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14.08.2013 | 北京足跡

[Volume 8 Issue 8, #1770]
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如果你係跟旅行團嘅話, 同一時間去齊上海與北京應該係好罕有.. 2007嗰年我仲算係年輕力壯, 所以嚟個「自助雙城遊」一次過滿足我想去呢兩個中國城市嘅需求.. 自助旅行自己想去邊就去邊, 而最重要係可以免去導遊帶你週圍買手信嘅困境, 呵呵!!
  • 由上海經朋友安排, 坐內地飛機飛去北京, 由朋友嘅朋友接應我哋.. 一連四日多得呢位朋友嘅熱情款待同埋授予「北京生存守則」, 讓我們呢次嘅北京柴娃娃之遊能夠順風順水.. :)
  • 其實都幾喜歡北京呢個地方喎, 個人認為北京比較起上海, 實在係有太多嘢可以睇, 太多地方可以參觀..
  • 可能自己對中國歷史有興趣, 所以能夠身處紫禁城, 天壇, 長城, 頤和園等古蹟, 我覺得非常之興奮!! 不過我同朋友竟然只用咗半日時間行晒整個紫禁城!! 一個咁地大物博嘅地方, 回想之時我都覺得有點不可思議~~ :p
  • 身在北京, 終於都能夠體會到中國人口之多, 每個地方都係如此多人.. 尤其係乘搭北京地鐵, 準備上落列車之時, 更係令我真正體會到前後左右被人群推擁嘅嗰一種十面埋伏!! @_@"
  • 當時都有寫過呢一個上海之旅嘅, 不過啲相比蚊滋仲要細, 視覺享受絕對係零分啦, 呵呵!! 不過確實係記載住當時每日嘅心情同事跡嘅.. 有興趣可以去呢度重溫噃.. :)
if you were to join packaged tours, i guess going to both shanghai and beijing at the same time would be quite rare.. hence in year 2007 while i was still considered young and strong, i did this "trips of the two cities" one shot to fulfill my wish to visit these two biggest cities of mainland china.. of course with a DIY trip, we got to go where we like, and more importantly avoid being brought to contribute to many souvenirs shops, hehe!!
  • with the help of friend, we took a local carrier to fly to beijing from shanghai, and she has also arranged her friend to take care of us in beijing.. we stayed in beijing for 4 days and thank you so much to this friend's hospitality and "beijing survival tips", that our first time in beijing was a smooth one..
  • i actually like beijing and compared to shanghai, i personally think there are way more things the experience and more places to visit in beijing..
  • perhaps due to my interest in chinese history, i was so excited for being able to be present at historical sites like the forbidden city, temple of heaven, the great way and the summer palace.. but i realized we just spent half a day in the forbidden city, for such a huge place with so much to see, i find that quite unbelievable for my short visit~~ :p
  • while in beijing, i finally felt the crowd of the huge chinese population.. especially when taking the beijing subway, it's where i felt the strong force of being pushed from all directions when i was trying to board or leave the train.. @_@"
  • i kind of blogged about this trip to shanghai back then, all in chinese and photos were so tiny even a magnifying glass could not help.. however they did record my views and incidents that has happened at those particular moments.. click here if you are interested to read on..
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    1. That time i join the package tour from Singapore, bring us to Beijing and Shanghai..

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    2. oh that was good, going to both Beijing and Shanghai together.. :)

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    1. What a short comments by Mr Lonely. I bet you didn't even read or look at the photos.

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    2. But at least courteous la say good morning instead simply tembak comments no head no tail.

      No read post tak apa...all must be courteous

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    3. Better a simple greeting for a short comment rather than a short comment with links that is 5 times longer than the short comment! LOL

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    4. yalah, just come and greet but never read the post and not even see the photo, how sad!! hahaha, next time maybe we can also just greet meow in her blog enough lah..

      hahaha.. good inspiration given by lina.. next time we just greet meow and then put 5 links to our latest posts~~ :D

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    5. Ketuk your head ah....all comments with 5 links will be deletedddddddddd...muhahaha.....

      At least got say good morning mah....mana tau if ada orang kecil hatinleh if readers go to blog but tarak leave any comments. Sone bliggers are small gas like that leh....later keluar one ranting post scolding people visit blog but tak buat comments

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    6. of course we will greet and then say something very general.. but the main thing is to include 5 links to our posts!! muahahahaha, how about that?? :D

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    7. I small gas.

      I merajuk if people don't reciprocate my comments and comment back to my blog.

