Greetings from Beijing: Part 5

Nov 22, 05 at 1:15 am

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We started Day 2 with a typical Chinese buffet. After not-so-delicious breakfast, we went to Temple of Heaven but before that we made a brief stopover at a shop selling fresh water pearl products. My parents bought some necklaces.

Temple of Heaven located only few steps away, so we walked and found out something – it wasn’t just a temple after all. A huge park with elderly doing their daily exercises – doing some classic dancing, playing some weird sports and the most affectionate exercise of all – dancing Cha-cha. I once thought I was in a park meant for elderly. We walked through the park and after some time, we reached the main hall or Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest. How unfortunate as it was closed for renovation! Feeling a bit disappointed, we left for other smaller halls. One of them is the Imperial Vault of Heaven which features the Three Echo Stones and the Echo Wall.


The Imperial Vault of Heaven.


The Three Echo Stones.


The Echo Wall.

Temple of Heaven is larger than Forbidden City, therefore the visit took us more than 2 hours. We then headed back to city center to visit Beijing Underground City.

Beijing Underground City is a 32-kilometer city which lies beneath Beijing. Built between 1969-1979, during a period of Sino-Soviet tension, it was intended to house the area’s population in case of enemy air raids. Inside, you can see blocked-off tunnels and signs giving directions to Tiananmen Square, The Summer Palace and other locations. The visit lasted about an hour.


Beijing Underground City.

We left for lunch and we tasted the real Peking Duck – not really delicious after all. After lunch, we headed to Summer Palace. The Summer Palace is the archetypal Chinese garden, and is ranked amongst the most noted and classical gardens of the world. It was hazy so it kinda spoilt some good photography opportunity. Again we spent some good one and a half hours inside.


The retreat palace for the royals of Qing and Ming Dynasty.

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