We’ve almost come to the end of the trip and phew! It has been a long journey. After the fashion show, the next day was spent on sightseeing and some shopping. Sadly, didn’t get much shopping done because I don’t do imitations and the real stuff are way too costly. Even more so than Singapore.
Our first stop was Forbidden City (duh) and thank heavens it was a warm day with clear blue skies. We reached around 8am and I thought there wouldn’t be much of a crowd but boy was I wrong! It was bustling!
Inside, the concourse was dotted with vendors haggling their wares. I’ve been to Forbidden City once when I was a kid and had hot tea eggs to ease the chills, but it seemed like it was no longer the trend. Instead, there were cob corn and candied haw (冰糖葫芦), which I so badly wanted to try but it looked kind of dusty so I figured it wouldn’t be wise.
That said, I did have it at our next destination (no photos because I was dead tired by then) and it was a bit of a disappointment. I didn’t expect Chinese Hawthorns ((山楂) to be that sour! I ended up just biting off the sugar coating.
In place of the candied haw that I couldn’t have till later, I went with an extra large piece of rock melon!
We then came across this lady who was selling headdresses that ancient China princesses wore and each of us girls bought one! While we were picking out our gear, her son sat quietly beside and I couldn’t resist taking a shot. I must say it’s my favourite picture this entire trip!
Urged everyone to take a goofy shot… Best memory ever!
It was a whopping four hours walking from the main gate to the garden exit and soon enough, I found every landscape similar! I wonder if it’s just me… We also had a chance to see the emperor’s chamber (or something like that) and I had to squeeze through an insane amount of people just to take one look.
I think I’m missing something because I don’t quite get the attraction. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen it before. But the whole architecture definitely looks much grander, and colours more vivid after the overhaul! I’m glad they decided to do it. Preservation of heritage is extremely important in cultivating culture and instilling a sense of identification and belonging in future generations. Something we seriously lack here.
Then it was more walking and photo-taking.
Before we got ready to leave the place.
I was already taking random shots by then!
After which, we travelled to more destinations where the emperor went to pray for blessings. Which was actually quite a few! For the king so loved his country I guess.
Dinner was at this ultra posh Sichuan restaurant, South Beauty (俏江南), owned by Barbie Hsu’s (大 S) husband, Wang Xiao Fei (汪小菲). We were so excited when we got there but was “crying” by the end of it. The spiciness was through the roof! The quality and standard was exceptional though.
Unsurprisingly, we all ended up with a sore throat the next day. We did some shopping after the gluttonous dinner but I didn’t manage get much. Just socks (yes, socks). But I do have something prepared for you, my readers, who have given me your utmost support! Watch out for my first giveaway in the last post of this Beijing trip!