China – Beijing, a walk back in History (8)

My last stopped in Beijing trip was to Tianjin. Tianjin is a metropolis in northern China and one of the five national central cities of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It is governed as one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of the PRC, and is thus under direct administration of the central government.

Its name means ‘the place where the emperor crossed the river’ and it is the fourth largest in China, after Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou.

After lunch, we stopped at the Tianjin’s Shenyang Road Antique Market. With more than 400 merchants peddling their often fake but handsome wares, Shenyang Dao is the perfect place to pick up tasteful decorative items such as ceramics, furniture, clocks, watches, calligraphy materials, and handicrafts molded out of precious metals. For me, capturing the building and see the people there in action was my main goal.

Colourful old style shops.

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This merchant making decoration out of sweet candy.

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..this one, he was making dragons out from strings.

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Nice old bicycle on the walkway.

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Another shot.

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This shop was selling all the Chinese swords and daggers

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This alley filled with the small time merchants trying to sell their items and antiques.

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A shot of a row of motorbikes.

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My last shot in Tianjin….

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Hope you enjoyed a brief walk back in history of Beijing, China.

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China – Beijing, a walk back into History (1)

Welcome back!! This is my 4th write up on China. This is on my visit to Beijing way back in Mar 2006.(You can read my earlier posting; Suzhou, Shenzhen and also to Shanghai)

In fact, this was actually my first visit to China; more than 7 years ago which was 2 years before the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games. Yes… Beijing at that time was rushing to get ready for the games and the city was busy with construction everywhere and was messy.

When I touched down in Beijing, it was just right at the ending of winter and beginning of spring so the temperature was still a bit cold (eeer.. more like erratic. LOL!! The guide told us that it was due to the wind blowing the coldness from Siberia) To tell you the truth, I did not know what to expect as I only heard stories from friends and read about China from newspaper and books but not see it with my own eyes.

First glances was,… mmm how do you say it… it was dull colour and not so bright looking. Maybe it was due to the building colours unlike in other countries where it is more lighted up or modern or upbeat. Maybe could also due to the cloud and also the time (ending winter). =)

Anyway, this was my first impression as soon as we started going around Beijing city.

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Our first stop was at the Temple of Heaven or some people say it as the Altar of Heaven; is a complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would visit the complex for annually for ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest.

This is the entrance to the complex of Temple of Heaven which covers about 2.73kmĀ² of parkland. It comprises of three main group of construction; The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, The Imperial Vault of Heaven and The Circular Mound Altar.

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This is the Circular Mound Altar where the Emperor prayed for favorable weather.

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… this is the Imperial Vault of Heaven which is a single-gabled circular building, built on a single level of marble stone base. Surrounded by a smooth circular wall, the Echo Wall, that can transmit sounds over large distances.

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Outside the ground of the temple, we walked passed some of the flats.

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Where’s next destination in Beijing? Yup.. as you guessed it; The Forbidden City. It sits in the central Beijing facing Tiananmen Square and has been designated as a National Palace Museum and its counted as one of the world’s five Palaces (the Forbidden City in Beijing, the French Palace of Versailles, Buckingham Palace, the White House and Kremlin). The palace of the Forbidden City is China ‘s largest and most significant ancient architectural complex with a total area of over 720 thousand square meters.

We entered the city from the northern entrance; The Gate of Divine Might, and heads towards the southern gate; Meridian Gate.

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A brief summary of the history of the Palace Museum.

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More to come….

P.S I will not tell too much or bore you on the history as there is so much here in Beijing to tell or write and some are very interesting. I will just share the photos while you can enjoy the reading of the history at your own pace. =)

China – Shanghai with a View (8)

My last post on my Shanghai, China trip.

Walking along Nanjing Road, heading from the West end to the East end, it was to the busiest part of the street filled lots and lots of giant shopping mall and a pedestrian mall.

…. nice colonial building and also the amount of people there is incredible!!

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Shots of the pedestrian mall along West Nanjing Road

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Giant malls….. on both left and right side of the road.

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… an old trishaw on display

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more people everywhere…..

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This was taken from my hotel room. A view of the Shanghai from the top.

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Last shot… Xintiandi; this is the place to go at night and where all happening happens. Here is where all the pubs and high class restaurants are.

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Hope you enjoy my pictures of Shanghai. So where’s next? If you want to know, follow me and you will find out. =)

China – Shanghai with a View (7)

Wow.. I am still in Shanghai Old City. Guess you must be wondering how many pictures I took at this place alone? Well… a lot!!

Anyway more photos for you enjoy looking at….

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Nice hand made figurines..

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Another alley that I past and I cant help taking a snap shot. Notice there are lots of drawing on the wall.

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Heading to Nanjing Road

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A vendor setting up a stall selling bird cages.

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Am I seeing correct at the picture below?

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Nice sculpture…..

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Follow me on the last part of my trip to Shanghai in my next post.

China – Shanghai with a View (5)

Here is continuation of my trip to Shanghai.

I took a walk and captured the famous Oriental Pearl TV Tower across the Shanghai Bund

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Lots of people both locals and tourists walking along the Shanghai Bund

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Old beautiful building along the Shanghai Bund

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A shot in the Shanghai Metro. Very convenient to get around.

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Careful… pinching doors!!

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One of the alleys in Shanghai

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more to come…..

China – Shanghai with a View (4)

More photos on Shanghai Old City. Wow… all I can say is that you can take lots of pictures here as it big and lots of interesting things to capture (but I cant publish all as there are way too many!!)

More accessories sold by the street vendor

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Cute stuff made of twisted metal

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…dolls made from straw

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Colourful handmade dolls…

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Hand made statues

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Lanterns along the alley

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old building….

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Heading to the Bund…

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stay tune……. more to come.