      I will scold and sulk! LOL

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    8. errrr, agree with that but rather not say it your way.. in fact, i think all these commenting things are rather MUTUAL, it's more fun to be INTERACTIVE but not just a one way thing.. so if you don't come comment here, then i won't go comment there.. right?? :p

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  3. Good morning, SK and all! Nice shots! I was in Beijing in 2006. But I was on a halal tour as I joined my malay colleague. Indeed it is a must-visit city.

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    1. I was there in summer and it was very dry and hot. Your pictures bring back fond memories for me. Wish I could go again and climb that great wall of China.

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    2. I have never been to China. Wanted to go but I prefer join tour coz I don't know Chinese. But kaldip preferred free and easy . The problem is both tarak tau Chinese. .die lo.

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    3. i was there in summer and yes, i have to agree it was so dry and hot, but i don't think i sweat a lot actually.. oh, it was a halal tour, that's a different kind of experience huh??

      errr, packaged tour will bring you to those local specialties shop lah, souvenirs shop lah, chinese medicine shop lah etc and make you spend more one.. i think better plan your own trip lah.. get somebody who knows Chinese to tag along i would suggest if you are worry about language problem..

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    4. Yalah, I agree with SK.

      Go with tour groups there, feel like kena fleeced by both the tour guide (who brought us to all those pricey places) and by the shops too!

      Waste a lot of time at shops we never care to see also instead of sight seeing. Just stop the bus to take photo then board the bus again and repeat several times. Long stop only at shops. tsk tsk

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    5. Cari gang that know Chinese and ngum ngum want go same place would be more difficult as now most all married with young kids. Looks lijevhv to wait anither 10 years lor. By the leg dunno still hv enegry or nit to walk so much

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    6. oh yeah, like what lina has commented.. going with tour groups, probably ended up as shopping trip only, and you only have 20 minutes break time to go for each of the attractions - just get down the coach, take photos and then continue to another shop, hahahahaha!!

      errr, true also lah meow.. really have to get the gang right.. but i think plan things early to book everyone first lah.. :)

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  4. Good morning SK. Today you bring us to Beijing.

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    1. hahaha, virtual tour to Beijing only lah~~ :p

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  5. If not mistaken I was also there in 2006 or 2007 before I started my blog.. otherwise my blog will have these pictures too.. perhaps I should blog them up... in case the pictures gone "missing." :)

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    1. You should dig up those photos to let us see la. Your photo of beijing may not be the same as sk photos

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    2. yes claire, you should write some back dated travel post lah.. don't ever think of relying your blog to store your photos lah, but at least they will enrich your blog contents mah.. i also write my old travelogue, they are fun.. like meow said, we want to see, surely different one :)

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    3. I'm also doing it for my Japan blog.

      Quite fun to see old photos and writing about those experiences again, esp for new readers who might not read the posts done3-4 years ago. :)

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    4. Good and I can go curi pengalaman. Mana taubif one day hadi go travelling then can hv tips on where to go and wat to avoid

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    5. yeah, it's fun to blog about your trips.. if not interested to the readers, at least those posts would be nice to yourself, as a sweet memories..

      hahaha, then i will suggest meow not to read my posts for pengalaman lah, better go read those more proper travel blogs~~ :D

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    6. Everyone is digging up all their old photos now. Better share than leave them in the tins to bring them to our graves!!

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  6. Wow! I saw Clark Kent Ah Boy in Beijing! I like your pose! Damn signature and I will do it next time! Heh heh

    So you flew from Shanghai to beijing without joining any tour. That is heavenly trip without having to visit their native products and souvenir factories! I had a miserable time joining the tour to Beijing for 9 days!! We were taken to Tianjin and Chengde as well.

    I managed to see the Underground City which was the best eye opener in China to me. It has since been closed again to public. I went there in the Year 2002 during the hot summer season. It was blazing like Chinese wok there with soaring temperatures.

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    1. What pose? The lift up one leg and pee on the fire hydrant pose? You can kah, Twilight Man? LOL!!!

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    2. Clark kent? Lol..too bad didn't have a cape on. Wear read n blue

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    3. haha, that was really my signature pose lah, i did that in every place i've been for over the past 10 years.. but i stopped doing that recently already, not match my age lah.. of course cannot join packaged tour to go China, end up you spend 50% time buying things only.. oh, the Underground City?? that sounds interesting, i'll goggle about it later..

      hahahaha, let me imagine STP doing that pose.. probably he will end up falling flat on the street!! ooopss, hope dogs didn't pee at the spot he falls :D

      fat clark kent, not able to fly, too heavy already~~ :D

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    4. Aiyo this STP perli me lah. I can do the pose on top of the rock and railings. I will do it next time ok.
      That would be funny to see STP becoming Clark Kent with a red cape and underwear outside. Muahahahahaha

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  7. 我對北京有興趣過上海,長城、故宮、頤和園都想去睇吓。

    不過嗰度啲人就令我卻步。

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    1. 係呀, 我都係咁覺得.. 長城、故宮、頤和園值得去囉真係.. 不過當然唔好考慮當地人啦~~ :D

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  8. Good morning there!!
    Second post of your China travelogue!
    Well, there're always pros and cons of package tours and free & easy ones, but glad that you was able to find a good carrier during your trip!

