If Shanghai is considered as the financial capital of China, Beijing is considered as the cultural capital. Beijing is in northern China surrounded by Tianjin and Hebei. It is the seat of the national government and has been the capital of numerous dynasties. That’s why, wars were fought in Peking, former name of Beijing and numerous cultural structures abound in this municipality.
Here’s a list of the cultural marvels which you can visit while you’re here in Beijing. I will be posting the most frequented spots which tourists visit.
1. Great Wall of China (长城) – “He who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a true man”. This is one of the famous sayings which is associated with this landmark structure. This wall is a must-see place and what’s the point of going to Beijing if you don’t visit the Great Wall. There are 4 parts of the wall which you can visit: Badaling (tourist bus aplenty), Mutianyu (fewer compared to Badaling), Jinshanling/Simatai (hiker’s haven!) and Huanghuacheng (with a lake view).
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After waiting for more than a week and a half, we got our passports back yesterday with our multi-entry Schengen visa. It was nerve wracking as we already bought our tickets for our flight next Monday.
Right now, we have to finalize all the hotel bookings, rail pass and stuff to bring. We’ll be travelling to Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin/Munich (still undecided), Prague, Vienna, Venice, Florence, Vatican and Rome. Some might say it’s a ridiculous and tiring trip but for me, it’s going to be an adventure I won’t forget. It’s like the amazing race! hehehe!
Let’s see.. here’s the itinerary we have so far:
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Milk is an important source of calcium which is good for our bones. Babies can consume several bottles of milk a day as it’s their source of food. So, when the news reported that some of the milk are tainted with melamine, first thing which came into my mind was, here we go again.
Melamine is a chemical used to produce plastic, inks and fertilizers. If added in food products, it will increase the protein content. If ingested, melamine may lead to reproductive damage, bladder or kidney stones and bladder cancer. To date, 4 infants in China already died due to drinking tainted milk. Over 12,000 children with more than 90% of them younger than 3 years old are hospitalized due to symptoms of drinking milk with melamine.
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I’m a game addict. I usually have one or two games on my PC which I will play till I get sick of it. Usually, once I finish the story mode, I get bored with the game. That’s what happened with Restaurant Rush 2 so I crawled reflexive and astalavista for new games. The game I found … Farm Frenzy 2.
Farm Frenzy 2 is a time management game and the sequel of Farm Frenzy. The object is to complete a set of task within a time limit to earn points to buy in the shop. In certain levels, you need to buy a specific upgrade or shop in order to proceed. In a level, you have 3 types of chance to win points, the normal, silver and gold.
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I needed to relax after a stressful week so I thought about watching a movie. There were two English movies showing in Wanda Cinemas and the staff was only able to tell me one of the English names. I was hoping I could watch “Mummy 3” but it’s no longer showing. So, I watched the movie “Flood”. I didn’t know this movie was shown in 2007 but they’ve just released it right now in Beijing.
The movie stars Robert Carlyle as Rob Morrison, Jessalyn Gilsig as Sam Morrison, Tom Courtenay as Leonard Morrison, Joanne Whalley as Patricia Nash and David Suchet as Deputy Prime Minister Campbell. Anyway, the story involved a storm and flood (heh!). The storm hit the US and cross the Atlantic towards Ireland and England. There was heavy flooding in Wick, Scotland and everyone was blaming the government because they didn’t give enough warning. The Meteorological Bureau said that the storm was too erratic to predict the movement.
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