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  • Beijing/Weihai: Xi He Ya Yuan & First Night In Weihai!

    So today I spent my last day in Beijing tracking down that Peking Duck restaurant that we failed to find yesterday, with the help of Nia, and it was definitely worth it! This time we were armed with a map of Zhongguancun and the location of the restaurant. We also had contact details for the restaurant. We arrived at Zhongguancun metro station and to our shock it was actually pouring with rain! We hadn't seen any rain the whole time we were in Beijing so it was a surprise that it was suddenly raining so heavily. This was a bit of a pain for us as we didn't particularly want to be roaming the streets trying to find the restaurant in the pouring rain! So we hailed a...
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    Posted on: July 1st, 2010
  • Beijing: Summer Palace & Zhongguancun

    As expected, today was a pretty laid back day. Everybody wanted to do different things for this last full day so we split into groups. Some wanted to go Beijing Zoo, some wanted to check out the CCTV building and the rest wanted to visit the Summer Palace. I decided to head for the Summer Palace with Satnam, Sam, Louise and Nia. Because we wanted to check out a Peking Duck restaurant nearby and we were incredibly hungry, we unfortunately didn't manage to see all of Summer Palace and the good majority of our time there was spent on Kunming Lake. That's not to say that it wasn't an interesting experience though and it was certainly worth taking the very long metro r...
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    Posted on: June 30th, 2010
  • Beijing: The Great Wall Of China (Mutianyu)

    So today has been a pretty major day in terms of sightseeing! We had a really early start, getting up around half 6 in the morning. After grabbing a quick breakfast, we got into the minivan (which was quite a squeeze for all 10 of us, and I had to sit on the dodgy fold-out seat which has no belt and shakes back and forth with the car....a little worrying considering how crazy China's traffic is!) We drove for about an hour and a half; passing the time by singing along to Tenacious D songs, which made things go by pretty quickly! We were hoping that driving so far from Beijing would mean escaping the smog but when we arrived at the Great Wall we were a little disap...
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    Posted on: June 29th, 2010
  • Beijing: Wangfujing (Donghuamen) Night Market

    So here's the second part of the day three post! Wangfujing Night Market! Don't watch the videos if you're at all squeamish!! :P Wangfujing is the main shopping district in Beijing, with all sorts of restaurants and shops at your disposal, it's a mecca for the tourist who likes to spend. However, Wangfujing is not most famous for it's shopping, but it's Donghuamen Night Market. The Donghuamen Night Market is the traditional snack streets full of vendor stalls selling all sorts of the usual stuff such as yang rou chaunr (lamb kebabs). But the main attraction of the Donghuamen Night Market is its CRAZY foods. If you've ever seen an extreme foods programme on TV, cha...
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    Posted on: June 28th, 2010
  • Beijing: Drum Tower & Bird’s Nest Stadium

    I'm splitting today into two parts because the day ended with Wangfujing's Donghuamen Night Market, which I think was so awesome that it deserves it's own separate blog post, so I'm going to write a second part for that! So since the last two days had been pretty busy, we decided to have a more chilled out day today. We had heard a lot about the Drum Tower (and Bell Tower), so decided to head over there to see what they were like. It was quite a long trip and we had to make quite a few changes on the metro, plus a lengthy walk from the station to the towers. Along the way we saw a few interesting things included street sellers of strange fish and chicks (random...
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    Posted on: June 28th, 2010
  • Beijing: Temple Of Heaven & Pearl Market

    Although the first day was fantastic and a really great experience, it was exhausting. So maybe taking on Temple of Heaven the day after wasn't the smartest idea ever; but at least this time I brought my trainers! Temple of Heaven was bigger than we thought it would be and a large portion of it was a beautiful park which had people doing all sorts of activities. We saw dancers, Tai Qi, step aerobics and joggers; it seemed like a very active place. It made me wonder if I should maybe hit the gym while in Beijing...Sam and Satnam thought the same thing! We got a few photos by the Seven-Star Stones, trees (some of which actually had placards with back-stories!) and a...
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    Posted on: June 27th, 2010
  • Beijing: Tiananmen Square & The Forbidden City

    Having finally settled into Beijing and getting a good night's sleep, it was time to do some proper exploring! For our first full day in Beijing we decided to dive in headfirst and go see Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City! We thought it would be a good idea to walk the 4km to Tiananmen, which would have been fine if I hadn't foolishly decided to wear flip-flops that day! It was good that we walked instead of taking taxi/metro today though as it gave us a chance to see a bit more of the Chongwen district and get our bearings for places like Wangfujing, which we passed on the way. When we got to Tiananmen, the first thing we noticed is that Tiananmen Square...
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    Posted on: June 26th, 2010
  • Dubai/First Night in Beijing: Part Two

    This is part two of my post on Dubai and our first night in Beijing! After struggling past unforgiving traffic, we finally made our way to the front of Dubai Mall, the entrance was very grand and lined with expensive, chauffeured cars. Although we only intended to buy drinks and food from this mall, we knew our wallets would still be hit hard! The first shops we saw when entering the mall said it all: Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, etc. If only we had the money!! The mall itself is the world's largest, and it showed. We did a lot of walking to get from one end to the other, not to mention it had around 5 or 6 floors. There weren't just shops of every kind; bu...
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    Posted on: June 26th, 2010