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Asia » China » Beijing » Forbidden City April 14th 2013

After a cross taxi driver took us to our hotel from the train station early in the morning - it becomes a theme for our stay here - a one way street is not their favourite place to be in busy Beijing - we settled in with our usual post sleeper train showers and then set off for a walking tour of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Fortunately this time we had all slept well on the train so were feeling a lot more perky. As soon as we set foot outside the hotel we realised the Tiananmen Square trip would be somewhat curtailed as right outside our hotel was passing the Beijing marathon and loads of runners whizzing by in a flurry of flags and numbers and costumes. All very exciting and we cheered ... read more
Beijing Marathon
Entering the Forbidden City
More decorative eaves  in the Forbidden City

Asia » China » Beijing » Forbidden City March 25th 2013

24 March 2013 Sunday. The massage I had the evening before seemed to work wonders, and my knees (sore from compensating for my foot) were feeling much better. I was almost tempted to do without the wheel chair, but in the end decided that two and a half hours of walking through Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City would likely deal me a sever setback. My son Will turned out to be a life saver by pushing me in the wheel chair for the longer distances across the courtyards, and I walked thorugh the palaces. In addition to the Forbidden City, our tour took us to a traditional Chinese medicine pharmacy, the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace. The tour included all the amenities provided in the previous day's tour at a cost of $48/person...another ... read more
Tian'an Men Square
Meridian Gate where the emperor would greet his army
The Golden Water in the first courtyard for the Forbidden City

Asia » China » Beijing » Forbidden City March 13th 2013

As usual, we decided to dive head first and begin our first full day in Beijing with Tiananman Square and the Forbidden City. Tiananman Square is basically just a large public square (the largest in the world, in fact!) with a memorial, monument, museum, and a few other landmarks that are easy to miss unless you know what to look for. O, and a lot of security. The square is easily accessible from the ring subway line (line 2), but we ran into some long security lines when trying to get into the square. I would recommend bringing your passport or ID with you everywhere in China, but especially here since they were checking IDs. I guess we looked foreign enough that they waived us through. Being with kids, there isn't a whole lot to do ... read more
A rare authentic family photo!
Family photo
Jingshan Park

Asia » China » Beijing » Forbidden City January 18th 2013

Chegamos pelas 6 da manha e com pouca disposicao para absorver a cultura chinesa, com um ipad partido e poucas horas de sono. Primeiro choque - O TERMICO - um verdadeiro gelo mto similar ao que se apanha nos dias mto frios no cimo das pistas em andorra. Para quem tinha andado no chape chape em bondi beach nas ultima 24 horas nao foi nada agradavel. Segundo choque - o conceito de prestacao de servico chines, chegamos com uma excursao de dia inteiro comprada na Abreu e que nos custou os olhos da cara portanto estariamos a espera de algum profissionalismo. Pois bem, esperamos sim mas de pe e cerca de 20 minutos pelo senhor guia. Que mal nos viu disse que ainda teriamos que esperar outra tanto porque ainda tinha que ir a casa de ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing » Forbidden City December 8th 2012

We got up early for a day of sight seeing. We got on the tube with Paul on his way to work, but soon went our separate ways. Our first stop:Temple of heaven (30y each) this was a lot bigger than I expected and full of life. We walked down 'Long Corridor' where we saw people (mainly the older generation) playing an active game with a beanbag shuttlecock thing, board games, cards, knitting, singing, selling things and then later saw people dancing to music (outside). We slowly went around all the buildings and pavilions and then headed towards the north gate exit and then walked to Tiān'ānmén square. We didn't stay there for long as the wind was bitterly cold so we moved onto the forbidden city (45y). Ha ha ha I recited the little poem ... read more

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Asia » China » Beijing » Forbidden City October 4th 2012

Well our first impressions of Beijing were an incredibly clean, friendly city. Arrived on China National Day and walked with the crowds to Tian'an Men Square which was heaving with people surrounding Chairman Mao's Mauseleum. Next day off to Hou Hai lake area which was stunningly beautiful. Took a Rickshaw with a mad driver who kept shouting "beep beep" while weaving in and out of everyone. By the way there are now 10 million bicycles in Beijing so Katie Melua needs to update her song!! We even decided to get the subway back which we managed very well for us. We ate delicious Peking Duck pancakes. Strolled along the night food market looking at things on sticks. They had King Spiders (eek), Silk Worm Crysallis and Cockroaches. Not as hardcore as we thought we were because ... read more
Evening food market
Lake at Hou Hai
Taking a rickshaw at Hou Hai

Asia » China » Beijing » Forbidden City September 28th 2012

Day 2...well, if the rest of my journey is anything like the past two days, I'm in for quite the ride! So, what are the odds of having a 11.5 hour flight out of chinatown (aka Vancouver) to China and sitting in an emergency exit window seat beside an oil typhoon? I guess the odds are in my favour because that is what happened to me. I do have to say, before finishing this particular part of this story, that since I'm traveling alone, I really have to trust & listen to my instincts about people and situations. After 12 hours of chatting to this guy, I felt like I had a good read on him and his business partner. So, rather than arriving in a city of 20 million people with no clue of where ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing » Forbidden City September 25th 2012

Clark and Georgie and Mum kindly brought us to the airport in Portland after lunch at Skipper's in Saco. We turned down the offer of a Chinese buffet at this point. The airport was basically empty - one of the great features of flying from Maine! There were 2 people in the security line ahead of us. Our first leg to Detroit left on time about 4:30 p.m., and leaving from Portland we could see Saco Bay, followed by Lake Winnepesaukee (Moultonborough, Center Harbor, and Meredith) and White River Junction and Dartmouth. It briefly entered my mind to wonder if this was the proverbial "life flashing before my eyes," but it was definitely a pleasant experience. Patches of red announced the beginning of fall. Soon we were in Detroit for a three-hour layover. For our last ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing » Forbidden City September 25th 2012

This morning we had our first Chinese breakfast, and it was quite spectacular. Besides tea, coffee, cereal, milk, and juices, we had baby bok choi, orange and purple sweet potatoes, congee rice (like po rridge), edamame, kimchi, seaweed salad, something like French toast, spring rolls, watermelon, and grapes. We feel surprisingly energetic given the time shift and managed to make our bodies sleep a few hours between 1 and 6 a.m. (p.m. At home). Our first tour destination was Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. I always like the first venture out in a country, when everything looks strange and new. Here we notice the large number of bikes on the road as well as the great variety in their shapes and sizes. Bikes towing carts, bikes with second seats, bikes completely enclosed in glass and ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing » Forbidden City September 17th 2012

This weekend was very productive in the way of seeing some tourist hot-spots. We had one of our long weekends, so we were able to leave for Beijing on Thursday morning, as opposed to Friday night. Friday, we got a bit of a late start, so we didn’t want to go to any attractions that had a closing time. Thus, we did the entrance to the Forbidden City and Tian An Men Square. The entrance to the Forbidden City is so imposing! The walls are so high, which is good when you want to keep out invaders. There’s also a giant picture of Mao when you are walking in, which makes a great photo opportunity. Then we walked over to Tian An Men square. The area is so nice! The square is much bigger than I ... read more
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