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Cause for Paws Pet Project
By MORE Hangzhou Team

For the past quarter century, China has undergone a sustained period of economic growth and development, giving rise to a middle class hungry for all the accouterments that come with accumulation of excess income. Just look at the development in our cities over the past ten years. Gone are the utilitarian 6-story walk-ups. In their place are luxury high-rise apartments and freestanding homes that wouldn’t look out of place in any Western suburb. Gone as well are the rickshaws and pedi-cabs that once shared street space with city buses and smog-spewing agricultural conveyances. Replaced they’ve been by a gridlock of gleaming new BMWs, Mercedes, Volkswagons, Peugeots, Ferraris, Fiats, and, inexplicably, Buicks. Revolution area uniforms have been pack away to make room for European couture, and old peasant homes have been renovated to house French restaurants and tapas bars.

So it should come as no surprise that pet ownership has become increasingly popular. Be it for status or snuggles, more and more people are looking to other, arguably cuter, species for companionship and class. It wasn’t long ago that the idea of a little old lady leading her St. Bernard around for an evening walk would be unheard of. Today, stylish young women match Pomeranian with Prada, and Shih Tzus with Chanel. Exotic animals from birds to boas have become en vogue as well.

In much the same way the car boom led to a car wash on every corner, you can’t walk a block without passing a storefront catering to your cats or pampering your pups. And why not? Pets are great. Don’t believe us? Read what these people have to say about their little bundles of joy!

Your name: Jane Lin (Resort Owner)
Your pet’s name: Roots
Type of animal: Alpaca
Pet’s age: 1.5 years


How long have you had your pet?
Roots arrived at the Roots Resort on May 30th of this year.
Did Roots have any problems with his new environment?
We believe physical, mental, and emotional ailments are cumulative result of our own actions, lifestyle, and disregard for the laws of nature. Roots Resort is a place providing colon hydrotherapy, fasting, meditation, and organic vegetarian food that helps us to detoxify the “diseases” of our physical and mental realms.
Roots was a bit shy and curious when he first arrived. However, after around half a month, he became so vivacious! Now he’s climbing stairs and finding cool places to relax in our garden! We do not really confine Roots. We let him to discover his own peaceful places and enjoy the surroundings.
How did you find each other?
We found Roots through a broker on the Internet and imported him from Australia! The whole procedure took about a month and that included selection, insurance, booking his ticket to Beijing for quarantine and after all that we got him!
What’s good about your pet?
Roots is a cute, polite, and curious boy! He is not afraid of new challenges. He can climb stairs and enjoys engaging with people and posing for photos, and taking showers in the pet house which we believe is a first for him. Roots is one of our family members and is one of the main attractions at our resort. We do not really confine him but just let him walk freely. Sometimes people scream when they see him, but he still keeps his temperament and waits there for compliments.
What’s bad about your pet?
He’s too quiet? He never complains! If he did, then we can at least know his emotions.
What makes your pet unique?
He always stays cool, always wearing a poker-face. However, when facing a camera, you can sometimes see a smile or a wink.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet.
The hair cutting! Like I just said, he ever complains. However, just two weeks ago, we were afraid he wouldn’t be able to stand Hangzhou’s crazy summer heat, so we sent him for a haircut. From 3:00pm to 8:00pm he was making a mooing sound. For the whole five hours! This was the first time we heard Roots!

Your name: Haohao (TV Host)
Your pet’s name: Mitt
Type of animal: Garfield (cat)
Pet’s age: Ten and half months


How long have you had your pet?
7 months How did you find each other? I have been looking for him online for about a year, and finally he came to my house on Armageddon, December 21, 2012.
Is this the pet you always wanted?
Yes, it’s just as same as my imagination.
What’s good about your pet?
He is a cute and sweet boy, maybe too sweet, he is a little sissy, but I love his sissy ways. He is an indoor boy and his favorite thing is to kiss his mom who is me.
What’s bad about your pet?
He’s got a huge interest in eating! Sometimes after finishing his dinner, he will dash towards me and try to grab my food.
Does your pet share or complement your personality?
He is an indoor animal and very introverted in public.
What makes your pet unique?
We communicate a lot. It makes him a little bit human.
What other pets have you had?
A guinea pig and a rabbit
What have you always wanted as a pet? Real or imagined?
A talking animal, like Stitch.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet.
One morning, I was just waking up. My room was filled with hazy sunshine and I was still sleepy. I stretched my arm but it was too cold outside of my bed covers, so I kept sleeping. Suddenly, something warm and soft got into my hand. It was him, my sweetie, Mitt. He felt like a hot water bottle. It was like that. What was interesting was he started stroking my hand gently, like a little sun calling me, “Wake up! Wake up!” He is so warm and sweet. He is my sun.

Your name: Jerry (Guitarist)
Your pet’s name: Le Le
Type of animal: Husky
Pet’s age: 6 months


How long have you had your pet?
We have been together for 6 months now.
How did you find each other?
I went back to my hometown last Chinese New Year, it was snowing heavily, my wife and I went out to take a walk and enjoy the beautiful scenery when we passed by a pet shop. There she was, staring at me with that innocent look, and she ran to me after I walked in. I thought she must know me. I picked her up and hugged her. My heart just melted. She was so cute I decided to take her home. I named her, Le Le, which means happiness. She brings a lot of happiness.
Is this the pet you always wanted?
Yes, I always wanted a husky.
What’s good about your pet?
She’s got deep blue eyes. Every time I looked at her eyes, I forget about all the troubles and annoyances. She always wags her tail at me when I return to home and welcomes me with many warm kisses.
What’s bad about your pet?
She eats everything. She especially likes to eat flowers, and she runs around when she is excited, a month ago she broke my big vase. It’s funny but also makes me angry.
Does your pet share or complement your personality?
Her kindness and passion are just like me, plus we are both a bit neurotic.
What makes your pet unique?
I think it has to be her eyes. I can always see the innocence in her eyes.
What other pets have you had?
I have had ducks, pigeons, many cats, and a few Pekingese dogs.
What have you always wanted as a pet? Real or imagined?
A happy, and little neurotic, husky.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet.
It was a sunny day in the early summer. I went to a beautiful lake with Le Le. It was surrounded by mountains, very quiet. I lay on the grass, looking at the blue sky, listening to the wind whistle through the valley. I played my guitar, sung my songs, and Le Le was running around me. Sometimes she would lie down to listen to me play guitar. It was such a happy day and an unforgettable afternoon.

