Monthly Archives: March 2016

Explore the Skagit Valley Festival

Here’s another recommendation with Jesse,  the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon.  A warm winter means the tulips will bloom a bit early for the second straight year. The festival runs from April 1 through April 30 depending on weather condition.  It is a destination event for the Pacific Northwest.  Every spring thousands of people tour and visit the tulip fields in bloom.  It is a short drive from Seattle and Vancouver, BC.
The fields are throughout the Skagit Valley with many local events and activities celebrating the festival. Walking through the fields or biking makes a perfect day trip with friends and families. Roozen Gaarde and Tulip Town with displays in gardens for visitors to view and photograph.  Spend the afternoon with lunch at Tulip Town and see the wonderful indoor display, art gallery and multi-colored fields.  The fields planted here have alternating colors about every ten rows.
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The festival is now 32 years and welcomes people across the United States and from around the world.  This is truly a place to visit for all ages and families.  Expect  traffic on weekends and long lines to the fields.  Biking is another solution and easy way to view the area.   More http://www.tulipfestival.org/


Enjoy the colorful blooms and remember to take your camera to share your experience.

 

Kunming City of Eternal Spring

There are many cities to discover in Asia and this time venturing to Kunming,  City of Eternal Spring.  Jesse Tam sharing the city and culture of southern Yunnan Providence.  The modern capital city has a large student population and pleasant climate, flowers and blossoms all year leading to be known as City of Eternal Spring.  There are several flights departing Seattle with connections to Kunming from the west coast region.

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It is an important southwest China transportation hub for shipping, trade and export.  The city plays a significant role for connecting Southeast Asia and China with facilitated trade with Vietnam, Tibet, Myanmar, Sichuan, India and beyond.

World Trade Center Kunming

Today it is the provincial political, economical and cultural center of Yunnan as well as the most popular tourist destination in southwest China. It’s home to numerous golf courses, restaurants serving Yunnanese cuisine and shopping areas like the Bird and Flower Market.  Enjoying a traditional meal with friends eating with our hands.

Experience a traditional meal- Jesse

Some 26 ethnic minorities such as Yi, Bai, Miao, Dai, and Hani inhabit this region with various language dialects.  Display of clothing and customs of many groups in this region.

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Kunming, Yunnan

Since October 1st, 2014, the city offers 72-Hour Visa-Free Policy to facilitate passport holders of 51 countries and regions to enjoy a visa-free stay of up to 72 hours when making an international transfer via Changshui Airport.