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
Here comes the crowd du du du du…
(To the tune of Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun)
our home for 3 days
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
a sweet serenade
with flying colors
Stairway to (the Temple of) Heaven
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
What was I shooting at? Probably not The Egg.. cant recall though..
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…
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..
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.
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
passing by The Bird’s Nest
The Water Cube
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
‘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..
walk with me, until our legs can’t carry us anymore..
side wall walk vendor
the “napasandal sa pader” 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.
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..
a pic while waving the flag, for a fee… mine, free 🙂
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
use a hands-freeeeee! a typical scene in China
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
alright, I have to have that shot
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
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. 🙂