Your name: Samuel Wu
Your pet’s name: Robbie
Type of animal: Golden Retriever
Pet’s age: 7.5years


How long have you had your pet?
Almost 8 years.
How did you find each other?
He’s the best birthday gift I ever got!
Is this the pet you always wanted?
Of course! I always wanted a Golden Retriever.
What’s good about your pet?
He’s very clever! He can do a lot of tricks, and is very friendly with people. He has a very nice personality!
What’s bad about your pet?
Sometimes he is way too active! And he gets horny all the time! I regret that I not neutering him.
Does your pet share or complement your personality?
He has a better temper than me! But amazingly, I have to confess, we share a lot of similar personality traits like being impatient, curious, and active!
What makes your pet unique?
Eye contact! I can read his mind, and he can read mine! We don’t have communication problems after living together for so many years! I can easily pick him out from a group of Golden Retrievers just by looking at his eyes!
What other pets have you had?
No other pets.
What have you always wanted as a pet? Real or imagined?
Actually, I always wanted King Kong.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet. It’s a sad story.
It’s not between Robbie and me though! Robbie spent 6 months with his godfather. His godfather took him out one day. Unfortunately, this man had a heart attack in the park. After we found him, he had already passed away. We tried to find out what happened from CCTV footage. From the video, we found that Robbie was sitting beside his godfather, and barking very loudly to try to get any attention. But nobody passed by. So it’s Robbie who stayed by his godfather during his final moments. After I saw that video, I was so proud of Robbie. I was touched.

Your name: Tamlan (DJ)
Your pet’s name: Pepé
Type of animal: French Bulldog
Pet’s age: 1 year


How long have you had your pet?
Just under a year.
How did you find each other?
We met each other at a conference in Guangzhou. LOL! Nah, I asked around for a Frenchie and a few weeks later I got a call from one of the pet shops.
Is this the pet you always wanted?
Definitely! You can't beat a bulldog for a drinking partner.
What’s good about your pet?
He attracts women. But obviously I can't benefit from that or my missus would be mad at us both. I've also learnt to benefit from his snoring and flatulence; I just blame him when my lassie nudges me in bed, "it was the dog sweetheart!” He also lends an ear when I turn up at 5am after a heavy night and I don't think he judges me like my other mates.
What’s bad about your pet?
He snores and has bad flatulence! As mentioned earlier, it works to my advantage when my girl is around. He is also partial to a piss at 7am in the morning and won't take no for an answer if I’m sleeping. He also sneezes on me when I give him hugs.
Does your pet share or complement your personality?
I'd like to say no, but since I’m in an honest mood I’d have to say we are identical. He has short legs and a belly like me. He has baggy black eyes like me on most days and he's a bit of a moody c**t. We also love a minimal amount of exercise and the biggest portions at the dinner table. We are different musically, he likes soft rock but I’m an electro guy. This causes some tension.
What makes your pet unique?

Look at him! He looks like a cross between a pig, a panda, me, and a bulldog. I don't think you'll find too many dogs as individual as Pepé in this realm of teddy bear and poodle dogs. Why does everyone have one?
What other pets have you had?
I had a bald eagle when I was in the military that scouted ahead when we were on patrol but I lost him in a game of craps.
What have you always wanted as a pet? Real or imagined?
I'd love some form of sea mammal, but that's unrealistic. I guess if I was within the bounds of reality it would have to be an orangutan, like in that film with Clint Eastwood. He drinks, drives, and slaps people. It would save me a job.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet.
I haven't had him for long, but I do recall, during the Spring Festival, taking him to the train station to pick up my girl. The place was chock full of folks of a raw demeanour, the kind that constantly eat seeds and scream. Anyway, a group of them started to show interest in Pepé and then one of them walks up, spits on her fingers and proceeds to try and rub off his black markings around his eyes. They thought I’d painted them on in order to make him look like a panda. Pepé has never been back since.

Your name: Sola
Your pet’s name: Tolu (とる)
Type of animal: Pig
Pet’s age: 4 Years Old


How long have you had your pet?
I’ve had Tolu since August 2009, almost 4 years now.
How did you find each other?
When I was in middle school, I saw a pet pig in the bird & flower market. He was quite small, but his calm eyes surprised me. I have changed my point of view about pigs since. After graduation, I had my own place, the idea of having a pig was in my head, although I had little information about owning a pet pig, despite the possibility it might grow up to be a big guy, I still bought one on Taobao.
Is this the pet you always wanted?
Yes, for all I know, I’ve always wanted it. There have been many surprises since I got it. It’s been a bit more difficult to raise than I thought would be.
What’s good about your pet?
He likes to sleep and eat, never picky with food, never barks. My favorite thing is to watch him sleep, his mouth looks like he is always smiling, whenever I’m sad or tired, watching him sleeping with a smile can always make me happier and relaxed. A sleeping pig is an angel.
What’s bad about your pet?
If I say a sleeping pig is an angel, then a waking pig is definitely a devil. He’s got a bad temper. If he is unhappy, he really knows how to torture me. For example, he would chew on the sofa while I’m too busy to give a s**t, or he will make lots noise on the toilet to make me understand he wants to pee. He has the capability to divide his pee into many times, so I had to clean the mess and pay attention to him. And a horny pig is a nightmare, and it stinks so bad. In summer, pigs need to shed, so I will have pig hair all over the place.
Does your pet share or complement your personality?
If habit is a part of personality, I guess we are quite alike on diet. I don’t like vegetables and neither does he. He doesn’t eat vegetables, and he is so happy when he sees meat. We’re both afraid of being alone. We both like attention. I work very hard and want to make everything perfect, but my pig teaches me to sleep in and enjoy life.
What makes your pet unique?
He is a pig.
What other pets have you had?
This is my first pet, before him, I sometimes watch my parents’ dogs on the farm.
What have you always wanted as a pet? Real or imagined?
Something that doesn’t get horny, doesn’t shed, has a good temper, doesn’t chew things, doesn’t drool, isn’t curious about things, has a short round body, less wrinkles, and is smaller than a husky. If there is a pig like that, that will be my ideal pet.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet.
Pigs spend most of their time on sleeping. If I have to tell an unforgettable story it would be when he almost died. I didn’t know how to raise a pig. I fed him with congee and fruits in the beginning. After 8 months, he couldn’t stand up, and didn’t touch his food all day long. I realized something was wrong, but I had no idea what. I had to carry him to the toilet, he was so shaky to walk, it really hurt me. My husband thought maybe he lacked calcium, so we stewed some bones and fed him that, he seemed to really like it. After three days he magically stood up and walked around. I realized I know so little about him. Since then, I started to feed him really well, and he also started growing really fast. Now he has finally stopped growing, everything is more stable, no more surprises or expectations, but we are happy together.

