Greetings from Beijing: Part 10

Nov 30, 05 at 3:19 pm

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We woke up earlier at 6am as we’ll be having dimsum breakfast – and free of buffet at last! The dimsum place is famous with patrons ranging from popular actors to diplomats. While the place is heavily decorated, the food was normal.


The dimsum place.

After the breakfast, we went to Zheng Yang Men or Gate of True Sun. It is a popular fengshui tourist spot and explains why buildings in Beijing and around the world are built that way. We spent more than an hour inside.


The Gate of True Sun.

Thereafter, we headed for a shopping complex and spent another hour. We were about to leave when the bus reversed and accidentally hit another bus behind. The windscreen of the bus behind has broken and the ensuing arguments continued for another hour. We were late for lunch and hurriedly ate before leaving for the last shopping spot. I managed to grab quite a lot of things – paintings, souvenirs etc. and left Beijing for Chengde at 4pm.

The journey to Chengde took about 5 hours. Half way to Chengde, we stopped at a shop, and grabbed some food before continuing our journey. We reached Chengde at about 9pm and had our dinner. It was freaking cold too! We left and headed straight to hotel. It was definitely a long day for us especially having to endure hours inside the bus.

Greetings from Beijing: Part 9

Nov 27, 05 at 12:02 am

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It was Day 5, woke up as usual and packed things up before heading for another dreadful, hard-to-eat breakfast. We headed back to Beijing which took 5 hours drive til my ass felt numb. The bus stopped at a store-cum-factory called Beijing Bao Shu Tang Sci-Tech Pharmaceutical. Bao Shu Tang has a few popular medical products notably the most sought after anti-burn cream. The demonstrator even demonstrated by holding a hot rod with his bare hands and applied some anti-burn cream to prove its effectiveness.

Greetings from Beijing: Part 8

Nov 26, 05 at 3:42 pm

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We began Day 4 with another typical Chinese buffet provided by the hotel. We then checked-out from the hotel and proceeded to winery located near Sha Cheng. The Great Wall Winery, perhaps one of the main producer of wine in China. Everything is done locally – that includes farming, bottling and marketing. The smell of wine was so strong – very rich aroma. We witnessed how wine are produced – from grapes to storage to bottling. Everything is done mechanically – using sophitiscated machines.

We moved on leaving Sha Cheng for Datong which was 2 1/2 hours drive. The early morning journey was quite pleasant – especially after breakfast. On both sides of the expressway, I could see barren lands or sometimes small villages.

Greetings from Beijing: Part 7

Nov 25, 05 at 2:37 pm

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We reached Badaling Great Wall at about 1.3opm. We were warned of possible colder weather as it was located on some hills. Thick fog shrouded the hill – another photo taking opportunity gone!

The wall of Badaling has a total length of 3, 741 meters with an average height of 8 meters The highest part is 15 meters. The total area for a tour is 19, 000 square meters. The top of the wall can permit five horses to be ridden abreast. There are arched doors at the inner side of the wall with very little distance between each two doors. The arched doors lead you to the top of the wall by stone stairs.

Badaling Great Wall was very well preserved, although some graffitis could be found all over the wall – all contributed by nasty visitors who wanted to make their presence known. The stairs are very steep and I found it hard to climb and after reaching first station, I was sweating! I made a brief stop before ascending to the second station.


The highest point I could climb – Oh, I’m so pathetic and weak!


I’ve climbed the Great Wall and found out it wasn’t great at all.

We left the place at 3.30pm heading towards Sha Cheng for an overnight stay. Sha Cheng is rather a small town and is 2 hours drive from Beijing. We reached Sha Cheng at around 5.30pm and checked-in into the town’s most luxury hotel. Sha Cheng’s nightlife is rather dull. All shops will close at 6pm and at 7pm, you won’t see people walking around.

After refreshing ourselves, we had dinner at 6pm at the hotel – a surprise for us as it is a revolving restaurant. Food was ordinary but we really enjoyed it after another tiring day. We concluded that day with an early rest.

Greetings from Beijing: Part 6

Nov 23, 05 at 12:00 am

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We left at about 5.30pm and stopped by a tea shop nearby Summer Palace. We were ushered to a room and were introduced different types of tea – which in the end, we bought nearly RM500 worth of tea (Siao giler!).


It’s tea time!

We went for dinner afterwards which was located nearby our hotel. And the dinner was ordinary – nothing to shout about but satisfied because we were hungry! And we went back to hotel to have some good and relaxed sleep.

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.