Monday, January 20, 2014

BEIJING: Tiananmen Square/ Forbidden City

Photos from our China trip, which are about a week late. I find myself thinking about the weather in Beijing once in a while, especially when I'm standing under the scorching SG sun. I love the sun of course - how else do I get a tan? - but I miss the cold.

When we were in Beijing, the weather ranged from about 5 deg cel in the day to the negatives in the night. It got really cold on our 3rd last day: an average of 0 deg cel in broad daylight. It was a really good winter experience for me despite the initial apprehension - I was underprepared for London few years back, that was why.

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Before our flight: my boots look huge; they are 2 sizes bigger to accommodate my thick socks.

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We took Air China. I don't really know anybody who fancies (economy class) plane food but I like it! Not that it's delicious, but because it's always a surprise I guess. I'm always so excited to have it!

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We stayed at Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel, courtesy of S' dad. I think we must have been the messiest guests.

We had access to the executive lounge, which was great! Very friendly and helpful staff, free buffet breakfasts, free flow alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, free snacks, etc. We always wore our sweatpants there haha.

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S looking all important and busy.

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We had our dinner, which happened to be our first meal, at Food Republic located at a mall just across the street:
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I mean, it's just Food Republic, right?? Singapore has it too!! YES BUT NO. Everything was so good it made me wonder how is it just a food court! The food tasted a lot better than the one here in SG. I was so stuffed but I couldn't stop eating. :x

Side note: everything was in Chinese, and both of us had a lil trouble reading some words...

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Breakfast with a view the next morning! Not exactly scenic, though.

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Only on a holiday would I eat two croissants one after another, with layers of butter. The amount of butter I consumed every morning was kinda crazy. I slap butter on every bread that I ate, before every bite.

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After breakfast, we went to Tiananmen Square, and visited the Forbidden City:
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Don't be fooled by the sun. It was so cold. The wind made everything worse - our tour guide lost me mid sentence because I was freezing~ By the way, she has some poor photography skills haha every picture she took was tilted... I had to edit and straighten them.

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My gloves were useless. I was much, much, much better off without them because I could just keep my hands nice and warm in my pockets with the heat packs. What a mistake to wear them in the first place because they were too thin to keep my hands warm out of the pockets, but too thick for me to feel the heat packs in the pockets.

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Lunch at a random stall that our tour guide brought us to:
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Mantous with condensed milk dip. I very much prefer having them with chilli crab, though!

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They season practically every grilled thing with cumin. Chicken, mutton, fish, everything!

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Little friend dropped onto the table from the ceiling just when we were done with our meal. Very timely.

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