Posts Tagged ‘china travel’

Tian’anmen Guangchang

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

View of Tiananmen Square from the top of Tiananmen Gate.

View of Tiananmen Square from the top of Tiananmen Gate.

The Monument to the People's Heroes.

The Monument to the Peoples Heroes.

The Monument to the People’s Heroes.

The Tianamen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace); entrance the Forbidden City

The Tianamen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace); entrance to the Forbidden City.

Mao Zedong proclaimed the People's Republic of China here on 1 October 1949.

an ongoing list

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Fascinations with China: the things I have discovered in my wandering.

  1. People ballroom dancing in the street, in parks, etc… there are some younger looking folks but majority are parents’ age on up to the more elderly folks
  2. The lack of refrigeration for juice, soda, water, etc… if it doesn’t have to be cold it isn’t!
  3. No diapers; well not always. The babies and toddlers have clothes that are split open in the behind to allow for…  well you know.

Teahouse 101

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

 

Went to the Shicha Hai, a beautiful lake area with shops, restaurants and small parks dotted along the perimeter. Ate an amazing meal of Chinese beers and crispy perch in a foil wrapper with an amazing sauce for the price of a  Starbucks latte. We also found a fondue place that was packed with people that I’m definitely going to try before I leave. Wandered through the Hutongs and the surrounding area. Went to a teahouse and had a never-ending pot of Ti Guan Yin (Iron Goddess) tea. The pot of tea cost us two or three times as much as dinner, but still under $30!

 

A little bit of home.

Friday, October 17th, 2008

So after all of my roaming…

I was brave enough to go get my hair cut by someone who did not speak a word of English, but I was too much of a pussy to try to order food at one of the many nearby restaurants. I ducked into a Western looking little grocery called April Gourmet that was filled with American and Euro food items. I proceeded to buy myself all of the makings for a good old PB&J. My first meal in China.

Voyager en Chine

Friday, October 17th, 2008
6am layover in Seoul, Korea

6am layover in Seoul, Korea

My 1st day in China…

I had some anxiety about taking a taxi from the airport because I realized that I had no idea where I was,  where I was going and no real way to communicate with the cab driver beyond hand gestures and head nods. I found the building and was surprised that it seemed so deserted. The neighborhood I am in is being developed and there are construction crews working through the night. I am told it is also the most English speaking area due to the presence of foreign embassies. I find my way upstairs and “voila!” the key works. The apartment is new, moder and has quite a view of the city, I am sure, although right now it is hard to imagine. The sky is gray and dense, but I have been assured that it is more fog than smog so we shall see tomorrow. I now sit here on a French PC searching for the proper keys (different layout than what this American girl is used to) checking email, etc… clinging to whatever piece of my normal life I can get my hands onto. I am off to explore the surrounding neighborhood.