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Last Day in Beijing - Festival Carnivals & Quan Ju De Duck

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Still have construction going on
We are back in Beijing again from Harbin, catching our flight back Shanghai tonight.

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.
It's crowded, and festive in the air!
And one of the very famous one is Ditan Festive Carnival or bazaar held annually at Ditan Park without fail. The crowds of people were killing me, but hey, i guess it is only this festive season, that i guess i enjoy the company of crowds! It's fun and enjoyable. And especially that I'm not home this time round, celebrating Chinese New Year in China for my 2nd time was somehow unique in a way, for an abroad Chinese in China motherland.

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.
Quan Ju De - Nice Pair,but one to be gobbled down
Even the 2 branches in Shanghai, taste are never the same.  Now that i'm at the place of origin for the famous duck, we are wary of the standards across the branches too. So we asked the locals, and checked the web critics. One common answer came to us - head for one of the biggest (or biggest ?) located just outside of  Pinghe Lu Metro Station

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.
Yeah, another. These are really fascinating me


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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Still have construction going on
Still have construction going on
Its crowded, and festive in the a…
It's crowded, and festive in the …
Quan Ju De - Nice Pair,but one to …
Quan Ju De - Nice Pair,but one to…
Yeah, another. These are really fa…
Yeah, another. These are really f…
Arriving in Beijing Railway Statio…
Arriving in Beijing Railway Stati…
Beijing famous Bird Nest Stadium w…
Beijing famous Bird Nest Stadium …
The famous Beijing Aquatic Stadium…
The famous Beijing Aquatic Stadiu…
Snapping happily on an expressway!
Snapping happily on an expressway!
Unique building. I think theres a…
Unique building. I think there's …
On our way to Ditan Park
On our way to Ditan Park
Ditan Festival Carnival, for the 2…
Ditan Festival Carnival, for the …
A local flying a kite in the park.…
A local flying a kite in the park…
The entrance to the Ditan Carnival
The entrance to the Ditan Carnival
The usual CNY scene!
The usual CNY scene!
The map layout of the carnival
The map layout of the carnival
Two headed human?!? Nah,i didnt bo…
Two headed human?!? Nah,i didnt b…
All kinds of handicrafts
All kinds of handicrafts
Even this
Even this
Calligraphy
Calligraphy
I like this !
I like this !
Well, even Sanrio Kitty Show is be…
Well, even Sanrio Kitty Show is b…
The main entrance of Ditan Park
The main entrance of Ditan Park
Quan Ju De
Quan Ju De
The chef serving the duck right in…
The chef serving the duck right i…
We are the X no of customers. Offi…
We are the X no of customers. Off…
Special coloured dumplings.
Special coloured dumplings.
The main hall of the restaurant
The main hall of the restaurant
Official mascot for Quan Ju De
Official mascot for Quan Ju De
Street Festival Carnival
Street Festival Carnival
Street Festival Carnival - Pipping…
Street Festival Carnival - Pippin…
Street Festival Carnival - Many ma…
Street Festival Carnival - Many m…
So interesting to see people holdi…
So interesting to see people hold…
Another local craft
Another local craft
Very authentic building
Very authentic building
Handmade figurines
Handmade figurines
Yes made them on-the-spot but you …
Yes made them on-the-spot but you…
I like this calligraphy poster. Pe…
I like this calligraphy poster. P…
Heading back Shanghai..
Heading back Shanghai..
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photo by: Deats