This is a continuation of BIB Pt1
So we visited the Silk Street Market which is near to the hotel before proceeding to the Forbidden City. You can read all about it here along with the review of the hotel. To get to Forbidden City, I chose to rent an Ofo bike as it is one of the main transport there and I just want to try it out for fun.
It’s been donkey years since I cycled and I have never rented an Ofo bike or similar before. It’s a pretty simple straightforward signup where you need to key in your phone number and will be required to make a deposit. It was a short cycling route if I remember correctly. To my surprise, the whole cycling trip was free.. I have no idea why but during my whole Beijing trip, I did not have to pay for anything except for this one time, I don’t know why but it was cheap so I don’t really bother why. Alternatively, you may take the train to Tian’anmen East station.
So we arrived the station, locked the bike and started walking. It was a looooooong walk to the Forbidden city. Halfway through I regretted dropping off the bike. We arrived to a gated city. Apparently it was the day it’s closed. I didn’t check. Oh wells!
But anyway, there are many things to see along the way. Nice old houses, river, people fishing, etc.. but still a long walk back out to me.
Since we were there and timing is right, we headed to Tian’anmen Square to witness the flag lowering ceremony which happens daily during sunset. There’s also a daily flag-raising ceremony in the morning. If you are interested, you may check their timings here before going there.
That place is full of security guards placed everywhere around. Oh and I forgot to mention that there are also security checks at all entrances of train stations so to skip the queue, try to avoid bringing bags. 😉
It’s getting dark and we were getting hungry so we went to the popular tourist hot spot, Wangfujing street. It sure is packed with human traffic.
There is a halal Chinese restaurant situated at the entrance of the main shopping street called Dong Lai Shun Muslim Restaurant.
They serve a whole lot of meat and steamboat kind of dishes. We didn’t eat there so I can’t rate it. One thing I noticed is that their halal chinese food is mainly of Uyghur cuisine, which consists of meat and a lot of meat, with soups of course.
As you walk in further, you will come across this small alley with a huge temple-like entrance.
This is their main walking street where you can find a lot of street food.
They sure have a lot of things for you to choose from….
I took a video for you to see to believe.. 😬
CNY729 = S$151.90 (hotel only excluding other expenses)
So we haven’t been a dedicated traveller. Woke up own time again and as usual, late so just enough for one day trip. I decided to go to the Temple of Heaven today. You will have to walk through Tiantan Park and there were a lot of elderly people with activities there.
Some were playing card games and Chinese chess while others play traditional games like the Chapteh. Chapteh is made with colourful feathers that are attached to a rubber base and you are supposed to keep it airborne with your legs.
This is how it’s being played..
So anyway, the temple was closed when we arrived. Apparently their sale of tickets close 1 hour earlier than their closing time. So do take note!
Apr 1 – Oct 31: 8am-5.30pm (tickets available 8am-4.30pm)
Nov 1 – March 31: 8am-5pm (tickets available 8am-4pm)
Dark falls and we decided to go and have a look at the bird’s nest aka Beijing National Stadium. Aside from the illuminated buildings, it was fun and lively with all the activities and music along the Olympic Park. It sure is a long walk but you can always choose to grab one of the rental bicycles.
Next stop is for our tummies..We chose Cafe Sambal. It is a modern Malaysian restaurant & bar with a nice ambience. Do not let the outlook of the exterior deceives you.
It is a lil pricey but what it’s pretty normal to have to spend more money for halal food in a foreign country. I kinda expected it..
CNY391 + CNY729 = CNY1019
S$81.50 + S$151.90 = S$233.40 (excluding transport)