Dragon Boat Festival 端午节 2020

The Dragon Boat Festival 端午节 is a traditional holiday originating in China, occurring near the summer solstice. The festival now occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional Chinese calendar, which is the source of the festival’s alternative name, the Double Fifth Festival. The Chinese calendar is lunisolar, so the date of the festival varies from year to year. In 2020, it falls at June 25.

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In Indonesian, the festival is known as “Peh Cun“, which is derived from Hokkien (扒船; pê-chûn).

It is one of the oldest festivals, not only in China but also throughout the world, with a history of more than 2,000 years. In 2006, the traditional festival was listed as part of China’s national intangible cultural heritage. In 2008, it was recognized as a public holiday in the Chinese mainland.

The Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, a Chu state official and poet who lived during the Warring States Period (475-221 BC) before the reunification of China under the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC). He was exiled after opposing his king’s decision to ally with the neighboring state of Qin, and when Chu was finally conquered by Qin, he committed suicide by drowning in the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.

The Chu people, who admired Qu Yuan for his loyalty and integrity, threw rice dumplings into the river to feed the fish so they would not eat the body of their poet hero. People then started dragon boat racing to scare off the fish.

Since then, the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calendar is celebrated as the Dragon Boat Festival. The following are some customs for the festival.

Dragon boat racing

At the center of the festival are the dragon boat races. Competing teams drive their colorful dragon boats forward to the rhythm of the beating drums. These exciting races were inspired by the villagers’ valiant attempts to rescue Qu Yuan from the Miluo River. This tradition has remained unbroken for centuries.

Eating zongzi 粽子

A very popular dish during the Dragon Boat Festival is zongzi 粽子. This tasty dish consists of rice dumplings with meat, peanuts, egg yolks or other fillings wrapped in reed leaves. The tradition of zongzi is meant to remind us of village fishermen scattering rice across the water of the Miluo River in order to appease the river dragons and fish so that they would not devour Qu Yuan.

Balancing eggs

It is said that you will be lucky in the coming year if you can balance an egg upright during the Dragon Boat Festival. The egg balancing competition will be held at noon in many places.

Have you eat rice dumpling / zongzi 粽子 and balanced the egg today?

Happy Dragon Boat Festival for everyone, with safety and healthy always! 祝大家端午安康!

Yes, I make the egg balancing today. Excatly at 12:00 West Indonesia time. And it last until don’t know, because until 13:00 it still standing.

Zongzi 粽子 has two kind of taste, sweet and salty. The sweet one has nothing inside, and you have to eat it using syrup or honey. The salty one has meat inside.

咸粽子,里面有猪肉 Salty Dumpling with Pork Meat inside
甜粽子,加甜酱 Sweet dumpling with Syrup Sauce

Do you have favourite idols?

In this world, there’s a lot of occupation. And one of them is actress / actor / singer. And as actress / actor / singer, there are many people idolize them. And they are a big influencer to the world.

For me, an idol is someone who give courage, spirit and influence. I also like how they work hard to achieve what they want to do. If you love a drama or movie, that means the idols is very succeed to bring the character, even an antagonist too. It gives me motivation to work hard too.

Starting around February 2020, because of Corona Virus, I have stay at home more, and my job is totally got the impact. And I only able to see television, and internet. That time, China is the first country that has epidemic corona virus and Wuhan is lockdown. Then some artists gathered to sing a song to give Wuhan and whole China a courage.

I like this kind of song, that give courage to each other, and give others a warm heart. In this MV, I recognize some of idols such as Jacky Chen 成龍, Huang Xiao Ming 黃曉明, Wang Lee Hom 王力宏. But the most attractive one is Xiao Zhan 肖战 (born in 1991).

Xiao Zhan 肖战

It’s been a long time for me to follow China Idols, so it’s kind of flashback for me.

Actually, I have known idols from when I’m in high school. That time, western idols is the famous one, and I happen to like Backstreet Boys (debut in 1993).

I like their song: As long as you love me, I want it that way, etc. There’s many nice songs from other western idols too, such as Boyzone, Westlife.

