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!
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.
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.
Photographer of the day. My (younger) brother.
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.