If you compare it to the majority of wineries around the world, Gaja is unique and fascinating. In reality, very few wineries are individually owned. They are instead run by a large corporation, hiring wine-making experts and enthusiasts to build a brand and market it.
Lately, there’s been something odd going on with the taxis in Hangzhou. One Saturday morning in March, on a particularly nice day, I’m out looking for a taxi at my usual spot. Sometimes it can be difficult there, but I rarely wait more than 10 minutes.
International whisky expert, sommelier, and “Keeper of the Quaich” Stephen Notman has surely had better days. We know. We’ve stumbled at the lectern, choked on-air, and crashed-and-burned on-stage more times than we care to remember.
“Mai Jia is described in the publisher’s blurb of this absorbing and unusual book as ‘the most popular writer in the world that you’ve never heard of.’ Now, with the translation of his 2005 debut being published in the west
It is a fact: The egg preceded the chicken. Unfortunately, explaining why is well beyond the scope of this article. Readers are invited to take as scientific gospel the words of Samuel Butler, “A chicken is simply an egg’s way of making another egg,” and ponder instead the question: Where does Hangzhou get all its eggs? In short: A chicken’s ass. For those of you, however, looking for a more detailed and possibly more accurate explanation, the following is for you.
Finding Yoga Summit is no easy feat.
Trudge along the steps from Wushan Square until your gut tells you to take a left up a winding road, then slowly make your way up the incline until you come across more steps hidden between two traditional-looking buildings. Slowly but surely, the scene around you will transform from the ubiquitous bustling crowd found anywhere in China to a calm serenity that is unique to Hangzhou. You can almost hear yourself breathing now. Surrounded by greenery all around, you walk past families playing games under the cool shade as you make your way deeper into the trees. Your gut once again tugs and tells you the increasing number of tai chi practitioners means you must be getting closer. With a calm quiet surrounding you, this environment was made for yoga.