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Great Wall, My first Seven Wonders (Ni Hao Beijing, part 4, End)

Wan Li Chang Cheng or 10.000-Li Long Wall (1 Li equals to 1/3 mile) was a grand and ambitious project of Qin Shi Huang, the first unified China Emperor. In around 220 B.C., Qin Shi Huang ordered to build wall to remove the fortification between states and joined the existing walls to a single system that would extend for more than 10.000-Li to protect China from the attacks of the north (hundred years earlier, China was still divided to individual kingdoms). Meng Tian, a chinese general was appointed to direct the construction and used workers which constitute soldiers, convicts even civilians. This wall, which is made of brick and stone, stretched from China Sea port of Shanhaiguan over 3.000 miles west into Gansu province. http://www.travelchinaguide.com/images/great_wall/ming-dynasty-map-l.jpg Great Wall was constructed mainly during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and was extended due to the extra defensive stance. The wall was extended from the Yalu River in Liaoning Province to the eastern bank of the Taolai River in Gansu Province, and winded its way from east to west through …

Hundred Umbrellas in Forbidden City (Ni Hao Beijing, part 3)

Ni hao Beijing!! On day two, I and family planned to go to Forbidden City. Yup this is the place where Ming and Qing dynasty lived. This palace complex was built in 1406 after Yuan Dynasty collapsed and built around 15 years. Ming Dynasty as the successor made Beijing as secondary capital of the Ming empire. Forbidden City or in local language is Zijin Cheng derives from the word Zi (Northen star, believed as the place where heaven emperor lies), Jin (forbidden, meaning that no body is allowed to get inside or outside of the palace) and Cheng (city which is covered by the walls). In conclusion, Forbidden city is believed as the place where earth emperor lives. After the fall of Qing dynasty and some revolution, Forbidden city’s function had been shifted into a public museum and then listed as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. This site is very close to the place where I stay in Wangfujing, right next to its subway station. To get here, we can get in from …

Sightseeing at Olympic Sport Center (Ni Hao Beijing, part 2)

Ni hao Beijing!! As I told you on the previous note, my first day in Beijing was filled with a half day chilling at Olympic Sport Station. And here is the detail 🙂 The opening ceremony of Beijing Olympic The 29th Olympics Games was held in Beijing, China, the 3rd Asian country after Japan (1964) and South Korea (1988). Approximately 10942 athletes from around the world competed in around 28 sports and 302 events (Wikipedia). This grand event was held in six venues, Beijing National Stadium (Bird Nest), Beijing National Indoor Stadium, Beijing National Aquatic Center (Water Cube), Olympic Green Convention Center and Beijing Wukesong Culture & Sport Center. Well, me, I had the opportunity to visit two of which, Bird Nest and Water Cube. These two buildings are remarkably popular up until now. So many tourists both local and foreigner come to pay a visit, get inside the buildings or just take some photos right in front of them. To get to these two buildings, we can take the subway to Line 8 and …

Wangfujing’s Snack Street, from Mainstream to Extreme! (Ni Hao Beijing, part 1)

Ni hao Beijing!! Ok, take a deep breath. Once I step out of immigration border, my Chinese proficiency will be examined. Yup, approximately 8 hours was taken to fly from Jakarta to Beijing and with a sleepy head, I queued to have my passport stamped. After the officer put some mark on the visa, I and my family walked out and went to airport express train station. The airport express brought us to Dongzhimen station at Line 2, then continue to change the line at Jianguomen station and take the line 1 to the last stop at Wangfujing. Here, I and family would stay 3 nights before leaving the city to next destination, Hangzhou Wangfujing street is a street pedestrianized for shopping area. This is one of the most famous shopping centers in Beijing.  A long the main road, we can have a visit to some malls or one big book store. Wangfujing’s name derives from the word “Wangfu” which means princely residence, and “Jing” which means well.  The name was given in the Qing …