During October and November 2007 I set off on an adventure that took me from Australia to Japan, then on to Russia and China before returning home to Australia. I have kept my travel emails from that trip, so I thought it might be fun to repost them here and add a few photos. This blog is Part 5 of that journey (China).
I only started to send travel emails in 2007 and only upgraded to a blog in 2011, so I think I will post a series of them from my other trips around the world between those years in further posts as a retrospective view of my travels.
October 26th, 2007
Arrived in Beijing today after a couple of days staying in Hong Kong with Uncle Rob. Beijing was completely fogged in – took an hour before we were able to land – still foggy now at 10pm!
Had a couple of nice clear warm days in Hong Kong – change from the Russian cold. Rob took me for a spin around the city in his convertible Mercedes – great fun (very nice car)! Looked around the city a bit, went up to “The Peak” for spectacular views over the city – amazing how many tall buildings are packed in so closely!
Then last night I went over to the other side of the bay to watch the City Lights show. Many lights are on the buildings including giant flood lights and lasers shooting off into the sky – all in time with music – great to see – very spectacular sight!
So far in Beijing I have had a look around the main shopping street Wang Fu Jing, Wang Fu Jing Snack street – ate fried scorpions! Went to this little tea house with a chinese friend for a tea ceremony – had all these different Chinese teas, snacks etc – expensive but fun! Checked out the night food market – star fishes, seahorses, pig guts, fish, crayfish all sorts of stuff on sticks they cook for you to eat! But none of that was on the menu tonight, we went to a hot pot restaurant and had a feast that we cooked in a big pot on the table (lamb, beef, tofu, mushrooms of various kinds, bamboo roots, lettuce, tomato in two kinds of soup, one spicy one not) – very nice, plus dumplings.
Also checked out the night lights around Tiananmen Square (city square in the centre of Beijing, it is surrounded by historical places and Communist buildings and statues, but is sadly better known around the world today for being the site of the student massacre by the Chinese government in 1989) – tomorrow I will go back there to see the embalmed remains of Chairman Mao and go into the Forbidden Palace.