Naturally, since our initial meeting with Dairy Queen in Hat Yai, we went in for a Blizzard each.
Kirsty had Starbucks.
12.48 pm – Was in the subway again, heading towards our near-final location of the day’s tour.
Planking is becoming too mainstream.
01.36 pm – Arrived at the street that houses both the Confucius Temple and Yonghegong Lama Temple.
First, Confucius Temple.
It’s quite a small place, compared to where we just came from (Summer Palace). If you would like to know more about Confucius, just google “Confucius Quotes”.
A car summons outside the compounds of Confucius Temple.
02.19 pm – The Paifang of Yonghe Lama Temple.
I think the sign should be saying what I think it’s saying.
Map of the area.
The Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.
A really huge wierook brander in Lama Temple.
According to the lineage texts on prayer wheels, prayer wheels are used to accumulate wisdom and merit (good karma) and to purify negativities (bad karma).
03.09 pm – Tour of Beijing ends. Thanks Kong Lin for everything. When you go to Beijing, I highly recommend you to take Kong Lin as your private guide and avoid joining the bus tours that takes you to endless souvenir shops along the way. At the time of my trip in 2011, he charged me RMB400 for a day’s city tour without his mpv, RMB600 with MPV and RMB900 to the Great Wall in Mutianyu. Highly, highly recommended. Email him at konglin316[at]hotmail[dot]com.
03.49 pm – After bidding farewell to Kong Lin, we took the subway and ended up at this warehouse, right opposite the Beijing Zoo. Forget Silk Street and Pearl Market. THIS IS THE REAL DEAL! Clothes at dirt cheap prices, imitation products and what’s more, it’s so cheap you won’t even need to bargain! The fixed price is written all over the shop so all you need is just maths. Plus, there are several other warehouse buildings around the area! There is one warehouse building located beside the zoo that sells everything shoes. A real shopping heaven that is little known to foreigners.
The other shopping mall behind.
The underground shopping mall.
04.19 pm – After a while, the guys decided to call it quits and hang out in KFC while waiting for the girls to finish their shopping.
05.48 pm – An hour and a half later, we proceeded towards our dinner destination.
06.03 pm – A very popular Xin Jiang restaurant that was located beside a hotel in Chegongzhuang Street, Xicheng district. I believe the food here is halal, therefore safe for Muslim consumption. And boy was the food here DELICIOUS! Really, really GOOOOOOD!
09.57 pm – After dinner, we went back to our hotel, rested, showered, changed and went over to Nanluoguxiang AGAIN! It’s like a nightly ritual since it’s really so close by. Although this time, we managed to find Great Leap Brewing, a hole in the wall kind of bar that brews it’s own line of beer. So everything was actually FRESH from the tap. A really cool place that you must visit at least once.
A pint costs an average of RMB50. Happy hours 3-7pm, RMB5 off.