08 November 2008

One day Beijing Express Tour Part 1

and I am the only tour member and I am my own tour guide!

Yes! I managed to visit a few places in Beijing, of course not the Great Wall nor the Summer Palace as they are too far away from Beijing City itself and I don't have enough time as my flight out of Beijing is at 12am.

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I took the train everywhere. It's quite convenient but it was hot inside the train.

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the train map, not too complicated

First stop! The Olympic Stadium!
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dragon shape hotel beside the stadium

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look familiar? Yes the infamous bird nest stadium!

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The weather was sunny but it was very dry and windy! check this out

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portable washroom for the visitors

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signature tourits photo taken by a stranger

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water cube stadium

I did not go into the stadiums because..its an express tour alright! Made my way to my next destination: Temple of Heaven. This is a place specially built for the Emperor to hold praying ceremoy to Heaven.

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map of the Garden- It's a pretty huge area

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There are many elderly relaxing,singing and playing poker there

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animal killing pavillion- animals are offered during the praying ceremy

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Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests (祈年殿)- what a magnificient building!

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love the colours combination

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whats inside, can only picture at the entrance

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engravings on the stairway

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me

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the side hall

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walking to the other sites

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beautiful contrast of colours

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nine dragon tree

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Imperial Vault of Heaven (皇穹宇)-


This is similar to the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest but smaller.It is surrounded by a smooth circular wall, the Echo Wall, that can transmit sounds over large distances. The Imperial Vault is connected to the Hall of Prayer by the Vermilion Steps Bridge, a 360 meter long raised walkway that slowly ascends from the Vault to the Hall of Prayer.

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The interior, check out the details of the ceiling

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The Circular Mound Altar (圜丘坛) is the altar proper, located south of the Imperial Vault of Heaven.

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getting out from The Temple of Heaven.

The temple of heaven is definitely worth going as a tourist, I've spent around two hours walking around. Entrance ticket costs 30RMB.


Part 2 coming up! Stay tuned!



2 comments:

Michael Song said...

thx 4 droppin by... so u stoppin in HK from beijing? :)

sheryl0202 said...

Hello Michael, I will be going to HK next week. It's a holiday! :)