BEIJING 2017: Day 1 (17 November)

Hello! I’m back from my Beijing trip, and I guess you already know if you’ve been following my blog, few of my future posts will be about my trip. Sort of a tour diary, I guess. Without wasting any time, let’s start! 🎊

I took a 6.20pm flight on 16 Nov from KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) to Beijing through Malaysia Airlines and arrived at Beijing International Capital Airport around 12.48am on 17 Nov. After getting my luggage, I headed out to catch a taxi.

First impression: It was freaking cold. ❄️

There were a few men standing by the entrance asking if I wanted a ride, adding that it would take me 40 minutes to wait for a taxi, so why not use their app (something like Uber).

In the end, there was indeed quite a long queue for taxis. But I noticed that the locals refused to take a ride using the app that those men were persuading us to, instead they insisted on queueing up for the taxis. I asked the ‘app driver guy’ for the price of the ride to my hotel and sure enough, it was expensive as hell.

I did went and done research on taxi fares using the website I mentioned on my last post. This website lets you to estimate your taxi fares, I found it quite accurate.

At last, I waited for about 30 minutes and finally got a taxi. And the price was way cheaper.

Tip: Better to choose taxis over other car rides. 🚕

(Check out my last post to know more)

I was exhausted after the 6 1/2 hours flight as I couldn’t get much sleep on plane. Plopped down on my hotel bed as soon as I finished checking in my room. I think I slept for almost 6 hours before going out for brunch. 😪😪

First day there and I was already freezing to death. We don’t get to experience 4 seasons here in my country, Malaysia. I had always chosen the visit countries during autumn as the sceneries are just exquisite and the weather is just perfect. For this time, I wanted to try out skiing, so I chose to visit Beijing during the early winter instead. Practically, the weather there is the coldest temperature I have ever experienced.

First stop: Temple of Heaven

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I walked to the Temple of Heaven (which actually looks like an extremely huge park) as it was just 2 minutes away from my hotel and bought the entrance tickets. You can either choose to buy only an entrance ticket or buy a combination ticket which allows you to visit some certain parts of the park that requires entry fees. I’ll list it down below so it’ll be easier to read.

Entrance ticket: CNY 10

Combination ticket: CNY 28 (includes Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, Circular Mound Altar & Echo Wall)

If you can’t decide which ticket you want, you can buy an entrance ticket first. There are ticket counters inside near the Echo Wall entrance.

Separate ticket for Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, Circular Mound Altar & Echo Wall: CNY 20

There is also a special price for students. I bought the combination ticket as I thought it would be more convenient and also slightly cheaper.

I was slightly disappointed as it did not turned up as interesting as I thought it would be. The place was mostly fields and fields of trees planted in order. I think this temple is even bigger than the Forbidden City, which is already enormous. (*hint* Will be mentioning more about the Forbidden City in my posts soon)

Here’s a few pictures of the few buildings I visited:

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Palace of Abstinence

Let’s talk about this section (the picture below). I didn’t take a picture of the surroundings but there is actually an almost 2-metres-high circular wall enclosing this building in the picture below and also a few more minor halls. And that wall is the Echo Wall.

It is said to have the ability to somehow channel your voice (something like that) around the circular wall and causing echoes because of the high-quality bricks used to build the wall. Sadly, I tried it out and nothing happened. I did overheard a tour guide saying that the ability of the wall has now been gone. Anyone who knows more about this please let me know in the comments below.

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Imperial Vault of Heaven

 

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Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

By the end of the day, I was worn out after walking for more than 3 hours inside the huge park and getting blown away by the bone-chilling wind. At least I got to see some buildings, I think. (me in attempt of comforting myself)

Anddd, that’s all for my day 1 tour in Beijing, hope it wasn’t boring. Enjoy! Follow my blog through WordPress or email using the widgets prepared on  your right and also below.

Love @amethystmind25

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