and happiness. Suzhou is known as “Garden City”, as the old saying goes, “Chinese garden is unparelled under heaven; Suzhou garden is unparelled in Jiangnan(south of the lower reaches of the Yangze River)”. There are many scenes named after osmanthus in Lingering Garden, Wang Shi Yuan, and Ou Garden. That is so called “rebuild heaven and earth within several meters”.

“物之美者,招摇之桂。”
苏州的市花是桂花,苏州人称之为木樨花,是友好、吉祥和幸福的象征。苏州素有“园林之城”之称,俗话说“江南园林甲天下,苏州园林甲江南”,留园的”闻木樨香轩”,网师园的”小山丛桂轩”,耦园的”樨廊”,以桂点景,咫尺之内再造乾坤。

Unfortunately, there is no osmanthus in Suzhou city this the cold winter. But the plum trees begin to blossom. In Chinese tradition, plum flower is a spiritual symbol of strong and noble characters, which encourages our generations go through difficulty, and create a better life and civilization. Our ancestors are bearing up well against all misfortunes like the plum flowers blossom in the freezing winter.

不幸的是,这个寒冷的冬天苏州市没有桂花。但梅树开始盛开。在中国传统中,梅花是强壮高尚人物的精神象征,鼓励我们的后代走出困境,创造美好的生活和文明。国人就像冬天盛开的梅花,抵御一切不幸,一步步走出绝境。

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Plum Blossom’s Fragrance Comes from the Bitter Cold Three Parts

梅花香自苦寒来

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There are two versions of Plum Blossom God in our Folk legend. One is poet Lin Kui in the Northern Song Dynasty, who secluded in a lonely mountain beside the West Lake. The other one is said to be Liu Mengmei in the Peony Pavilion of Ming Dynasty. In his dream, he met Du Liniang under the plum tree.

梅花花神有两种说法,一说是北宋诗人林逋,他隐居于西湖孤山,终生不仕。一说是明代戏曲牡丹亭中柳梦梅,在梦中,他在梅花树下遇见为情而死的杜丽娘,其后杜丽娘还魂与柳梦相结合,成就一段曲折姻缘。

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Warm Up with Chinese Hot Pot 金科大酒店火锅厅

Time is flying by and it feels unreal that I am celebrating the 5th Chinese New Year with Ethan. It is amazing to know that I have get married for about 6 years. I have learned a lot from my husband, and my love to him grows every day. He knows me so well that he could always make me laugh, and comfort me when I was crying in tough times. The most important thing is make me feel beautiful and confident everyday. I feel fully protected by MY husband. And everything will become easier with him.

时间飞逝,今年和Ethan一起度过第五个中国新年。原来我已经结婚6年了,感觉很不真实。我从Ethan那里学到了很多,每天进步一点点。他总能轻易的逗我开心我笑,在我哭得稀里哗啦的时候安慰我。最重要的是每天让我感觉很自信,和他一起,一切都会变得更容易。

This year, we started our Date Night last Wednesday as it is the last day of Spring Festival holiday. Ethan decided to take me somewhere new and try out a new restaurant. And he bought me a new bag as a present for New Year. The bag is beautiful and the date night is romantic.

上周三是春节假期的最后一天, Ethan载我去新的地方尝试新餐厅。惊喜的是,他给我买了一个包包作为新年礼物。包包很漂亮,约会的夜晚也很浪漫。

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BEST part is that we didn’t bring our son with us. It is SO NICE to enjoy his full attention. I think that is a good idea to keep this date without my son going! Do any of you do that?? I like to bring my son everywhere I go, but every couple needs some time to breathe.

我们没有带我家小朋友,难得的二人世界。我家小盆友喜欢到哪里都跟着我,我也喜欢天天带着他见识世界的美好。但是我觉得适度的二人世界还是有必要的,每个人都需要自己的时间,做自己喜欢的事情。

If you love someone, you must accept every thing about him, including his favorite food. His favorite food is hotpot. I would be love to share our date night food pictures here.

