China Diary x Beijing : Part 2

Friday, 3 July 2015

If I were to share with new travellers a piece of advice, it will have to be eating up a good, proper breakfast to start your day. It doesn’t matter how much or little you are going to do. You need the energy and you need it for good. 

As for me, breakfast is my biggest meal and I wish I had selected healthier options that morning. I skipped the cereal and fruit bar, instead I went straight for bacon, latkes, cold plates, cheese, and more cheese. If I were to know that we will be having long walks today, I would have considered the omelette station. 

We went to Tiannanmen Square (天安门广场 - Tian an men guang chang), Forbidden City (紫禁城 - Zi jing cheng) and Summer Palace (颐和园 - Yi he yuan) on that windy morning. Although I was amazed by the history behind the subjects, I was dreading my legs by the time we reached Forbidden City. This was a one-way tour where we had to start from one entrance to the other end.

The palace consists of long corridors and huge courtyards, and it was an amazing experience seeing different people admiring these scenes. I could not get my eyes off the little details which make the place unique such as old sturdy pillars and timeless ceiling art. 

Despite it was a brief tour around Beijing, we knew for well that this stop would be meaningless without the original Peking roast duck! To end the evening, we were recommended by the tour guide that Quanjude (全聚德) is well-known for their signature Peking roast duck. Needless to say, it was the best I've ever had. What I shame that I forgot to take a picture of that meal! How could I forget?

So, that was our short stop at Beijing. Our train adventure began the next day. Coming soon in the next post!

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