What I really love about joining Travel Factor trip is that they keep us busy exploring the city from morning until evening. They usually give tips on where to go at night instead of just sleeping at the hostel. So before heading back to our hostel, we went to Qianmen for shopping.
We pass by the Tiananmen Square first. It is a large city square at the center of Beijing. It’s named after the Tiananmen gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to it’s North, separating it from the Forbidden City. It has a great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history. Tikoy said that we should take photo in the afternoon then at night time. The view is really breath taking at night. But sadly, wasn’t able to take picture after sun down. Why? The wind is too strong, so cold…we just want to get inside the subway station to feel warmer.
We also explored the Qianmen Street for shopping. Again, we had to split into smaller group so we can explore and buy what we want. We are usually split into five (5) groups: Liz and Kha went to shop boots, Tikoy and Phoebe, the girls – me, Camil, Lee, Aica and Gic; Ate Ibang & family and the boys – Frandy & Darvs. It’s a good place to buy “pasalubong”. You must be experts in bargaining. Vendors carry calculator to communicate prices. Be sure to haggle at half the price immediately and when they don’t want to give, just walk away. They’ll be the one to call you back and sell the item on your requested price. I spent 210 CNY for pasalubong and souvenirs good for my family and friends.
We also had to eat our dinner at Qianmen. I’m not a fuzzy eater but I become one. I need to be careful on what to order. You can’t read the menu, you just had to look at the pictures. So I just ordered beef noodle for dinner (price at 28 CNY). Lee ordered HOT noodle and requested for hot water. She’ll be drinking the hot water but to our surprise, it was put into a large bowl. Maybe the waitress thought that she’ll be putting it on her noodle. We were laughing so hard…language problem it is. 🙂
Back at hostel at 9pm. This is the end of Day 1, backpacking Beijing.