Saturday, June 04, 2005

peking haunting.

the photolog as promised. it's still missing one or two important photos but that doesn't matter for now. i hope this doesn't take too long to load!

day 1 : landing in peking!

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this was at the entrance of the yonghe lama temple.

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love tree-covered walkways! how absolutely romantic.

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ku with "the bigger bells in china."

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next, we visited beihai park. i think the emperors used to stay here during the winter, hundreds of years ago.

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lunch at yaxiu shopping centre! we met the seniors here (bargaining away) but i don't have a good picture of that. here is ku with our lunch of twenty jiaozis, at only about 8 RMB. we ate about twelve before giving up.

day 2

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the summer palace, or yuheyuan.

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the sun was scorching, but we stopped for a photo op with the chimera.

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this looks very poetic, doesn't it?

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on to tiananmen square...

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one of the important city gates. taking a photo of it was supposed to bring us good lucker, as with many other things in china.

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outside chairman mao's mausoleum. we spent about ten minutes queueing, then shuffled past his crystal coffin within a minute. (no photography allowed inside.)

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ku and me on tiananmen square.

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photo op with chairman mao!

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my love is like a red, red rose bush.

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you can apparently see this portrait from every part of tiananmen square. interesting.

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the forbidden city or zhi jing chen!

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zhi jing chen was basically station after station of structures that looked like this, each having a different purpose. we must have walked for three hours.

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met up with benjy's family for dinner at this japanese restaurant. they were just so sweet and hospitable... and the food was fantastic!

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oh so cute! brian with his book "great buildings."

day 3

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pointing at some part of the great wall at badaling.

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no sitting, please!

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this was actually taken considerably high up so the crowd had (somewhat) lessened.

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looking down.

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ku amidst the madding crowd of people.

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that's me, always climbing gaps...

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love this pic! she looks adorable, standing at the base.

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outside the ming tombs area. which was quite a farce, if you ask me. all we saw was a mound, underneath which lay a tomb which hadn't been excavated yet. sheesh.

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dinner with watson, dennis and thongkai, from the 28th council.

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we stuffed ourselves silly with jiaozis, since the guys ticked almost everything on the menu. i love jiaozis! by far the best food we had in china.

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tiananmen square was cordoned off at night, so our initial plan of going there to take photos was foiled. we walked down changan street instead. this is a photo of the official countdown timer to the 2008 olympics! very cool!

day 4

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at the temple of heaven. kudos to ku, this is a beautiful photo.

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waving goodbye to beijing, we left for chengde in the afternoon, a ridiculous five hour drive.

day 5

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bi shu shan zhuang : the summer resort.

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we got into a beeeeg boat!

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... and stopped to eat large rocks.

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a world heritage site!

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outside the little potala palace. i must say china has imitations of everything...

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right to left!

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in the evening at wangfujing, beijing's orchard road.

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valen teno guci! we sell everything!

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we also explored lotus lane, beijing's clarke quay.

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this starbucks looked rather wrong.

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and this bar looked like indochine!

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show me the money, and i'll show you the vodka. absolut was having some promotion!

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hot dog!

day 6

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ku and i outside the entrance to the underground city, this network of underground passages which included a school, a hospital, a library and other what-nots. very interesting, but freezing cold inside.

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a dodgy chinese poster we spotted somewhere around that area. yi zhen jiu ling? i'll take my chances.

day 7

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we visited the famous bei jing da xue with the guys who had just returned from shandong!

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places, everyone! graduating seems like such a wonderful thing... i want to be that happy.

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the obvious way of transport here is to ride your bicycle. isn't this cute?

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the gorgeous lake, which was really huge. beida is full of scenic spots to rest and dream the day away.

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don't know what building this was, but i thought it was pretty. the entire beida was the stuff dreams are made of. i love chinese architecture!

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ku and i in front of a stone tablet we didn't understand.

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whilst having lunch at oriental plaza, wangfujing, watson decides to promote his own brand of drinking water.

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candid shot, haha.

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just one more before we say goodnight and go! :)

(with thanks to ku and thongkai for some of the photos.)

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