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Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven April 18th 2019

Thursday, 18th April 2019 It has been five years since my last visit to China. For this trip, I was fortunate to be able to redeem a complimentary ticket to Beijing using my existing air miles. Arrival at the city this afternoon was kind of a cultural shock for me as I soon realised that my Whatsapp and Google Apps were not supported in China. My mistake - I should have done my homework properly. My Singapore Airlines flight was enjoyable as I managed to complete five episodes of the "Yanxi Palace" drama during the flight. I'm now down with the final twenty episodes of the epic drama. Beijing Capital International Airport is connected to the city via the effficient Airport Express (RMB 25). In no time, my train terminated at the Dongzhimen Station where I ... read more
Bus Svc 8 is my saviour
The transport card is a nice investment
Another colorful plate of spaghetti

Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven June 25th 2017

I haven’t seen this many Western people on the entire trip over here in China. When I got off the train from Xi’an, I was shocked to see so many Western people, I turned this way, Western person, I turned that way, Western person. I was really surprised that there were so many. It was pretty funny for a while. I was walking in the markets yesterday, when a Chinese guy came up to me asking where I was from, and calling me ‘Army Girl’ because of my cap. I told him Australia and he was like’ Australia? Awesome, you are cool, Australian Army Girl’. I walked off with Tamara laughing, but the entire time I was talking to this guy, an American guy who looked to be in his sixties was just looking between me ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven June 25th 2017

I woke up on the overnight train with someone almost stepping on me trying to climb from the top bunk. After realising we had to get off in less than ten minutes, I woke up Che'la and we got out of bed and grabbed our bags in a rushed frenzy. We took a few subways to finally arrive at our hostel, where we had to leave our bags, while we went on an excursion to the ‘Temple of Heaven’. Bethany and I hardly saw anything because we were so tried. We took turns in closing our eyes and having the other lead us around. But when my eyes were open, it didn't pass me that the Temple of Heaven was beautiful. After a long walk to the exit, we walked around Pearl Market for about an ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven April 7th 2016

Today was our last day in the beautiful capital city of Beijing. The morning was clear and we got to sleep in a little, all the way to 7:30. Before we left for breakfast we had to pack our belongings and put our checked baggage in the hall by 8:00 AM so that they can be loaded into the bus for our afternoon ride to the airport. More on that later, now breakfast. Again we began the day with a sumptuous feast in our hotel. Today they added a new item, fresh made juice in a veg o magic machine. They offered such choices as pineapple, watermelon and cucumber as well as a bright orange carrot juice. I opted for the watermelon. It was OK, but not worth it, in my opinion. I dined on fruits, ... read more
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Temple of Heaven

Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven May 9th 2015

Beijing City Tour. The tour plan was good, it covered the top four attractions of the capital with two informative shopping stops. There was an Australian couple, two Greek girls living in London, a couple of lads from Costa Rica who were in Beijing for the Marathon, a Dutch girl who was doing some landscaping design in Xining and myself in the party. Only later I came to know that some of them had paid nearly twice as much as I did for the tour. I had miscalculated the time, had to rush out even without a shave as the guide was waiting in the reception. First port of call was the Forbidden City. As the name implies it was forbidden for all except the Emperor’s immediate court and high officials. It was a "city" as ... read more
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Summer Palace2

Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven October 18th 2014

Another flight. Another country - this one would take us to China where we were to spend the next three weeks surrounded by skyscrapers. We arrived in Beijing at the enormous airport, which opened prior to the Olympic Games in 2008 and is the largest airport in the world. Despite it's size, or maybe because of it, we found it ghostly quiet and very quickly we passed through immigration and soon had found our way to the BRT (metro) station. Stopping at an ATM to fill our wallets we were a little shocked to find that the exchange rate was lower than we were expecting.... It was an easy trip into the city but we did get confused when we walked out of the underground into the gloom of the late afternoon. We had booked a ... read more
The Forbidden City
Old city gate near Tiananmen Square
Front Gate of Tiananmen Square

Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven July 30th 2014

We were awoken at 3:30 am with coffee and kosher breakfast on our comfortable Air China flight from Sydney. We think that we had omelette and beans and hash browns but couldn't swear to it. Then because of the weather in Beijing there was a delay in landing. The coast had been hit by a typhoon and guess what - it was raining and miserable when we landed. We collected our luggage and were met by our guide for most of our week in Beijing, Richard W (Xue Liang Wang). We discovered Richard through a company called toursbylocals.com. Richard drove us to our hotel, Traders Upper East, and agreed to meet us at 1:30 pm for our first sightseeing afternoon. Our suite is lovely. We have a lounge area, bedroom with walk-in closet, bathroom and a ... read more
Dragon tiles on a building at the Temple of Heaven
Soldiers, Workers, Farmers, Students statue in Tiananmen Square
Chairman Mao image & slogans in Tiananmen Square

Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven October 19th 2013

Our last day in Beijing. In the morning, we check out and move our bags to the belly of the bus. Our first stop is the Temple of Heaven Park, a 267 hectare oasis of peace in the heart of the city. We first stroll through the extensive grounds surrounding the central temple complex. This is a favorite park for Beijing residents to visit, especially in the morning. We see various groups performing tai chi, yoga, and several types of dancing and games. Some of our number who are familiar with tai chi join in with one of the groups, but the female leader is not pleased with their form and corrects them repeatedly, clucking her disapproval. All taken in good spirits, however. When we reach the centre of the grounds, we enter the Temple of ... read more
One of the buildings at the Summer Palace, Beijing, China
Artificial lake, Summer Palace, Beijing, China
Entrance to the Long Corridor, Summer Palace, Beijing, China

Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven October 10th 2013

I went to the bookshop first thing this morning to try and find some maps of china, but could only find road atlases, so I picked up some artist renditions of the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven. After which I go the subway round to the Temple of Heaven to have a look round. It is a very big park. I hardly saw any of it. I wasn't really in the mood, as as soon as I walked past the perfectly manicured lawns, I started sneezing. I haven't had hayfever all year, and did not enjoy this. It's October, hayfeveer, go away. The park was full of all sorts of people, all ages, doing all sorts of things. Lots of exercise groups doing dances and tai chi, people playing badminton, learning musical instruments in groups. ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven August 5th 2013

Day 15 - Temple if Heaven and Pearl Market I woke up this morning with my ,'tiger balm covered tissue' over my face! I am very relieved, I feel a lot better today. I did the right thing missing Sintje's birthday meal in order to rest and recover! I am still snotty, but I can deal with that! All the reports were that they all had a great time. I had breakfast with Laura before setting off for the Temple of Heaven. It is a huge park area. It is very communal with areas of singing, dancing and general get togethers. The area is a complex of religious buildings. The numbers 3 and 9 are reoccurring throughout the whole area. It is early just now, so it is not too hot....yet! After we had gone through ... read more
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Temple of Heaven grounds




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