Zhongxiu 'Aurora' Liu

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I love solo-traveling, especially seeing landscapes, visiting art museums and making friends in hostels. Below are some of my trips and my favorite part in each:

  • Barcelona, Spain ~ Sagrada Familia, everything Gaudi
  • Budapest, Hungary ~ Caving in Pálvölgyi Caves/National Museum of Fine Arts/People There!
  • Vienna, Austria ~ Naturhistorisches Museum
  • Prague, Czech ~ Lobkowicz Palace
  • Triglav National Park, Alpine Towns,Soča River zone, Slovenia ~ Everything!!
  • Venice, Italy ~ Burano Island, Scuoloa Grande di San Rocco
  • Rome, Italy ~ All ancient ruins, Gelato
  • Vatican City, Vatican ~ Vatican Museum
  • Alpine Towns, Jungfrau Mountain (top of Europe), Switzerland ~ Everything!!
  • Paris, France ~ Winged Victory of Samothrace
  • Puerto Rico, USA Territory ~ San Juan Architects, El Yunque Rain Forest
  • Vegas, Antelope Canyon, Valley of Fire, the Yellowstone, USA ~ the amazing landscape!
  • Madrid, Spain ~ Museum Cerralbo
  • Bejing, China ~ the Summer Palace
  • Asheville, NC, USA ~ the Biltmore Estate
  • Bonaire, Leeward Antilles, The Netherlands ~ Klein Bonaire, Bonaire National Marine Park


I collect vintage hats. Jim Goodnight once said he liked my hat (SAS cafeteria C, 02/19/2018).
I run a Fashion Blog called Thats-Not-Elegant. My husband suggested the name (guess why?). On my blog, I feature affordable daily look and challenge the nerd girl stereotype.

Photography, Piano, Painting, General Grafting

I have wide interest in artistic skills, but can only investigate enough time to be an amateur. Among these skills,

  • I am good at taking photos. I have a lot of photos of sceneries and landscapes, and I would love to show them to you.
  • I achieved performance level for electronic piano at age 12.
  • I studied painting with a professional artist at primary school. On the left is a portrait I recently drew for my husband, who works at the office of Chief Technology Officer at Cumulus Networks.
  • I love crafting to make personalized gift for my friends. I make mini clay figures and various accessories.

Food, Cat, Chihuahuas

My husband once said he is the luckiest man in the world because he can have my Sichuan Spicy Chicken (picture on the left) every week. My favorite recipe website is the Woks of Life
I have a cat Cinnamon Bun, and two Chihuahuas Cocoa Bean and Eclair Puff. They are picked up from the street and rescued. Yes, they are named after dessert.

Ancient Chinese Literature, Chan(Zen)

I love reading ancient Chinese Literature, especially work from Su Shi. I also believe in Chan(Zen), a branch of Buddahism and philosophy framework that emphasizes on growing wisdom from living daily life.

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Last update Feb 2018 by Zhongxiu Liu