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    1. Oh, you prefer Beijing than Shanghai? Which is cleaner by the way?
      You're interested in chinese history? Wah! Salute you! Me no interest at all, LOL! But of course I don't mind to join those learning while travel package la! xD

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    2. Yes, China is very crowded! I can't imagine what it is like in the subway, sure packed like sardine!
      Oh so that's your signature pose? Haha, funny but very yeng la! Forbidden city is such a huge place right? Walked till legs also pain lo? But I think it's worth it la! See there're so much to see!

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    3. That great wall of China, I've always wanted to visit it! Must be such an experience! And thanks for showing us those beautiful photos, also those histories, though I won't remember any single bits of it la, kekeke :p

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    4. The kunming lake is so pretty! And that palace in picture M, reminds me of a palace during my trip to Korea this March, they looks very similar la!
      And the long corridor, I think it's a nice place to take photos!

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    5. I think it must be tiring shopping around China too right? The crowd must be crazy! Can bargain with them? Lots of things to buy?

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    6. i would actually prefer DIY trips more, especially in established places.. can plan my own itinerary and places i want and do not want to go accordingly, more relaxed lor.. however if those ulu places, then of course packaged ones will be more beneficial..

      yes, i think chinese history is kind of interesting right?? i especially like the 清朝.. and the Forbidden City is really huge, i think i didn't see that in details, else half a day won't be enough.. and the Great Wall of China, surely must visit lah, haha!! you'll actually feel different when you step and climb on the great wall.. the Summer Palace also very nice, everywhere you can find beautiful scenery, and of course taken lots of photos there, haha!! different a bit from the Forbidden City lah..

      yes, and i think i took the subway during peak hours and you can imagine that, haha!! errr, actually didn't have much time shopping in Beijing.. we concentrated more on the historical sites, shopping should be similar to Shanghai lah we thought..

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  9. Did you get cheated? Heard all kinds of horror stories about not very pleasant encounters people had there.

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    1. errr, not at all, nothing really unhappy happened besides being picked-pocket in Shanghai.. :)

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    2. STP,
      You have to go there and experience it yourself. Don;t just listen to horror stories.

      Judge a book not by its cover. LOL

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    3. Sk, I think you can consider blogging about "beijing survival tips" for those blind people like me. At least wont be blur blur in what to do and what not to do there. I know a lot of things is common sense but at times what is correct and acceptable in Malaysia may not be so in Beijing. Sometimes we tend to assume what we have here and there will be the same.

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    4. Experience being pick-pocketed and cheated? No, thank you...

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    5. yalah, this STP always put bad prejudice first on things, that is what stopping him from trying new things lah.. we must be more open, this world is so huge and there are so many things to see and to learn :)

      haiyoh, i also forgotten what those "beijing survival tips" were lah.. 6 years ago that was!! actually not really surviving tips, but mainly directions on how to get to the places we wanted to go :)

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    6. What a narrow minded fella! I would not be holed up at home lah. I will just swipe cards and travel as much as I can to see the horrors and filth of those interesting countries. I have lived in the clean and health freaked America for too long. I love to see new things and experience everything.

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  10. Photo A: Your signature pose! What a happy go lucky face from you SK!.

    Photo B: Definitely must take a photo at the Forbidden city right? For remembrance.

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    1. Photo C & D: I've never been to Beijing yet, but usually we seen there places when we watch Chinese drama series and movies too.

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    2. E & F: Yeah agreed, live within the Forbidden city, where got so many freedom, so Emperor's concubines will come here for a tea, chit chat at the imperial garden. Just like I've seen from dramas and movies. Hehehe...

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    3. G & H: Great all of China, if got chance I mustto go there. Lovely view from up there right?

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    4. I: Another signature possing eh. Your face was so cheerful just like found a bar of gold ler "Chap Tou Kam"!

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    5. J: Peking Duck's crispy skin wrap with popiah skin is very delicious... yumz.

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    6. K & L: Your friend's friend is very good. They brought you all to those places? or guys went on your own after having those " Beijing survival tips". Hey what is that hanging on your neck? is a map?

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    7. M & N: I found the marble boat is very unique and beautiful. Is it a R & R place? But I see no one from that photo.

