Doing something constructive during the National Day Holiday
Beijing Travel Blog› entry 44 of 79 › view all entries
*Lots of pictures!!!! And two videos!*
Starting from September 29th, I have a week off... a whole 7 days of no EF! Unfortunately, that's a very popular travel week, which means everything's wicked busy and wicked expensive. So I opted to stay in Beijing, hang out and do a little sightseeing. Well, I went out almost every night, didn't do much during the day besides R&R, so by Thursday, I was up to doing something...
And that something was going to an Ethiopian restaurant (reviewed), DVD shopping (season 4 of Doctor Who and 6 movies) and IKEA for food (to go) and a lamp.
After getting our tickets and some water, inside we went. And I think half of the 2 million tourists going to Beijing were there too. I knew it was going to be crowded, but there's nothing like experiencing it. We started walking around, took some pictures and crossed a bridge to an island. After more walking, we took a boat ride (didn't I swear I wouldn't go on a boat in Beijing... oh well, I was talking about Houhai anyway). From there we went up to a craft store, where I bought postcards, then we went up to the Tower of Buddhist Incense. Up there, the strap on my bag broke, and I knew I needed a new one. I was cursing to myself since I figured bags would be expensive in the Summer Palace, and there was no where around to buy a new one. So after the Tower, we found another store and I found a bag for only 38 Yuan! Wasn't as beautiful as I'd seen (that one was 65 Yuan), but it looked sturdier.
We didn't see all of it, nor did we have any intention of trying. It's just too big! I'd need at least 3 days to see everything. But we saw what we wanted, and that was enough. From there, we tried to find a bus back to Bagou, but to no avail. We ended up catching a taxi, and then taking the subway back to Tuanjiehu (the stop near Sanlitun) because I knew of a duck restaurant nearby. After missing an obvious street sign, then walking the wrong way almost to the next subway stop, we finally found it- Da Dong Beijing Duck.
Only to be told that the wait for a duck was about an hour. With a lack of other options, and just out of tiredness, we decided to wait. And we're glad we did! The duck was excellent, and this place didn't try to sell you food that you didn't need, the duck and condiments were plenty. And then we had a fruit plate and what I think was mandarin oranges and coconut milk thing... that I didn't care for. From there, we went back to Shuangjing and went our separate ways home.