D1 - Dongcheng, East City
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Upon arriving 6.20am at Beijing Airport (PEK), I was tired not being able to sleep during the flight. Perhaps got a bit snoozed but I hardly sleep when I'm on the move, period. I stayed over at MOMA apartments, docking in with a friend. Woke up at afternoon to grab a bite at the restaurant downstairs. Fried rice with dim sum. I think it came up to Y50 per person? Something like that.
Then we had to report to police station. Any alien residing in China must do so within 24 hours of arrival. What you need: photocopy of passport (front page, and page where Chinese visa and entry imigration stamp is located - 2 pages). Police will key-in info and provide you a slip to sign and you can keep a copy of this.
Walked a bit and took the subway (Y2 per entry regardless which station you're exiting) to Gulou Dajie.
Drum Tower - Its build in 1272 under Ming Dynasty, where the drums are beated to indicated the hours of the day (Big Ben of Beijing?-haha). There is about 25 drums but only one of the original drum remains. The rest are replicated. I guess they didn't really have a tour guide on time there.
Bell Tower - Also orginally built in 1272 under Ming Dynasty, it was onced burnt down and rebuilt. Only one big huge bell here. The picture I've taken explain more on how the bell is used. Apparently it can be heard over the miles.
We proceed to walk to Nanluogu Xiang and dropped by Passby Bar for dinner. Nice ambience and friendly staffs. Wind started blowing strong this point and my legs got achy from the climb. So took a cab from end of street and head back to the apartment (Y10 for certain distance).