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    8. O & P: Wang Fu Jing is so crowded with tourists. There are so many souvenir's shop. My gosh! I think I'll spend lots of my time there shopping. Can we bargain? I heard from my friends, Beijing or Shanghai's shopping complex is very grand type one. I think,those historical places like Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven or the Kunming lake are much worth to visit than shopping complex right?

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    9. ah yes, exactly the places we saw on drama series.. but i think the Forbidden City we saw on TV may be the real one in Beijing, i know they have another place in Hengdian which resembles Forbidden City..

      hahaha, of course lah, my signature pose must be there every place i went!! and yes, Forbidden City and Great Wall of China and probably Summer Palace are must-go if you are in Beijing, indeed nice place to be also.. haha, concubines sure got nothing much to do inside the palace, so they can only think of what to do in that Imperial Garden..

      yeah, my friend's friends were indeed very hospitable.. nope, they had to work so we went to those places on our own, but of course before we went they gave us direction and tips.. very grateful to them really..

      no idea really on what that marble boat was for, i think probably for the Emperor and his concubines to dine while enjoying the scenery of the lake.. what's that i was wearing on my neck?? oh, that's the audio guide, when you walked to different spot, they have a sensor to narrate the story/history of that spot.. very useful gadget and it's free (charged to the entrance fees la).. :)

      hahaha.. didn't do much shopping actually, most of the time were given to visit tourists and historical attractions.. just did little shopping in Beijing and Shanghai, errr, i like the idea of a shopping district, just concentrate on that particular street and no need to go elsewhere.. convenient..

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    10. Ooh that audio guide is interesting right? First time knowing got such gadget lor...Phai seh!

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    11. these type of audio guide has existed since the last century lah, hahaha!! you have not used any at all?? or maybe you have been joining guided tours and used to tour guides explaining, that's why you didn't use the audio guide before.. :)

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    12. Angeline didn;t need to use it before, that's why. ;)

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    13. Really, I don't have. I joined tour for twice only. For the rest, we went on our own pun tak pernah guna. Anyway, I didn't visit as many country as you. Hahaha...

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    14. hmmm, i think it depends on the place you visit lah.. some are with the audio guides but some just have little storyboards setup..

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  11. From your two post, I prefer Beijing than Shanghai. I wonder what is your next destination that you'll blog about it. I also haven't got any chance to dig my Japan trip long time ago. Currently I'm still busy...
    Wish you have a nice day SK.

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    1. yeah, i also prefer Beijing than Shanghai, because there were more things to see.. i just love those historical sites so much.. :)

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    2. I also prefer to tour Beijing instead of Shanghai which is very different from each other. Even their local folks speak Mandarin with different accent.

      Some China folks told me that Beijing is the most interesting place in the whole China with the most well preserved historical sites. So if we are only allowed to visit one place in China during our lifetime, it is should be BEIJING!!!!

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  12. Your running pose tu... you know that a celebrity running blog (i.e blog with celebrities & running) always features celebrity doing that same pose. Who plagiarise who ah? :P

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    1. hahaha, who's that celebrity running blogger who always features celebrity doing that same pose in the celebrity running blog?? errr, no idea but i think i started doing that more than 10 years ago lah.. :D

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    2. Here's an example :
      http://runwitme.blogspot.com/2013/07/press-release-reebok-one-challenge.html

      So you are the pioneer of the pose? :)

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    3. fuyoh, that blog started in less than 10 years but i was doing that more than 10 years ago.. so who first?? anyway, quite different lah, they are more runner pose, but i'm more a comedian pose~~ muahahaha :D

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  13. you looks so happy on each pictures, i could see that
    you were so active back then and you're indeed thinner then

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    1. haha, yeah, i was really slimmer and leaner back then.. i want that body back!! boohoo~~

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  14. what's with the running post? is that a trending post at that time like planking? haha,
    but anyway it's cute

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    1. no idea really, but just my kind of "signature pose" i have no idea where i had that idea~~ just did that in almost every place i went :D

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  15. the ever famous great wall of china, just a great thing to visit, and truly deserves a spot in the world's greatest

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    1. you are right.. it's quite different when you are there compared to just seeing it in photos..

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  16. the marble boat caught my interest the most it was really lovely and i think a quite romantic place for lovers to be

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    1. hahaha, no idea what the marble boat was for really.. but i think should be something "romantic" for the Emperor and his concubines?? :p

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  17. as for the ducks, haha that seems like
    a massacre to me haha

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    1. hahaha, the famous Peking Duck, you must try that!! :D

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  18. have a great day and happy blogging sk,
    take the best of care and god bless you

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    1. same to you, have a great day and happy blogging.. may god bless you :)

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  19. The first photograph, Photo A....why is the fire hydrant not in the photo? LOL!!! :D

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    1. ...and Photo I, also. Everywhere angkat kaki, shee-shee one... Muahahahahaha!!!!

