Serba wow dalam tur Beijing (5)

Obyek lain yang layak dikunjungi

Cukup puas dengan bangunan bersejarah, aku juga akan menampilkan beberapa obyek wisata yang patut anda sambangi bila main ke sini.

Stadion Sarang Burung

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Yang menarik dari stadion ini adalah gaya bangunannya yang bagus banget buat jadi latar belakang foto, hehe. Emang secara design, stadion ini unik sebab mirip sama sarang burung. Kami nggak sempat masuk ke dalam stadion selain ya waktu mepet, memang tak ada kegiatan olahraga. Jadi kami hanya duduk-duduk dan berfoto ria. Di sekitar stadion dan di seberangnya ada beberapa kios penjaja souvenir khas Tiongkok. Ada pula semacam kompleks olahraga tetapi kami nggak masuk sampai ke dalamnya.

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taman menuju stadion

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foto favorit selama perjalanan ini

Belanja barang nggak pernah semenakutkan ini

Pasar Yashow yang pernah aku sebut di awal posting ini memberikan pengalaman belanja yang nggak pernah kebayang sebelumnya. Pas si mbak pemandu bilang ke pasar, aku pikir yang pasar tradisional becek kayak di Jakarta gitu, wakakak. Ternyata, kalau di Jakarta pasar ini semacam ITC gitu jadi bersih dan tertata rapi. Tapi soal keramaian sama jumlah dagangan masih kalah sama yang di Tanah Abang, haha!

Yang paling heboh dan ‘menantang’ pas di sini ya nawarnya. Sebenarnya sebelum ke sini, aku sudah berjelajah di dunia maya dan membaca pengalaman beberapa orang. Mereka menyebut harus berani gila-gilaan dalam menawar sebab pedagang di Beijin bisa kurang ajar dalam menaikkan harga. Bisa 10 kali lipat! Jadi kalau menawar bisa kita mulai dari sepersepuluhnya, sadis nggak tuh?

As easy as it sounded, ternyata kenyataan di lapangan susah juga. Sebab pedagang di sini banyak yang galak dan jutek. Huhu. Baru pertama kali nawar aja langsung diusir sama di mbak-mbak cantik yang jualan. Hingga akhirnya aku dapat baju buat ibuku, itu pun setelah nawar gila-gilaan akhirnya dapat harga sekitar 80% lebih rendah dari yang diminta si pedagang, haha! Si mbaknya ini awalnya ogah menjual bajunya tetapi lama-kelamaan akhirnya dia luluh. Untung pas di sini aku belanja bersama beberapa teman yang memotivasiku agar nggak gampang nyerah nawar sebab kalau sendirian aku pasti males lanjut beli oleh-oleh mengingat omongan mereka kasar, bahkan sama turis. Bahkan, aku sempet denger sendiri ada turis berkulit hitam yang diteriakin “You pig!” sama salah seorang pedagang dan turisnya ini nggak terima. Yah kejadian berikutnya aku nggak mau lihat trus cepet pergi ke bagian lain dari pasar ini.

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usai habis-habisan nawar. foto diambil di depan pasar Yashow.

Urusan harga, barang-barang di pasar ini cukup terjangkau makanya jadi tempat favorit belanja turis. Cocok buat beli dalam ukuran grosir. Aku sendiri nggak beli banyak, males bawanya, selain duit juga mepet, wakakak! Setiap lantai berbeda-beda jenis barang jualannya. Pakaian di lantai dasar, trus ada pula souvenir dan lainnya yang berada di lantai yang berbeda.

Hampir semua pedagang di sini bisa berbahasa Inggris, minimal urusan duit mereka tahu bahasa Inggrisnya apa. Atau kalau pun nggak paham mereka akan kasih tunjuk kalkulator buat nulis harga yang dimau. Nggak semua pedagang di sini sangar, ada pula yang ramah seperti pedagang di Indonesia. Kalau pun mereka nggak sepakat dengan harga penawaran dari kami dia menolak dengan halus. Tetapi rata-rata banyak yang galak atau kalau misalnya tidak galak mereka akan sedikit ‘memaksa’ agar kita membeli barang dagangan mereka.