Your name: Snow
Your pet’s name: Xiao Hei
Type of animal: Mynah
Pet’s age: A Year and Half


How long have you had your pet?
For more than a year.
How did you find each other?
I bought it at the bird & flower market. He looked very spiritual. His two big eyes just staring at me. Is this the pet you always wanted? No, I have to say it was fate. I had a dog before, but I never thought I would have a bird, but since I met him, I’m just so in love with him. A pet who talks, that’s amazing!
What’s good about your pet?
He is so human. Whenever I arrive home, I whistle downstairs, and he will always reply. When the door is opened, he shouts, “nihao, dajia hao,” and says, “good bye,” to me when I leave. He loves to eat anything, mainly worms and bird food, but also likes my food, such as coca cola, bread, and ice cream. He’s got a sweet tooth, but his favorite is the meatballs made by my mom. He won’t accept leftovers, if I give him something from my plate, he will be unhappy and refuse to eat it. When he is hungry, he says anything you want to hear. He calls you daddy and grandpa until you are sick of it and give him some food. He’s also very keen on learning new things, once I taught him to sing, “lalalalala” after that whenever he heard me singing, he would start “lalalala…”
What’s bad about your pet?
Well, most of the time he stays in his cage. We let him out when we give him a shower or play with him. Once he is out, he is the boss, he starts to shit everywhere, he loves to play with my keyboard and mouse, and he won’t let me touch them. He would fight with me until I’m really pissed off, then he will walk away. He has a bad temper. My mom is the one who looks after Xiao Hei, she feeds him everyday and washes his cage, but every time she goes out and says good bye to Xiao Hei, he always ignores her. My mom said he doesn’t have a heart and she will starve him. Then Xiao Hei will come to my mom, jumping around and talking to her, finally my mom would feed him, after he get fed up, he starts pecking at my mom again.
Does your pet share or complement your personality?
I think he is the opposite of me. He is crazy, and I’m quiet, but we get along well. He makes me and my whole family happy. The happiest time of the day is after I came home from work, he makes me forget all the unhappiness and pressure. That feeling is really nice.
What makes your pet unique?
He talks a lot! He can imitate different voices. The funniest part is when you give him a hard time, he keep talking back in Hangzhouese, saying, “ze sa la?” which means, “so what?” Maybe because I used to say this a lot, he learned it. He is also a vengeful guy, my brother use to bully him, once he is out of the cage, he would recognize my bro and peck him violently. My bro was so scared. He covered his head and hid in the other room. Then Xiao Hei would laugh out so loud in the living room. The sound of his laughter is really scary. It’s so funny.
What other pets have you had?
I’ve had a dog before. Xiao Hei is my second pet.
What have you always wanted as a pet? Real or imagined?
I’m very happy with my Xiao Hei. I don’t know what else I want. Maybe a parrot or a snake.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet.
One day, he was walking and jumping around in the house, and accidently hit the ceiling fan. We were so worried. He wouldn't eat his favorite worm, wouldn’t make any sound, and couldn't talk. He was very hoarse. I was afraid he wouldn’t make it. I started crying. Mom said if worse comes to worst and he can’t talk anymore, we will have to release him. Thank God, he was fine after, otherwise, who knows where he would be now.

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Great Places for Spring Getaways Around Hangzhou

The dreary months of rain may have you hankering for a vacation, and spring is the perfect time to take a quick weekend getaway. Whether you’re looking for the bustle of a city or the calm of the countryside, there are plenty of easy weekend trips that will feel like a much-needed escape.

With ideal temperatures, smaller crowds, and a true locals’ scene, spring shoulder season is arguably the most underrated travel time of the year. Here are five destinations to hit in April and May—before everyone else does.


Suichang, Zhejiang
Hongxingping Hot Spring Boutique Hotel

After 10 months re-renovation, this hotel reopened in the end of last year. Hidden in a small town called Suichang which is 4 hours driving from Hangzhou. To get there, the best way is to take a train to go to Longyou station (about 1 hour), then a 30 minutes bus ride to Suichang, once you are in Suichang, then you can get a Didi taxi to take you to the hotel.

As the name says, hot spring is the highlight of this hotel. The hot spring water associated with fluorite mine is introduced from the bottom of Hushan fluorite mine, which is two kilometers away from the hotel. The water temperature is about 41 degrees. It is one of the few natural hot springs of fluorite mine. You can chill out in the vinegar spa, rose spa, herb spa, or fish spa, if you want to be more private, a few rooms come with a spa. Make yourself a pot of tea, leave the stress and worries behind, pamper yourself in the nature.

There 22 rooms with different designs. The Family Friendly Room has a slide for the child to come downstairs and a glass ceiling to gaze at the starry sky; Hot Spring Room is facing at the Huangzhao mountain; the Husky fridge and Marshall blue tooth speaker are icing on the cake.

The hotel locates on the upstream of Wuxi River, everything comes from nature. The ingredients used in the restaurant are local chickens from Huangniling, vegetables and fruits from Gaoping, fish head from Shangping or rice from Zhulong. These ingredients either come from pollution-free areas at high altitudes or from areas with clear water quality at the source of Wuxi River.

The tea mountain just a few minutes away, you can also pick up the freshest fruits and vegetables in their own garden, or go sweat your self in the tennis court and gym, after enjoy a salt bath and hot sauna. 

