The Opposite House
Travel Blogs from Beijing
Arriving in Beijing was a complete shock and half! i was here last about 10 years ago, and everything was grey and black....im talking, buildings, cars, peoples uniforms (under the communism era uniforms were enforced), middle-aged hair tones...etc so what a delightful surprise it was, to arrive to an airport that is …
... After the taxi ride from airport to the hostel in Beijing, I was relieved to see a comfy bed and OK a typical Asian en suite. I slept well and could not wait to get going on my first day in Beijing.
Day one. Tiananmen Square and forbidden city. A strange feeling came over me. Remembering the footage of the massacre there in 1989. Today it is a peaceful place. Tourists and locals gathering to have a picnic. Security is still tight. To get to the ...
... us, as it would not make enough money etc. We finally found a driver, who was willing to bring us back – well, not really useful though, we got literally stuck in the traffic. In 25 minutes we only moved about 20m. He suggested us to leave the car and rather go by metro. Well; it was actually a hands-and-feet conversation – very funny. However, it was the best what we could do and as I knew where we needed to go ...
... visit in 1972. Tomorrow, we are going to the northwest section of the wall. Peter must be a Republican at heart. After Tiananmen Square, we walked across Chang'an Street (odd note: Chang'an is the name of our partner school) through the Tiananmen Square towards the Forbidden City. The Chinese like their fences. According to Peter, this is bred in their DNA as planned housing, etc. still incorporate walls and fences. The forbidden city, finished in 1420, was designed ...
... Imperial Scenery (Yu Jing Ting) is built on top of the rock hill. This was one of the most fascinating parts of the palace for Al. The hill and its pavilion are dedicated to the Water god Xuanwu and at certain festivals the Emperor and his entourage would go up to the pavilion on top while water in huge bronze vats was poured from the top of the hill to spurt out of the dragon heads of the lions on each side of the hill to symbolise the protection of ...
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