Finally, we were in the last day of our trip in Beijing
. This time, we did not use any guided tours. Besides, it did not make any use for us. We felt so happy because we could arrange our trip alone and as we liked.
After having the breakfast, we went out from the hotel by walking. Our hotel was very close to the Forbidden City
. We did not go to Forbidden City because we had done it on the first day of city tour. We went to the next block which was the emperor garden. Its name is Jingshan Park.
Jingshan Park is huge in size. There were many old people were doing taichi (a chinese kind of slow areobic/exercise).
The park has a hill where on top we could see the whole view of Forbidden City. Before reaching the top, there were 5 summits. Four was separated on the same height, the last one was located on the highest point of this hill. Each of the summit had a pavilion, built in 1751. They represented 5 tastes: sour, bitter, hot, sweet, and salty. There was a Buddha statue in each of the summit but they were stolen. There were 2 paths to go to the top from opposite direction.
The big Buddha status was there.
At the highest summit, there was a building with a big Buddha inside. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take pictures of this statue. The wind blew very hard. I felt I was so light and could fly like a kite.
Having a Peking Duck at the most wellknown restaurant in Beijing.
We took a moment there to enjoy the view and take rest a bit because it was hard to climb up to the top especially for our older people in the group. Then, we went down from the opposite side of the stairs.
After went out from Jingshan Park, the next destination was to taste the famous traditional Beijing specialty: Peking Duck. We had to ride two taxis because we were seven people. At first, it was very difficult to show the taxi driver where we wanted to go. I tried to find the address of the restaurant but I could not find it in my bag. Perhaps, it was left at the hotel. So, I tried to draw a picture of duck, hoping the driver know what I mean. Unfortunately, it did not work well. My drawing was looked like a chicken and the driver became more confused than before. The second taxi driver was smart enough that he make the sound "kwek-kwek-kwek" Ha! We quickly nodded to him and then we gave a sign language, asking him to tell the other taxi driver who was still in twilight zone.
After telling our destination, we headed to the restaurant.
Runner pulled rickshaw with Rara as the passenger.
I did not know whether the drivers took us to a different restaurant or not. What I want was to go to Quan Ju De restaurant,
Qianmen West Street No. 14, Beijing. Since we had a lack of communication, we were just surrender to wherever the driver took us. Lucky us, it seemed that he took us to the right destination.
Somehow, something very strange happened. The restaurant staffs herded us to a big hall, with a high ceiling and a spacious place. In short, it was a luxurious restaurant. This was different from what I've seen in the internet. From pictures in the internet, I could see that the restaurant has a low ceiling, small room, ceiling fans, the furnitures were antiques, everything was different. This one we visited was very elegant. I could not ask the staffs because I think it is rude to ask whether this is Quan Ju De or not.
St. Joseph Church at Wang Fu Jing street.
The name of the restaurant always came in Mandarin letters. Then, I managed to get the paper napkins with "Quan Ju De" printed on it. So, I guess we were on the right place though I was wondering why it was different with pictures I saw in the internet.
The duck was very delicious, I liked it. You have to eat quickly because when it was cold, it was not tasteful anymore.
After the lunch, we went to Wang Fu Jing Street. Along the street, there were many shops. We dropped by at the official Olympic store at a plaza there. We bought some shirts, fridge magnet, and keychains with Olympic special theme on them.
Then, we went along the Wang Fu Jing street until we found out a Catholic church, named St. Joseph church. We took a rest there and took some pictures then we went back to our hotel by walk. It was a nice walk though the wind starkly blew and it was very chill out there. By reaching our hotel, we finished our journey in Beijing.
We were very tired to go out. So, instant noodle as the dinner!