Special Deal For MORE Readers
Price: 888RMB

Inclusions:
* 1-night stay of your choice of Courtyard Room, Sunshine Room, Family Room, Family Sunshine Room, Family Friendly Room (values 980RMB - 1,380RMB)
* Breakfast for 2 adults and 1 child
* Hot spring ticket for 2 adults and 1 child  (values 650RMB), unlimited entries during staying
* Free access to the gym with 1 hour personal trainer
* 2 glasses of cocktails at the bar, welcome fruit and free drinks at mini bar
* Ancient pagoda and tea plantation tour
* 30% off on the Hot Pot set menu (500RMB) for 2-3 people

Valid on both weekday and weekend till June 30th, 2019 (except for Apr.30th - May.3rd), if check in during the weekend, the 200RMB/room price difference need to be paid at the front desk. If change to other types of room, the price difference will be charged.

Add: Hongxingping Village, Hushan, Suichang, Lishui  浙江省丽水市遂昌县湖山乡红星坪村
Tel: 0578 8155 158
Website: www.schxp.com/cn/index.htm


Ningbo, Zhejiang
Camphor Tree Valley


Located in a small village called Li Jia Keng on Siming Mountain in Ningbo, Li Jia Keng means Family Li’s Pit. After 3 hours driving, you will arrive in this retreat away from the world.

In this spring, it’s time to get there to enjoy the private pool, the outdoor hot spring, and have outdoor picnic during the day and romantic stargazing at night, take a walk to the mountain which is covered by cherry blossoms and taste the rustic flavour from the countryside.

This is the season that cherry blossoms all over the mountain, there are two ways to enjoy the cherry blossom.

Tip 1: The Cherry Blossom Festival in Siming Mountain

The Cherry Blossom Festival in Siming Mountain (Zhangxi) of Ningbo is about to begin, it’s about 15 minutes drive from the hotel. This is a "cherry rain" for the tourists, you can walk among them or climb up to the cherry blossom sight-viewing platform to enjoy the amazing view. The Cherry Blossom planting area covers about 10,000 mu, there are more than 20 varieties of cherry blossoms in the field. In recent years, Zhangshui Town has extended the flowering period to more than 40 days by planting early cherry and mid-late cherry alternately. Generally, the flowering period can be extended from early and mid-March to the end of April.

Tip 2: Xiekenling Ancient Road

Xiekenling Ancient Road starts at Li Jia Keng and ends at Zhangxi village, it was the only way for Li Jia Keng people to reach to Zhangxi in ancient times.

It’s cherry blossom all the way from Xiekenling Ancient Road up to the mountain, total length is nearly 2.5 kilometers. The one-way journey takes about one hour, make sure you bring your camera, there will be a lot of inspiration for you all the way.

Now get the special offer for the Cherry Blossom Festival, only 588RMB for weekday, which includes 1 night stay + 2 breakfast + Chicken Soup Dinner (valid till Apr. 30th, 2019).

Add: Li Jia Keng Village, Zhangshui Town, Haishu District, Ningbo, Zhejiang  浙江省宁波市海曙区章水镇李家坑村
Tel: 136 1658 1771, 0574 8778 6682
Website: wx.miot.cn/i-95103


Anji, Zhejiang
Alila Anji 阿丽拉安吉


Alila Anji is a peaceful oasis situated on a hillside overlooking a lake, surrounded by the beauty of lush bamboo groves and tea plantations. With its clean air, mountainous landscape, dense bamboo forests and tea plantations, and ease of access from the major cities of Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou, Anji offers a wonderful escape for city dwellers and nature-lovers.

Enjoy the outdoors, cycling, harvesting seasonal produce, or fishing in Tian Fu Lake. Grab your camera and uncover Anji's hidden beauty spots. Or enjoy cooking and crafting - great fun even for the little ones.

Weekday Lake View Room 
Price: CNY1,999net per room per night

Available on weekday stay (Sunday to Thursday)
Inclusions:
* 1 Lake View Room stay with daily breakfast for 2 persons
* 1 time 60 min Spa treatment for 1 person
* 1 time hot pot for 2 persons
* Free upgrade to Hill View Villa (subject to availability)
* 1 time hotel activity (choose from singing box, mahjong, archery, hiking etc)
* 20% off on extra consumption of F&B Spa

Weekend Lake View Room 
Price: CNY3,999net for 2-night stay

Available for weekend (Thu & Fri, Fri & Sat, Sat & Sun)
Inclusions:
* 2-night Lake View Room stay with daily breakfast for 2 persons
* 2 times 60 min Spa treatment or 1 time120 min Spa treatment
* 1 time hot pot for 2 persons
* Free upgrade to Hill View Villa (subject to availability)
* 1 time hotel activity (choose from singing box, mahjong, archery, hiking etc)
* 20% off on extra consumption of F&B Spa

Both promotions are valid till 30 June 2019, exclude public holiday (5 - 7 April, 1 - 4 May and 7 - 9 June 2019)

You can book these two packages through: 
https://www.travelzoo.com/cn/local-deals/EastCN/Getaway/317161/?from=timeline&isappinstalled=0

Add: Fushi Reservoir, Meizi Wan, Hanggai Town, Anji, Zhejiang 浙江省安吉杭垓镇梅子湾旅游风景区赋石水库
Reservations: anji@alilahotels.com
Tel: 0572 5133 566
Website: www.alilahotels.com/anji


Deqiing, Zhejiang
Moganshan Solvang Village Boutique Hotel


Many of our readers may know that Mogan Mountain has increased in popularity over the past year as ‘the’ place to go for that weekend break, especially in those hot summer months to escape the heat. There are resorts popping up everywhere.

So why, you ask, or what makes Solvang so special? Nestled right in the midst of hiking trails, this family-feel resort has everything you could ask for to keep your blood pumping whether that be on a hike through bamboo forests, local farms for some fruit picking or to a serene waterfall or perhaps racing around on a mountain bike (available to hire at the resort for a daily fee). Not feeling the ‘sweat it out’ fresh air vibe? How about relaxing on a terrace with a good book, soaking yourself in a large bathtub or if you book on a special weekend, center yourself with some fresh mountain air outdoor yoga? Not convinced yet? With a fully stocked bar and restaurant, you can really relax, put your feet up and enjoy being looked after.

To get there is pretty easy, just take the fast train from Hangzhou East to Deqing station in just 15 minutes and the resort can arrange a car for you from there for a fee.

