March 10, Day 3: Brightlights

Before flying back to Manila, we had a quick tour at Beijing National Stadium. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

China’s National Stadium (the Bird’s Nest),  is the world’s largest steel structure and the most complex stadium ever constructed.The Bird’s Nest was designed by Swiss Architects, Herzog & de Meuron, and a Chinese Architect, Li Xinggang. The requirements for its design were that it had to be inspiring and be able to withstand an earthquake. It is saddle-shaped, but the interlocking steel parts resembling a lattice of twigs, make the name Bird’s Nest an obvious alias.

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The Beijing National Aquatics Center (Water Cube), is an aquatics center that was built alongside Beijing National Stadium in the Olympic Green for the swimming competitions of 2008 Summer Olympics. Despite its nickname, the building is not an actual cube, but a cuboid  (a rectangular box).

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Congratulations Beijing! You are once again nominated to host the 2022 Olympics!

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March 10, Day 3: Lost in Summer Palace

After our sumptuous meal at Wangfujing, it’s time to see the famous Forbidden City. We just walk towards the entrance since it’s near. To our surprise, there is a very very long line going to Forbidden City. Plus so many … Continue reading

March 10, Day 3: Foodporn at Wangfujing

Lunch time! So where to go?!? Time for a food trip at Wangfujing. 👍😜       I thought Cambodia has the weirdest food but nope! It’s China now on my list. 😱 I was really surprised (more of shocked!) to … Continue reading

March 10, Day 3: Jingshan Park

Time flies when you’re having fun! 🙂

So true! We are now on our last day of our backpacking trip in China! And still with so many places to explore. Our first stop: Jingshan Park. Tikoy highly recommends this place since it provides an amazing view of the Forbidden City.

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Here’s an information about this place:

Five pavilions sit atop the hill. At the Northern foot of the hill is Shouhuang hall, once dedicated to ancestor worship, now used for childrens’ activities. Just to the East lie Yongsi and Guande Halls, where the bodies of Qing Emperors lay in state. There are displays of art and calligraphy by the Park’s North Gate.

It was in Jingshan Park that the Ming Emperor, Chongzhen hung himself from a pagoda tree as rebels stormed the city and brought down the dynasty. A replica of the tree, (The Chinese Scholar Tree) is to be found on the Eastern side of the Park.

The hill was formerly known as Coal Hill. The current name, Jĭngshān, rightly suggests rightly that the hill commands excellent views. (Jĭng 景=scenery, Shān 山= hill).

The hill was formed from earth excavated to make the moat around the Forbidden City, and its location directly to the North protects the Forbidden City from evil spirits according to Chinese feng shui. It also serves as a useful windbreak, and was once part of the Forbidden City.

Let’s continue with our photoshoot!

Thanks Phoebe, our Art Director, for the concept!  🙂

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After our fun photoshoot, it’s time to visit Forbidden City. Unfortunately, the north entrance is closed. We had to go to the other entrance. It’s a big place so walking towards the entrance will take us hours. Tikoy decided that we need to take the bus back to Dongsi Subway Station, then to Wangfujing  to eat our lunch first.

Hmmm..what to eat?!? I’m hungry!

March 9, Day 2: The Great Wall of China

When I was a kid (well, I’m still kid at heart 🙂 ), I love reading history books. I’m always fascinated on how people built the Wonders of the World such as the Pyramid of Giza and The Great Wall … Continue reading

March 8, Day 1: Evening Walk at Tianamen Square + Qianmen Street

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 … Continue reading

March 8, Day 1: Beijing Zoo

Tummy’s full after eating at KFC so we continued our commuting city tour, this time off to Beijing Zoo. The Beijing Zoo is a zoological park in Beijing, China. Located in the Xicheng District, the zoo occupies an area of 89 hectares (220 acres), including 5.6 hectares … Continue reading

March 8,Day 1: Photoshoot at Temple of Heaven

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. … Continue reading

One Lovely Blog Award

Thanks to Bella Travelista for nominating me on the One Lovely Blog Award. This is unexpected since I’m really new in blogging. Just tried to write about my previous trips to share my experiences to people like me who love to travel. … Continue reading