July 17, 2012

An American Girl in a Chinese World Part 1: Tonglu, China

Faulty translation...I just love having "fresh bag" every day for breakfast.

My new Converse!

My poor shoes :(

If you were to ask me whether I am American or Chinese and only allow me to choose one, I no longer know how to answer. My passport is blue, yes, but my heart is red, and sometimes, especially after my trip to China, it yearns to tap into my shallow Chinese roots; only time and persistence will let them grow deeper.

The above is an excerpt from one of my journals and my attempt at deep writing. I definitely took a longer break from blogging than intended, but I'm glad to say I'm back! I spent all of June in China, and here are my favorite photos from Tonglu. Here we mostly shopped, but our major trips were to go rafting on the local river and climb the DaQi Mountains. I got to ride a rickshaw again, basically hitchhike for a bus on the side of the road, and do some fantastic shopping at rock-bottom prices. I had to throw out my old Converse, but no worries, I got new ones for $6.50! The fresh food was absolutely mouth-watering and the experience was amazing and close to life-changing. I definitely want to spend more time in China with my relatives and learn more Chinese.
Enjoy the photos, I promise to post again soon with pictures from Hangzhou and West Lake!


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  1. Man... those old Converses were toast. Your usual cute and colorful style remains intact with these nice outfits. Your lace tunic/dress is lovely. The scenery is very nice where all the pictures were taken. Great post, Lily. Hope you're doing well.


  2. You are adorable, love the lace tunic. Thank you for stopping by! To answer your question - my husband takes my pictures for me! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  3. Those shoes have definitely gotten plenty of good use out of them! I love your necklace by the way!


    Fashion and Beauty Finds

  4. Pretty pretty pictures! Just found your blog and so glad, now following you :)


  5. great pics! china is great country

    btw maybe we can fllw each other?

  6. lovely photos! i'm an american born chinese so i feel very close to your post :) if you like my blog too, do you want to follow each other? looking forward to more posts! xo jess

  7. that is beautiful! i can understand feeling that way although i am adopted and have never visited my home country i do sometimes feel like i belong somewhere other than the U.S. :D



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