Room starts at 1,180RMB, to celebrate the arrival of the spring, they are offering an offer (200RMB down) from this week until April 30th.

Add: 112 Xiangdao, Reservior Side, Dazaowu Village, Deqing, Zhejiang 浙江德清县大造坞村112乡道水库旁
Reservations: booking@mogansolvangvillage.com
Tel: 136 6189 4469, 0572 8667 297
Website: www.mogansolvangvillage.com/


Deqing, Zhejiang
Gen Sinn Horseback Riding


Unleash your inner cowboy, the Indiana Jones or Lawrence of Arabia deep within, and hop in the saddle for the trip of a lifetime! Here in GenSinn Moganshan, you will make it come true.

Cross paths and forests, ride seemingly endless trails on the countryside roads, and stop on your way to enjoy the delicious country cuisine.

Gallop or trot alongside the streams and tea fields in the Moganshan. Ride far from those dusty roads filled with tourists, and go deep into the mountain for a pure bush experience.

Price: 498RMB/40 minutes

Add: Gaofeng Village, Moganshan, Deqing, Zhejiang (you can set your GPS to "浙江爵隐马术文化有限公司")
浙江省湖州市德清县莫干山镇高峰村 (导航浙江爵隐马术文化有限公司即可到达)
Hours: 8am - 5pm
Tel: 400 926 7833, 133 0571 5229, 150 8831 9562 

All About Tomb Sweeping Day

Tomb Sweeping Day (清明节, qīngmíng jié) is a Chinese holiday that has been celebrated in China for centuries. The day is meant to commemorate and pay respect to a person’s ancestors. Thus, on Tomb Sweeping Day, families visit and clean the gravesite of their ancestors to show their respect.

In addition to visiting cemeteries, people also go for walks in the countryside, plant willows, and fly kites. Those who cannot travel back to their ancestors’ gravesites may opt to pay their respects at martyrs parks to pay homage to revolutionary martyrs.

When Is Tomb Sweeping Day?

Tomb Sweeping Day is held 107 days after the start of winter and is celebrated on April 4 or April 5, depending on the lunar calendar.

Origins

Tomb Sweeping Day is based on the Hanshi Festival (寒食节, hánshií jié), which is also known as the Cold Food Festival and Smoke-Banning Festival. While the Hanshi Festival is no longer celebrated today, it has gradually been absorbed into Tomb Sweeping Day festivities.

The Hanshi Festival commemorated Jie Zitui (介子推), a loyal court official from the Spring and Autumn Period. Jie was a loyal minister to Chong Er. During a civil war, Prince Chong Er and Jie fled and were in exile for 19 years. According to legend, Jie was so loyal during the duo’s exile that he even made broth out of the flesh of his leg to feed the prince when they were short of food. When Chong Er later became king, he rewarded those who helped him when times were tough; however, he overlooked Jie.

Many advised Jie to remind Chong Er that he, too, should be repaid for his loyalty. Instead, Jie packed his bags and relocated to the mountainside. When Chong Er discovered his oversight, he was ashamed. He went to look for Jie in the mountains. The conditions were harsh and he was unable to find Jie. Someone suggested that Chong Er set fire to the forest to force Jie out. After the king set fire to the forest, Jie didn’t appear.

When the fire was extinguished, Jie was found dead with his mother on his back. He was under a willow tree and a letter written in blood was found in a hole in the tree. The letter read:

Giving meat and heart to my lord, hoping my lord will always be upright. An invisible ghost under a willow Is better than a loyal minister beside my lord. If my lord has a place in his heart for me, please make self-reflection when remembering me. I have a clear conscious in the nether world, being pure and bright in my offices year after year.

To commemorate Jie’s death, Chong Er created the Hanshi Festival and ordered that no fire could be set on this day. Meaning, only cold food could be eaten. One year later, Chong Er went back to the willow tree to hold a memorial ceremony and found the willow tree in bloom again. The willow was named ‘Pure Bright White’ and the Hanshi Festival became known as ‘Pure Brightness Festival.’ Pure Brightness is a fitting name for the festival because the weather is usually bright and clear in early April.

How Is Tomb Sweeping Day Celebrated?

Tomb Sweeping Day is celebrated with families reuniting and traveling to their ancestors’ gravesites to pay their respects. First, weeds are removed from the gravesite and the tombstone is cleaned and swept. Any necessary repairs to the gravesite are also made. New earth is added and willow branches are placed atop the gravesite.

Next, joss sticks are placed by the grave. The sticks are then lit and an offering of food and paper money is placed at the tomb. Joss paper money is burned while family members show their respect by bowing to their ancestors. Fresh flowers are placed at the tomb and some families also plant willow trees. In ancient times, five-colored paper was placed underneath a stone on the grave to signify that someone had visited the grave and that it had not been abandoned.

The Chinese joss paper “spirit money” known as Hell Bank Notes are commonly used in all manner of contemporary ancestor ceremonies. The most traditional notes bear the seal of the afterlife’s “Bank of Heaven and Earth,” while others are printed to resemble legal tender currency from various countries. Bills feature an image of the Jade Emperor, the Taoist monarch of heaven, and come in outrageous denominations from 10,000 to 1,000,000,000 dollars to help an ancestor purchase services, pay off the God of Death or escape punishment. Here are a few popular designs.

As cremation is gaining popularity, families continue the tradition by making offerings at ancestral altars or by placing wreaths and flowers at martyrs’ shrines. Due to hectic work schedules and the long distance some families must travel, some families opt to mark the festival earlier or later in April over a long weekend or assign a few family members to make the trip on behalf of the entire family.

Once the family has paid their respects at the gravesite, some families will have a picnic at the gravesite. Then, they take advantage of the usually good weather to take a walk in the countryside, known as 踏青 (tà qīng), hence another name for the festival — Taqing Festival.

Some people wear a willow twig on their heads to keep ghosts away. Another custom includes picking shepherd’s purse flower. Women also pick herbs and make dumplings with them and they also wear the shepherd’s purse flower in their hair.

Other traditional activities on Tomb Sweeping Day include playing tug-of-war and swinging on swings. It is also a good time for sowing and other agricultural activities, including planting willow trees.

