Beijing Travel diaries

The acrobatic show and visiting the Summer Palace in Beijing

The week after returning from Japan, my family and I departed for Beijing, China. We booked Apple Vacation’s Muslim Tour package for five. It’s my first time going with a tour group. Going to Japan without a tour group is still fine, but I don’t know how we’d survive without one in Beijing.

The flight was delayed for hours! We had to wait at the departure gate for 45 minute or so, got on the plane, then told to get out because we were changing planes! Not only that, upon arrival 5 hours later, a couple’s bag was left at KLIA, while my mom’s bags was broken into. I bet those responsible thought she stuffed jewelries inside her luggage- when they were only costume brooches. SUCKERS!

By the time we landed, it was already dark and we were greeted by out Mongolian tourguide, Farah. Her Malay was really good. She told us that it was too late to go visit the Bird Nest Stadium (the one which hosted Beijing Olympics recently) because we had to be on time to watch the acrobatic show.

It was good! At times there were some boring parts which could doze even those with the longest attention span, but they knew how to keep the excitement up. At one point, they had five acrobatic motorcyclists on big choppers, inside a huge globe. See this, found a video of it!

After that, to a Halal restaurant. This is one of the many I’ve been to while I was there. The tour guides brought us to a different halal restaurant each lunch and dinner time. Beijing food is mild compared to Malaysian, their meals are also healthier. I leave each restaurant stuffed. They fed us much!

The next day, we went to the Summer Palace! The tour guide told us that winter and summer are very long in Beijing, so when it’s too cold or hot, they retreated elsewhere. This is the place the emperors head to when it’s hot. Apparently, this location is known to be cooler than other parts of the city. The place was huge!

One of the coolest things about being with a tour group is that I don’t have to do so much research on the history of this and that prior to coming. She told us about Ibu Suri or The Dragon Lady (as she was known), who was a sort of evil empress who wanted things her way, spent an unimaginable amount on her clothes and that everyone was afraid of her. The Dragon Lady once tricked an emperor whom she disagreed with and locked him in this place.

Those people peeking into the room in the picture above, they’re trying to have a good look of how it was like for the emperor to be locked inside there.

Rocks kept for ages!
Found in the compound. So pretty but I didn’t catch its name.
Walked outside, visited Kunming Lake, also part of Summer Palace, where fresh water pearls are bred.

My brother and I were left behind.

Because we wanted to find a spot to…


Time to leave!

And where back at the first point.

And again.

Photographer of the day. My (younger) brother.

We had to walk to reach our bus. Walking wasn’t that enjoyable- thanks to the sandstorm which just subsided days before. We had to go through not only cold and wind, but dust, too. Expect legless men asking money from the sidewalks.

Back on the bus and heading to the pearl gallery!

I must say, regardless of how rough and less charming the people in Beijing are (I’ll write more on this later) compared to the place I went to before Beijing, the landscape is no less beautiful.

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    May 24, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    I like your scarf. The colour is beautiful 🙂 Is it silk dupioni?

    ‘JUMP’ photo is always a must kan? lol. I tend to do it to.

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    May 24, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    would like to visit beijing again

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    May 25, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    @Nazneen The scarf is a gift. I really, really love the color <3 I don’t know what it’s made of but it’s definitely not silk dupioni. Will show you soon 😉

    @M-Knight Beijing is really pretty, right? 🙂

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    May 25, 2010 at 1:09 AM

    beijing, china.. another place i would love to go someday =/

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