如果你喜爱一个人,你就会慢慢接受他的每一件事,包括他最喜欢的食物。很久之前我不吃火锅,最爱烤五花肉肉,不过Ethan最爱是火锅,我从只吃清汤锅,番茄锅到爱上麻辣锅。金科辣锅太spicy了,我只敢吃了一两口,Ethan也辣的有点受不了的感觉。我在心中无数次默默的笑他,被辣的不行,又不承认太辣,各种欲罢不能的表情~

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We ordered a full shelf of food

我们点了满满两架子的涮菜

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Images of Loumen City Walls in Chinese New Year 姑苏风光-娄门城墙 | Suzhou Scenery

“娄门,本号疁门,东南,秦时有古疁县,至汉王莽改为娄县。 “《吴地记》载。
门遂改称娄门。城门分外城、中城、内城三重。
内城筑有城楼,三重陆城门之间有空地和闸门装置,十分坚固。

I went back to work since last Thursday! It feels super great to return to work, and I’m loving having a team of people to work with. I’ve been drinking and eating too much during the winter holiday, and I realize that I may need go out and enjoy some sunshine. Happily, the weather is quite good today.

上周四,休假结束,回到工作岗位。春节假期我一直在吃喝喝,今天天气晴好,有机会出去转转,消消食。

Last night, I read a post shared by @justyy saying that some people are living a happy and easy life, while life is very difficult to others. It is lucky for me to travel and enjoy life at weekends. And the place I visited is Loumen City Walls. As my workweeks are full, I am trying to be a master of the weekend adventure.

昨天晚上,看了一篇 @justyy 分享的帖子,说有些人岁月静好,有些人负重前行。能到处散心旅游度假是一件幸运的事情,今天转悠到了娄门。

My son is getting bigger. It’s hard to believe that Ivan are turning to 5! I even didn’t get married when I started to write a blog. And tomorrow would be his first day of school this year.

Ivan越来越大,过完节就已经5岁了!当我开始写博客时,我甚至还没有结婚。小盆友说,他好可怜,明天就要开学了。我的内心是幸福的,终于开学啦,我要解放了。

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Before i arrived there, I’d heard the rebuilt project for the old city walls. Suzhou is a city that holds onto its past history. After the rebuilt and repair is finished, the city walls stand unchanged, and open to everyone. It really is like being transported to the ancient history.

古城墙几年前被翻新跟重建,现在看来应该变化不大,不过少了些许的沧桑感。苏州是一座保护过去历史的城市,城墙边的粉墙黛瓦真像是回到古时候。

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Suzhou City at Sunset: Where China’s Past Meets Its Future 莫叹迟暮,大放异彩

Life got busy and I was trying to find a balance between steemit and life. But there would never be a perfect balance, which has actually made things a lot less stressful.I updated my personal blog life is an adventure to vps for a better user experience.

自从爱上steemit,生活变得忙碌起来,我试图找到steemit和生活之间的平衡点。但是永远不会有一个完美的平衡,上班,带娃,写博,感觉自己一天打了三份工。昨天没有发帖,因为更新了我的独立博客:hannahwu.com,搬迁到了vps,升级了https,这样用户体验应该会更好。

Suzhou is a luxury travel destination where China’s glorious past perfectly combined with its modern civilization. To live here is like taking a magic trip between China’s powerful past and prosperous tomorrow. I took some photos while running around my home this weekend. The whole city at the sunset looks really authentic and fascinating.

因为政府对古建筑古文化的不断扶持,对苏州城市规划的限高限色,苏州,作为一个旅游城市,可以称作是中国辉煌的过去与现代文明完美结合体。有幸生活在这座城市,出去跑个步也感觉自己中国过去和将来之间来了个穿越之旅。周末我在家附近跑步时拍了一些照片,夕阳下的整个城市看起来真实而迷人。

Many visitors come to our city to see cultural and historical to see the ancient temples, palaces, gardens, canals, and city walls. And when I was running, some visitors ask me where to buy silk production and Su embroidery.