Hangzhou

In Hangzhou, major activities for celebrating Tomb Sweeping Day Festival include sweeping tombs and going on spring outings. During the Festival each year millions people offer sacrifices to their ancestors and sweep their family tombs. Cemeteries are becoming more popular as a result of reform and China's opening to the world. This is particularly so in the areas outside Hangzhou, such as Suzhou and Jiaxing. Each year, more than a million people stream to these places, spawning traffic jams.

During the Festival it has become fashionable to blend brome grass juice with the flours of glutinous rice, and then to make them into pastes. The pastes are rolled into pieces of wrappers and stuffed with sweet bean paste and jujube paste. The stuffed pastes are put into a steamer, the bottom of which is covered with reed leaves. The freshly steamed pastes are green, bright and attractive with an appealing aroma. This kind of paste is the most unique local snack of the Festival. The local people also have a penchant for porridge cooked with peach blossom petals. Fish, whether for offering sacrifices or for a family banquets is usually saury. Local people consider the green pastes to be an indispensable sacrifice to their ancestors.     

Qingming Vocabulary

fénmù 坟墓= tomb / grave

mùdì 墓地 = cemetery (which sounds exactly like mùdì 目的 = “goal”)

sǎomù 扫墓 = to sweep tombs

bài zǔxiān 拜祖先 = to pay respects to ancestors

shāo xiāng 烧香 = to burn incense

shāo zhū 烧猪 = roast pig

gānzhè 甘蔗 = sugar cane

fàng biānpào 放鞭炮 = set off firecrackers 

qīng míng tuán 清明团 = green rice ball

All These Big Events You Need to Know - Coming Up in Hangzhou

International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology has become an important part of many areas of biology. ICBCB conference series will be held annually to provide an interactive forum for presentation and discussion on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. The conference welcomes participants from all over the world who are interested in developing professional ties to and/or exploring career opportunities in the region. The conference should serve as an ideal forum to establish relationships from within China and other regions of the world.

Time: 8am - 6pm, Mar. 21st - 23rd
Location: Zhejiang University Yuquan Campus


2019 4th International Conference on Renewable Energy and Smart Grid (ICRESG 2019)

International Conference on Renewable Energy and Smart Grid. ICRESG is co-organized by Auckland University of Technology, American University of Madaba (AUM) and Hong Kong Society of Mechanical Engineers(HKSME), technically sponsored by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Zhejiang University.

Time: 9am - 6pm, Mar. 28th - 31st
Location: Hampton by Hilton Hangzhou Binjiang


Asia Conference on Power and Electrical Engineering

The Asia Conference on Power and Electrical Engineering. ACPEE is co-organized by Auckland University of Technology, American University of Madaba (AUM) and Hong Kong Society of Mechanical Engineers(HKSME), technically sponsored by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Zhejiang University.

Time: 9am - 6pm, Mar. 28th - 31st
Location: Hampton by Hilton Hangzhou Binjiang


Asia and Oceanian Parkinsons Disease and Movement Disorders Congress

Asia and Oceanian Parkinsons Disease and Movement Disorders Congress is a platform to facilitate communication between clinicians and researchers in the region, disseminate updated knowledge about movement disorders, improve quality of life and independence of movement disorders patients and caregivers, promote research and facilitate research collaborations in movement disorders and expose clinicians, researchers and healthcare professionals in the region to movement disorders initiatives.

Time: 9am - 6pm, Apr. 12th - 14th
Location: InterContinental Hangzhou


Food & Beverage Innovation Forum

"Promoting the positive development of the food & beverage industry"
FBIF2019 is themed as "Gaining New Momentum from Open Innovation". The three-day FBIF consists of Plenary Session and two awards ceremonies on Day One, five sub-forums on Day Two and Day Three including Product Innovation, Marketing Innovation, InnoPack and Food & Money. At the same time, there will be interactive activities at FBIF exhibition area. Food and Beverage Innovation Forum (FBIF), founded in 2014 by Simba Events, is one of the most influential industry forums in Asia-Pacific. It is dedicated to promoting the industry development through sharing the most updated successful cases and communicate upcoming trends across the globe in the F&B industry.

Highlights
120+ global speakers and juries communicating the latest trends and successful business cases
7700m2 exhibition area with both exhibition and exclusively organized interactive activities

Time: 8am - 6pm, Apr. 23rd - 25th
Location: Hangzhou International Expo Centre


API China

"The oldest exhibition in the pharmaceutical field."
API China is the one-stop hight efficient industry platform for thousands of pharmaceutical and health care products manufacturers both at home and abroad. It will help pharmacy colleagues at home and broad fully understand the development trend of China pharmaceutical and healthcare products industry, meet industry friends and find new business opportunities.

Time: 9am - 6pm, May. 8th - 10th
Location: Hangzhou International Expo Centre


China International Pharmaceutical Industry Exhibition

China International Pharmaceutical Industry Exhibition will focus on areas like pharmaceutical machinery, packaging machinery, biological engineering, biopharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical water treatment equipment, fluid engineering, cleaning technology & equipment, process technology & control system, etc.

Time: 9am - 6pm, May. 8th - 10th
Location: Hangzhou International Expo Centre


China Hangzhou International Tea Industry Expo

China Hangzhou International Tea Industry Expo convenes famous tea, artisan and experts at home and abroad from top tea industry, big coffee, and tea lovers Gather together to create a grand tea feast.

Time: 9am - 6pm, May. 14th - 19th
Location: Hangzhou International Expo Centre


VeggieWorld Hangzhou

"VeggieWorld. The fair for the vegan lifestyle."
VeggieWorld Hangzhou is a platform to discover products that are not available in your supermarket and get to know vegan pleasure. Enriched with tips and tricks from creators, producers, chefs, and faces of the scene. Even vegetable-produced clothing and cosmetics that make no compromise in terms of shape, color, and style, you can find with us.

Time: 9am - 6pm, May. 14th - 19th
Location: White Horse Lake Jianguo Hotel


International Congress on Thermal Stresses

International Congress on Thermal Stresses aims to provide a forum for scientists and engineers from academia, research laboratories, and industry from all over the world who are involved in the field of thermal stresses to exchange ideas and to extend further cooperation among participants. The Congress should forge cooperative links between researches and engineers by bringing them to one place where they present their achievements and conduct discussions.