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    2. aiyoh, no lah, why fire hydrant?? should be just any tree will do~~ :D

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    3. Actually SK looked very natural in those poses. I can't pose as natural as SK too.

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    4. hahaha, i think the photographer was good also.. most important factor was because we were happy i guess :p

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  20. Cant help laughing at photo A ...your kau siew pose.

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    1. hehehe, last time i really know how to "pose" you know?? unlike now, just hands in the pocket~~ :D

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  21. What is the tag u wearing in photo b?

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    1. oh, that's the audio guide, when you walked to different spots, they have a sensor to invoke the narration of the story/history of that spot from that gadget.. very useful and it's free (charged to the entrance fees la)..

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    2. Haha, not only I asked, Meow also asking the same question.

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    3. hahaha, meow never travels out of malaysia mah she said.. but you seems to always go travel leh~~ :p

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  22. Forbidden city made of wood ? Learnt something new today. I thought they used bricks like the great wall of china

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    1. the buildings were made of wood lah, but the walls of course were made of bricks lah..

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    2. Tu la...kucing bawah tempurung...never travel far before ...mostly in Malaysia only.

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    3. and you should be proud of yourself for being around places in Malaysia!! many people travel out of malaysia, but own country only been to the places they stay and work, hahaha!! :D

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  23. you still look very young and energetic (^^)

    http://xjion89.blogspot.com

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    1. errr, sorry, if you are referring to the photos, but that was in year 2007~~ LOL :D

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  24. Guess the place where you were standing in photo d maybe "walked upon" by many emperors before that. Got feel extra "wong hei" ka?

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    1. oh yeah, you said that and i just realized!! hahaha, but didn't feel the "wong hei" at all, maybe can feel the "yan hei" (people) and the "yit hei" (heat) only cos it's so crowded~~ :D

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    2. Lol....yit hei unavoidable lo hnless go winter time...then become icicles if they placd us open during winter. Really hope one day can go and see with own four eyes

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    3. it would be a very nice experience in the Forbidden City lah.. next time i must go and feel the "wong hei" if i have a second chance.. errr, probably not summer again, maybe spring or autumn..

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  25. Photos e. I guess the flowers and plants would be different from what it was long time ago lo.

    Sometimes kesian jugak those concubines there. All fighting for flavour of one man.

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    1. errr, i guess so.. the Imperial Garden in the drama series look a lot nicer, haha!! yalah, those concubines, once they enter the Forbidden City, means their entire lives gotta be kept in there already.. if you are lucky, you may see the Emperor, but many just never seen the Emperor until the day they died..

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    2. Yea wor..I was expecting more "flowery" there coz kena brainwashed by all the Chinese drama

      From chinese drama if emperor dies then the concubines will be in "cold court" lo.

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    3. yea right?? in the TV we saw many many flowers, and the Emperor will bring his concubines to enjoy the views.. been there, all green and no colors~~ :D

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  26. Imperial vault of heaven? What is that? Later I Google n see. Wonder is it the permanent resting plc of the emperors

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    1. i think it's a place to store the things used during the prayers after the ceremonies..

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    2. Oh.... my mistake then. Maybe the $$ in there lol

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    3. i also google for it when i wrote this post, must give more factual info mah, else Anay will scold me~~

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  27. Great wall of China. .I guess would bd a great training ground forMak Lari ...can run from one end to the other up n dwn

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    1. hahaha, yes!! you are right, i think it would be quite a challenging path too.. there are ups and downs, and also the bricks (or stones) were not flat also, makes it more difficult to run on..

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  28. Photo h...I tbink that time u have not started going to the gym is it? Low stamina loh

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    1. i started going to gym back then lah, that photo i just pretend only lah.. still have lots of energy to climb~~ :D

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  29. Pose "I" reminds me of the ninja kartun....yan jie siew ling jing. Lol.....

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    1. wah, meow very imaginative lah.. the previous post you said i looked like "wong hei", today's post you said i looked like "yan jie siew ling jing"~~ :D

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    2. Old already so think of old old stuffs lor....this one pose like ninja lo so thought of that. Wear black mask then become ninja

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    3. hahaha.. actually i forgotten how "yan jie siew ling jing" looks like, googled already baru awwwwww.. last time used to like him a lot one~~

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  30. Woi...really wanna kill me ah? Really drooling at the peking duck dish la. Now stomach growling jor from the lousy prawn noodle just now...one tiny shrimp as small as har mai and dare to call as prWns noodles. Shame on them

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    1. but last time i dunno how to take nice close shot of food one, ended up all become very blur.. until after that only a friend taught me must use the "flower" mode baru can tangkap micro details of close ups..

      hehehehe, the Peking Duck was nice, i can still remmeber i was so satisfied.. errr, lousy prawn noodles where?? blog about it~~

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    2. Yes flower mode made it sharper. .and flower mode with "s" is for close up.

