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Asia » China » Beijing » Forbidden City September 23rd 2013

After having spent 6 months on two separate occasions in China, not having visited Beijing felt like having missed the point of it all. Nobody has heard of Urumqi or Yongding county. What they're really going to ask is about the wall or the forbidden city. Last year I couldn't make it to Beijing for I fell ill just a day before we were scheduled to take the flight. We were in Fujian and were weary after three days in the countryside, in a moment of weakness we decided to come back to Shanghai and that was that. This time around I made sure I start my trip from Beijing, I wasn't about to risk keeping it at the trailing end. So there I was, finally landing on Beijing airport. I was lucky to get a ... read more
a glimpse of what lies within
Inside the Beijing Airport

Asia » China » Beijing » Forbidden City September 16th 2013

We sleep in, but with a 10am start that’s ok. Ky and I get our sporty gear on and ignore numerous ‘What on earth are they doing’ looks as we run out the hotel, find our way down through back alleys to the roads that circle the Forbidden City’s moat. It’s a difficult run, with pedestrian traffic as unpredictable as the road, and along Bei Chang Jie the footpath is being rebuilt with large rectangular slabs of granite. We opt to run on the left side so we are facing the traffic (Chinese drive on the right side of the road), which makes it easier to play chicken with the workmen’s barrows, pedestrians, cyclists, motorbikes, cars etc. Along the north side, a large sign faces the moat with one character that I recognise meaning ‘fish’. I ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing » Forbidden City September 15th 2013

A few hours’ sleep, somehow despite the obvious the seat designers of planes have not yet figured out that the shape of a person sleeping (in a chair) is different to sitting upright. A strange tasting omelette keeps us fortified, while for me, Monsters University whiles away the early hours. The sun rises, bright orange over China. I watch endless ‘suburbs’ of multi-storey apartment blocks marching away to the horizon. We (in Australia) really have no idea what we’re complaining about – this one city could swallow Australia’s population in one bite (they’d have to pick us up with chopsticks first, though, so be prepared to wiggle). Immigration and customs is straight forward, then we spot our tour guide, Tina, at arrivals. A friendly greeting and a comfy ride along tree-lined motorways see us arrive at ... read more

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

23:34 and already in Singapore. The flight was uneventful, with the usual large selection of TV, movies, music and the like on the back-of-seat screens. I’ve just noticed the neck pillow I bought in Perth was MADE IN CHINA. How interesting – that gives me the theme for this trip. Feeling tired and a little dried out. It’s warm in Changi, and expected to be humid but its bearable. The airport is impressive in size, both the length of the terminal and height of the ceilings. Some interesting art in sculptures and vases is on display at the B gates end of the central area. Ky had a peek in the Desigual store, and then bought some chocolate with the boys in one of two multi-brand chocolate stores. Liam was impressed by a gold plated fish ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing » Forbidden City August 4th 2013

We were up at 4.30am for the sunrise. We hiked up the side of the wall which is all unrecognisable shrubbery with am overgrown path.... Of sorts! The path led us to a tumble down area of the original wall which we climbed up. I am fairly certain, no I fact I am certain that there has been no health and safety risk assessment done on this activity! But I am afraid, yet again, we never saw the sunrise! Although the walk did wake me up! To be fair, apart from the effects of the cold, the camping event wasn't too bad! My blocked sinuses and cold have definitely got worse over night, but after being vertical for a while, they did seem to improve! I felt so poorly through the night, I am hoping that ... read more

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 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

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