Time: 9am - 6pm, Jun. 1st - 5th
Location: Zhejiang Hotel Hangzhou


International Content Summit

International and Chinese companies to develop new programming across all genres. The most direct & easy way to find the right co-production or co-development partners.

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Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference

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Time: 9am - 6pm, Jun. 9th - 14th
Location: Zhejiang University Yuquan Campus


International Conference on Physics of 2D Crystals

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Time: 9am - 6pm, Jun. 10th - 15th
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EAI International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications and Services

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Time: 9am - 6pm, Jun. 14th - 15th
Location: Hangzhou


Asian Regional Association of Home Economics International Congress

The theme of this congress is The Aging and The Development of Home Economics Industry: For the Aspirations of the People to Live a Better Life, starting from the responsibility which home economics should assume while Asian countries and the community are developing rapidly. We hope that through home economics research, we are devoted to attaining the goal of family members' having a healthy, sustainable and long life We expect that in this very commemorative ARAHE International Congress, we will discuss this significant theme with many researchers of home economics from all Asian countries.

Time: 9am - 6pm, Aug. 20th - 23rd
Location: Zhijiang Hotel Hangzhou


11th Edition Conference
International Conference on Intelligent Human-Machine Systems and Cybernetics

"New applications for Human-machine interfaces"
International Conference on Intelligent Human-Machine Systems and Cybernetics aims to provide a forum for exchanges of research results, ideas for and experience of application among researchers and practitioners involved with all aspects of Human-Machine Systems and Cybernetics.

Time: 9am - 6pm, Aug. 24th - 25th
Location: Zhejiang Zijingang Hotel


IWA Odour & VOC/Air Emissions Conference

The IWA Odour & VOC/Air Emissions Conference will focus on the subject areas such as Policy and associated regulations for odour and air quality, Odour/VOC measurement, monitoring & sensor technologies, Odour/VOC perception, impact, formation and dispersion, GHG emissions, particulate matter and industrial emissions, Source characterisation and odour/VOC mapping, Odour/VOC abatement, mitigation and neutralization, Odour/VOC from wastewater, sewer systems and livestock, etc.

Time: 9am - 6pm, Oct. 14th - 17th
Location: Zhejiang University Yuquan Campus


China International Automobile Aftermarket Fair

China International Automobile Aftermarket Fair not only witnesses the rise and prosperity of China Automobile Aftermarket Industry but also sets up the most direct business negotiation platform for industrial enterprises. It will be the comprehensive industrial event that focus on providing product and technique solutions for automobile service industry, automobile dealers and all levels of selling agents

Time: 9am - 6pm, Nov. 23rd - 25th
Location: Hangzhou International Expo Centre


International Conference on Signal Processing and Machine Learning

International Conference on Signal Processing and Machine Learning are meant for researchers from academia, industries and research & development organizations all over the globe interested in the areas of machine learning methods/ algorithms, signal processing theory and methods, data mining, artificial intelligence, optimization and applications to human brain disorders like epilepsy etc. The conference will feature world-class keynote speakers in the main areas. Machine Learning usually plays an important role in the transition from data storage to decision systems based on large databases of signals such as the obtained from sensor networks, internet services, or communication systems.

Time: 9am - 6pm, Nov. 27th - 29th
Location: Hangzhou Dianzi University


Universal Tourism Exhibition

Universal Tourism Exhibition is a large outbound tourism trade platform and an itinerant exhibition. It is a B2B platform for Chinese outbound travel agencies and overseas inbound travel agencies, hotels, resorts, scenic spots, tourism platforms, cruises, tourism bureaus, other related tourism.

Time: 9am - 6pm, Dec. 5th
Location: Hangzhou


Money 20 20 China

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Time: 9am - 6pm, Dec. 4th - 6th
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What To Do For Chinese Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival marks the last day of the Spring Festival and officially ends the Chinese New Year celebrations. This fun festival is mostly celebrated at nighttime to see the colorful lanterns flying high in the dark sky. In addition to seeing the lanterns flying, during this festival, families gather to attend four other major activities on this special day.

The belief during this festival is by lighting a lantern, you make a wish. So Chinese families light their lanterns and pray for health, fortune, wealth or make even more precise wishes. It is said that if you want your wish to come true, you must walk under a hanging lantern and pray for what you want.

So, at the end of the day, people light their lanterns and watch them fly away in the dark sky, accompanied by fireworks. Releasing the lanterns, which are red for good luck, symbolizes people letting go of their past selves and embracing new identities for the coming year.

Another popular activity during the Lantern Festival is to guess lanterns riddles.

Lantern riddles are called 灯迷 dēng mí in Chinese, where 灯 dēng is a lantern, lamp, or light, and 迷 mí refers to a puzzle, riddle, enigma, or conundrum.

The lanterns’ owners write riddles on small strips of paper they attach to the lantern they have hanging outside their home, so visitors can try to guess and solve the riddle.

If the visitors come up with an answer to the riddle (they are usually pretty tough to guess!), they can take off the paper and give it to the lantern owner. If the visitor guessed the right answer, then they win a little gift, given by the owner.

And this is how you change your casual stroll in the streets into a delightful moment by solving riddles. Fun, right?

Lastly, a big Lantern Festival tradition is to eat 元宵 (yuán xiāo) and these sticky balls are so yummy you’d be sorry to miss out on this excuse to eat sweet stuff.

元宵 (yuán xiāo) are sticky rice dumplings that can be stuffed with white sugar, brown sugar, sesame seeds, peanuts, walnuts, rose petals, bean paste, and jujube paste, or any combination of two or three ingredients. For Chinese people, the roundness of the dumplings symbolizes the togetherness as it is a great time for family gatherings.

