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Asia » China » Beijing » Forbidden City April 19th 2019

Friday, 19th April 2019 After breakfast on Friday, I took bus service #8 outside my hotel to Qianmen stop where the Tiananmen Square is located. I'm always slightly nervous whenever I'm in crowded places, more so at Tiananmen when I'm surrounded by strangers and we had to go through the security check-points prior to entering the Square. The crowd was considered orderly this morning but the whole process still took a while. I could not imagine how things would be like during the peak holiday season. Anyway, Tiananmen Square like many of the Communist public squares around the world is huge in size. There is a flag pole that takes centre-stage. Across the road from the Square, is the red Tiananmen where the portrait of Mao Zedong stands proudly on the wall gazing at the people ... read more
Inside the Forbidden City
North Gate, Forbidden City
The Imperial Palace Moat

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 » Great Wall of China April 12th 2019

DAY 10 - Although the Temple of Heaven was very interesting, the really big ticket items were still to come on Wednesday. Again we left the hotel early to beat the traffic, a short, illegal park for the coach so we could run (yes, we were told to run, as the driver could receive a ticket), to the top of an overpass to take some quick shots of the Birds Nest Stadium, where the Olympics were held some years back, 2008 I think. So picture this, 18 Aussies running down footpath in Beijing, pushing the locals aside, up the steps the overpass 3 at a time (well, maybe just one at a time, quickly), across to the other side, snap a few quick pics of the Birds Nest, then a leisurely stroll in double double time ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Wangfujing April 9th 2019

A rainy day in Beijing was a good excuse to visit a museum. A quick online search came up with the National Art Museum of China, so I headed there. It is really easy to get to and even has its own subway station with an exit right in front of the museum. The museum is free to enter but you must show your passport at the ticket office. I was hoping that I would get a ticket like at the Capital Museum, but not so. Probably for the best as it is a bit of a waste of paper. Since it was raining, I had expected the museum to be really busy, but there weren't too many people. After security, I headed to the entrance, but first I stopped at some sculptures outside. The first ... read more
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Son of a Miner
NAMOC

Asia » China » Beijing » Dongcheng March 29th 2019

A few months ago, I had done a breakfast eats tour in Beijing. I had really enjoyed it, so vowed to do the evening food tour ran by the same company. It took a while to get round to it, but I eventually did. The group met by the subway station so it was easy to find. I think there were about 11 of us on the tour and we had two guides with us. The guides were lovely, super friendly and knowledgeable. It was great to hear their stories as well as the information about the food, restaurants, and China in general. We headed off into the hutongs to our first stop. Hutongs are the old traditional neighbourhoods in Beijing, but the word actually come from Mongolian, when Kublai Khan invaded China. The original word ... read more
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Rice Wine Taster Set

Asia » China » Beijing » Haidian district March 28th 2019

I used to love Cherry Blossom Season in Korea, so when a coworker told me that Beijing has lots of cherry blossoms and Yumyuantan Park, in particular, is famous for them, I knew I would have to make a visit. I had a bit of a walk from the subway station, there might be others closer. I did manage to get lost once before getting on the right track. It took me about 15 minutes to reach the park and I made my way to the ticket office. The park looked quite busy, but there was no queue at the ticket office. I got a lovely surprise when I bought the ticket as it was only 10 RMB. What a cheap day out! The ticket was also rather beautiful as it a special cherry blossom one ... read more
Yuyuantan Park
Yuyuantan Park
Yuyuantan Park

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping January 18th 2019

Wow. Well it's been a whirlwind of a week for sure! Definitely in a good way. Having Dad here was brilliant and it was fun to be able to be a sort of tour guide! We went to the Summer Palace on Saturday, and had a lovely meal together afterwards. Pretty much every explanation board in front of buildings there read “Burnt down in 1860 by Anglo-French forces”! Then on Sunday we visited the Lama temple before going to my Bible study group. Fun to see the massive 18m tall Buddha and all the different rooms there. Then Bible study was a great time as always and I love that Dad now has an idea of what that's like. That's kind of the feeling for all of his trip really - I'm really glad he now ... read more
Summer Palace
Summer Palace
Marble Boat at the Summer Palace

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping January 12th 2019

Hello again! Apologies that this update is a little later than usual - all responsibility for that goes to a certain Mr Lapworth. He’s here safe and sound! More on that in a bit. At the end of last week I had my first tai chi lesson! Another au pair found a group of old people doing it in a park and they have a proper master showing them all what to do. We just joined in! It's a lot harder than it looks - there are some difficult stances to hold and we definitely don't look as graceful as the teacher. It's amazing how he just walks around, correcting our form and showing us how to do it! Great experience. I got to have another lesson with Wendy this week which was lovely. It's been ... read more
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Bible study!
Cycling to uni

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping January 4th 2019

Happy New Year! Little late, but better late than never. Want to start by wishing you all the very best for 2019 and thanking you for reading these blogs! Your comments and messages have meant so much, and it’s been (and still is) a pleasure to share some of this adventure with you all. Going back to almost a week ago now, Saturday was yet another exercise in spontaneity - if that’s a thing! I was given about 2 minutes notice that we were leaving and as usual not told where. We eventually ended up at an old people’s home, where Robbie and his classmates were doing some singing for the residents. I was watching from the back when Bella comes up and says “Simeon, you can play piano and sing” so I was reluctantly bustled ... read more
more mongolian dinner
new year's eve venue!

Asia » China » Beijing January 3rd 2019

Beijing: 12-7-2018 China, Singapore Trung cong la mot nuoc rong lon thu 3 the gioi voi dien tich la 3,700,000 square mile va la nuoc dong dan nhat the gioi voi 1.4 Billions nguoi ma 91% la nguoi Han voi 55 minorities groups. Thu do la Beijing va thanh pho lon nhat la Shanghai. Trung binh moi nguoi dan kiem duoc la 10,000 do la. Hien tai la mot nuoc cong san duoc khai sinh nam 1949. China khoi dau la mot nuoc co nen van minh som nhat va the ky thu 3 truoc Tay Lich tao thanh ben canh song Duong Tu Yellow River. China co 22 Provinces, 5 autonomous Regions va 2 special administrative regions la Hong Kong va Macau. Khoi dau vao the ky thu 3 truoc Tay lich duoi thoi Qin ... read more
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