Monday, January 20, 2014

BEIJING: Summer Palace / Wangfujing Street / Donghuamen Night Market

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Summer Palace

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Lakes, open water, palaces, gardens, bridges, temples, clear sky... it was so beautiful.

I am ashamed to admit that I had always imagined China as foggy and polluted. No doubt there were foggy days, but when the sky was clear, it was really pretty - no clouds, just a sea of blue.

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Long corridor, which is famous for (obviously) its length of 728m. Elaborately painted.

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Marble Boat:
"The boat design of the pavilion may relate to a quote attributed to Wei Zheng, a chancellor of the Tang Dynasty renowned for his honest advice. He is said to have told the emperor "the waters that float the boat can also swallow it", implying that the people can support the emperor but can also topple him. With this in mind, Emperor Qianlong might have chosen to construct the Marble Boat on a solid stone base to indicate that the Qing Dynasty was not to be overthrown."
It's marvelling how every object, every architecture has a story behind it. Even the positions, and directions at which the palaces are facing, for instance, have a reason and a purpose.

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Wangfujing Street

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This street looks like our very own Orchard Road.

Hidden at a corner is Wangfujing Snack Street:

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Some of these scorpions were actually alive. They would wriggle if you brushed your fingers across them.

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Just tell the vendor that you want it and he would fry it for you on the spot. S kept urging me to give it a try but noooooo.

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Tanghulu!!! I had never seen one in real life before, so I was really excited to try it haha even though it's just candied fruit. The fruit traditionally used is Chinese hawthorn, which didn't tickle my fancy so I went with strawberries.

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Lamb skewers. You can find them anywhere in Beijing, and they are so yummy!!! Let me just say that in my entire life, I had never eaten so much lamb in one week.

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This horrible tasting thing is fried whipped cream with bread.

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At the northern end of Wangfujing, you will find Donghuamen Night Market, which is similar to the aforementioned Wangfujing Snack Street:

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Random street food: sweet potatoes, which S loved but I didn't. Never liked sweet potatoes.

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Looking important again.

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