So I’m still trying to tetris pack everything into my one suitcase but it isn’t working. I’m going to have to ask my aunt for a smaller bag to use as my carry on.
In other news, I should be arriving in Toronto on Wednesday night. I will of course take my survival guide with me on the plane as per usual. There are a couple of blog posts that I still need to make that will be added here but after that this blog will be out of commission until I travel again.
Both of these are pretty good accomplishments for me and I only partially regret the beer.
My day didn’t actually start off until around noon since Chloe and I didn’t have set plans for the day. We met up with Paul near Lama Temple to grab lunch at this really neat 24 hour restaurant. I don’t have all the pictures with me since I was rotating between Paul’s nice DSLR and Chloe’s camera all day. I didn’t take too many pictures with my own camera phone just because the quality isn’t as good.
The restaurant itself was pretty neat. It had a few floors and was built to look like an old Chinese building. What was also interesting was the fact that it had a menu with specific seasonal dishes.
While I didn’t take any food pictures of this restaurant (because most of the pictures are with Chloe or Paul), the best part was the fact that the receipt included “no peanuts” beside every single dish. That staff were pretty amazing and actually, all the restaurants I’ve been to have been very accommodating about my peanut allergy.
The first temple we went to was the Temple of Earth. You have to pay to enter all the major temples and parks inside the inner city ring in Beijing but they aren’t all that expensive. The Temple of Earth was quite large and peaceful compared to the rest of the places that I’ve been. As Paul said, it was quite a bit quieter than the Temple of Heaven which is located on the other side of the city. This temple in particular was used for animal sacrifices to appease the gods. In the above picture, I was standing on the platform where they used to do the sacrifices.
The next one we went to was Lama Temple which was just located down the street. This one was much bigger and I believe that it is a Tibetan temple.
Interestingly enough, this statue holds the Guinness world record for being the largest statue carved out of a single tree trunk. This statue had to be at least 3-4 stories high so I find that to be rather amazing.
After the temple tours, we walked around Beihei and Jingshan park which are also located in central Beijing. Jingshan has a mountain in it which when you climb (and there are quite a few stairs) gives you an amazing view of Beijing. Especially when looking down into the Forbidden City.
I’ll slowly upload more pictures from Hong Kong and Beijing during the next couple of weeks. But time for bed because I’m going to the Great Wall tomorrow!
Which is pretty awesome because it means I can still blog about things! Unfortunately no twitter access though and I do love me my twitter account.
Anyhow, in terms of a quick update, my friend Chloe and I safely arrived in Beijing despite a 2 hour delay in Hong Kong. We were also involved in a subway debacle which I will expand more upon later tonight.
Currently I’m just sitting in my hotel room resting my feet for a little bit. My friend Paul from high school is studying Mandarin in Beijing and has been here for a while. I haven’t seen him in a few years so I’m excited that he’s able to show us around!
Even in Hong Kong all my tumblr posts keep erroring out before anything actually gets published online. I think I’ll just have to post all my pictures when I come home to Toronto.
I’m also going to Beijing for a few days so lots of forthcoming pictures hopefully!