北京欢迎你 (Beijing Welcomes You – 2008 Olympic Song)
We arrived to Beijing on the 10th of January after a terribly long 13 hour flight. It was around evening and the Beijing airport was glimmering with lights – interior and exterior.
This is a belated post because WordPress is blocked in China (why??!)
After a sleepless night, a beautiful and plentiful breakfast (of steamed sweet potatoes, egg bread, and pumpkin congee) and an also delicious lunch of Beijing noodles proved to be a lighthouse in the midst of a storm.
Adding an egg makes the perfect addition! The noodles and soup were delicious and the portion size was ridiculously huge. I think i finished only 1/5th of the bowl ahh…. We also had pickled vegetables on the side – the picked cucumbers worked wonderfully with the taste of the soup.
Then we headed to the Temple of Heaven, a gorgeous arena with a cold winter aura and a distant feeling of emptiness despite the crowds it had drawn.
The new and the old blended into one mixtape: the senior citizens coating the outer benches with their stacks of cards and mahjong and then the shadow of Beijing’s city buildings, ominously creeping out from behind.
Instantly, I became nostalgic for the vibrant colors of the ancient Chinese dramas that I had binged watched during the hot summer.
One of the trees we came off was dubbed the Pregnancy tree and hopeful mothers were encouraged to touch it for fertility
Our last stop was the Liu Li Chang culture street, renowned for its history of calligraphy and art shops.
Trinkets! (left – imitations of old chinese coins) (right – old Mao badges)
Sugar-coated hawthorn berries on a stick! These make me nostalgic – when i was younger, my parents use to buy these for me on the street. At that time, I had no idea what i was eating but had longed for it since.