China – Beijing, a walk back in History (6)

Heading to Chengde city , Hebei province after coming from Putuo ZongCheng Temple.

Had the chance to walk around the city in the evening to see how the locals there lived and also the buildings and alleys.

Fruits displayed openly on the side walk.

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.. and also food too.

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This was the view of one of the alleys in the evening market where locals doing their marketing.
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Their local food of which I do not even know what they are.
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One of the restaurant along the street in Chengde.

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In 1703, Chengde was chosen by the Kangxi Emperor as the location for his summer residence. The Mountain Resort in Chengde was used by both the Yongzheng and Qianlong emperors. The site is currently an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The resort is a large complex of imperial palaces and gardens situated in the city. Because of its vast and rich collection of Chinese landscapes and architecture, the Resort is a culmination of all the variety of gardens, pagodas, temples and palaces from various regions of China.

This is the table of the Chinese Emperor in China and their family.

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Beautiful frozen lake with a gondola at the side.

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The big garden but bare during end of winter.

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Want more? If yes, then stay tune for more.

China – Beijing, a walk back in History (3)

The next stop in Beijing was the Great Wall of China which is visible from space. Yup that big and long! The Great Wall started way back more than 2,000 years ago, and represents a main part of Chinese history.

Measuring about 8,851.8 km (5,500 miles) long, the Great Wall is no doubt the longest man made project on the earth. Like a giant dragon, the Great Wall meanders over deserts, grasslands, and mountains until finally arriving at its destination – Bohai Gulf. The great wall crosses over ten provinces and cities, including Qinghai, Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Hebei, Beijing, Tianjin, and Liaoning.

In Beijing section alone, there are many section and the famous ones account for 9 of them. The one that I went was the Badaling Great Wall.

This is the beginning of the section in Badaling Great Wall. It was enlisted in the World Cultural Heritage Directory by UNESCO in 1988. It is situated in Yanqing County, over 70 kilometers north of Beijing. It is the most well-preserved section of the Great Wall, built during the Ming Dynasty.
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Part of the Great Wall.
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Stall selling souvenir on the Great Wall. Aside from finding foreign tourists, you could also see lots of the local Chinese tourist from other province who visit the Great Wall.
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Look at how steep the steps are!!
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Below are few of the beautiful shots of the Great Wall with a beautiful background. Words are not able to describe the beauty of it.
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Another shot of the section of the entrance to get up onto the Great Wall.
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More stalls selling souvenirs at the bottom of the Great Wall.
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Like what you see? If you want more, then keep following me back into history in China. 😊

Vietnam – The Trail of Hanoi (7)

Hi.. Still with me? Good. 😊 Today we will be going to visit the famous bay in Vietnam. Located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam is the Halong Bay which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bay belongs to Hạ Long City, Cẩm Phả town, and part of Van Don district. It features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Ha Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bái Tử Long bay to the northeast, and Cát Bà islands to the southwest.

When we reached the bay and we were lead to our Junk. It was really fun as we had to cross in between junks to get to ours without failing into the sea. We took the the overnight cruise on the junk. There are so many junk boats in the bay to bring tourist the around the bay.

Junk boats sailing out to the bay

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while some were waiting for tourists to board their boats.

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A baeutiful scenery caught on the boat while sailing on the bay

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Arrived at Sung Sot Cave (Cave of Surprises). It is the largest cave in Halong Bay, Vietnam located at the Bo Hon Island

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Jetty at Sung Sot Cave.

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the grotto in the Sung Sot Cave.

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Like what you see? If yes, then keep following me on my next post in Halong Bay. =)