Beijing, travel

Ancient Chinese Porcelain


There is a kind of civilization I adore so much in China. Yes, it is Chinese pottery and porcelain. A trip to Beijing without a museum’s visit is maybe a shame. Apart from the fresh market hopping, I would suggest you spend a quality time to look at Chinese history as the way the Chinese Government would like us , the whole world to perceive them.

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You maybe will understand Chinese’s mentality a bit from the collections and its building ‘s architecture. Even you have not yet understood any Beijing’s taxi drivers before and no taxi drivers there would have established any effort to understand you either. A true balance on earth !

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Once you decide to visit National Museum of China, it is just nice to hop in this section to embrace the impressive collections of Ancient Chinese Porcelain. Nothing much to say, I just love beautiful patterns and hand-painted stories.

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Truly classic and with style.

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National Museum of China

Getting there
Address: East side of Tian’anmen Square,16 East Chang’an Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, P. R. China.

By Subway:

Nearest subway stations
Line1 Tian’an Men East
Line2 Qian Men

Opening Hours
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:00 – 17:00
Closed on Mondays
Tickets issued until 15:30
Last admission at 16:00

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Beijing, travel

Hutong love @ The Orchid, Beijing


Time flies again as usual. Today, I would like to share with you a loving and charming moment at The Orchid Gulou, Beijing. Hutong love and cat-inspired dream drove me there. I did not meet The Orchid’s cat, though.

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I find The Orchid as a hidden charming oasis where my souls were pampered to stay clam and be happy. At The Orchid, you could possibly meet the very helpful and friendly staff and welcoming owner who speak very good English as a default. I treasure this as the super nice treat in Beijing.
I stayed at The Lookout Room and was thrilled to see the welcoming fruits. Organic Toiletries and rainforest shower made me scream quietly. You will have air purifier inside the room too. The downside was only the internet connection after midnight which was not possible and too soft bed.

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All in all, I find The Orchid beautiful for my souls and I am impressed with its historic location, the serenity and its hotel staff. Hearty breakfast was just lovely. Hotel staff went extra miles to communicate in Chinese with a taxi driver about my destination and I am so grateful for this.

For polluted Beijing, this place is a real gem. You can feel the Hutong’s life, indie way. The Orchid, a place where you can speak English and you have people who will understand your needs ( more than any other Beijing’s taxi drivers who have no clue about the simple English word like ” airport “. Hilarious, but true. I also do not know the basic Chinese word for “airport”.

Good luck in Beijing ! I believe when snow falling, Beijing will be so beautiful to compensate for all the difficulties you may feel with Beijing ‘s taxi drivers :-)

The Orchid

#65 Baochao Hutong
Guloudong road
Dongcheng District
Beijing
北京市东城区鼓楼东大街宝钞胡同65号
+(86) 10-84044818

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Selected African Sculptures at The National Museum of China, Beijing


I visited The National Museum of China in Beijing in last September. This museum to me is the brand statement about China’s history from its government perspective. Huge building, but not charming ! However, with your passports or Chinese ID cards, you can enter to this museum free of charge. You shall pass through strict procedure as if you were boarding to somewhere by airplane. Hilarious, but feel safe.

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Free admission to the National Museum of China is somehow about the attitude. If you would like to introduce something to the complete strangers, then giving to others first would enhance the further opportunities. Believe me, you shall end up buying souvenirs at its tempting museum shop any way. Or you will sit at the tea room having traditional tea or a cup of green tea ice cream after a long exploring day.

Today, I would like to share with you the selected African Sculptures instead of starting with Chinese things as you might expect. Why? At present moment, I find African sculptures more lively and more friendly for my mood. Each face shows a bit of emotions and characters. It was nice to spend some peaceful moments looking at African sculptures and wondered what artists had in their mind when they did all this !

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The best points of this exhibition are the mutual cooperation and the free admission. I find this as the super awesome approach for introducing what you’d like to share to the world. Connecting a dot with the completely new strangers for free !

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Inside the museum, there are some other exhibitions which may require you to pay to enter. You can choose what you feel right !

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Getting there
Address: East side of Tian’anmen Square,16 East Chang’an Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, P. R. China.

By Subway:

Nearest subway stations
Line1 Tian’an Men East
Line2 Qian Men

Opening Hours
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:00 – 17:00
Closed on Mondays
Tickets issued until 15:30
Last admission at 16:00

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Myanmar, travel, Yangon

Shwedagon Pagoda


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I am sorry for the long absence of blogging. I am now back in a mood for sharing my first time in loving moment in Yangon, Myanmar. The photos interpret my 1st peaceful moment at Shwedagon Pagoda at night time. I went there alone in October. At Shwedagon Pagoda, I decided to hire a local tourist guide at 10 US dollar for about 1 hour.

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I took my shoes off and paid for entrance fee and of course I used the elevator service instead of stairs. Shwedagon has an impressive history. My thought was to pray there so that I would have a chance to return to Myanmar for business and more. Like many people who love to ask for good luck, I went 1 step further by having a local guide to suggest where I should ask exactly.

P.S. If we can get everything that easily by asking, we should not need to ask again and again. But to be on the safe side, I came to pay homage here and asked for a chance to return anyway. Funny, but yes I did. Apart from good actions, somehow magical moments may come from spiritual energy around us. It is a balance from within.

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If you would like to feel a peaceful moment, Shwedagon pagoda is a place to be.

