Beijing (Jan. 2015)

I got the chance to visit Beijing earlier this month. My uncle’s family is currently living in Beijing, and it’s always nice to visit a foreign country when you know people there.

I won’t get into all the details here, but I visited both the historic parts of Beijing as well as the modern parts. My only regret is not seeing the Great Wall of China. It was too cold and icy, so it would have been unsafe to go up there.

I arrived at Beijing in time for the sunset on January 1st.

Sunset at Beijing Airport

Sunset at Beijing Airport

Here’s a look at the different faces of Beijing:

Old Beijing

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

More of the Forbidden City - it feels like going back in time

More of the Forbidden City – it feels like going back in time

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Nanluoguxiang (South Gong and Drum Lane) – entrance

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Inside Nanluoguxiang (there were people everywhere…)

Yan Dai Xie Jie (Slanted Tobacco Pipe Street) - Entrance

Yan Dai Xie Jie (Slanted Tobacco Pipe Street) – Entrance

Yan Dai Xie Jie (inside)

Yan Dai Xie Jie (inside)

Tanghulu (candied fruit)

Tanghulu (candied fruit)

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A hutong in Yan Dai Xie Jie

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Houhai (Rear Sea) - People were ice-skating and playing hockey on the surface of the lake

Houhai (Rear Sea) – People were ice-skating and playing hockey on the surface of the lake

Jiumen Snack Street (at Houhai)

Jiumen Snack Street (at Houhai)

Jiumen Snack Street

Jiumen Snack Street

This stand was selling skewered scorpions, centipede, etc... And no, I did not try it.

This stand was selling skewered scorpions, centipede, etc… And no, I did not try it.

Some traditional Beijing street snacks (from Jiumen Snack Street)

Some traditional Beijing street snacks (from Jiumen Snack Street)

New Beijing

Tai Gu Li mall

Tai Gu Li mall

Inside Parkview Green Mall

Inside Parkview Green Mall

Beijing 798 Art Zone

Beijing 798 Art Zone

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Overall, it was a fun albeit exhausting trip. It was my first time to China, and I must say that it was quite an eye-opening experience. There were other places that I saw but did not get pictures of such as the commercial district in Beijing with the skyscrapers and highrises, and Beijing’s traditional markets. Beijing is a prosperous city, and larger than Taipei beyond comparison. It’s no surprise that many companies are setting up shop in China. Their population continues to grow, and their economy is booming. I hope to visit the Great Wall next time. Thanks for your hospitality in Beijing, Uncle!

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