The Great Wall of China is a World Heritage Site built as protection against aggression coming from other countries.
We headed for the Forbidden City after our trip to Tienanmen Square. Huge hectares of land built for Royalty. Here we witness the emperor's lavish lifestyle even having several concubines (over a hundred actually). Fengshui was talked as well. Best fengshui is a place surrounded with both body of water and a mountain. Beijing like the Forbidden City also has very good fengshui. As you can see in our photo, weather was extremely hot during our visit. But the tour must go on. :) I liked the vibrant colors of the temples along with the intricate carvings.
Next set of images show you the Temple of Heaven. This sacrificial building is a sacred place for the people during the Ming and Qing Dynasty. This was where the emperors would hold their worship ceremonies. This served as an altar where they would put their offerings to the "heavens". Notice I put quotation marks because the only religion in China would either be Buddhism or no religion at all.
After 9 long years, I had the chance to take a break and visit once again the beautiful city of Beijing. The city has such rich history and culture. It was like going through history classes but so much better. This quick last minute trip reminded me of my roots what kind of people the Chinese folks are. Anyway, our first stop was no other than Tienanmen Square, situated at the heart of Beijing. The place where student led anti-communist demonstrations took place. Students wanted reform from the long communist regime. At that time, it was the peasants who supported Chairman Mao Ze Dong's programs because they believe he could uplift their current status. I stood in this square once during my study tour back in 2004. Brings back great memories.
1. Yu Rong Xue Xiao - Our dormitory in China where we studied. played. bonded. flew a kite. danced. ate. sang. took photos. had the time of our lives.
2. Tian An Men - Saw Mao Ze Dong's preserved body there. They has a similar one for Marcos back in the Philippines.
3. Gu Gong
4. Ying He Yuan - Summer Palace. Paradise. Nature. Lovely seascapes & landscapes.
5. Jing Ge Long – The Big Supermarket we always went to. We would even sneak out of the dorm through another gate. The gate was a bit far from the dorm. You had to cross some plantation area first. They had wooden plywood all over that gate after the night all of us got caught. J
6. Wang Fu Jin - Largest Shopping Mall in China
7. Xi dan - Mall
8. Wang Fu Jin - Tiangge. Cheap. Affordable. Hot.
9. Chang Cheng!!! - Of course the super highlight, THE GREAT WALL! Tiring. Exhausting. Strong Winds. Beautiful. Long Walks. Memories.
10. Peking Duck (kao ya) - Super Yummy! Will always be a fave of mine.
11. UFO dried cup noodles – Our all time midnight snacks! Fattening yet addicting!
12. Custard Rice Rolls - taste like Kracklings. Reminds me of grade school baon days.
13. LAYS!!! - the wide range of flavors! Sushi flavor, Roast beef, peking duck, tomato...yum!
14. Xiao Mai Bu - small store in Yu Rong where we'd always buy Ice cream that’s coated with a chocolate outer crust.
15. Apple Jelly Tongue!
16. Korean Store in Yu Rong – feasting on the Korean version of Kornets! Super YUM!
17. Hot Dogs (re kou) and pizza - from the korean store
18. MCdonalds (mai dang lao) - they've got shrimp nuggets!!!
19. Baleno - it's like giordano. practically can be found in every corner!
20. Starbucks - overpriced in china! X2 ng sa Phils!
21. CR - never seen such dirty, gross, disgusting place haha! Hole on the floor?
22. Roommates: Gwen, Tala, Marge, myself
23. My nickname: maj was born. For Your MAJesty.
24. Wang Fei, Zhang Lao shi were BF/GF yet they had to keep it secret as it wasn’t allowed by the school.
25. Vickey – My super photographer friend.
Too many memories!
All about the traveling Queen who wanted to share with the world the little and great discoveries that have brought her joy.