China – Beijing, a walk back in History (7) .. and also my 200th Posting in my blog since Nov 2012

The next morning in Chengde, Hebei and on the way back to Beijing. Beautiful view of the bare trees on the side of the road.

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Arriving back in the evening, we passed the modern part of Beijing; high rise offices and buildings.

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We could still see lots of people cycling on the inner roads specially built for the cyclist.

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…and the outer roads.. jam packed with cars and buses.

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Later we headed to Wangfujing, located in Dongcheng District, Beijing. It is one of the Chinese capital’s most famous shopping streets. Majority of the main shopping area is pedestrianised and is very popular for shopping for both tourists and residents of the capital.

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Wangfujing Snack Street, located in hutongs just west of the main street, densely packed with restaurants and street food stalls. The food stalls serves a wide variety of common and exotic street food. Dare to try?

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Follow me on my last posting on Beijing and see where the the last place I dropped by before heading back. šŸ˜Š

Suzhou …. a rush but enjoyable trip (2)

This is my 2nd part of my rush rush trip to Suzhou.

On one of the days there, I managed to rent a bicycle from the hotel and cycled along side with the people there. It was totally a different experience as you have to be extra careful not only with the other cyclist by also the motorcyclist, and the pedestrians. The most challenging was at the traffic lights or at the junction, you have to watch out for the big brothers and sisters; the cars and lorries!! It is wonder how they can ‘get’ along so well with each other and the only ways is, you have to be in it to know it. My summary.. SCARY!! lol.

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DSC_0823Ā  … among the cyclist waiting to cross the a main road.

 

DSC_0819 A self shot of me on my rented bicycle.

During my ride, I also passed a lot of canals… as some of you know, Suzhou is also know as Venice of the East and I means lots of them allĀ  around!!

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Like I said earlier, the market is always an interesting place to visit and it is must when you go to another country as that’s whereĀ  you will see all sorts activities and the local people in their daily activities.

 

DSC_0800 The vendors busy transporting the good or produce to the wholesaler.

 

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Some of the weird catches which I also do not know what they are… but I believe it is from the local area. Anyone know what are they?

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This is another shot of an open market along the streetĀ  in a nearby area where the local go and do their marketing. You can see the amount of people and the activities surrounding the area.