Greetings from Beijing: Part 4

Nov 21, 05 at 1:00 am

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Much to my surprise, we checked-in to the hotel after lunch. We were given time to rest before continuing our visit later in the evening.

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I took a nap and felt refreshed and it was also due to the cool air blowing through the window pane. Got down and was told we’ll be visiting “Hutong“. “Hutong” literally means a small street or a lane between two courtyards, although the word can also mean a community within the city consisting of hutongs and residences. Shanghai local people call it a “Nong”. There are thousands of hutongs in Beijing City. Most of them were built in the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasty. Some with history of 900 years with most are over 100 years spanning few generations.

Since the streets were narrow, we had to get some trishaw rides in order to visit hutongs. Here, trishaw ride is fast and sometimes dangerous but most of the riders are experienced, so no worries at all! With few turns, we reached a narrower street that even a trishaw can’t get through. We walked into a courtyard and into a living room where we were welcomed by an old lady in her early 70s. She introduced herself and talked about her family, history of hutong and so on.


Trishaw ride.

We left for dinner afterwards and summed up the day with an acrobatic show.

Greetings from Beijing: Part 3

Nov 20, 05 at 1:36 am

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We spent roughly an hour at the square before proceeding to the Forbidden City, which was just located across the road.


Another view from Tiananmen Square. Notice that the red building is also the entrance to the Forbidden City.


Entrance to the Forbidden City.

A lot of people were crowding the place – probably because Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City are must-visit places in Beijing. The first word when stepping into Forbidden City was…

Greetings from Beijing: Part 2

Nov 19, 05 at 10:27 am

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We endured almost 10 hours just to get to Beijing from KL. We’re flying with Thai Airways – so it is a-must for them to stop at Bangkok for few hours before continuing the journey to Beijing. So, at 9pm we left KLIA and reached Bangkok International Airport (BIA) at 11pm. Then we waited till 2.40am before leaving BIA. We arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport at 6.30 in the morning – and we were exhausted!

Greetings from Beijing: Part 1

Nov 18, 05 at 3:59 pm

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In the following post, I will write something and upload some pictures about my trip to Beijing.Beijing is the capital of China – a huge city but not as modern as Shanghai as I would say. Being here for 3-4 days, I could observe how the people thrive in this city, how transportation works and night life in Beijing.