Here are the locations where you can watch the Lantern Festival:

Grand Canal Spring
“运河之春”灯会


Time: Feb. 19th
Location: Streets in Gongshu District 拱墅区各街道

Wushan
吴山灯会


Time: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Jan.25th - Feb. 20th (5:30pm - 10:30pm on the 19th)
Location: Cheng Huang Ge, Wushan 吴山城隍阁景区
Tickets: 30RMB/adults, 15RMB/children

People's Square, Xiaoshan
萧山人民广场


Time:  1:30pm - 3pm on Feb. 18th - 20th. Variety performances including singing and dancing, magic, acrobatics, etc.
Location: People's Square, Xiaoshan 萧山人民广场

Xiang Lake
湘湖灯会


Time: Feb. 3rd - 19th
Location: Xiang Lake, Xiaoshan 萧山区湘湖景区

West Lake Culture Plaza
西湖文化广场


Time: Feb. 18th - 20th
Location: West Lake Culture Plaza 西湖文化广场

Qiantang Lantern Affair
钱塘灯会


Time: Feb. 19th - Mar. 4th
Location: Dengxin Lane, Tianshui Street 天水街道灯芯巷

Song Dynasty
宋城灯会


Time: Feb. 5th - 19th
Location: Song Dynasty Themed Park 宋城景区
Tickets: 290RMB

Post-Holiday Weight Loss Plan

If you gained a few pounds over the holidays, you’re not alone. The good news for seniors looking to get back on track is you can bring about weight loss by cutting 500 calories daily from your diet. That’s the equivalent of one bagel with cream cheese.

The bad news, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, is most people don’t lose the one to five pounds they gained during the Christmas and Chinese New Year’s season. Aim to follow these suggestions on this list over the course of a week, and you'll be well on your way to reclaiming your waistline before you've even had a chance to pack up the holiday decorations.

Cut Sugar
The topic about sugar can go on and on, how bad is sugar? The World Health Organization recommends that adults consume no more than 6 teaspoons (about 22 grams) of sugar per day. This seems easy to control, but in fact, if you drink a bottle of any sweet drink, you will exceed the standard.

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Damon Gameau becomes a human guinea-pig when he puts himself through a grueling 6 week diet consuming the equivalent of 40 teaspoons of sugar a day. That Sugar Film is one man's journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as “healthy.”
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Drink Water
People often mistake thirst for hunger, so next time you feel like noshing, reach for water first. Drinking also helps you feel full. Some experts suggest sipping water (or iced tea) just before you sit down to a meal. Continue drinking as you eat to add volume and weight to your meal.

Try An At-home HIIT Workout
Try this 25-minute HIIT workout to torch 500 calories: 1 minute, 30 seconds of burpees; 1 minute, 30 seconds of squat jumps; 1 minute, 30 seconds of pendulums; 1 minute, 30 seconds of band jumps; and 1 minute, 30 seconds of bicep curls with bands. Repeat three times with a minute of rest in between. This sequence hits your whole body and the fast transitions keep your heart going. That way, even when the workout is over, you'll still be burning calories.

Opt For A Low-calorie Breakfast
Swap out your regular morning bagel, baozi, youtiao, fried dumplings to immediately slash 240 calories from your breakfast. And instead of flavoring it with spreading some ripe avocado on the whole wheat bread. You'll save yourself another 25 calories and benefit from the "good" monounsaturated fats in avocados, which can help reduce your risk of heart disease. Do this twice a week to cut 530 calories.

Don't Just Sit There
The average person burns 100 calories per hour sitting and 140 per hour standing. Make a point of being on your feet for at least two hours every day, and you could slash an extra 560 calories by the end of the week. Bonus: Taking frequent breaks can help prevent your risk of developing anxiety, heart disease, or certain cancers—all potential side effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

Go Easy on the Alcohol
Remember that alcohol is a source of calories. A 12-ounce beer has 150 calories; a 3.5-ounce glass of wine, 85. A margarita packs a bigger caloric punch. Even worse offenders are creamy cocktails, such as brandy alexanders and mudslides—equivalent to drinking a rich dessert. The bottom line: If you’re trying to lose weight, stick with water. Follow these simple tricks to cut back on alcohol.

Dress Your Salad with A Fork
Prefer your salad dressing on the side? Lightly dip your fork into the dressing before stabbing your greens instead of plunging an already-loaded fork into the condiment (which picks up more) or drizzling it on top. You'll get just enough to flavor each bite and will cut about 500 calories. Another tip: Always opt for balsamic instead of Caesar to save yourself another 70 calories per tablespoon.

Say Goodbye to Soda
There are plenty of reasons to give up your soda habit once and for all. Studies have linked consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages to tooth decay, diabetes, and poor bone health. And diet soda doesn't fare much better—artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose trigger insulin, which could cause you to gain weight. Start by replacing your daily 12-ounce can with a glass of water for a week, and you'll cut 980 calories. This is probably one of the easiest and best swaps you can make.

Up Your Protein (A Little)
Research suggests that protein prolongs the feeling of fullness better than carbohydrates or fats do. Studies in Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, and England found that people who ate a high-protein breakfast or lunch were less hungry at their next meal. Protein also requires a few more calories to digest. Just don’t go overboard. Stick to low-fat protein sources like low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese, low-fat soy drinks or snacks, or thinly sliced turkey breast.

Go For A Run
Running may be one of the most efficient workouts when it comes to blasting fat. Lace up your sneakers and go for a 60-minute run at a 10-minute-per-mile pace to burn about 600 calories.

Hit the Stairs
Not a fan of long runs? Work off nearly the same amount of calories in half the time by running up and down the stairs in your home. Do this for 15 minutes, and you'll lose 270 calories. Repeat twice a week to torch over 500.

Grab A Jump Rope
We know, we know—it gives you flashbacks to elementary school gym class. But jumping rope is a serious calorie-burner that strengthens your quads, calves, core, and shoulders. Spend 20 minutes jumping rope and you'll burn 240 calories; do this twice in a week to torch nearly 500.

Snack Smart
You may think of it as a health food, but one serving of pita bread contains about 13% of your recommended daily sodium. For a healthier fix, pair hummus with crunchy red pepper slices. This fiber-filled veggie is a great source of vitamins A, C, and K, and will save you 135 calories. Do this four times a week to burn 540 calories in total.

Work Out For Just 10 More Minutes
Whether you're on the treadmill, walking around your neighborhood, or swimming laps, tell yourself to continue on for another ten minutes after you're ready to end your workout. Those extra minutes could help you shed an additional 100 calories. Repeat for five of your weekly workouts to burn 500.

Only 4 months to summer, good luck to you, and we hope you'll get to see a new you in the year of 2019!

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