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Beijing I

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Christmas is coming!! I love Christmases but this year doesn’t seem very exciting for me at all.
I still have a couple hours to get the mood going and it gets better.
I almost had a chance to spend a white Christmas
(or at least white pre-Christmas or whatever you call it) in my recent Beijing trip.
But unfortunately, there wasn’t a single sign of snow approaching when I was there.
Very, very sad.
I have never seen snow my whole life.

Anyway, it was my first time in Beijing.
Buttons was already there for two weeks before I got there (he was there for lessons)
and I went there to join him for a short week before we fly back together.

I flew there alone on Air China.
As much as I love the liberty of being alone, I can be very paranoid when I fly alone.
I’m typically the kind that will be overly guard my personal belongings,
constantly reminding myself about the possibilities of getting mugged.
So I can be very very aunty when I travel alone. Haha!

And this Air China, oh my god.
NO INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT!
I know it’s just 6 hours but it is really unbearable because I can hardly sleep in the flight!
And I don’t read! Urgh.
I ended up chatting with the person sitting next to me.
He was on his way back to Vancouver and Beijing is just a transit stop for him.
He was also from NYJC, and is 19 years my senior! How cool. Hahaha.

Hmm.. What can I say about Beijing? This is a question I got from a couple friends after I came home.
Well, Beijing is cold, very cold.
The food is quite good. I like Chinese food.
I get random static shocks all the time when I touch metallic surfaces.
The bargaining at the markets are not for the faint-hearted.
The Forbidden City is a fascinating place.
The Chinese people speak loudly. And I realized I can’t mimic their accent at all.
I bought a pair of boots, 2 pairs of heels and a book for myself when I was there.
This pretty much rounds up my Beijing trip.
I wish I did more when I was there.

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This is taken on my first day in Beijing.
I knew Beijing was cold but I didn’t expect it to be THAT cold.
I had a taste of winter when I was in Seoul two years ago and I thought I could handle cold quite well.
But Beijing is really windy and the wind is piercingly freezing.
Our first stop was 王府井. This place doesn’t really thrill me
It’s just shopping after shopping, and the shopping there during winter is not exciting at all.
But there is this short “Food Street” kind of place selling all kinds of weird food like starfish and seahorses.
Who the hell wants to eat a starfish?! I mean, they are so cute looking!

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三里屯 Village, however, is a pretty cool place.
This place is not like your regular shopping mall.
I love the architecture of the building. It’s apparently designed by famous architect.
But to be honest, I don’t know his name so I guess he is not that famous?
Either that, or I’m really very clueless about such things.
But they say he is famous. Okayyy…
Anyway, it’s a nice building la.

What I do know, though, is that they have got pretty decorations all based on Taiwanese writer/artist 几米’s works!
He is the guy who did the original book for popular movie 向左走向右走 in case you haven’t realised.
These are pictures taken there, they are from two different days to show you how the place looks in day and night.

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Here are a few more random shots I took as I roamed around the place alone that day.
Buttons was busy with his lessons so I got the chance to roam the city on my own.

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Buttons told me about this place called The Bookworm in the 三里屯 area and I managed to find it on my own.
This place was mentioned in Lonely Planet Beijing as well!
I love this place!
It looks old and ordinary from the outside but once you step inside, it’s like an entirely different world!

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Lots and lots and lots of books!
They provide Wifi and there is food and drinks on the menu.
Huge variety of alcoholic drinks too! :p

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Dinner was at 全聚德, the one with supposedly famous 北京烤鸭.
I’m not really a fan of duck but Buttons really enjoyed his food there.
I like the cheap 燕京 beer though. Haha!

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This is the beef noodles from 永和大王. And I love them.
The main reasons why it is never going to be easy for me to go on a diet is because I love carbs.
And I love noodles.
The beef noodles at 永和 is relatively cheap and super yummy!
Buttons and I had them for breakfast for 3 consecutive days I think. Heh!

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I didn’t visit the Great Wall in this Beijing trip.
I know, who on earth goes all the way to Beijing and doesn’t go to the Great Wall right?
Me lor.

But the good thing is, I managed to visit the Forbidden City.
Buttons has been there before and he has got lessons to catch, so I was there alone this time round.
Whether I’m alone or not, I’m just glad I visited the Forbidden City.
Although I have never known much about the Chinese history,
(except I know that there is a blind emperor in the Chinese history: 康熙 [Can’t See] Okay, not funny)
I have always been fascinated by their rich history.
Thus for me, the Forbidden City is one of the highlights for this trip.
I know, I’m such a touristy tourist. :p

Please prepare yourselves, here comes the many photos I snapped while I was there.

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This vomit of photographs pretty much sums up what the Forbidden City is to me.
I’m glad I hired a guide for the two hours I spent in there.
I’m sure it’s going to take me a much longer time to cover the grounds if I had to spend time reading the signs.
But I have to admit that I hired him because he is quite cute looking. HAHAHA.
I am so hum sup.

More updates on 天坛 when I blog again after Christmas.
And till then, Merry Christmas everyone. :)

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Written by SIXPEGS

December 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Posted in Travels

12 Responses

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  1. hi hi, where did u get ur winter boots from?
    Is that fur inside?

    Beijing is so cold coz there are not much heaters around.
    Seoul does provide quite a lot of heater around, so u dun feel so bad.

    cindy33

    December 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    • Cindy – my boots from from the brand Emu. I bought them in Beijing actually. I can’t remember which mall already though. :x Yeah it has fur inside.

      sixpegs

      December 24, 2010 at 4:19 pm

  2. i was in beijing during CNY and it was so cold i think my toes were frozen. Because of that i didnt get the chance to take in the sights and sounds of the forbidden city cos i was busy trying to hide somewhere where there wouldnt be the strong chilly icy winds coming by. The pictures look great! glad u enjoyed the trip :)

    alyssa

    December 24, 2010 at 5:39 pm

  3. hey peggy! what camera are u using? the pictures taken are awesome!

    zen

    December 25, 2010 at 4:19 pm

  4. hi peggy!! Can I ask where did u get the olmypus cam casing? I am planning to get one also!!

    shin yee

    December 25, 2010 at 8:47 pm

  5. alyssa – thanks! yeah I kinda enjoyed the trip. Wish it wasn’t that cold too. But I guess it’s all part of the whole package. Haha.

    zen – i’m using the olympus PEN EP-1.

    shinyee – it’s available on the official olympus website. Do a quick google search and I think you’ll be able to get it! :) good choice, btw!

    sixpegs

    December 26, 2010 at 12:37 am

  6. The name of the architect is Frank Gehry, and YES, he is world famous! *slaps forehead*

    Bee

    December 26, 2010 at 3:01 am

    • Bee – Cheebyes.

      sixpegs

      December 26, 2010 at 3:03 am

  7. HAHAHA your kang xi (can’t see) joke is a winner!

    A

    December 26, 2010 at 7:08 pm

  8. good that u hired a tour guide. the rich history of the forbidden city is worth it!

    siaowen

    December 27, 2010 at 1:37 am

    • A – glad you liked it too! Hahahaha I didn’t dare share it with any of the Chinese though. :p

      siaowen – yeps! It was pretty cool to have someone explain the history to me as I tour the place physically. :)

      sixpegs

      December 27, 2010 at 1:44 am

  9. hi hi,
    just chance upon ur blog & enjoyed reading it.

    btw, do u remember where u gotta these 2 outerwear u were wearing? :)

    natasha

    May 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm


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