Pernah ada seorang pedagang yang langsung pasang muka jutek pas aku sama temenku nanya harga tas jualannya. Yah udah disambut dengan muka dan lirikan nggak bersahabat kayak gini aku sama temenku langsung kabur. Paling parah pas aku hendak membeli miniatur Tembok Besar Tiongkok. Begitu aku cek dan pegang ternyata miniaturnya kurang menarik jadi aku berniat nggak jadi beli. Eh si mbaknya narik tanganku, dia bilang kok nggak beli kan sudah dipegang dan nanya harga? Yahhhh! Kan nggak ada tulisan pegang berarti beli mbak. Lagian, aku juga kurang suka sama miniaturnya. Lumayan kenceng cengkeramannya. Baru kali ini punya pengalaman dipaksa beli barang pakai aksi fisik segala, haha. Pas itu sih aku rada horor dan takut tetapi sekarang kalau inget jadi pengin tertawa sendiri.

Lumayan dengan sangu seadanya bisa beli barang yang dibutuhin sekadar oleh-oleh buat keluarga, saudara dan teman. Pasar ini layak direkomendasikan buat belanja banyak sementara anggaran ngepas asal ya tadi pasang muka garang juga, jangan takut nawar dan jangan jiper kalau diusir pedagang.

Tips

Bagian terakhir dari posting panjang ini aku isi dengan beberapa tips dan rekomendasi:

  1. Mungkin bisa cari maskapai selain Cathay Pacific? Hehe. Cathay-nya cukup bagus tetapi Dragonair-nya yang mesti hati-hati.
  2. Kalau pakai jasa agen perjalanan harus siap-siap nggak bisa maksimal merenungi kisah setiap bangunan bersejarah di sana. Paling pas ya ‘backpacking’ rombongan, lebih oke lagi kalau bisa bahasa Mandarin. ‘Backpacking’ sendirian juga bagus pasti tantangannya dobel triple, hehe.
  3. Rawan uang palsu. Hati-hati sama peredaran uang palsu di sana, apalagi kalau berbelanja sama pedagang kecil, ungkap si mbak pemandu wisata lokal kami. Teman saya ada yang tertipu, dia dapat kembalian ada yang yuan ada yang mata uang lainnya.
  4. Toilet di sana jorok banget, jarang ada air, bahkan di tempat wisata. Masih mending toilet di Blok M yang setidaknya menyediakan banyak air. Jadi kalau bisa pipis dulu aja di hotel atau tempat menginap. Sama bawa tisu basah, yang buanyak!
  5. Nggak kayak di Indonesia, jarang terlihat orang berjualan makanan dan minuman di sekitar lokasi wisata. Paling ya souvenir aja. Jadi mending bawa bekal dari hotel sebelum ke lokasi main.
  6. Harga baju, cenderamata di Beijing bisa 10 kali lipat dari harga asli jadi harus benar-benar berani nawar gila-gilaan.
  7. Belajar bahasa Mandarin dikit atau minimal bahasa isyarat biar tahu cara komunikasi sama warga Beijing yang nggak banyak bisa ngomong bahasa Inggris.
  8. Obyek yang paling aku rekomendasiin pastinya Tembok Besar Tiongkok sama Kota Terlarang. Biar lebih berkesan akan lebih baik jika membekali diri dengan sejarah dua tempat itu.
  9. Jangan diambil hati kalau nemu pedagang yang jutek. Masih banyak pula penduduk Beijing yang ramah dan murah senyum.
  10. Selamat mencoba, hehe!

 

 

 

 

 

Small Tokens from Some Parts of the World

IMG_1320From Singapore to Canada… Between Austria and Germany… Not to forget Australia and China. These small goodies are from my best friends, a few of them are bought during my own trips. I don’t upload the pictures of another gift as requested by some of the givers. Some, well, I forget where I put them. LOL.. Thank you so much my pals. And alhamdulillahirobbil’alamin.. Grateful as always…

Flowing Like Water

Recently, two good friends of mine ask this similar question:
“Eny, what will you do with your future?”

