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superman Published the article • 0 comments • 12 views • 2019-01-29 11:51
2: Elder Sister
Yi Yun had trouble describing his first impression of the girl. It was a strange sense of familiarity.
She looked to be approximately fifteen years old, wearing a patched up green blouse with colored trousers that were too dark to tell the color of. The trousers legs were rolled up high, betraying her white legs. Her ankles were dotted with fresh mud splashes.
With a slender body and a slim waistline, she had a radiant face with rosy red cheeks.
As she walked down the village path, she was like fresh mountain dew rejuvenating Yi Yun.
Who is this girl?
Yi Yun exchanged glances with the young girl. She stood there, dazed for a moment before she loosened her grip on the rope holding the basket up on her shoulder.
Yi Yun suddenly got a weird feeling. The girl in front of him was clearly approximately fifteen years old like a flower bud, and yet, why did she… look taller than him? She was probably taller than him by more than half a head. If they were closer, he would have to tilt his head up to look at the young girl!
It must be an illusion caused by fatigue…
Yi Yun still did not understand, but at this moment he heard the girl’s clear voice like a mountain lake.
The girl threw her basket down as she ran towards Yi Yun with her mouth agape.
Her beautiful eyes already brimming with tears.
Yi Yun was in a daze, he looked around and found out that he was the only person within a mile radius, so the girl was running towards him!
The Yun’er she was calling… could it be himself?
Yi Yun had the single character Yun as his name, but no one had ever called him Yun’er. No one in modern day society would do so, so it was no surprise his reaction was slow.
In actuality, he was unable to react at all as the girl rushed towards him like the wind and embraced him!
The girl’s fresh scent filled his nostrils as her soft body overwhelmed Yi Yun. He had no reaction as he was dumbfounded. He had been buried alive while mountain climbing and when he finally managed to dig himself out, it was from within a grave. And after he did so, with great effort, he was embraced by a little loli without him knowing who she was!
Yi Yun did not anticipate that, as a young adult, he would be hugged so tightly by a loli. What’s the meaning of this?
“Yun’er, you worried your sister sick. As long as you are alright, as long as you are alright…”
The little loli was tightly hugging Yun Yi, her sharp chin lodged into Yi Yun’s shoulders while she sobbed uncontrollably. Her grip was strong, as if she was using all of her strength to merge Yi Yun’s body into her own. She was afraid that this was all a dream, that the moment she released him, Yi Yun would disappear again.
Yi Yun stood there, petrified like a gargoyle, with a myriad of expressions on his face as the little loli hugged him.
At this moment, Yi Yun, who had been barraged with numerous baffling events, finally understood something. This little loli is the elder sister from “his” tombstone!
The words “Beloved brother, Grave of Yi Yun” was clearly written by this little loli!
Considering that this little loli was treating him as her younger brother, maybe she missed her brother so much that she mistook him for her brother…
Yi Yun tried to rationalize it, but the more he thought about it, the more something seemed off. This little loli should be attending middle school? Her younger brother is at most twelve or thirteen years old, how could she mistake an adult like himself for her younger brother?
Wait a moment…
An adult like himself?
Yi Yun suddenly realized something. He compared his height with the girl, seeing how his mouth only reached to her shoulders, he had an ominous feeling.
He stretched out his arms from beneath the little loli’s arms and looked at his own hands. What he saw were the soft and tender hands of a child…
Are these my hands?
Have I become young again?
Yi Yun was utterly confused.
Becoming young, suddenly having a sister, a baffling identity. This together with the ancient looking tombs, the unfamiliar plains, the foreign words and language that he could read, listen and understand…
Everything only pointed to one conclusion, but Yi Yun refused to believe what his gut was now telling him.
The girl’s body kept shivering. It could be excitement, it could be fear… Yi Yun could not recall anything about this girl, but he could appreciate the girl’s feelings and warmth. It was a magical feeling.
The girl wiped her tears as she held Yi Yun’s hand. She went to pick up the basket, intending to head home.