许多游客来我们的城市看文化和历史,看看古庙,宫殿,花园,运河和城墙。在我跑步的时候,有些游客问我在哪里买丝绸和苏绣。其实我也不知道,这些只有游客会有。

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Somehow Winter is already over and Spring just started. Time is flying, per usual. We had a busy, but great winter! And I am looking forward to meetups with my pretty, pretty friends @sunnyjolly and @veronicazhu. We celebrate everything possible every month. Continue Reading

Images of the Snow-covered Landscape in Zhuozheng Yuan 姑苏雪痕,犹如梦境 | SteemitPhotoChallenge Entry

北国早已飘过不知多少场雪后,苏城迎来了属于自己的第一场雪,雪姑娘扬扬洒洒地飘了三天三夜。周日一大早,迫不及待的打开窗户,看到窗外熟悉的风景一片白茫茫,再看看发现自己的车车又被埋了,心情无比雀跃,穿起雪地靴,相约 @herlife 一起飞奔去园林,生怕明天一场冬雨,雪就会融化了。

Luckily, we had a great amount of snow last weekend. As far back as I can remember, there is no heavy snow in recent five years. It is so nice to see the snow from my window this morning. I drove to the Humble Administrator’s Garden (or zhuozheng yuan), one of the four great gardens in China, to see the snow-covered landscape. So, I have chance to take pretty photos of snow and share them with you here.

苏州的雪景如水墨丹青一般美丽,虽没有“千里冰封,万里雪飘”的豪迈,但总能给人一种梦回姑苏的感觉。

I dreamed to live and work in northern cities, where would be covered by thick snow in the winter. That would be a total different lifestyle compared to life in watery towns of Southern China. Now when I stand there to all the trees covered with white snow, my dream has come true, and all these memories when I was a little girl come to life again. I have countless memories of running in all the gardens. And this time, I am glad that I can take Ivan here showing him old memories, and of course, making new ones.

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This is my entry for 📷 Steemit Photo Challenge organised by @jamtaylor. For those who are not familiar with it, please read the details here. We are suggested to submit no more than 3 entries. That is why I put three images in this post.

这三张图用来提交 @jamtaylor 组织的摄影比赛 #steemitphotochallenge,想参加的可以点击这里,每人可以提交至多三张照片。 Continue Reading

Enjoy Best Moment of Plum Blossom Scenery 梅海之约:乍暖还寒时,春意料峭中

乍暖还寒时,
春意料峭中,
相约十里梅林,
繁花如海荡漾,若雪满地;
层层叠叠,犹如风吹麦浪。

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Hope everyone is doing great. Workdays are going by fast! Sometimes, I need to work overnight to get everything done. I try to relax on weekend. My parents came to Suzhou for a visit. I am so fortunate to live not too far away from my parents. We could get together every month to travel or have dinner. It is great to enjoy good food and good company with my parents. The weather at Suzhou is more spring-like this month.

首先祝大家工作日愉快。这周的工作日过得超快,我一直在通宵加班。周末必须放松一下。这周,苏州的天气更像春天,或者说春天已经来了。老爸老妈周末来了苏州看梅花。很幸运,老爸老妈住的地方离我不远,两小时的车程,我们可以经常一起周末周边游,有父母陪伴的周末时光,是我这周的一大乐事。

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My mum and son. I really enjoy taking photos for them.

很喜欢给我家女王大人跟小盆友拍合照,他们俩都是超配合。

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I used to get back to my hometown to visit my parents every month. Since I had my little son, life is getting busy. I have probably the busiest life EVER right now, and we don’t have time to visit them every month. Instead, my parents drove to Suzhou and spent time with me.

我以前每个月都会回老家,不管多大,老爸老妈都是我永远的依靠。自从我有了我的小Ethan以后,生活就变得忙碌起来。而现在可能是最忙碌的生活,我没有时间每个月都去看他们。相反,我的父母自己开车来到苏州,和我一起欢度周末。

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