Made in China: Beijing


Woohoo! After being bounded at home (Malaysia) for months, Pats and I have onced again packed our luggages and flew out of our daily routines. Few days of waking up early, and rushing towards the Chinese Embassy in KL, we have obtained our tourist visas, and started preparing ourselves and stuff. Hello China!

 

This is the 1st of a 2-part special of Pats and Tots’ Made in China.

 

Pats and Tots and the Great Wall

Pats and Tots and the Great Wall

 

Here comes the crowd du du du du…

(To the tune of Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun)
our home for 3 days

our home for 3 days

Still groggy and sleepy from our 2 am check-in at the Beijing Downtown Backpackers Hostel, we left at around 10am, and faced the swarm of people in the subways to visit the Temple of Heaven.

 

Its garden is simply beautiful, clean, and well-maintained. A good place for relaxation, a jog, even Tai Chi. On the contrary, we only liked the garden and the Temple of Good Harvest, but not as much. The so-called Circular Mound and Echo Wall are, IMO, skippable. Unfortunately, those 2 are part of the RMB35 price. So, might as well take a look if you purchase that ticket and there’s no queue (not happening).
On the way to the Temple of Heaven

On the way to the Temple of Heaven

A Serenade

a sweet serenade

With Flying Colors

with flying colors

Stairway to (the Temple of) Heaven

Stairway to (the Temple of) Heaven

Finally! Crowd-free!

Next up, we went to The Egg, formally known as the National Center for the Performing Arts, which is architecturally unique and fantastic. Getting inside comes with a fee though. So, we didn’t bother. We lingered outside for a while to take some photos and videos, before hunting for a place to have lunch.

The National Centre for the Performing Arts, aka The Egg

The National Centre for the Performing Arts, aka The Egg

What was I shooting at? Probably not The Egg.. cant recall though

What was I shooting at? Probably not The Egg.. cant recall though..

selfie(s) shot, of course

selfie(s) shot, of course, with our buy 1 take sunglasses.. haha.. B-)

All the walking around the Tiananmen Square – then closed and barricaded as it was a Monday, got us tired and hungry.

Forbidden Entry to the Forbidden City, coz it's a Monday

Forbidden Entry to the Forbidden City, coz it’s a Monday…

playing his Erhu

playing his Erhu

So, before boarding the train at Qianmen Station, we rested for a while at McDonalds – hoping for an Oreo McFlurry.

yeaaaa.. she's asleep..

yeaaaa.. she’s asleep..

Random Conversation:
Pats: Parang iba yung lasa ng french fries, siguro yung patatas.. (their french fries tastes odd, different, maybe the potatoes…)
Tots: Kase Made in China.. (Coz they are made in China).. Toink.
hungry yet?

hungry yet?

After the short McDonald’s break, we headed for the Olympic Village to have a glimpse of the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube, which were the venue for some events during the 2008 Olympics held in Beijing.

 

We just strolled along its huge walk way, along with the huge crowd. Good thing it was a bit cold. So, the long walk wasn’t that tiring at all.
The Bird's Nest

The Bird’s Nest

passing by The Bird's Nest

passing by The Bird’s Nest

The Water Cube

The Water Cube

just have to have this shot

just have to have this shot :p

That pretty much ended our first day. We didn’t want to push ourselves since we have an early Great Wall trip the next day.

MOMOL sa Great Wall

(A Filipino slang: Make-Out, Make-Out Lang MOment-MOment Lang, as deemed more appropriate..hehe)
‘Twas an early Tuesday starter, and it was also one helluva season ender for Pats and Tots’ Asian trip. Why is that?
We finally crossed out one of the ‘must-see’ wonders in our list – The Great Wall of China, and more. 😉
from the top of Tower... err.. Nth..

from the top of Tower… err.. Nth..

walk with me, until our legs can't carry us anymore..

walk with me, until our legs can’t carry us anymore..

side wall walk vendor

side wall walk vendor

the "napasandal sa pader" pose

the “napasandal sa pader” pose

the "napasandal na naman ulit sa pader with pamewang " pose

the “napasandal na naman ulit sa pader with pamewang ” pose

After a good, old and free western breakfast at the next door restaurant, we prepped our not-so-hiking selves for an 8:30 am departure to THE Wall.

Along with us were two really lovely couples: Annie and Steven from Denver; and Vic and Girda from Down Under. Hey, that rhymes!

 

The trip from the hotel to the wall took around 2 hours, which was never a boring one since the two couples we were with had lots to talk about. It was simply fun. Oh and informational too.

 

The walk hike started at around 10:30 am. But Pats and I cheated the others since we took the cable car going to Tower 14. Shame on us – being the younger ones in the group.