The first questioner, my office mate, is a wonderful person. She is married and has a bright career at our office. Now, she continues her post graduate study at the University of Indonesia. I adore her.

The second one, my former journalist pal, is as awesome as the first one. She prepares her future at home in Kudus, Central Java, by setting up a business with her parents.

Then, I simply reply with: “I have no exact future plans. I live my life like flowing water.”

‘But you have plans, right?” the first friend asks again. “Yes, I do have. But for now on, I enjoy what life has in store for me.”

Seven or six years ago, it would be impossible for me to say those things. Back then, I am a very ambitious person. I work from morning to almost midnight. I rarely enjoy my days off. In the first year of my professional life, I have only one day off. I keep in touch with news almost every day. It is my food. It is my life. Literally, my office life is everything. I seldom visit my family far away in Central Java.

No, nothing’s wrong with that. I am young and restless. I have to make ends meet. I have bunch of dreams. I have lots of energy. I am very healthy to stay up late at nights and enjoy unhealthy life style.

Experiencing from 9 a.m-5 p.m working cycle per day never crosses my mind. I would be so boring being at the same cubicle doing the similar kind of task every day.

After three or four years being a journalist, I come at a crossroad. Will I resume my career as a journalist, being in the field, spending the weekend writing about news? Or I stop doing that?

The first three or four years are a very important milestone in one’s career as a journalist. And that happens to me as well. I become reluctant to attend events. I turn out to be easily get bored spending hours while waiting for sourcepeople. I start thinking that my life is useless for going so far away from the office covering certain story. I used to be happy doing that at first. But after three or four years, I rethink about those things. Am I really happy? Is this what I really want? And to be honest, I start getting sick with all the stress, office conflicts that I have been through during those years. Life is tough man, so tough!

Then, I long for enjoying a normal life style. Normalcy in life style means that I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at proper time. I can enjoy two days off per week. I can have regular homecoming schedule. I can hang out with my best friends as often as possible without me having to work during weekends at the office. And definitely, I can perform prayers as punctually as possible. These simple things begin ring in my ears that I consider them as something way more important than just taking some breaks.

It’s like nature conspires to bring where I am now. Definitely far from perfect and ideal but I start loving what I do every day. I can still work and do what I love most; news and translation. My job, though can be quite boring, remains within my interest. I can still deal with media, my foremost love. I translate news from English which is also my passion.

I regulate my biological clock. I can go home once per two months at least. I have funny, kind office pals. It’s been more than two years I have been working from my desk from morning until afternoon and it’s crazy to realize that I enjoy doing all of this. I mean like.. it’s insane to think that the gratitude feelings after waking up each morning is the best mood boaster for the rest of the day.

I can’t believe that doing the similar kind of activities over and over again can bring me a joy. I get bored sometimes but I can overcome this feeling easily. Hanging out with pals is the most wonderful thing to do during weekends. Perfoming a lot of prayers completely help me going through hard times. So crazy yet amazing to have finally realized that those small things, that I used to ignore, are the ones that make my life is wonderful. And once I go with the flow, life surprises me even more like when I visit Sydney and Beijing. Then, watching Westlife’s concert, Juventus match and Shane Filan’s album tour and ‘You and Me’ concert just last Saturday here in Jakarta.

I am grateful and happy with what I have now. I do have dreams (I won’t say it in this post) and stick to it. So, why should I leave the condition that makes me blissful? After years of hectic, stressful daily life, is it a sin that I enjoy a peaceful one?

 

Exploring the Extreme Beijing (Part 3)

Here I come to the last part of the journey in Beijing. The best part of the overall trip: the Great Walls of China! and the Yashow Market then the Temple of Heaven…

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Thankfully, the sun shines so bright when we reach the most iconic site in China. If not, we have no ideas how we would climd the walls given its possible slippery stones.

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Me and mas Mance. Such a nice co-worker he is!

IMG_0868Can’t tell how relieved I am at the moment. It’s the peak of the long trip from Jakarta. To be at this place is such a breathless experience. Alhamdulillahirobbil’alamin.. Thank you so much Alloh swt…

IMG_0869This place is wow! I can’t really believe the ancient Chinese do all of this!

