We recently traveled to Beijing and Shanghai in China for a 10 day vacation during the Thanksgiving break.
China is beautiful, rich in tradition and customs. In the last two decades, the country have become more democratic and opened up to Western culture.
It was our first time visit to both of these cities. Even though our stay was short, we have some beautiful memories to share with everyone. Enjoy!
Lelan and I at Tian’anmen Square with the Forbidden City in the background.
Every main door had these lion heads as doorknobs
Next stop was the Great Wall of China. Here you’ll see the top of one of the towers. Notice the snake of people on the right most and left most side of the wall. (that’s where the guard rails are hehe). The steps were steep and worse of all, uneven.
Sacred Way. A tranquil place for those who have passed.
Yong He Gong Temple. More beautiful buildings.
Temple-goers pray with burned insence for health, good luck, and prosperity. I bet this temple will be packed during Chinese New Year.
Insense burning away.
A glimpse to a back alley street of the old China. Called an HuTong, this is what life was before the civilization.
A real life panda chomping on bamboo. They said that a Panda eats 12lbs of bamboo everyday! It’s so fluffy!
Inside the Water Cube at Olympic Park. They were setting up for some Plaroler show. Incredible architecture. Very modern.
Outside the Water Cube. The membrane of the water molecule.
At FangBang ZhongLu, a tourists’ favorite beverage can be found mix in with old school Chinese heritage.
Inside a building, shops line the tourist’s eye and wallet.
Though our visit was short and sweet, we will tour China again. Who knows, in another 10 years, the place that we thought we knew would have changed.
<3 Wilson and Lelan
P.S. More blog posts to come! I promise.