There were several places I visited in China which were mesmerizing but this one was beyond awesome and unforgettable: Great Wall of China. This place was the highlight of my vacation to Beijing. The ultimate privilege.
Thursday, 1 June 2017
Through Klook application, I booked one day tour to Mutianyu. Only to the Great Wall, without Ming Tomb or tea shop. I preferred to enjoy longer time in the site instead of wasting time in other activities. The tour was around $USD 39 including transportation, English speaking guide (only in the mini bus and before entrance), lunch, return tickets (luge/toboggan/slideway) and no need for tipping.
The mini bus picked me up in the meeting point I informed them before. The tour guide preferred to pick up at hotel lobby, as for me, I asked him to pick me up in front of downtown city subway station. He was punctual with the time. There were already 9 other tourists in the car; Austrian, Germans, Taiwanese, Singaporean and Italian. Exactly at 8.00 AM, we drove our way to north.
I was very lucky with weather and the traffic. The sky was clear blue with no chance of rain and the road was empty. What’s more, it was surrounded by vivid green trees. Parfait!
Dragon Boat Festival. Day 3. The actual 5th day of 5th month in Chinese calendar. We spent the day strolling Chinese restaurants, cooking Persian food and looking for P (K’s brother)’s daughter gift. He’s coming to town! I was excited to meet him. It’s been a while since we met in Jogja.
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Temple of Heaven. Built in 1420. It was the place where emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911) held the Heaven Worship Ceremony. It is the largest and most representative existing masterpiece among China’s ancient sacrificial buildings. Continue reading “China: Temple of Heaven”→
Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it. – Confucius
Monday, 29 May 2017
Dragon Boat Festival. Day 2. I was super lazy today. This was my time of the month and I had cramps. I really didn’t want to go anywhere but I had several unchecked list in my itinerary notes. So, I decided to drag my feet downtown to one of most famous hutongs (narrow lane or alleyway in a traditional residential area of Beijing), Guozijian Street. There are two large temples in the area: Yonghe Lamasery and Temple of Confucius. I didn’t have the chance to visit Yonghe Lamasery. Maybe next time.
Ticket price to visit was only 30 yuan. The site opened from 08.30 AM to 6 PM. Getting out of the nearest subway (Yonghegong Station, Exit G) was like getting out of a time machine. Hahaha.. the way this oldie area preserved was remarkable. No wonder Beijing hutongs attract huge number of tourists.Continue reading “China: Temple of Confucius”→
Have I mentioned that China knows how to build eye-catching venues and buildings?
Sunday, 28 May 2017
Dragon Boat Festival. Traditional event which occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of Chinese calendar. It was 3-days holiday in all over China. I was told that it’s not wise to visit touristy spots; plus it’s 37 degC outside. Thus, K, Z and I had lunch in nearby mall, China Resources Dreamport. I was excited to try Beijing sushi in Shotamuni Restaurant. Can’t believe I ate sushi in China. Ahahahaa.. The sushi rolls were delicious.
Setelah malamnya totally wasted by continuous walking and a little bit of wine, aku kebangun jam 11. Z sama K yang udah berangkat kerja left me a note to come to Z’s campus, Tsinghua University. Yes!
Tsinghua University is a top academic institutions in Asia. Refer to 2017 Times Higher Education, it receives 35th place of World University Ranking. President of the People’s Republic of China and Chinese Community Party Paramount Leader, Xi Jinping, is an alumni with a degree in Chemical Engineering.
Beijing totally revolves around this place: Forbidden City. Located exactly in the center of downtown. This place can not be missed.
Friday, 26 May 2017
Pagi ini bangun jam setengah 8, lumayan pagi karena semangat mau jalan-jalan di hari pertama. Nengok keluar kamar ternyata udah sepi, aku pikir Z sama K udah berangkat ke kantor, ternyata mereka masih tidur. Jam setengah 9 baru berangkat ke kantor, naik sepeda, boncengan. Suaminya yang dibonceng. Hihihi.. super sweet.
Just a month after solo backpacking flashpacking to Singapore, I packed my bag and my yellow minion Lojel luggage heading to Beijing. Why so impulsive? It’s not. I had missed my best friends who currently reside there. And I thought, early summer was the best time to go. So, I checked my travel app and booked return tickets from China Southern Airlines. For I stayed in my friends’ apartment, I did not prepare to book any hotels.
The one I did not think through was that in between my 10 days visit, there were 3 days celebration of Dragon Boat Festival. It was long holiday in China, not a smart move to visit several popular sites. And so, in those 3 days, I practically went nowhere, except nearby mall and park. Ahahahaa… Continue reading “The North Capital: Beijing, China”→
I was having a great time inside the Cloud Forest. Around 5.30 PM, my tummy started to sing. Hahaha.. So, I decided to try the most famous dish in Gardens By The Bay, Satay By The Bay. Yummy!
The canteen was rather far from the conservatories. I walked under the Supertree Grove to follow the sign. Lucky for me that the weather was nice for a walk. The rain had stopped, people were very few, birds were chirping along my way. For 15 minutes passing lakes and giant bird statues, I found the cafeteria.
There were various choices of food and beverages. Nasi lemak, briyani, seafoods, hainam, ice creams, juices even beers. I directly approached one of the satay stalls, in the back side of the canteen and ordered a plate of 6 mixed satay (pork, chicken, mutton, beef) for only $4.2 ($0.7 each). I sat in one of the park benches facing the lake. The ambiance was comforting. Continue reading “Singapore: Gardens By The Bay – Supertree Grove – OCBC Skyway”→
Early morning, I directly went for Merlion Park and Universal Studio to see if it’s less crowded compared to Sunday. I was completely wrong, there were so many people I could only stay for a while to take photographs, found a lunch and then came back to hotel.
The sky was cloudy. When I arrived at hotel, it was raining. It turned out to be a great thing because in the afternoon, at around 3 PM, the rain stopped. Leaving only cool and fresh atmosphere. Perfect for a stroll to Gardens By The Bay!
Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares (250 acres) of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. The largest of the gardens is Bay South Garden at 54 hectares (130 acres).
The one that I visited was Bay South Garden. It comprises two cooled conservatories – the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest and the most famous Supertree Grove which I saw from height the night before, Sands SkyPark. While the Gardens By The Bay itself was free, to enter the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, the ticket was $28. I bought mine only for $23 from the hotel. Continue reading “Singapore: Flower Dome and Cloud Forest”→
I was supposed to ride Singapore Flyer when Desmond recommended me to go to Marina Bay Sands instead. To the huge “ship” on top of three tall skyscrapers. I had no idea there was this superb place to see Singapore from 56th floor of the most famous building in the country. I knew there was Infinity Pool but not the Observation Deck. The Sands SkyPark was open for public. We may visit it for as long as we want with only $23, $10 less than Singapore Flyer.
This was the best decision I made during my visit to Singapore.
You haven’t seen Singapore until you’ve seen it from Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, soaring 57 levels above the heart of the city.
– Marina Bay Sands website
To visit Singapore, you have to measure the time, for you want to be in the right place at the right time. I came at 6 PM to Marina Bay Sands, an hour before the Sunset. This was the best time in which I could enjoy the daylight, Sunset and night light of the city, with a bonus of Garden Rhapsody Light Show at 7.45 PM. Continue reading “Singapore: Sands SkyPark Observation Deck”→