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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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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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A typical Chinese breakfast in Beijing

If you have been following my blog, you would realise that I love to explore a new country through its food culture. When I arrived at my hostel in Beijing, my room was not ready yet so I asked the reception for a place where I can get some authentic Chinese breakfast. She gave me directions to an eatery down the street that serves authentic Chinese breakfast. I went there and after observing what the customers were having, here’s what I bought for 8.50 RMB. This meal is simple yet filling. I added a little sugar in the soybean milk because it tasted a little bland. As the pancake is prepared upon order, it is fresh and crispy. The taste of the pancake is very close to the you tiao in Singapore, just much bigger. There is also an option to order an additional wanton soup. I looked at the.
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