Best Travel Adventure: A Trip To Eastern China | Clozette

My best and most recent travel adventure was to eastern part of China early this year. Shanghai being my first stop was the largest city in China. In my opinion, it was China's most cosmopolitan city-state, offering visitors a chance to experience the past, present, and future all at one go. Shanghai was a cool, confident face of modern China, and its energy is really infectious. During my stay in Shanghai, I went to the Bund to watch ships on the river and marveled at the huge variety of architectural styles on display. I saw large crowds of shoppers in the People’s Square and huge masses of people making beelines at the Fabric Market and I learnt to bargain on prices in these two shopping hotspots. At night, it felt so great to explore all manner of fashionable restaurants, bars and nightclubs and strolling through the city, enjoying the spectacular neon lights was a must-do.
  


My second travel stop was Hangzhou. It was the capital of Zhejiang (East) Province and it was one of the seven ancient capitals of China too. The West Lake scenic area contained over 60 cultural relic sites and numerous attractions of natural beauty. As It housed a tea plantation, I had a fulfill trip by buying some freshly harvested, Hangzhou's famous aromatic green tea. Taking a cruise on the lake was a good option to view its several sites and I was happy I did.

Chinese people say that unless you visit the Great Wall, then you are not considered having been to China. And for any visit to south of the Yangtze River, one place one should not miss is the town of Wuzhen. Therefore, Wuzhen was obviously a part of my itinerary. Wuzhen was located in the centre of the six ancient towns south of the Yangtze River. The Water Town, another name for Wuzhen, displayed its two-thousand-year history in its ancient stone bridges floating on mild water, its stone pathways between the mottled walls and its delicate wood carvings. 




When I wandered along the east-west-east circuit created by these six districts, I immersed myself in the atmosphere of the traditional cultures and the original ancient features of the town that have been preserved intact. Wuzhen had got some nice shops for food and snack items on clean streets. So besides eating good food, I tried the boat ride on the river and went under the many bridges which I truly believed was a very nice place to take photo.




Nanjing was one of my travel stops. It was literally the 'Southern Capital' of China. Nanjing was lying on the lower stretches of the Yangzi River, boasting a surprisingly rich, impressive and extensive historical heritage. Some major attractions include the echoes of the city’s brief, former glory as the nation’s capital during its Ming-dynasty apogee and then as the capital of the Republic of China in the early years of the 20th century. A magnificent city wall still enclosed most of the city while elegant republican-era buildings doted the centre. The atmosphere of Nanjing was both cultured and relaxed.




Last but not least, Suzhou was the last stop of my vacation trip in China. The beautifully landscaped city of Suzhou was located in the center of the Yangtze Delta region, and was renowned for its classic gardens, traditional waterside architecture, and traditional operas. When I arrived in Suzhou, I took a stroll around the city to experience the local life, had a cup of tea and some local snacks in a tea house, followed by exploring the best representatives of Chinese gardens -Humble Administrator's Garden and Lingering Garden. I took a motorboat cruise on the Grand Canal plus a ride on a rickshaw to visit the old streets and hutongs in the old city area. I visited Zhouzhuang Water Town to experience the traditional culture, appreciate the well-preserved ancient architecture, and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the waterways. After this 18 days holiday, I had a deepened understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture.



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Black shoes never ceases to amaze fashionistas as it is the most versatile colour around. It's classy, sometimes sassy, and can even go edgy depending on the styles you have in your closet. Since there are so many styles to choose from, how do you filter out the good ones from the bad? 


To help you out on your next shoe shopping spree, here are 5 must-have black shoes you should own now. 


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Classic Black Pumps



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The classic black pump, whether it's patent, pointed-toe, or armed with 3-inch heels, is a staple in any closet. It switches any outfit from drab to fab and can turn anything sophisticated. If you're the preppy type, a patent black pump is the one for you; but if your style is more feminine go for peep toe heels. If you want something that's an absolute statement maker, a pointed black pump is the one that suits you best. 

Edgy Boots



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Add attitude to your outfit with a pair of edgy boots that will certainly turn things around for you. The best thing about these kind of boots is that wearing them is a statement in itself. If you feel lazy but you have to look fabulous, you can just literally add a pair of boots to a plain outfit and you're good to go! 



Heeled Sandals



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Black heeled sandals are perfect for day events and casual gatherings. Since your feet are exposed, they're not as intimidating as the black pumps or boots. However, they still provide the flavour of elegance because of the heels.  



Basic Sandals



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Dressing down in laidback fashion doesn't mean you have to forget style altogether. Instead of slippers, opt for black sandals with a simple design that is perfect for walking around and doing errands. They amp up your style since black is a strong and refined colour. 



Slip-Ons



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We all know black flats are a staple, so it need not be mentioned here. However, the sporty cousin of the black flats is the black slip-ons and they are just as comfortable. They add a dash of sporty luxe flavour since they're technically a hybrid between a ballet flat and rubber shoe (without the hassle of needing shoelaces). This is another shoe perfect for everyday wear without sacrificing style.   



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Despite how hot, sunny, or confused the weather may be, our Fashion community is always consistently showcasing their flair for fashion. Even if the lazy, laid-back looks are the perfect ones to sport this season, we appreciated those that took the road less travelled and wore polished ensembles. Polished looks are for those who chose heels, glam accessories, and structured silhouettes over loose and basic pieces.


Without further ado, here are 5 polished looks that made it on our weekly OOTD Roundup of the best looks spotted in our Fashion Community! 


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Everestsays

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In celebration of Singapore's National Day, Star Clozetter Everestsays sported an #SG50 OOTD that's polished from her shades down to her shoes. The placing of the colours kept the look balanced, with the accessories classy and on-point. This is a lovely polished look you can wear from day-to-night. 

cassansaurusanaesi

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Cool and polished? Only cassansaurusanaesi is able to pull that off flawlessly. We all know this Clozette Ambassador's style is beyond the usual basic and monochrome trend, that's why her looks are always a source of style inspiration. We love her embellished top and metallic oxfords! 



Aggylow

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Aggylow  presented us with another #SG50 outfit that is worth raving about. We love how she cleverly wore an all-red look and posed against a while wall for that red and white combination. This look may seem simple but it's actually quite an eye-catcher with its deep red colour choice and the touch of black in all the right places. 



RochelleAbella

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RochelleAbella is a Clozette Ambassador with a polished style that never fails. This ensemble in particular caught our eye because of the pairing of those chic heels and blazer, absolutely complementing each other so well with the black and white patterns. Now this is how you turn basic into something fab!



HLRYYS

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Clozette Ambassador HLRYYS sure knows how to steal the show in style! This skirt is an absolute stunner and the way she styled it made it the perfect casual glam look. Since the skirt is already a show stopper, her minimal accessories and sling bag kept it balanced with its simplicity. It can't go more polished than this!



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