After a long trip from Baguio to Beijing, I only had four (4) hours of sleep. But that won’t stop me from exploring this wonderful city. So excited and woke up at 6am, dress up for our first day photoshoot. Camil and I went down to eat our complimentary breakfast at 7:30am. We are lucky since we are the first on the qeueu for breakfast so we’re able to finish at 8am without coffee. I guess, coffee is not included on the complimentary breakfast. I waited until 9am and no coffee. Then the people after us, they had to wait for more than 15mins. The food is not that difficult to prepare — it’s only egg, bacon and bread. The reason why it’s taking too long, the hostel has one person doing all the works (from cooking to serving). Some of the guests went out already without eating breakfast. While waiting for the other TF backpackers to finish their breakfast, we had to go out just to check if our outfit can withstand the cold weather. And for the sake of getting beautiful pictures, it’s a “TIIS GANDA” outfit! You can not complain! “Ginusto mo yan eh” as we tease each other! 🙂
Today is our commuting tour to Temple of Heaven and Beijing Zoo. It’s easy and convenient as we will ride the subway only. And our hostel is very near Dongsi Subway Station.
Our first stop is The Temple of Heaven. It’s an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing and another UNESCO World Heritage. It was founded in the first half of the 15th century; a dignified complex of fine cult buildings set in gardens and surrounded by historic pine woods. In its overall layout and that of its individual buildings, it symbolizes the relationship between earth and heaven – the human world and God’s world – which stands at the heart of Chinese cosmogony, and also the special role played by the emperors within that relationship. Thanks Google! 🙂
Some of the backpackers are tired of walking and the cold winds, they went to the nearby coffee shop. But me, Camil and Phoebe went inside the Echo Wall. No room for rest since I’m here to explore this wonderful City.
The Echo Wall is a circular surrounding wall of the Celestial Warehouse. The hard and smooth wall in a perfect circumference constitutes an excellent reflecting body for the sound waves, which travel along the wall surface by continuous reflections. If two person stand by the wall behind the East Annex Hall and West Annex Hall respectively and speak with their face toward North, they can hear each other voice’s clearly.
Phoebe and I should have read the signage about the Echo Wall. We were shouting crazily towards the wall and looking for some echo. We’re so crazy doing the alphabet song and Taylor Swift’s blank space. 🙂 Camil was just laughing at us.
After the Echo Wall, we went to the Circular Mound and saw Lee.
Circular Mound is known as the Heaven Worshipping Terrace.
After a short rest, need to walk to the nearest fastfood for our lunch.
And of course, the photoshoot continues while walking 🙂
Had lots of fun today… And surprisingly, I survived the cold weather without coffee! 😱😁😘