      Old town lo.....sigh

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    3. yes, last time dunno how to use all those features.. just push the camera very very near, that's why all blur blur..

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  31. Terkejut aku at tbe photo at the lake there...I thought why you suddenly aged so much. The one on the left look 40years old....

    Heard thd view of the lake was amazing. Ya ka?

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    1. huh?? what 40 year-old uncle?? why you didn't see me first in the center of the photo, but that tiny little uncle at the left edge?? muahahaha, so weird lah this meow.. oh yes, amazing view of the kunming lake.. remember the xuanwu lake in nanjing Anay went?? they are together two of the most beautiful lakes of the south..

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    2. Coz the behind background was dark..so nampak like your top head botak but with bit hair on the side.



      Nobody poop in the lake good enough la lol.


      Too bad you didn't take photos of reflection on the water. Should be very scenic

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    3. hahaha yalor, everytime i take photo also like that huh?? tarak nampak my hair one.. so ugly!! reflections of the water ah, errr, cannot remember lu :D

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  32. At the lake there got see tong pak fu n chou heong ka? Lol

    Lovely view there...sure many courting couples were there

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    1. huh?? tong pak fu and chou heong are not real right?? they are just fictitious people right?? errr, no lah, where got romantic, so many people around.. haha!!

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    2. No people romance romance there meh? Or maybe that time they not as "open"....

      See anay go lake can see so many antics ....romance la...dig toes la....etc lol

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    3. hahaha, this Summer Palace is very protected one, important historical heritage of china leh.. maybe too many things to see already, i tarak nampak people romance romance, or i am very open minded, people romance romance i don't think they are of a kind like what Anay thinks?? :D

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  33. Over here all sampan...no marble ship...

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    1. that marble ship was for the Emperor and his concubines one lah i think.. that's why, give them sampan meh?? sampan were for the servants only~~ :D

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  34. Photo N. You all must have spent long time there. With the poems and all should be interesting especially since you know how to read Chinese

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    1. oh yes, we actually spent quite some time in Summer Palace, longer than we were in Forbidden City i guess.. the place is just so picturesque and so nice lah~~ furthermore, the place is not like Forbidden City, many sections closed to public..

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  35. Vanakam! Gee I forgot where I keep the 'Cert' for climbing the Great Wall

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    1. Wow, you even got a cert? That's interesting. How far have you been?

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    2. oh, got cert one meh?? interesting to know that.. but hey, i didn't get any!! maybe those are just for tour members, done by the travel agencies?? DIY tourists won't have??

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  36. WhyAskWhy they did not change the name Peking to Beijing Duck?

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    1. hehehe, Peking Duck sounds nicer right?? :D

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  37. Photo o should be shop till u drop type of plc ya? What type of goods sold there? Souvenirs ? I wonder is the plc like the touristy place in Malaysia where all the stall/shop selling the same thing.

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    1. Opps guess the last photo answered my abovementioned questions. No time to browse ya..

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    2. yeah, this shopping district was put last in the itinerary because we stayed in a hotel nearby.. so after checking out and waiting to go to the airport, just finished up the time browsing there lor.. actually quite the same as Nanjing Road in Shanghai i felt..

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  38. Wonderful building in the temple of heaven where not a single nail was used to fasten the wooden structures. Also Bananaz was fascinated by the numerology of 9 with the repeated 9 circles of stones where the emperor would have a direct connection to God during the prayers when standing right in the center.

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    1. oh indeed the Temple of Heaven has got lots of architectural wonders.. besides the no-nail structures and the 9 circles, they have other numerology too.. like 4 major pillars in the building to represent 4 seasons, 12 middle and 12 outer pillars represent the 12 months and 12 hours of a day (in ancient chinese they divided a day into 12 hours), the 24 pillars represents 24 types of weather in a year, and the total 28 pillars represents the 28 types of stellar phenomenon.. interesting huh?? :)

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  39. Good evening SK! Can I just "like" your post instead of comment haha, oops I forgot I am not in FB. Actually I prefer Shanghai to Beijing, but I went Beijing instead...

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    1. hehehehe, i think there is a facebook icon under the post that you can like actually :)

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  40. Wow can get cert after climbing great wall of China, not bad man... can show off to people LOL...

