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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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

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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Images of Two Doves Twittering in Love 交颈呢喃的鸽子

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Hello Steemians, it is #thursdaygreen time for #colorchallenge. This photo was taken when I was climbing a hill in my hometown. Skiing, sledding, snowshoeing are all my dream outdoor activities during the winter season. Winter has already come to Suzhou, but there is no snow, just cold. Everyone is sharing snow photos today. I am so envy. I am dreaming to see some snowflake in winter.

今天整个江苏都在对着苏州下雪,苏州昨天发布橙色暴雪气象警报,然而只有淅沥沥的小雨,,似乎嗅到了一丝黄梅天的气息,也是real尴尬。@sunnyjolly 今天写得这篇风里雪里等你里说约他的老公在雪地里走着走着,就一起白了头;而我只能在江南的烟雨中,走着走着,脑袋进了水。

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All trees are green, animals are alive here in winter. Hope you would like this photo of two doves. If feel like in love when I captured this photo successfully. It will bring me good luck, and you will find the true love after seeing this photo.

苏州的冬天连荷叶都没有完全败,花草树木都是绿油油的,小动物们也很鲜活。这张是在爬山祈福的时候,拍到的交颈鸳鸯,哦不,鸽子。祝愿所有看到这张照片的盆友在新的一年找到自己的命中注定的另一半哦,恩恩爱爱到白头。

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Images of the Grassland at Yangchenghu Peninsula 阳澄湖半岛冬游

Yangcheng Lake, located at the northwest of Suzhou City, is well-known for its crab which has the fame as “The king of the carbs”. I wento to Yangchenghu Peninsula yesterday. It looks like a piece of shiny jade in the sun. And surprisingly, it has a wide grassland for fun. We enjoyed the natural scenery and participate in some sports there.

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Hi Steemit Friends, this is my entry for ColorChallenge initiated by @kalemandra. The color for Saturday is Indigo. Here’s the detail for ColorChallenge. I like to share my life experience through different pictures.

大家好,这是我参加色彩挑战的帖子,今天的颜色主题是#SaturdayIndigo 靛青色。应该是气温骤降的原因,我得了重感冒,一直在咳嗽,咳得我若隐若现的头痛,除了忙忙碌碌的工作,什么都不想做。

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I am getting over a terrible cold and now trying to recover myself. I totally understand if my lack of enthusiasm on posting or overall communication has driven you away. But hey, everyone has the moment when they don’t want to write down anything.

这张照片拍摄于苏州阳澄湖,阳澄湖大闸蟹是闻名海内外,不过这个季节没有大闸蟹,可以到阳澄湖大草坪露营。不过风超级大,除了能放风筝,估计人都能刮上天。

Camera/相机 📷: Nikon 尼康

Images of Flowers in Bloom at Shangfangshan National Forest Park 山花烂漫,春天有约

此间盛景不须歌,自有樱花八面多。
哪怕一朝随雨尽,无欢无戚踏青莎。

After a heavy rain last week, the weather is getting colder. Now it is reported that there would be a snow here in Suzhou. These photos are taken at Shangfangshan National Forest Park. It is holding a “flower festival” and the entire place is covered with cherry blossom trees and tulips in every color imaginable. I walked with Ethan in the forest park, and took the pictures below. Everything seems to be prettier and everyone seems to be a little happier in the flower bloom.

Theme|主题: Flowers | 花

漫步在上方山国家森林公园,感受“山花烂漫,春天有约”。这是我去年春天在上方山拍的郁金香跟樱花,很是浪漫写意。这一系列,用来提交 @jamtaylor 组织的摄影比赛#steemitphotochallenge,想参加的可以点击这里

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Hi Steemians,

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.

Remember to tagged both #photography and #steemitphotochallenge.

Camera/相机 📷: Nikon 尼康

Images of Metallic Chain Partly Covered by Green Moss 寂静生长的美丽: 苔藓 | MundaneArt

Hi Steemians,

This is my entry for 📷 #MundaneArt Photo Challenge organised by @kus-knee. For those who are interested in it, please read the details here.

这是我提交的 @kus-knee 组织的摄影比赛 #MundaneArt,想参加的可以点击这里

Theme|主题: Moss and Lichen | 苔藓和地衣

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山不在高,有仙则名。水不在深,有龙则灵。斯是陋室,惟吾德馨。苔痕上阶绿,草色入帘青。谈笑有鸿儒,往来无白丁。可以调素琴,阅金经。无丝竹之乱耳,无案牍之劳形。南阳诸葛庐,西蜀子云亭。孔子云:何陋之有?

在《陋室铭》中,刘禹锡诉说自己屋子上布满苔藓,却怡然自得的心境。古人经常借住苔藓卑微而顽强的生命,象征自己的满腹才华,却郁郁不得志,虚负凌云万丈才,一生襟抱未曾开。而在现代,苔藓植物似乎成为了艺术美的主角。

Remember to tag the post with #mundaneart.

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Images of Changzhou Tianning Temple 千年古刹 | ColorChallenge

真正的平静,不是避开车马喧嚣,而是在心中修篱种菊。
尽管如流往事,每一天都涛声依旧,只要我们消除执念,便可寂静安然。
愿每个人,在纷呈世相中不会迷失荒径,可以端坐磐石上,醉倒落花前。

Remembering my last visit to Changzhou Tianning Temple this summer in #fridayblue on #colorchallenge contest.

This sky blue temple picture is taken with my Nikon D7000 camera. I found peace when standing at the foot of the temple especially that day the whether is quite good. After I took this picture, an old man said to me that it is not polite to take the pictures of the temple and Buddha. Something bad will happen when people are taking photos with the Buddha. I am scared by his words. I just enjoy taking pictures as my hobby. The whole temple looks amazing under the azure sky. So I took out my camera and captured the moment. Then I never show this picture to others.

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Hi Steemit Friends, this is my entry for ColorChallenge initiated by @kalemandra. The color for Friday is Skyblue. Here’s the detail for ColorChallenge. I like to share my traveling experience through different stories with my pictures. Continue Reading