Shewedagon Pagoda
Opening hour : 04.00am-10.00pm

Check its website for more details

http://www.shwedagonpagoda.com

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Beijing, Eat & Drink, travel

(Water) boiled jiao zi 水饺 dumplings’ dream in Beijing


When walking through Baochao Hutong, you cannot miss this petite size restaurant, called as Mr. Shi’s Dumplings. This place offers also vegetarian dumplings so it is a tempting choice for a chubby vegetarian like me. My first vegetarian meal in Beijing was truly delightful as I always love dumplings and lots of fillings here are just interesting. I can remember only I ordered vegetarian dumplings with cheese inside too.
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Rule #1 If you are alone in the universe and you don’t speak Mandarin, it is very crucial to research some useful Chinese words for your own sake.

You can enjoy their English menus for ordering food, but you may expect a surcharge for tourists since you do not have any clue of Mandarin and you can only point your own choice from the English menus. That depicts so much of survival and real life !

All in all, I enjoyed the new tastes of steamed dumplings, but I did not imagine myself having 15 steamed dumplings in one go. So, I asked the waitress to pack for take-away after eating 5 delicious dumplings. I was trying hard to explain the meaning of “take-away”, but they don’t understand. Finally, somehow they managed to put 10 steamed dumplings for my survival ‘s night mode. I was charged of this take-away option with hilariously price tag and felt a bit irritated to be fooled.

However, it was my own mistake of having no preparation to speak Mandarin for some useful key words.

Rule #2 do not give up easily. Have a faith in something.
I will certainly go there again to improve my communication skills.

Next time I shall order the beautiful fried dumplings with my fluent Mandarin and it will be take-away option. I will eat them all at rooftop ( elsewhere ) with mulled wine or beer – whatever comes first :-)

Mr. Shi’s Dumplings
74 Baochao Hutong,Gulou Dong Dajie 鼓楼东大街宝钞胡同74号

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Hutong love @ Courtyard 7, Beijing


Hutong is one of the charming places I would love to embrace closely when going to Beijing for the 1st time. You need to have your first fondest memory with something you adore. I believe you shall appreciate Courtyard 7 as a true oasis in the bustling Beijing. Its charming traditional design courtyard style is so enchanting and irresistible. The best fact I found is its well kept historical charms, with truly peaceful setting. Besides, with an easy access to almost every places you dream of in Beijing, you will be happy to live here , even for a short period of time. Hutong’s staff offered me very good advice about my market hopping fix. What else do you need in this world? For me, in Hutong I trust.

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My first rationale of choosing where to stay when traveling is location and location. On the same par with the good location would be the lovely breakfast and its architecture. Eating well as an early bird by default and indulging in Chinese culture with arty feels would make my day. It is a real treat from heaven. The best part of staying at Courtyard 7 is the charming feels within the real old Beijing if you ever wonder what it was like 800 years ago.

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Courtyard 7 had already been renovated to offer cultural feels with the sufficient comforts, if you ask me. My second mission is somewhat about checking out sustainability. Somehow, I searched from Courtyard 7’s website and found that Courtyard 7 invested environmentally to use Geo thermal pump and solar energy to provide 24-hour hot water, heat and air condition. You would need to come here in winter time to try heated floor.

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My third mission is funny as I’d like to talk with Hutong’s dog and finally I met one ( Siberian Husky) and chatted with him ( not sure if it was him or her actually ) for a while. He barked politely only once when I insisted too much to include him in my selfie mode. You can see what friendly Hutong’s dog left me under the chair. What a nice treat to  a chubby stranger!

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All in all, I love staying at the beautiful Courtyard 7, even my room has no window. Instead, I had a nice size breakfast to compensate. I do miss flaky croissant though, as I did not find a good one here or anywhere for a long time. Regarding of the room, it is maybe the smallest size out of all 19 rooms. However, it was comfortable and a truly amazing experience of staying in historical Hutong in old Beijing ! It was like I was living and sleeping in a Chinese series!  Breathing Hutong. I am craving for flaky, puffy and buttery croissant !

Courtyard 7
no. 7 Qiangulouyuan lane, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China

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Beijing, Market

Market love near DONGSI station, exit E (Beijing)


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Last Sunday was my last day in sunny Beijing and it was set by my default as my (special) happy Sunday. Apart from caffeine fix, strolling @ the local market in early morning serves the real purpose of my life well. As you know, I love going to the local markets just everywhere to visually and spiritually embrace the local produces and the local people. It is very fun to see different things in this world. Here in Beijing, I found gigantic  eggplants lovely.

My ultimate love of all for this local market hopping is the Chinese delicacy as shown above. I was already in heaven with this divine taste. You see one photo indicating as “Find them”. There is nothing complicated about this. Just find this couple and you shall have a real happy Sunday in Beijing. They are not the shouting types, but the smiling ones. I adore their food and love their genuinely polite version that creates more peaceful morning fix in Beijing !

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The local market is the only place on earth where you can see the characters, the moods and the feels. You rarely see any fake actions around here, I assume. Life might be a bit tough here in Beijing as they don’t smile easily. You can experience a sense of survivals in different ways here, either shouting or smiling. Everybody has his own mission in the market and I really love the fighting spirits and different ways of presenting their moods.

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I left my cutest Hutong at 6am and took a bus to indulge in the charm of small fresh market near DONGSI subway station. Lovely staff at my hotel recommended this place when I asked for the nearby fresh market where I could see the real actions. The fresh market adventure in Beijing began nicely as DONGSI subway station is not far from my lovely Hutong @ Nanluoguxiang.

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P.S. It is super nice to find the charming bit in a hectic Beijing unexpectedly.

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