China

Visiting one of the oldest Hutongs in Beijing – Nanluoguxiang

Nanluogu Xiang (南锣鼓巷) is among one of the oldest hutongs around and has a history of over 800 years. Formed by lines of traditional courtyards called Siheyuan (四合院), hutongs represent an important cultural element of the city of Beijing with some of them associated with historic events. The easiest way to get to Nanluogu Xiang is by subway. Simply alight at Nanluoguxiang Station on Line 6 and make your way to the hutong. In my opinion, the commercialized hutongs are indicated by the red lanterns hung on the trees and the crowd of tourists. That’s where you can purchase souvenirs and have some light bites. Once you walk out of the commercialized hutongs, that’s where the adventure begins. As a traveller who enjoys experiencing the lives of the local people and capturing their daily activities, the hutong culture is an amazing experience. Although the buildings are most likely restored, I’m glad.
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My backpackers’ guide for the Great Wall of China

He who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a true man. – Mao Zedong If you are in Beijing and only had time to visit one attraction, you have to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall of China is the world’s longest human-made structure, stretching some 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers). After visiting the Great Wall of China, I have put together a backpackers’ guide to climbing the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall of China comprises of several sections, including the Badaling, Huanghuacheng, Mutianyu, Jiankou, Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai. For an experience of the Great Wall of China with magnificent scenery without the tourist crowds, I would strongly recommend the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall (慕田峪长城). What to bring Clothing The temperature variation between day and night along the Great Wall is obvious. If you are there in.
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A visit to the Beijing Olympic Park

Having visited the Olympiapark in Munich, I was quite eager to visit the Beijing Olympic Park to see the unique architecture in the park constructed for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Getting to the Olympic Park is easy. Just ride the subway to the Olympic Park station and the Olympic Park is within walking distance. This is the map of the entire Olympic Park, found in front of the entrance of the park. It looks like there’s quite a bit of distance to cover. The primary interest for my visit is the Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) and the Beijing National Aquatics Center (Water Cube). Having seen them on television during the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, I wanted to see them up close now that I am in Beijing. I bought admission tickets for both buildings from the nearest ticket booth (not a good idea and I’ll talk more about this later). The.
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Shandong Pancake (山东煎饼)

Wondering through the streets in the morning in search for breakfast, I came across this stall with a banner that says Shandong Big Pancake 山东大煎饼. I’m intrigued by the word ‘Big’ (considering there’s a massive metal pan at the stall) so I decided to check them out. Considering that the ingredients are just corn, grain and soybeans, I reckon that the pancake should be quite healthy. The stall owner told me that it costs RMB 5 for a pancake which is cheap so I went ahead and ordered one. Here is a demonstration of how the pancake is made.   Beneath the metal pan is a gas stove and an electric motor that is connected to the pan. When the stall owner started the motor, the metal pan started spinning . The stall owner began to pour a ladle of pancake mix on the spinning pan and used something that.
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Visiting the Forbidden City

After a heavy downpour last night flushing away the smog, one can really see the difference in the sky the next day. I didn’t want to miss the lovely weather today and decided to visit one of the most historical monument in China, the Forbidden City. For centuries, the Forbidden City (紫禁城) was the imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of Qing Dynasty and served as home to emperors and their households. It was also the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. In 1987, the Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. The Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum since 1925 and today, the site is most commonly known as Gùgōng (故宫) which means Former Palace. Personally, I still prefer to call it the Forbidden.
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