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Me and my teammates; mas Asrudin, me and Reza. This is so epic guys!

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Right before we know how slippery, hard trip to reach the top

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Beautiful!

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*sigh* Not an easy climb at all but once you complete each post you are rewarded with this magnificent view!

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This architecture is so crazy. Just look at the top! Almost 180 degrees!

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Keys of love?

IMG_0885WONDERFUL! Take me there again, please!!!

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I finally visit one of the world’s wonders. How lucky I am!

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…where the old Chinese establish in what is now known as the world’s most advanced remains from the old age. Something unthinkable even by modern people like me.

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This site is at the most top of the long hill. During the visit, I am left speechless trying to understand how they do all of this.

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Our local tourist guide informs us that building this site claims so many Chinese at that time who are forced to construct this site which aims at preventing Beijing from enemies.

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I can complete only three out of five posts. Not bad, our local tourist guide says. Hehehe…

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From left to right: Jelita, me and Meta. Such a victory gals, rite? Hahaha!

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I have to take short breaks in between the climb. So tiring! I even feel I’m almost get fainted!

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Posing in one of the posts. Usually this marks the end of the post.

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Mommy.. Daddy.. I am here, eventually! Hahaha!

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It is really worth the visit and the climb

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The view from the top

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Me and pak Wira

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Outside the Great Walls

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Me and the easy-going Tria…

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After a shopping battle at the Yashow Market. I hope one day I can write my stories while I shop there. So challenging…

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Our very last visit in Beijing: The Temple of Heaven. This is the view outside the temple.

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What amazes me about the temple is this large garden.

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This temple and the park is the home for elderly Beijing people. They gather, play ‘mahyong’ or sew cloth here. Nice ideas…

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The compound looks similar with the Forbidden City.

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WE ARE LINGKARAN SURVEI INDONESIA AND DUA RAJAWALI GRUP!

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With Anning, my best ever office mate!

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Too bad we have very limited time due to traffic jam so that I have no time to learn about this temple. Nice architecture though!

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Pak Har (our office’s finance director0, me and the beautiful Indah

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Anning looks so lovely here, hahaha!

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One of the houses in the complex

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Another angle from the garden in the complex.

That’s the wrap of my awesome journey in Beijing. I am so fortunate that I have been in the city with my funny co-workers. See you at the next trip! Ameeen…..

Exploring the Extreme Beijing (Part 2)

After watching an extreme acrobatic show, visiting the Tiananmen Square and exploring the giant Forbidden Palace, we further enjoy what the China’s capital has in store for us. You can view them below:

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A few metres away from the Bird Nest Stadium, the venue for the 2008 Olympic Games

 

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It has a distinctive, marvelous building design I must say…

 

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As a sport fanatic, this place is quite something for me… *youknowwhatImean*

 

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Cheers…

 

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Yes, it’s a beautiful architecture

 

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The Summer Palace, still in the capital. Very sunny, windy, crowded place when we go there. Yep! I don’t quite enjoy being here..

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This picture makes the visit. Always love candid picture. Thanks Meta for this shot!

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A giant, artificial lake in the heart of the busy Beijing. Still so worth it to spend a weekend with family.

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The Palace has a long history. Sorry, I can’t remember all details. All in all, this place is used for Chinese kings to hide away from summer heat. They build bridges, this lake where they can have a stroll and do some rowing. Whata life!

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I like this giant bridge along with white statues. May symbolize something but whatever.

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Another wonderful shot by Meta. Too bad we have very limited time at this site. It looks like the place offer something more than a lake, bridge, and palace.. Too bad…

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A pose under a tree. Always a favorite.

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my travel mates: Meta and Syella in the center of the high-end shopping mall namely Wangfujing market. And yep, thats me again!

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Still me standing amongst the crowd. I like this site, like literally, despite the definitely skyrocketing products prices.

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This is the view from the Long Ding Hua hotel where we stay during the trip. I love it. Classic!

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(from left to right): Mas Asrudin, me and Reza. They are my co-workers.