But this jolt made Yi Yun stagger as he felt nauseous.
Yi Yun felt his stomach and all he could feel was… hunger. He was suddenly overcome with hunger.
Ever since he was buried alive, he had not even had a single morsel of food or water. If it was not for that weird purple crystal card, he would have died much sooner.
Naturally, it was normal for him to feel so hungry.
The girl noticed Yi Yun’s frailty and bent down with her back facing Yi Yun. A soft and warm back with streaks of perspiration appeared in front of Yi Yun’s eyes.
“Yun’er, Sis will carry you. Let’s go home, never to be separated again.”
Yi Yun didn’t know how to describe his feelings, a little loli was going to carry him!
“Yun’er, get on! Your body may have recovered but it is still weak…”
As she said that, she glanced towards the tunnel Yi Yun crawled out of and felt pain, her younger brother had never died.
Thankfully, they were too poor to afford a coffin, or he would have been buried alive! If that was to happen, she would feel worse than having to bear a thousand lashes on her body.
Luckily, her brother had woken up, and luckily he was not buried too deeply.
This time, she would never separate from her younger brother again.
The girl noticed that Yi Yun stubbornly did not get on her back and decided that he was probably feeling embarrassed. She shifted the basket forward and firmly held Yi Yun’s thighs close to her waist.
Yi Yun was befuddled, he had no idea how he ended up on the girl’s back. All he felt was his body being lightly lifted up onto the girl’s soft shoulders and that all his weight was now supported by a pair of slim legs.
The girl’s pair of tiny hands held Yi Yun’s legs and with a heave, adjusted his position as she headed down the small path.
Yi Yun could smell the young girl’s body fragrance as he laid on her back; it was different from the aromas that came from perfumes or body lotions city people used, it was a fresh smell, made up of wildflowers and soil. It was refreshing.
He started to confirm more of what was now happening…
He did not want the girl to piggyback him, but he didn’t know how to voice it out.
Using his own language to talk to someone who wasn’t his sister, it would be too awkward.
At this moment, Yi Yun heard a rumble from afar. He couldn’t resist looking back towards the sound. The girl also looked back.
All they saw was a dust storm forming in the distance.
The girl flinched and hurriedly ran to hide behind a big tree while carrying Yi Yun.
The dust storm approached at a dazzling speed. Yi Yun looked carefully and suddenly saw a huge beast running on the field!
He gasped when he carefully looked at the beast.
Heavens! Is that a wild beast?
It was seven to eight meters tall and over ten meters long. It had long sharp fangs and limbs as thick as steel beams. Its razor sharp claws were like blades that formed horrific deep trenches.
Compared to this monster, the beasts on Earth, like the lion or tiger, were more like kittens.
What startled Yi Yun even more, was that a middle aged man was riding on the weird beast. With a commanding aura, he sat cross legged on top of it with a sword slung across his back. Because of the angle, Yi Yun could not see his face, but his blood had frozen over as the person sitting on top of the wild beast, was over ten times more terrifying than the wild beast.
With this Yi Yun knew without a doubt that the place he had crawled into, was no longer Earth.
He had arrived in a mysterious world. His name was Yi Yun and he had been resurrected from the dead. He had a cute and beautiful elder sister who adored him. Her name was probably Jiang Xiaorou.
The “Elder sister Jiang Xiaorou” written on that tombstone wasn’t a signature inscription, it was common practice to list the loved ones of the deceased.
It seemed like Yi Yun only had his elder sister, Jiang Xiaorou, in his entire family.
All of this wasn’t a dream. It was actually happening…
He had tunneled through space-time.
Heaven, are you fucking kidding me!?
Yi Yun wanted to cry. What sort of bad luck was this? Climbing a mountain resulted in him tunneling through space time!
Although it was better than death, but… to reach a totally unfamiliar world. There were beasts the size of hills, with crazily strong people. From the sword that the strong man had, this was probably an era where cold metal reigned.
