Finally arrive to China
after an almost 9 hour trip from Arlanda, Sweden, oh and
don't forget the time change of 6 hours... Long day and
night it was, however we were very exited to find ourselves
being in Beijing.
During our stay in China's capital, we did several things,
yes, we had a pretty full schedule and were busy most of
the days, and didn't really get to see the nightlife (perhaps
we should be called "oldies" nowadays anyways). Full of
excitement and energy, we went to famous tourist places
including the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace,
took bicycle tour in the old Hutong neighborhood, attended
a few cultural must shows, as well as opened our eyes to
"real" Chinese food culture and way of living.
We really had fantastic beginning to our Asia trip
and found ourselves wanting more of China!
Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven
The Forbidden City - home of 9999 thousands
rooms. What a place!!!
Took several hours to walk through.
Johann posing in front of one of the main
gates of the Forbidden City.
Ahhh, how handsome!!!!
The Temple of Dawn - quite magnificent!
One of the famous views from Tiananmen Square
gateway to the Forbidden City.
Snapping a photo of the spectacular Great
Wall of China - 400 KM long.
Our transportation to the Great Wall. A whole
day on these - wow baby!
We had a perfect day up on the wall. A little
bit of hiking and some sweat, but all
worth it in the end. Had a French style picnic accompanied
Rose Wine, thank goodness for French people.
I think we both had a really great
day on these, especially as we didn't have to drive.
Going in Beijing traffic was madness! But luckily we back
safely, except that Johann and
his driver were lost for an hour due to a flat tire. And
of course we were standing on the
side of the road, wondering where they were... Communication
Hutong Bicycle Tour
Every tried bicycling in traffic in the city.
Yikes! Was a bit shaky and scary, but we got the
hang of it. Driving in the narrow alleyways, "Hutongs" certainly
an experience we won't forget.
Out & About
Going to a Kung Fu Show - told
the story of how Kung Fu was born. The show
filled with action and definitely did not fall a sleep to
this one. It was amazingly
well done and we enjoyed every second on the 1 hour and
20 minute entertainment.
We also went to see a Peking Opera. Hmm... That one
was more difficult to stay awake.
Very slow pace and there was virtually no staging. Same
lighting and same background.
zzZZzz....Good thing that there was opportunity to videotape.
To give some credit, the
second half of the opera was more enjoyable with "ribbon
dancing" and "feet juggling".
Went to dinner at the China Grill located in the Park
Hyatt. Amazing view of Beijing.
We ordered the sushi and sashimi platter - don't know why?
Should have stuck to Chinese cuisine.
Can't visit Beijing without having the infamous
Duck. We ate duck twice; one at
a more traditional restaurant, Quanjude and also at the
very modern Da Dong eatery.
We had a really nice time! Duck was delicious both times
And you can't go to China without having
Hot Pot. Luckily we have had this several times
at Mei and Brian's so we knew what we were getting into.
I LOVE HOT POT!!!
Johann is so so... I love the veggies, noodles, tofu and
meat - all cooked to
order at the table. That means that you can eat slow - heh
heh, my favorite!
Took a taxi to the Summer Palace. Very nice
grounds and beautiful green scenery with a
superb view of the city for the very top. Another
A photo from Suzhou street. Just love
the Chinese design and architecture. And the use of
colors, so vividly presented and lively. RED anyone!!!
Johann after waiting for about an hour for
our "fast" food to come out.
When in lack of energy, drink some more... And this was
after we went to the "nice"
restaurant, and sat for 30 minutes without being served.
Not our day for food. But, hey beer worked out in our favor!