Last Day in Beijing - Festival Carnivals & Quan Ju De Duck
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February 10th, 2008 – by: wsquare
We reached Beijing train station by 7:30am. Yes it was early. Not wanting to drag our heavy bags for our day trip in Beijing, we did what we had done on the first day we arrived - deposit our bags in the railway station lockers ! I don't remember seeing such good locker service in most railway stations. Good service here - definitely not with the railway auntie, but rather by those huge electronic lockers, which were charged by hours-block.
Having missed the correct spot to view the famous bird nest stadium on our first trip, we headed back again to catch a much better view, but this time on an expressway! Interesting,but it's true! Back then, the bird-nest stadium was all fenced up, we weren't even allowed to enter the field compound, not to mention about walking in the stadium!
We were told if you are in Beijing during the Chinese New Year period, you should not miss the ongoing festival carnivals.
The carnival has its usual fare of local food delights, CNY souvenirs & handicrafts etc, but it's huge. We spent few hours in there and the next we knew, it was time to meet up for lunch in Quan Ju De !
And we headed to Quan Ju De at He Ping Men. There were a lot of branches of Quan Ju De in Beijing, or rather i should say in entire China too. However, i personally feel the quality really differ from places.
Address of Quan Ju De Branch : 宣武区前门西大街14号楼 .
My remembrance of this place is that it is very conveniently located just outside the metro exit. And we were greeted by a huge hall before being guided to our table which was many floors up. Ah, but i remembered vividly the ambience was unforgetable - nicely decorated ,and even toilets at such crowded restaurants were kept so impeccably clean. Ehem,there's even a old man dressed nicely serving you towel too after you have washed your hands!
We wanted to end our holiday with a sumptuous meal, and the best authentic Beijing food (of course within our money contraints too), so we were happily tucking in on all those goody food served in front of us.
In fact, just outside the building, there's another huge Chinese New Year Festival Carnival too. And this one, is comparable to that in Ditan Park. It spreads for few streets, and as usual, there is no place without people. Its equally jampacked too! So the entire group of us were sticking very closely to one another. We can't imagine if we were to be lost in the crowds !
And in fact even up to now, these are the two most fantastic festival carnivals I've been in China. Nothing similar or that huge in Shanghai. And you definitely require the festive mood, and the correct time to be there too to immerse in this special moment!
Next we know, we have to head back Beijing railway station for our bags before making our way to the airport...
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