Then in University, I have known many of Taiwan Idols, such as Fahrenheit, SHE, 5566, Cindy Wang, Angela Zhang, etc. And I often looking for c-drama series. Especially when I went to China to study Chinese. My favourite that time is Fahrenheit 飞轮海 (debut in 2005).

Until 2012, suddenly, my idol point of view change to South Korea, 2PM (debut in 2008). From that time, I always looking for South Korean idols news. Even there’s language problem, but I think, it makes me to start learn Korean. And also, from that time until now, I have been in South Korea 5 times already XD.

I’m not a fans that always chasing the stars. Even I have been already 5 times in South Korea, but I never once to accidentaly looking for the stars or chasing them. I have never meet them XD. I went to South Korea is purely for travelling and sometimes bring private group, even I have went to SM Entertainment and JYP Entertainment company, but only for travelling, go to Soul Cup Cafe, and take a picture from the front. It’s not that I didn’t want to chasing stars, but it’s not my personality to do that. I’m more into silently give support to them. Because seeing them happy, will make me happy too.

Then I also a fans of GOT7 (debut in 2014). After some of 2PM has to go to military service, I start to looking for GOT7. Seeing them really make life feel fresh.

And now we are back to Xiao Zhan 肖战 (active from 2015, debut in 2016 with X Nine). At first seeing him I remember Ahn Hyo Seop, an South Korean actor who play in Dr Kim Romance 2. That time, I also finished watch k-drama seried Dr Kim Romance 2. And I really love this drama.

From that 坚信爱会赢 Jian Xin Ai Hui Ying MV, I start to search anything about Xiao Zhan 肖战. I found he starring in drama series The Untamed 陈情令 Chen Qing Ling (2019) and I fall in love with this drama too. From then, I start to follow Xiao Zhan 肖战 and Wang Yi Bo 王一博 (debut in 2014 with UNIQ) too.

He is also starring in movie The Jade Dynasty 诛仙 zhu xian (2019) and drama series Superstar Academy 超星星学园 chao xing xing xue yuan (2016). He is also play as supporting actor in Joy Of Life 庆余年 qing yu nian (2019) and sing one of the soundtrack 余年 Yu Nian.

I start to play Weibo again, and review my Chinese. It’s really been a long time I didn’t read Chinese Articles. So it’s time to improve my Chinese again.

Xiao Zhan 肖战

He just release an single 光点 guang dian (Light Spot) on 25th April 2020, and within 12 hours, the single sold 8 million copies in QQ music and only within 4 days, for overall sales the single’s sales is broken through 100.000.000 Yuan which make the best seller single in China. This songs is about spreading love and warm to the world as well as pure and sincere. (wikipedia Guang Dian) — translations by me

Actually, I have many favourite idols, but sometimes it went with the flow. And those who I mention above is longer. I like everyone and will always expected their works, even people who is around me. And I always prefer to be silent fans.

As an idols, there’s fans, antis, and also there’s sasaeng. This is a common things. Just like in the common life, you have friends, someone who hate you and also who obsessed with you. It’s just that, we are different from Idol. Each step that idols doing, the rumour will always be there. Because they are one of the biggest influencer in the world. If we as common people who doing something, I think no one will care haha..

I know that no one perfect, Idols too. They may be lack in some matters. Because we are all human. But let’s only memorize the good things, and left behind the bad things. So this world will have more positive energy.

So, who is your favourite idols?

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来喜欢你,追求你喜欢的明星 —— 肖战

My Fans, I think all of you have to life your own life first,

then you will have spare time to like and chasing your idols — Xiao Zhan

Back Home — FZCJ Trip Day 12 # China

We eat breakfast at Bakmi GM and going back home by Airasia. See you next journey…

Sichuan Cuisine (Dinner) in Songpan County # Sichuan – China

Sichuan Cuisine (lunch) in Songpan County # Sichuan – China

Songpan County 松潘县 — FZCJ Trip Day 10 # China

Today is our last day in Jiuzhaigou. Tonight we will go back to Chengdu. But before go to the airport, we go to some shopping place, attraction spot at Songpan County 松潘县.

Songpan / Songzhou, is a county of northwestern Sichuan province, China, and is one of the 13 counties administered by the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. It has an area of 8,486 square kilometres (3,276 sq mi), and a population of approximately 68,000 composed of TibetanQiangHan and Hui populations.