 

Anyway… There are 23 tourists-accessible towers on the trail, the 23rd being the best, as they say. We didn’t reach it though, “22nd”, as Annie would say, was the farthest we’ve reached.
while the vendor is busy and away, grab the cap and pose

while the vendor is busy and away, grab the cap and pose..

my turn!

my turn!

a pic while waving the flag for a fee... mine, free :)

a pic while waving the flag, for a fee… mine, free 🙂

our last stop, can't proceed further

our last stop, we can’t proceed any further..

The cable car stops at the 14th tower, while the other route starts at either the 6th or 10th, if I remember correctly. So, we had a number of towers head start, still… joke’s on us. Ha ha.

 

Nonetheless, the experience, the very good company, and what transpired was very, very fulfilling and memorable for us. Like I said, one helluva season ender!

 

All tired from the walk hike, Pats and I dropped the plans on going to The Village in Sanlitun. Instead, we stayed at our street, Nanluoguxiang, and just enjoyed a slow, cold, and drizzly stroll, and eating our tummies full.

 

Fantastic choices of food by the way! And just spending quality time with Pats that night was rather special, and felt so right. 🙂
looking back to the past

looking back to the past

use a hands-freeeeee! a typical scene in China

use a hands-freeeeee! a typical scene in China 

Forbidden Love

We woke up a bit late today since we don’t have much to do except for Forbidden City. At 9 am, we had our free breakfast, and off we went to this ginormous heritage site. Some websites say that it will take you 3 to 4 hours to cover the entire feat. I attest to that! Pats and I, still tired from all the walking  the previous day, had to quit midway since it seems like the doors lead to never-ending grounds – we’re just at the 2+ hour track then.

 

Aside from that, it was quite hard to get a good shot because the crowd was just insane. It is true when they said public holidays is a no-no. so, I ended up with mostly “roof shots”. Bummer.
ought to sit and shoot

ought to sit and shoot

and again

and again

alright, I have to have that shot

alright, I have to have that shot

Photobombing Pats?

Photobombing Pats?

Tourists shot time!

Pats and Tots OOTD

Tired from all the walking, we headed back to our street at Nanluoguxiang for food-tripping (again), since we still haven’t had lunch. We went back to our room, after a sumptuous meal.

After a short rest and preps, we checked-out and headed for the Beijing South Railway Station, which was our ride towards Shanghai – a long 11+ hour ride on-board a sleeper train.

enjoying our Takoyaki at Nanluoguxiang

enjoying our Takoyaki at Nanluoguxiang

inside our Sleeper Train cabin

inside our Sleeper Train cabin

Aaaand now, the video that we’ve prepared!
Pardon the shakes, as all was shot using a point & shoot camera.  Editing was done purely on an iPad Mini, well except for the trimming of the audio.
Anyway, we hope you enjoy and like it. 🙂

12 thoughts on “Made in China: Beijing

  1. a very entertaining entry as usual + great photos, and, a very GOOD news! 🙂

    congrats Pats & Tots!!! 🙂 MOMOL! Moment-moment lang sa Great Wall! haha!

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  2. Waaaaaa! Naiyak ako! Hahaha. I ended up with these comments after watching the vid. Unang comment ko, ganda talaga ng mga kuha ni Jare. And as I was reading thru the blog, walk thru kung magblog as if nandun ka with them. Haha. Feel na feel ko ang China! You kept on mentiong crowd pero sa pics not that evident…until I saw the vid so I said aaah Croooooowd ang comment ko. And boom, ring? Aaaah momol! Tama si Em Moment moment lang (awkward dating sa akin nun make out haha). Over haba ng comment ko ha! Haha. Sa tagal tagal ko nagbabasa ng blog mo, itong level up na to sa vid really said it all…galing Papi! Congratulations! So happy for you and Osang!!! Happiness. Kiliiig! Oh I can comment even more… Haha. Eom.

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    1. Napa-comment din kita finally, at mahaba pa! Haha! But I prefer that. 😀 😀 😀
      Binago ko na si MOMOL, as highlighted. Haha.

      Salamat sa comment, and sa patuloy na pagsubaybay, at sa pagbati. 😀

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  3. Kita mo nga naman while i’m searching for blogs about beijing..lumabas ito. Sosyal! Recognize ka na ni google…Talking about ‘level up’ 😉
    San kuha yung ‘looking back to the past’ photo? (Chicheck ko pa ulit..kala ko wrong grammar ako hehehe). Five thumbs up forthe photos! My own 4thumbs + borrow ko ung sa FB. Hehhee! Yung sa video, no comment.. Alam nyo na ni pats ang laman ng puso ko…inggit! Hahaha!

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