America I

美西休闲旅游的首选!
从旧金山巴士出发,沿着海岸,一路北上。面朝大海,春暖花开。来一趟如梦如幻、探秘仙境的海景观光火车/巴士之旅。
一趟行程,饱览美国西海岸的5个世界之最,5个美国之最和3座气质名城。
湾区巴士进出,12个上下车地点,超省心。
携程旗下优质旅行社,专业导游,优质酒店,超放心。
五个世界之最

世界景色最壮美的列车线路
-Amtrak的海岸星光号列车
世界最壮观景色的列车线路,美铁公司Amtrak的海岸星光号!
观景火车是细细品味美国的最好方式。列车座位非常宽大舒适。参天的森林,长年积雪覆盖的山脉,秀美的河谷,壮阔的平原,这些美景都是高速公路上绝对看不到的!
世界最高的生物
红木国家公园 / 葛楠将军树
这里有千年不化的神木,让您仿佛置身于古世纪森林地带,还有机会看到超过2700年树龄,号称地球上面最大的一个生物——葛楠将军树。
看车子从树洞中穿过,神木步道健行,呼吸大自然的味道!
世界最蓝的湖泊
火山湖国家公园

火山湖由7000年前的一次猛烈的火山喷发留下火山口,积雪雨水汇入所形成。她是全美国最深最美的湖,是一生之中必看的景点,炫目的蓝宝石色充满着神秘气息,宛若人间仙境!
世界最美的雪山湖泊公园
雷尼尔雪山国家公园

西雅图的浪漫美丽总有几分要拜雷尼尔山所赐,她宛如一座仙山漂浮于云雾之中!雷尼尔山国家公园的美景融合了太平洋大西北的精华,所有来过的游客都会不由自主地爱上她。冰川、瀑布、湖泊、河流错落的分布在原始雨林之中,风景优美的天堂草甸子,玛莎瀑布,纳拉达瀑布,天际步道,冰川远眺…湍急的溪流、倾泻的瀑布声响彻山谷
“世界第八大奇迹”
伯尼瀑布

伯尼瀑布,美国最美丽的瀑布!这里绝对会让您有超乎想象的的惊喜,连老罗斯福总统都盛赞伯尼瀑布为“世界第八大奇迹”
五个美国之最

最美“空中花园”
俄勒冈花园

占地80英亩,有“空中花园”美称的俄勒冈花园。园内布满各种奇花异草,更有美国著名建筑师莱特的得意之作高登楼Gordon House。(门票$12为自选项目)
最著名的葡萄酒产地
纳帕谷

世界闻名的葡萄酒产地—纳帕谷,拜访知名酒庄,享受开怀畅饮纳帕美酒的独家行程!
美国落差第二高的瀑布
马特诺玛瀑布

哥伦比亚河谷,结合了美国国家公园的壮阔,和中国山水的人杰地灵,河谷的风情万种,让人沉醉!马特诺玛瀑布是美国第二高的瀑布,落差高达620英呎!
美国最便宜的购物中心
免税的伍德百奥特莱斯

耗资二千万美金建成,有过百家名店,每年有超过四百万游客慕名而来,一享俄勒冈州免税购物乐趣!
最美丽的桥梁
日晷桥

宏伟的日晷桥桥身由玻璃搭建而成,横跨于萨克拉门托河之上,秀丽挺拔,是当之无愧的一件艺术品!
美国三大气质名城

美国浪漫之都
西雅图

浪漫之都西雅图,魅力建筑、古老街区、雪山雨林、海峡胡泊,咖啡飘香,文化底蕴,艺术氛围一起勾勒出这座著名的海港城市!登顶太空针塔(自费),一览城市和海湾的美景!
世界玫瑰之都
波特兰

波特兰,美国西北太平洋地区仅次于西雅图的第二大城市。波特兰是世界闻名的玫瑰之都,每年有约50种新品玫瑰送来实验花园进行栽培,国际玫瑰实验花园也是最负盛名的国际玫瑰评选地!
最优雅首府
萨克拉门托

美国最富有的“黄金之州”加州首府所在地—萨克拉门托,参观加州议会大厦,宏伟的立柱和时尚的穹顶,犹如美国的国会大厦!

行程

Day 1 旧金山 – 纳帕谷 – 海红木国家森林 – 神木步道
住宿:Red Lion Hotel Eureka 或同级
Day 2 神奇海岸线 – 海红木国家公园 – 火山湖国家公园
住宿:Red Lion Inn & Suites Eugene 或同级
Day 3 俄勒冈花园 – 伍德百奥莱中心 – 哥伦比亚河谷 – 马特诺玛瀑布 – 波特兰
住宿:Red Lion Hotel – Jantzen Beach 或同级
Day 4 国际玫瑰实验花园 – 奥林匹亚 – 西雅图 – 华盛顿大学
住宿:Red Lion Hotel Seattle – Renton 或同级
Day 5 雷尼尔山国家公园 – 西雅图夜游
住宿:Red Lion Hotel Seattle – Renton 或同级
Day 6 海岸星光号观景火车 – 梅德福德
住宿:Inn at the Commons Medford Oregon 或同级
Day 7 伯尼瀑布 – 日晷桥 – 萨克拉门托 – 旧金山
傍晚返回旧金山湾区。

