AsiaChinaBeijing

D1 - Dongcheng, East City

Beijing Travel Blog

 › entry 1 of 2 › view all entries
My lunch. Missing from table is the two dim sum dishes.

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
From there, we walked to Drum Tower and Bell Tower. Both towers are opposite of each other (Y30 for both entry). Mind you that there is big, huge steps to climb up!!!

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).

Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
My lunch. Missing from table is th…
My lunch. Missing from table is t…
Drum Tower
Drum Tower
Looking at Gulou bus schedule
Looking at Gulou bus schedule
Entrance into Drum Tower
Entrance into Drum Tower
Entrance into Bell Tower
Entrance into Bell Tower
Drum Towers info
Drum Tower's info
Y30 for entrance into both towers.…
Y30 for entrance into both towers…
Going into Drum Tower
Going into Drum Tower
Killer steps to hike up.
Killer steps to hike up.
Drums replica.
Drums replica.
One original drum left.
One original drum left.
One big drum - watchmens drum.
One big drum - watchmen's drum.
Ancient way to measure time. This …
Ancient way to measure time. This…
View from the top
View from the top
We would walk there later.
We would walk there later.
Drummer girl?
Drummer girl?
High ceilings
High ceilings
Steps into Bell Tower.
Steps into Bell Tower.
You can see how its connected to t…
You can see how its connected to …
Picture of me and the big Bell
Picture of me and the big Bell
Can see Drum Tower opposite
Can see Drum Tower opposite
Going out the entrance
Going out the entrance
Walking nearby to the Lake
Walking nearby to the Lake
Tired feet
Tired feet
Peking duck anyone?
Peking duck anyone?
Sponsored Links
Beijing
photo by: Deats