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    1. i didn't get that, only Bananaz got the cert.. :D

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  41. You looked so happy in the photos, I like your pose, very creative... haha

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    1. hmmm, go travel must be happy mah, and especially taking photos cannot sour face right?? hehehe~~

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  42. I went to Beijing during winter, so cold until I fall sick.

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    1. oh during winter?? beijing is super cold during winter, no wonder you fell sick..

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  43. Even though I didn't really like to travel in China, but I do like all these famous attractions in Beijing, especially the forbidden city...because I read a lot of China history last time, also in those architecture books also like to mention about it!!! =]

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    1. ah yes, the purpose of going there for me was to see the forbidden city, the summer palace, the great wall of china.. been there seen that, very happy already..

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  44. I've been to all these places, but I can't remember when was it, I think is the year before olympic because I remember those olympic stadium still under constructions!!! =]

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    1. oh a year before olympics?? then it's 2007, the same year as me.. perhaps we bumped into each other back then but we didn't know each other.. hahahaha!!

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    2. Hahaha!!! What a coincidence!!! Nice!!! =]

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  45. Have you go through the whole great wall??? Hahaha, I remember I just climbed up three to four stop station then I return back, because we're with the group trip so it has the time limit!!! =[

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    1. the whole great wall?? errr, impossible lah, furthermore not all the sections are opened to public mah.. but i don't remember how long i've climbed, i remember just about an hour like that..

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  46. Btw your "signature pose" like those in travel magazine, hahaha!!! Nice one!!! =]

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    1. hehehe, really?? but i have stopped doing that now lah, old already mah~~ :D

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    2. Old already~~~still can do what!!! =]

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  47. 之前我都有在北京出差过 三个多月,所以有机会走了很多地方。
    然后过后又带我老公去自助游。
    所以很多地方我走了两次 比如紫禁城,长城等
    哈哈不过那些是2008年前的事了,所以我没有看到鸟巢,水立方啦!

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    1. 嘩, 你也可以算是一個北京達人吧?? 哈哈, 我以前在香港的時候也是, 帶朋友去的地方, 次數多了, 自己好像一個導遊一樣, 就說這裡看一下, 那邊沒什麼不用去等等, 回想也很好笑!! 我也是奧運前去, 所以沒有集會看到鳥巢和水立方, 可惜~~

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  48. I'm also of the opinion that there's more to see and do in Beijing than in Shanghai. There are tours that go to these two places but not so many. Most of the tours cover Beijing, Chengdu and a few other cities near Beijing while the tours to Shanghai would cover Suzhou a few others near there.

    I think when it comes to population impact, we'd feel it most in China and India.

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    1. yeah, very little tours that go to both cities, it's either Beijing and few places around, or Shanghai and few places nearby.. probably because flight is needed to travel between these two cities.. and yes, i do think Beijing is a place with more things to see.. oh, population impact, soon it will be India overtaking China :)

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  49. I've not been to Shanghai but I've been to Beijing. The moment I went out of Beijing to the outskirts, I was horrified with the state of toilets or the lack of it! I wanna cry and just fly back home immediately!

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    1. oh, hehehe, outskirts of course lah.. and when was that you went to Beijing and its outskirts?? luckily i just stayed within the city, and that was year 2007 they were preparing for the Beijing Olympics, so i guess everything has been improved a lot.. :)

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  50. I have not been to Shanghai and Beijing. I have only been to HongKong, as Hong Kong is also China, right?

    I will go to another China country by end of the year.

    The more I look at the pictures, SK wasn't look that bad in short hair. Actually SK looked very man in that hair style.

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    1. haha, what do you mean by China country?? there is only one China lah, Mak Yannie.. you will be going to Shanghai when the Disneyland is ready in 2015, or was it 2016 you said, right?? haha, that was the worst hairstyle i ever had, you see i was wearing my cap most of the time.. haha!! :D

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  51. Photo A: Adoi this Superman SK again outside the Forbidden City! I like! I bet that Mao Tze Tung was giggling at you in his portrait. Muahahahaha

    You didn't tell bloggers that the Tiananmen Square is where they have change of guards everyday and where the historical protests by students that sent tanks rolling them over like trees!!

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    1. Photo B: I have been hearing that the Forbidden City is the biggest palace in the world. After googling the facts, I think they have the largest built up size palace which contains 9000 rooms!! Crazy lah!!! 9000 rooms and not 900 rooms!!
      The Sultan of Brunei's palace grounds cover bigger land area only.

      We tourists had to walk in a long straight line across the Forbidden City and not allowed to wander off to see the quarters of officials and concubines. I wanted to see the wells where some were thrown inside!

