I've been negligent in getting my posts up at the end of 2012 due to an unexpected family situation. But, now, finally I've been able to find the time to complete it. Beijing, Great Wall and Nepal follow. All visited during November 2012.
Beijing, China, November 2012: China was never on my list of places to see. It didn't appeal to me for a few reasons. My cousin,who lives in Singapore talked me into a one week trip to Beijing. So glad we did it. Thank you AMP! Aside from the air pollution which was really hard on me, it is an amazing city and I would go back in an instant. We also nipped out to the Great Wall, Mutianyu for an overnight stay. I'd see more of the Great Wall, too.
|First stop was Apricot Courtyard Inn in the Zhonglouwan Hutong near Drum and Bell Towers. Great little place, reasonably priced. |
Hutongs are alleys or narrow streets found in Beijing and formed by lines of courtyards. Since the 20th Century hutongs have declined dramatically to make way for new buildings. There are still many well preserved hutongs to see in Beijing, one area being in the Drum and Bell tower area.
|Near the Drum Tower was a great little cafe - Excuse. We ate here most mornings. |
Yummy tomato, cheese and egg on baguette style bread and cappuccino.
|Our view from Excuse Cafe included this bicycle rickshaw driver every morning, doing the cross word (I think) and waiting for his business day to start.|
|There are quirky signs all over Beijing. I loved this one. Tile Cat is a restaurant. |
I have no idea how tiles and cat relate to the food.
|A motorcycle rickshaw. |
You enter through the back and sit on a bench facing backwards. A tight fit for two of us but a warm ride on a chilly November afternoon.
|Tienanmen Square. |
Vast and surrounded by fast moving, many lanes of traffic which make it hard to enter and exit. It is the third largest city square in the world. Entrance to the Forbidden City is at northern end, behind us
Like my cat ears? Got them on NLGX.
The entrance to the Forbidden City graced by a portrait of Chairman Mao.
No one was jaywalking the multiple lanes of traffic to get to the entrance, choosing to take the underground walkway. Good and careful comrades.
|Fashion crimes on display at Tienanmen.|
|At another Buddhist temple in Beijing we witnessed a special ceremony taking place. It seemed like a dedication. The two monks appearing here are dressed in their finest for the event and chrysanthemums line the stairs.|
In 2012 Bar we found rather eclectic decor. The curio cabinet to the left had lots of jewellery and figures.
Up close shot of "boyz in the 'hood"
Monsters and Robots
Another quirky sign. Bomb chicken? Who knows?
Street vendors on NLGX selling glow collars for doggies.
Love the bike and side car. As for the plush toys.....
In case you can't see, the fast food sign reads:
Exploding Chicken; Big, Big, Big; Squid Neck; Special Incredible.
One Exploding to go please.
Local bar near inn.
These were everywhere. Says it all.