The economy of Songpan is dominated by agriculture and livestock raising. In recent years, tourism has become an increasingly important sector, and is actively promoted by the authorities. Additionally, Songpan is popular among foreign students and other Chinese language learners staying in China as the base for treks through the scenic mountains nearby. Apart from the scenic attraction of Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area which is located in the county, Songpan with its strategic location also acts as the gateway to Jiuzhaigou Valley at the north.

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First, we go to stone government shop.

We enter Songpan County. There’s a unique gate for a sign we are coming to Songpan County.

Then we go to tea government shop.

Then eat lunch, and visit Mounigou Scenic Area. It is like Jiuzhaigou, but new and still not many tourists know about this area.

After eat dinner, we go to airport and at 23:30 go back to Chengdu.

Enjoy Dinner and show in Local Jiuzhaigou House # Sichuan – China

When I went for tour in Jiuzhaigou, we visit one of Jiuzhaigou People’s home and enjoy the local dinner and the show.

Jiuzhaigou 九寨沟 National Park — FZCJ Trip Day 09 # China

We woke up early then go to Jiuzhaigou Valley and this is my 2nd time to explore Jiuzhaigou, but this time, We decided to rent a car than ride shuttle to save time. The car with 20 seat cost 4800 Yuan/car.

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Jiuzhaigou 九寨沟 Jiǔzhàigōu is a nature reserve and national park located in the north of Sichuan Province in the southwestern region of China. A long valley running north to south, Jiuzhaigou was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve in 1997. It belongs to the category V (Protected Landscape) in the IUCN system of protected area categorization.

The Jiuzhaigou valley is part of the Min Mountains on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau and stretches over 72,000 hectares (180,000 acres). It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls, colorful lakes, and snow-capped peaks. Its elevation ranges from 2,000 to 4,500 metres (6,600 to 14,800 ft).

Don’t forget to rent tranditional clothes and take picture in there.Then we go eat dinner with villager. If we lucky, we can eat Yak meat.

And go back to hotel to enjoy last day in hotel.

Huanglong 黄龙 National Scenic Reverse and Jiuzhai Paradise Intercontinental Resort — FZCJ Trip Day 08 # China

We woke up early to catch flight. We supposed to depart at 04:30 but there’s some group member that late and we depart on 05:00. Arrive at the airport, we have to hurry and we are the last one that enter the plane.

I got last seat.

After depart for about 45 minutes, we supposed to arrive shortly. But because the bad weather, we have to go back to Chengdu.

Then at 10:00, we take-off again and this time we succesfully landing.

Then we continued our journey using bus to Huanglong National Scenic Reserve 黄龙. Our local guide called Xiao Bo. After eating lunch, we enter The scenic Reserve. We should be able to continue our journey, but our local guide afraid that we late so he called us many times to ask us to go down. And it’s annoying. So we didn’t finished until the rainbow pole.

Then we go to Jiuzhaigou Hotel and eat buffet dinner at Jiuzhai Paradise Interconinental Resort. Heard that this is the expensive buffet in Jiuzhaigou but I think the food is so so. I prefer to enjoy street food than in the expensive restaurant.

Tip: It’s better if you stay in usual hotel than the luxury one because you will not enjoy the hotel much. The food is so-so, it’s better to looking for street food. And spend your time to enjoy the scenic.

Chengdu 成都 City Tour — FZCJ Trip Day 07 # China

Because we arrive late, so the local guide give us time to sleep more. We depart at 09:00.

This is my 2nd time come to Sichuan Province, but at the first time I didn’t explore Chengdu. And this will be my 2nd time to visit Huanglong and Jiuzhaigou too.

We go to Chengdu Research Base Panda. But because the weather is still hot, the panda didn’t active in the outside but they sleep in their room.

There’s Red Panda too.

We see this cute peacock too.

Then we go to eat lunch.
And go shopping at Government Silk Shop. We also go to Wide and Narrow Street 宽窄巷子.

Then we go eat dinner, and shopping at Chunxi Road.
Then watch Changing Face Show which very famous in Chengdu which cost RMB 180 (This is my 2nd time watch this show)

And we go back to hotel to rest because tomorrow we need to take early morning flight.