费用明细:
此团费包括: 1)酒店,2)导游,3)巴士交通。
此费用不包括:
1) 导游和司机小费共$9/人/天,2) 餐费,3) 门票,火车票及附加费用$120/人
(海红木+火山湖+雷尼尔山国家公园+纳帕品酒(5种)+伯尼瀑布+海岸星光号车票+燃油附加费)。4)自选项目:波特兰深度城市游($10), 厄罗冈花园($12), 西雅图夜游$35, 西雅图太空针 ($25)
酒店住宿标准为两张双人床每间房。

注:行程仅供参考,最终行程可能会根据实际情况进行微调,敬请以出团通知为准

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Curve ball

I am recovering…

Walking boot with air pump to help reducing pressure to the ankle, tissue oil, palm pollen milk, wheel chair,  all those things happened in my life for the first time.


I had some beautiful memories of visiting the backyard gardens.

Cherry flowers, frog calling ponds, newly harvested broad bean, golden canola flower… I remember the summer time in the childhood days, people took electric torch to the rice field to catch frogs, light worm flying around the riverside… Before it got dark, family sat together under a tree at the backyard of the house, enjoying a pan of crabs.  It was cooler to have dinner outside and we enjoyed the breeze of riverside in summer days, the relaxing farming environment.  We cook the fresh broad beans with a kind of brook mud eel,  which looks alike eel but much shorter, together it makes a thick soup called “黄鳝豆瓣羹”.  It was very hard to catch another kind mud fish called “泥鳅” in the brook. Kids also caught little tadpoles in the ponds for fun. Today young people are still doing it, I do not know why…

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I think about going to the most remote places of China when I get recovered, such as the land of the diversiform-leaved poplar forest.


Good time to read old books, watch some good domestic films online,  listening to Himalaya audio records…

I found classic literature, music are best to soothe the minds.  My favorate subjects are history, religion and art.

Things about Vietnam come into my mind, beautiful blue hues of the sky and river, pink church, travel routes…

Foods from Vietnam and people from Vietnam come into my life…


I see those things as magic.  They heal me as beautiful light.

While I thought back my life came to a curve ball stage after 10 years oversea living, I am finally back in China, a country I love in the earth but I was scared and worried about its future.  Polluted air is one thing.   I wanted to live in the west of China, where blue air, abundance of mushroom, tea, coffee and wines.  To realize my original plan of establishing more business in China before going abroad, I shall plan now to include more pictures into my life, which I  think the years developed as the most important life stories for me to restart and to build on.

Finally, thanks for God to bring me back to China and leave me some time and space to reborn!  I have my belief and I am stronger…

Wild food

Talking about wild foods, we did a back garden visit and I tried to show my bf the seasonal flavor of most delicious one, “Ji Cai”.  Here is a photo.


This is the food we chopped off and make dumpling fillings.  It grows in the field.

Here is another one we call “Cao Tao”, old season now.


“Ma Lan Tou” is another veggie which sells at the supermarket.  It cooks with dry Doufu and gives a freshness in the teeth.


These plants could be picked up in the field in the old days, now people just do not care to do it.

As people go outdoors in early April to sweep the graves, they may also pick up wild spring onions and dig up wild mountain bamboo shoots.  I tasted the wild spring onion once a few years ago.  We normally cook them with pork chops or “Ji Yu” a river fish which could be grown in the spring water near tea plantation or just in the rice field.  The wild one just tastes more tough and more aroma and flavor.  My sister brought me some wild bamboo shoots this time.  They tasted very tender comparing to the tough root looks.


While the best green tea “Long jin” picked before the Qing Ming Festival, tasted more sweet and costs much higher than late time picked teas, we appreciate also the fresh tea leaves to be cooked with shrimps.

We also enjoy the seasonal cakes of two different flavors.  The yellow cake is covered with palm tree pollen. The green one is mixed in with “Ai Qin”, a wild plant,  people picked up the dry them by hanging the bunch on the door to dispel mosquito and evil spirits.


Those plants just make me memorize the kid time of mine.

Thanks!

Being close to Chinese culture

I was feeling a bit lost, being a bit far away from God, when I returned to china and I had an accident.  An electric bike with a couple and a kid sitting at the front went wrong way and speedily bumped into my left feet while I stepped down from the platform of a bus station.  They were avoiding a big truck and could not make a stop.  Bad luck, it was.  Now I must pick up good luck again.  We went to a small eatery by wheelchair and took some photos.

Here I would like to show you some bonsai and decoration, a style we call harmony of life.

  

You may find here tea tree flower, golden fish, Chinese orchid, bonsai plum tree, a Chinese paper fan pattern designed framework for small article decoration.   Images of lotus pod on the wall shows a peace of mind in fruit.

We ordered dumpling with fillings of fresh “Ji Cai”,  a green veggie which also grows wildly in the field in spring.  Traditionally people like to dig up wild Ji Cai to cook with rice cake.  It was called the most flavorsome wild veggie. 

“Cao Tou” is also another wild veggie, which looked alike three leaves grass.  We cook it with Shao Xing rice wine. Now it just finished the best growing season.  Now it is the right season for spring bamboo shoots and new tea before Gu Yu, agricultural season names.

Spring is the best season to have lots of wild foods, which I will explain in another writing.

Cheers!