With his small and weak stature of not more than twelve years of age, he would not even be sufficient to fill the gaps in a wild beast’s teeth!
Yi Yun was adamant that this was related to him touching the mysterious purple crystal card. It could even be that from the moment the cave collapsed, he was no longer on Earth. He might even have been transformed into the Yi Yun of this different world. And due to the darkness of the cave, he was unable to realize this…
So if he had come to this world due to the crystal card, was it possible to return with the crystal card?
This was Yi Yun’s first thought. As a person living a peaceful life in the modern world, it was hard for him to accept this medieval era. It was not a world that he understood. The only thing he gained after losing everything he once had, was a multitude of questions.
Recalling the crystal card, Yi Yun paused, where is the crystal card?
As the question flashed in his mind, Yi Yun felt a coolness at his chest. Touching it with his hands, he felt the crystal card securely resting on his chest. This puzzled Yi Yun, he did not recall placing the crystal card there, and yet it was there.
What in the world is this thing…?
Yi Yun did not understand, but undoubtedly, it was not simple!
If he examined its capabilities, it would undoubtedly play a huge role, be it him staying in this world or returning to Earth.
He had to grab every opportunity to examine and understand that card.
Out of nowhere, a name flashed in Yi Yun’s mind, Purple Crystal Origins.
Purple Crystal… Purple Crystal Origins…
Why did those words appear in my head? Why did such a name flash in my mind? Yi Yun was puzzled, the name Purple Crystal Origins appeared in his mind the moment he wanted to name the purple crystal card.
Purple Crystal Origins… let’s just call it Purple Crystal, but could its… original name be Purple Crystal Origins?
superman Published the article • 0 comments • 41 views • 2019-01-28 17:58
No 1. Beijing Roast Duck
Beijing roast duck or Peking Duck (北京烤鸭 běijīng kǎoyā /bay-jing kaow-yaa/) is the epitome of Beijing cuisine and and the dish you must try when you visit Beijing. The dish is mostly esteemed for the thin, crispy skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly skin and little meat.
Whilst sauces and accompaniments will vary between restaurants (the most common being scallion and cucumber) it is difficult to go wrong with roast duck in Beijing. A lot of restaurants will carve the duck beside your table.
If you eat at one of Beijing’s more famous duck restaurants it will also be accompanied by a short demonstration on the correct way to assemble a Peking Duck wrap using chopsticks. Whilst this may take some time to master, rest assured that the wraps don't need to be well constructed to be delicious.
A local trick, that comes highly recommended, is to dip the crispiest pieces of skin in sugar before eating.
superman Published the article • 0 comments • 32 views • 2019-01-28 17:55
No 2. Jiaozi — Chinese Dumplings
There is a lot of myth and mystery surrounding the history of Jiaozi (饺子 jiǎozi /jyaow-dzuh/) and the dish has long been a part of Chinese folk tradition. Whilst they are popular throughout Asia, a plate of Jiaozi with a soy sauce, vinegar and chilli dip is synonymous with Northern Chinese cuisine.
Traditional recipes contain minced pork, ginger and leek, however you can find restaurants that offer all types of different meat and vegetable fillings.
Jiaozi is another dish that can be found anywhere across Beijing and whilst there are a number of better-known dumpling restaurants and chains, some of the tastiest dumplings (and most interesting experiences) can be found in smaller, less conspicuous family eateries where dumplings are the only thing on the menu. At these restaurants you can often sit and watch the next batch of dumplings being rolled and filled as you eat.
superman Published the article • 0 comments • 31 views • 2019-01-28 17:44
No 3. Jing Jiang Rou Si — Shredded Pork in Beijing Sauce
Jingjiang rousi (京酱肉丝 jīng jiàng ròu sī /jing-jyang roh-srr/) is another dish incredibly popular with local 'Beijingers' and and unlike many of the cities other popular dishes, it originated in the capital. It's popularity may stem from its simplicity; sliced pork cooked in a sweet bean sauce served with soya bean wraps.