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    2. Photo C: It was so huge and took so many years to build them by artisans and wood carvers across the country. The best thing is that the architecture was well preserved till now. I bet it has something to do with the 4 seasons climate that helped to preserve the woods. From my travels across Asia, I noticed that old buildings in Tropical countries became decayed easily due to the acid rains and high humidity which also encouraged termites to breed! In China, all the termites and kutus will die in Winter! It makes sense right?

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    3. Photo D: I really love the grand statement that shows the Hall Of Supreme Harmony's building. It looked so majestic and truly grand. So many people has used its photo a thousand times as logos in their products or anything to link with "CHINA".... If you wore the Imperial Yellow Robe with Dragons, I think you will look like Emperor XianLong !!!

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    4. Photo E: Woiii... I see your head as the bigger rock than the Imperial Garden's rocks! Muahahahaha
      I wanna show you the rock which I took, so clear and huge!

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    5. Photo F: When I was young, nobody was allowed to visit China yet during their closed door years after the cultural revolutions BUT I was always being attracted by this Temple Of Heaven's building. Well, again it was used by so many product manufacturers and it sort of etched into my brains. I grew up thinking of it and when I got married, I decided to see the real building.

      I wanted to cry my heart out when I stood outside this magnificent building that was built without nails. So awesome!!!!

      Did you go beneath to see the tunnel where the animals marched to the kitchen to be slaughtered as offerings?? So scary and sad place actually when you go beneath. The Chinese architects were so clever to build the tunnel instead of delivering live animals via the backdoors!

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    6. Photo G: I was impressed by the length of its Great Wall. I lost count on the number of cities I crossed and saw the amazing Great Wall. I plan to complete my Silk Road journey someday and I read the websites that the Great Wall spanned until the North to Urumqi and Dunhuang as well. I was shocked lah.

      Who was the only person who walked across this thick Great Wall? - David Copperfield!!

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    7. Photo H: Wow! you climbed the whole wall and got a certificate? I did but my stupid tour was in a hurry and I just had to forgo the cert!!! Anyway I see that the cert will not be any use or help to apply for Visas! Muahahahahaha

      The steps are really so steep and my long legs were aching. I was thinking that it must have been tough for the short ancient soldiers to run across when their warlords ordered them to battle and shoot down the enemies below. How did they climb so fast and easily with short legs??? Maybe the old soldiers were tall but I have seen the actual sizes of Terracota Warriors in Xian who were shorter than Anay. China folks were amazing then, we missed out this part on how they ran!!

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    8. Photo I: Hey Superman Thambee! You should have jumped off the wall or posed on the wall instead! You will look good!

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    9. Photo J: Slurrpss! I love the Peking Duck there. It was delicious and nice. You know what? I think the chefs in Hong Kong can roast and serve better marinated ducks!!! I have eaten them before and they tasted greater. Fulamak!

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    10. Photo K: I agree that the Summer Palace was the best place to visit. I can still remember vividly of that place and often confused with the other summer palace in Chengde at Hebei.

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    11. Photo L: Beautiful lake indeed and the model SK Thambee looked perfect & handsome like the last Prince of China!

      Did you know where they dumped all the earth which was being dug out to form the huge man made Kunming Lake???

      They used it to form the large hills beside and built the palace on top to look magnificent!! How clever!!! I learn about this fact from watching the Korean soap dramas this year!!

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  52. Photo M: I like the way the great Philosopher Xunzi described about the ships and people! It makes sense to me on Feng Shui explanations. That was why I placed 3 Golden Ships at home.

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  53. Photo N: The long corridors were so long and tiring for me to walk that day. I remember that it was so hot and crowded on the Summer day. I spent time looking at the ceiling designs of the corridor and snapped photos. Years later I traced the designs to make patterns for the Chinese Tea House in my old office.

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    1. Photo O: I missed this Wanfujing Street. My tour took us there briefly after seeing the food street. They would prefer us to shop at their own shopping areas to collect commissions! That's the price I had to pay for joining the hectic and screwed up tour! I was so cheapo and chose the cheapest tour for my honeymoon! I only paid RM1388 for 9 days tour to Beijing, Tianjin and Chengde which was flown by Singapore Airlines!!! It was such an eye opener trip for me to see weird Malaysian tourists and China folks. Those days they were still spitting everywhere like rain in 2002. The toilets were more filthy and ridiculous of course!

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    2. Photo P: Now I remember that we were whisked off to Chang'an Boulevard where the high end stores lined. I remembered buying stuffs from Hard Rock Cafe. What a waste of money! I learnt a good lesson from this Beijing trip and became brave to travel on my own ever since. You are my Thambee and did the right thing too!

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