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August 13, 2013

Beijing

As a somewhat frequent traveller, I’d like to think I’ve been to quite a few countries and cities in the world – mostly Europe since I was studying in the UK. In the past two years or so, I started travelling in South East Asia and my most recent trip was to Beijing over the Raya holidays to visit a good friend.

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Great Wall of China (Mutianyu)

I dare say this was my most challenging vacation thus far due to a number of factors. Firstly, I was travelling with a girlfriend and had to rely on my own instincts when making travel decisions or planning my itinerary. Jien usually plans everything for me so I’ve been taking things forgranted.

Beijing felt like a whole new universe to me because I spoke very little Mandarin and they use “Beijing Hua” which was a lot more difficult to understand. While the city is very developed (and I had very good food at some of the top restaurants there), it was still underdeveloped when it came to hygiene. Spitting was still very common and I found them extremely loud and often, unbearable.

I also had the rotten luck of seeing a fully naked lady (I assume she’s a local) who was insanely bushy at the ladies private whirlpool at the hotel. It is now a sight I’m desperate to forget. 😯

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Lunching with Charles

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Catching up with Holger Deh at Four Seasons Beijing

Apart from that, I had a good time at the Great Wall, Forbidden City and exploring the culinary offerings of the city with my friend. All pictures are documented using my Samsung S4 and I think they looked quite good.

Yes, I also made use of the in-built filter for better effects. These are a few of my favourites during the trip!

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Pretty cocktail at Opera

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Amuse Bouche

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Dinner at one of the best Italian restaurants in Beijing

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At the top of the Great Wall

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My first vintage champagne. Am now spoilt for life.

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And after all that, it was great to be back on Malaysian soil!


4 Responses

  1. great pics! i haven’t been to the Great Wall yet, but maybe i should aim for it within the next 20 years … before i turn 55 and retire, heh 😀

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Thanks! Hahahahaha…why not by year end?

  2. Hey Sue,
    I really love your photographs specially the photos of great wall of China. I went there last year and it was one of the best vacation ever I had.

    Robin 🙂

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hi Robin,

      Thank you for the compliment. Am glad you enjoyed Beijing, probably more than I did. 😉

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