Although it doesn't look like the most appealing meal, once you have tried the first wrap you will understand why it is so widely enjoyed. Jingjiang rousi is a necessary component of any authentic Beijing dining experience.
superman Published the article • 0 comments • 30 views • 2019-01-28 17:41
No 4. Noodles with Soybean Paste — Zajiang mian
Zajiang mian (炸酱面 zá jiàng miàn /jaa-jyang myen/)is very popular when it comes to traditional Beijing cuisine, and is sometimes referred to as simply Beijing noodles.
It has three main ingredients: wide hand-pulled noodles, vegetable pieces, and pork. Vegetables vary seasonally, but there are never less than seven kinds. It is an ideal lunch time snack for visitors short on time as it is usually ready seconds after you order. As an added bonus it is very inexpensive.
superman Published the article • 0 comments • 32 views • 2019-01-28 17:39
No.5 Mongolian Hotpot
Mongolian hotpot (蒙古火锅 Ménggǔ huǒguō /mnng-goo hwor-gwor/), a dish that’s history dates back over 1,000 years, is as much about the enjoyment of the cooking as it is the taste.
At traditional hotpot restaurants diners will sit around a large pot of boiling soup, in which they cook their own food. Whilst Mongolian hotpot usually involves a large amount of lamb, any number of meats, vegetables and breads are available. These are sliced thin to ensure they cook quickly and evenly.
This northern-Chinese style of hotpot uses a soup which is less spicy and generally less flavored than its southern counterparts; with more emphasis being placed on the ingredients that are cooked rather than what they are cooked in.
superman Published the article • 0 comments • 31 views • 2019-01-28 17:33
No 6. Donkey Burger
Originating in the city of Baoding in northern Hebei province, Beijing has adopted the donkey burger (驴肉火烧 lǘròu huǒshāo /lyoo-roh hwor-shaow/) as its own. Restaurants offering this dish serve a number of different donkey meals, however the one to try is the donkey burger. Shredded donkey meat is served in a piping-hot, crunchy bun with a green pepper relish.
The contrast between the succulent meat, crunchy bun and sweet relish make it incredibly tasty and you are unlikely to stop at one. Look out for a big 驴肉 (donkey meat) sign clearly visible on the front of all restaurants offering this meat.
superman Published the article • 0 comments • 31 views • 2019-01-28 17:28
No 7. Dry Wok Potato Wedges
The literal translation of this dish ‘dry wok potato wedges’ (干锅土豆片 gàn gōu tǔdòu piàn /gan goh too-doh pyen/) offers diners a fairly accurate idea of what to expect.
Slices of potato, crispy pork and chillies simmer in an iron pot sat atop an open flame. As you are working your way through the meat and potatoes, the bed of sliced onions that is hidden underneath slowly caramelizes in oil, leaving you with a delicious snack to finish your meal on.
It is a dish best enjoyed during the colder months but is popular with locals all year round.
Restaurant recommendation: Any of the rows of restaurants along Ghost Street will serve this dish. It is best enjoyed as part of a larger meal so it is recommended that you choose a restaurant along this street that serves other dishes you are interested in.
Address: Ghost Street (Dongzhimen Nei Dajie, Chaoyang District) 簋街 （东直门内大街）
superman Published the article • 0 comments • 32 views • 2019-01-28 17:25
8. Tudou Si — Shredded Potato
This dish (土豆丝 tǔdòu sī /too-doh srr/) is another for potato lovers. Thinly shredded potatoes are stir-fried with green peppers and seasoning, and can be served hot or cold. Don't be fooled by the plain look of the potatoes as they are coated in a sweet gloss which give the dish its flavor.
Walk down a Beijing street at lunch time you will likely see more than one local adding tudou si to their lunch time bowl of meat and rice. It is a great accompaniment to most meat dishes but equally nice alone as a lunch time snack.