北京: 街邊小吃

Thursday Travels is a weekly column featuring sights and sounds from my wanderlust adventures. Come, fly with me, and we’ll explore strange cultures, exotic eats and everything in-between.

This is the last post for our Beijing series. Yay!

Street food: this is where we try to be slightly more adventurous, but even so, eating a fried starfish is still a major no-no. We had our fair share of hits and misses, and it reminded us repeatedly how different our eating habits are, despite being Chinese all the same.

北京: The Opposite House

Thursday Travels is a weekly column featuring sights and sounds from my wanderlust adventures. Come, fly with me, and we’ll explore strange cultures, exotic eats and everything in-between.

Despite having cashed in all our agoda points, The Opposite House still stands as the most expensive hotel we’ve ever stayed at. My only protest: the room was so comfy that we spent half the day soaking in the deep wooden tub and flushing our travel itinerary down the pipe.

When we finally got out, the streets of Sanlitun were wide and clean, sprawling with restaurants, cafes and some of my favourite high-street labels. Altogether, it presented a very different side of Beijing, one that I actually wouldn’t mind living in.

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The Opposite House
Building 1, Taikoo Li Sanlitun North, No. 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100027

北京: 颐和园

Thursday Travels is a weekly column featuring sights and sounds from my wanderlust adventures. Come, fly with me, and we’ll explore strange cultures, exotic eats and everything in-between.

建于乾隆年间的颐和园,因为理政与居住性质的建筑极少,所以乾隆皇帝从未在园中居住。遭英法联军的烧毁和八国联军的破坏后,颐和园还曾一度被共产党圈占,终于,在1998年被列入世界文化遗产名录。

我试着以局外人的身份理解中国历史。但历史就是如此,无论谁对谁错,就算时间倒退,他还是会照着自己的轨道前进。或许,如果中国当时的政治与社会情况并非如此,我可能就不会生长在新加坡了,所经历的也会变得很不一样。

北京: 圆明园遗址公园

Thursday Travels is a weekly column featuring sights and sounds from my wanderlust adventures. Come, fly with me, and we’ll explore strange cultures, exotic eats and everything in-between.

建于康熙年间的圆明园遗址公园,因遭英法联军和八大联军焚烧抢劫之后,遗留下的是一片毁坏不堪的石骸。见证了朝代的兴衰,也历经了岁月的洗礼。圆明园不断地提醒着我们,没有任何一个国家可以永远昌盛繁荣,每个人也一样,都有挫败的可能。

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北京:五道营胡同

Thursday Travels is a weekly column featuring sights and sounds from my wanderlust adventures. Come, fly with me, and we’ll explore strange cultures, exotic eats and everything in-between.

五道营胡同有点像我们的 Haji Lane:狭窄老街道,旧屋檐底下,售卖着时下年轻人喜欢吃的、玩的、穿的。没有南锣鼓巷的拥挤和商业化。可以放慢脚步,轻松地逛一间又另一间小店。另存为杂货店里的木质手雕扬声器让我们最为惊奇。

另存为杂货店
北京市东城区雍和宫大街五道营胡同20号

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北京市东城区雍和宫大街五道营胡同53号