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Another shot angle. Still the same persons. Still at the same front of the Long Ding Hua hotel.

Exploring the Extreme Beijing (Part 1)

I had serious personnel problems in the last few months so that I didn’t have any time to post wonderful shots when I went to Beijing, China, about two months ago. Now, I can smile again. My life is way more amazing than ever. I can be grateful for each morning Alloh swt gives me.. Needless to say more. Let these pictures speak for you!

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Me with mas Mance at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport prior to our departure to Beijing via Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific Airlines.

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At the Hong Kong International Airport. I can view that it is surrounded by sea, hills, super high buildings. BRAVO!

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My beautiful, funny office girls: Sheyla, me, Meta, Enno, Tria, Anning and Indah while we wait for an acrobatic show right after we touch down the Beijing International Airport.

IMG_0577The first extreme shows of the overall evening performance. This is just the beginning and I can’t tell how another following performance produces stress, anxiety and amazement. Stunning yet frightens me so much!

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This is so pretty. I wonder how these ladies work out to attain this balance. This is the kind of my favorite show.

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And also, I love this one…

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The most extreme of all scenes where some bikers go inside the circle. They go up and down quickly without hitting each other! Crazy man, crazy! I and my fellows are completely so scared that they may fall or get hurt.

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Me and Syella after the show. Guess what? The time is about 7 p.m and look at the bright sky! hohoho! Not only in acrobatic, Beijing also has extreme weather. By the way, I love this corner site. I already feel the old, classic taste of Beijing!

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As a daily public transportation passenger in Jakarta, I take a chance to pose in one of the bus shelters in Beijing. I like the way the local administration provides a city map in the shelter. Unfortunately, I have no time to enjoy public transportation while I stay in the city.

IMG_0631In front of the Long Ding Hua hotel where we stay during the trip.

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I reallly love this picture. Many thanks for my dearest pal, Meta, who takes this picture. This is across the iconic Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden Palace.

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A beautiful garden in front of the Forbidden City.

 

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This is what freedom means to us. Syella, me (center) and Meta, my roommate. This is an epic picture as being shot in front of the historical square. Sorry, I quite forget if the building behind us is the cemetery of Mao Zhedong or not. Poor memory!

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Yes, we are here! Sooo happy!

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Excitement wrapped in windy air.

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With our local tourist guide, Celine. Sorry if I pronounce it wrongly. She is so pretty, speaks Bahasa Indonesia fluently, and works so professionally.

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Ladies and gentlemen.. finally I am here. Swing pose for this must-visit site when you are in Beijing. Yep, I stand in front of the huge Mao Zhedong picture hang at the front gate of the Forbidden City. Wooohoooo!!!

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Still at the same square but this is, if I’m not mistaken, is the parliament building. So visitors can find some historical, importand buildings in this single square, including the Forbidden City.

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One of the giant gates of the Forbidden City. I can tell you that the gates are so high, huge.

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The symbol of the then Chinese kingdom dictatorship.

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Sorry, I forget the name of the gate. You can see so many visitors flocking the national heritage. Each room is also so big alongside with a very large yard in front of it. I am so amazed with the size of the complex.

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Me and my office mates. What an experience we have! Despite the tiring long walk, sunny weather, we are joyful that we are finally here.

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This is the condition inside one of the rooms of the king’s wives. Still neatly done. I love the ceramics. Looking at the time they establish the palace, this remains are remarkable.

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Another look inside the king’s wive room. I adore this a lot!

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This is inside the king’s wive complex. So, there are some rooms inside the complex, each of which contains historical items that remain so carefully maintained.

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The gate of the king’s wife complex. We don’t go inside the complex, though.

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Yeay! garden. How I long for visiting this kind of beauty. The palace owns a backyard garden, which unfortunately, not quite big. Somehow, this is so abundant for the king family. Simply refreshing after the very long walk in a such hot afternoon.

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Me and Meta in the garden.

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You can find some of these rooms, sorry I don’t know the specific term for this room, in the garden. The local tour guide says the king usually read book, sip a cup of tea inside the room.

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What a wrap! Tiring but extremely happy! End of the visit to the square and the palace.