LA Diary: The Getty Center

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Hey everyone!

Pulling these photos up from the archives, they were too pretty not to post! Amanda and I frequented the Getty Museum a while back and were impressed with the variety in art and beautiful outdoor spaces. Some of our favorites are posted above, I especially loved the room we were in the fourth photo of me and Amanda. Let us know what your favorites from the Getty are! Also, if any of you have any recommendations for museums around LA or SD, let us know! We’d love to visit them and we would appreciate it! Have a fantastic day,

Tiffany

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Beijing Travel Diary Pt. 4: Great Wall,Yuanmingyuan, Temple of Heaven, etc.

Here is the last post which covers all the remaining recommended Beijing tourist attractions! In addition to the Great Wall, Yuanmingyuan Park (Old Summer Palace), Tiantan (Temple of Heaven), and Qianmen, I also visited the Bell & Drum Tower, Hutongs, Ming tombs, and shopped at Wufujing, but I won’t be focusing on those activities.
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Yuanmingyuan Park is the old summer palace which was mostly destroyed during the Anglo-French allied forces attack in 1860. The park can be split into 3 different regions – Yuanmingyuan, Wanchunyuan, and Changchunyuan gardens. Sitting by the lake in Yuanmingyuan is so peaceful and highly recommended if you have ample time on your hands.
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You can see ruins here (not pictured) and lots of lotus flowers, which can be seen in the Changchunyuan garden.
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The Great Wall @ Badaling
Getting to the Great Wall is honestly a struggle but a must when visiting Beijing. The best way to get there is by joining a 1-day tour, because the Great Wall is located ~1.5-2 hours away from central Beijing. I heard tourists must be wary of taxis since they often unethically drop people off mid-drive to the location.
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We were dropped off near the Great Wall Museum (which is free btw), and rode a cable car to watchtower 8 ’North 8th Tower’, the highest point on the wall. Badaling is the most well-maintained region of the Great Wall, but is also very crowded. Still worth a visit, since this area contains thousands of years of history.
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Tiantan (Temple of Heaven)
Tiantan is an imperial sacrificial altar where Chinese royalty worshipped their deities. Here is the ‘Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.’ Chinese royal architecture was very intentional; 4 pillars symbolizing the four seasons, 12 pillars equating to 12 months, the other 12 pillars symbolizing 12 hours 2x a day for a total of 28 pillars. In addition to the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, there’s also the ‘Imperial Vault of Heaven’ and ‘Circular Mound Altar,’ which are other important structures located in Tiantan.
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Qianmen translates to front gate, and it is very centrally located near Tiananmen and famous shopping areas.
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Until next time,
Amanda

Autumn Staples

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Can you guess where these photos were shot? Big surprise, Golden Gate Park of course. Although the weather here in California is in the 60-70s, I wore a fall appropriate outfit. I threw on a slouchy army green cardigan for some warmth and black floppy hat for good measure. My white t-shirt, ripped jeans, black boots, and black bag are staples which you have seen way too many times on the blog. Thanks for visiting and have a great thanksgiving holiday! We are incredibly thankful for all your support here on Flying Neon Lights.

Love,

Amanda

Beijing Travel Diary Pt. 3: Food

Hi everyone,

Here is the food segment of my Beijing Travel Series. Hope you enjoy and thanks for visiting!

Cheers,

Amanda

Beijing Roasted Duck 
The roasted duck in Beijing is different than the ones I’d tasted growing up; duck in China has all fat removed, which is a much healthier alternative. The wraps are also thinner than the bread I am accustomed to.
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Kungpao Chicken
Sweet and savory chicken, with a slight spicy tinge. It’s the closest thing to orange chicken here in the states. Kungpao chicken contains chicken, peanuts, vegetables, and chili peppers.
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Mapo Tofu
Hailing from Sichuan province, Mapo tofu is spicy tofu drenched with red pepper sauce. There’s also minced beef mixed with the tofu.
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Beef Noodle Soup 
Being such a noodle fanatic, I was so excited to see practically every restaurant serve beef noodle soup. The name indicates what is in it, there’s Chinese noodles, vegetables (bok choy), stewed beef, and beef broth.
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Zhajiangmian
Did you know Zhajiangmian (in Korean Jajangmyeon) originated in China? Zhajiangmian are noodles drenched in bean-based sauce. There’s actually an extensive Chinese-Korean history entwined with this dish: see the Facebook video below for more information
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Night Markets 

 

Night markets are an integral part of Asian food culture. I went to the Wangfujing night market, which had different foods ranging from crab to sausages. Definitely check one out when you’re in the area!

Classic Staples, With A Twist

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ASOS boots, Kate Spade bag, Anthropologie shirt, H&M jeans, necklace (gift)

A white button-up paired with jeans is always an effortless look. This combo, adored by bloggers and celebrities alike, can easily be freshened up to match fashion trends of the time. For this outfit, I took the classic button-up and paired it with the very-in frayed hem jeans. With my trusty black boots and shoulder bag, I was quite comfortable pursuing through the galleries at Asian Art Museum. Thank for visiting and hope you like the outfit!

Cheers,

Amanda

Beijing Travel Diary Pt. 2: Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Jingshan Park, Beihai Park

Part 2 of my Beijing series is dedicated to the Tiananmen area. The Tiananmen area is the entry point into other tourist attractions, such as The Forbidden City and Jingshan Park, which are north of Tiananmen.
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We spent about 30 minutes in the Tiananmen Square and visited the Tiananmen Tower. There’s also a huge and well-perserved museum called National Museum of China that has lots of Chinese artifacts. If you have a spare day, definitely visit since it’s free and informative. <Rhinocero-shaped bronze wine vessel from Western Han Dynasty: 202 BC – 8 AD>
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The Forbidden City is where the Ming and Qing royalty resided during their reigns. Like the Summer Palace, there are thousands of pavilions and structures in the Forbidden City, and it is very easy to get confused with the layout. Honestly I have no idea which courts I saw or not, because pretty much everything looks the same.What I am sure of however, is that we visited the Meridian Gate and saw the surrounding buildings around this area. Look at the details of the pavilions!
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Jingshan Park is only 1 yuan (15 cents!), and offers a stunning view of the Forbidden City after an uphill trek. The gardens are small but still gorgeous.
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Beihai Park is another imperial garden located in central Beijing. The Nine-Dragon screen is located in Beihai Park and is still well-maintained after centuries of wear and tear.
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Cheers,
Amanda

Canyonlands Road Trip

Hi everyone! 

Over the summer, some friends and I packed our bags in a car and drove to Canyonlands National Park in Utah for a week long camping road trip! It was honestly one of the most challenging trips I’ve ever done – we hiked trails as long as 11 miles continuously for 8 hours, scaled down AND up a 1,400 foot mountain, and woke up before sunrise each day to tackle other various trails in over 100 degree heat! However, being sore, tired, and missing the comfort of my bed and shower was worth it for these spectacular, jaw-dropping views. Visiting these amazing sites has taught me to not take nature for granted and has encouraged me to appreciate the outdoors more. Take a look at these fantastic sights!

Best,

Tiffany

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