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First time to the Premium Outlet in Genting Highlands.

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2017 by vincentloy

The Genting Highlands Premium Outlet has opened its door for a month and yesterday is the first time I paid a visit to the outlet. With only about a month staying in Malaysia before flying back to Australia, I pick last weekend as the time for me to go up to Genting for at least once. I treat it as a short getaway to catch the colder air on the resort up on the hills.

The last time I went to Genting was in the past January. That was just 6 months ago. When I went up this time, I’m lost in direction. The whole First World Plaza is now closed and is replaced with the new Sky Avenue Mall. The mall is partially open when I visit in the last January. Some areas in the mall now are still empty and unfinished. The former casino in the First World Hotel’s building has also moved to a much more grand setting in the Sky Avenue Mall. It is now re-branded as ‘Sky Casino’.

That is the place where I lost RM500 on the roulette game on last Saturday’s evening. That was after a not-so-good meal in Madam Kwan’s Restaurant. The food served there are too sweet (the chef love to pour a lot of sugar into the dishes), the quantity are small and the price are unreasonable. Me and my parents moved to the other casino in the Genting Hotel on midnight to try our luck but we lost again. Another RM300 gone from my wallet. Hmm…I will take it as a charity donation to Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay to further develop the resort. View from the hotel room below:

So, we ended up not going into the casino anymore on Sunday on fear of losing more money. We instead had an awesome lunch at Din Tai Fung Restaurant. The food is delicious, the service is excellent, the price is reasonable, and the quality of every aspects are magnificent. Everything is great. Highly recommended place to have a nice meal. After the lunch, we took the new Awana Skyway (RM8 for a person) cable car ride down to the Premium Outlet as mentioned earlier. From there, we get to see some amazing views of the surrounding (the resort, the Chin Swee Temple, Awana Resorts, Gohtong Jaya, the Premium Outlet, and the hills).

From the ride, we also noticed that the construction of the 20th Century Fox World Outdoor Theme Park is super slow. There are still a lot to be done and I think it is highly likely that the opening for the theme park will be delayed again to possibly end of 2018.  Okay…back to the premium outlet. It is the second outlet of its kind in Malaysia (first one is in Johor). It is just an outdoor mall with famous branded stores selling slightly cheaper stuff. There are a lot of people there because it is still new. I won’t go there often if I have been there once.

On our way back home, we stopped by at the Chin Swee Temple for a short visit. The last time I visited the temple was way back many years ago when I was still a teenager. There are many new stuff (new plaza with Genting founder Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong’s statue, new sculptures depicting Chinese legends or beliefs, new vegetarian restaurant and observation tower building, etc) or things to visit and discover in the temple complex now. It also manages to attract a lot of foreign tourists. I’m tired during the visit and so I didn’t climb the pagoda tower. I always climb the tower every time I visit the temple in the past. Not this time.

That’s the end of our short trip up at Genting. Very ‘costly’ (due to gambling…haha) but rewarding in other sense that I got to visit new places this time. In the past, it is always the same for every corners in this mountain resort that has been here for like 50 years. It’s good news that the resort is now evolving to stay relevant and to continuously attract more visitors.

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Just finished this latest TVB series; ‘Ghost Dragon of Cold Mountain’.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2014 by vincentloy

寒山潛龍 (Ghost Dragon of Cold Mountain) is a 2014 Hong Kong period drama by TVB that revolves on the Tin Kei Agency, an investigation agency of the Northern Song dynasty that specialized on solving strange cases in the kingdom. It is headed by Fung Nam Tin (whom later turned out to be the villain), and he had mentored many talented constables whom include Cheung Sing (Kenneth Ma), Chuen Gong (Power Chan), Dai Lik (Pierre Ngo) and Yeung Mao (Lin Xiawei). As the main character, Cheung Sing is entangled into various conflicts and troubles, of which mostly are from the Mei Leung (Selena Li), a prostitute whom appeared to look exactly like his wife, Tou Fa (Selena Li).

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Yup. Like I mentioned earlier, both Mei Leung and Tou Fa are portrayed by Selena Li. So she is the main female lead. This is the fourth Kenneth Ma and Selena Li portrayed as a couple. And I find this on-screen pair quite compatible and cute together. It has been quite some time not seeing them together in a series as in present, the pairing is always Kenneth with Tavia. But I also couldn’t deny that Kenneth and Tavia’s pairing creates wonderful chemistry too.

Ok..back into this series I have just finished watching. It is 30-episodes long. It also starred Raymond Cho, Lau Kong, Mary Hon, Ram Chiang, etc. It started off very interesting. Constables solving weird cases which will certainly involves a lot of careful observations and thinking. I like this kind of storyline. At first, it was like one case per episode. So, things came and got solved very quick. This fast pace system that got me interested didn’t last long. After first few episodes, everything gets slow and draggy back (similarly to many present TVB series). They will only excite you in the first few episodes and the last two. That’s all.

The only major point that saved the series is Selena Li. She hasn’t been heavily promoted by TVB eventhough she had been in the industry for many years. For this one, she is given the main lead and she did it extremely well. It’s also not easy to portray two characters at once, both with totally different personalities. There is still room of improvement for her, but I can say this is among her best performance so far. Very underrated. I guess she would not be given any award by the end of the year too, but I hope she will get acknowledged at least in the top 5. I like most of her scenes. Realistic and comfortable watching her. Her scenes as Tou Fa are light-hearted, fun and cute while at the same time, I didn’t find that annoying for even a single second. Then, it’s really good.

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Kenneth Ma delivered another typical performance here. He isn’t that good or outstanding here. You can see a lot of his ‘puppy-eyes’ look here. I have seen that several times in his previous series, but for this one, his character made him went too far, and that disturbed me. On the other hand, Power Chan had given another solid performance. Pierre Ngo is not bad too. Lin Xiawei and Candy Chang have both improved a lot as observed from this series. Both may stand a chance to face against each other for Most Improved Female Artiste Award at the end of this year.

The plot isn’t good nor terrible. Just average. Some plot twists add points but the plainness of the story development brings the series down. Even the ending I had watched just now isn’t exciting of which it should be as I’m expecting it. Nothing spectacular and no intense or any memorable scenes. This series would be easily forgotten. Nevertheless, still a good form of entertainment to kill off your time every night on weekdays. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Ghost Dragon of Cold Mountain’ a total of 6.8. Before I end this review, I want to say that this series’ title in English is a bit weird. Agree right?

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

Moments of realized dreams… [8 days Beijing, Chengde and Tianjin, China trip]

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2009 by vincentloy

i am back..from my long and exhausting but interesting and exciting trip at Beijing,Chengde and Tianjin, China last week…

first post after chinese new year, will be bringing you all to my experience in Beijing, Chengde and Tianjin for 8 days and 7 nights…

FIRST DAY —

25th January 2009 (Sunday) – on that night, it is hardly for me to sleep, because my wish for going to Beijing will be realized on the day itself. I have been waited for this for months..and now it comes!

packed up final stuff, closing the luggage, making up a ‘new’ me, and ready to go to Kuala Lumpur International Airport… my uncle fetched us to the airport in early morning even before the sun rises out..

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have breakfast at McDonald in the airport..then go on train to the terminal..8.50am is the time of our flight to begin to the capital city of China…it is a clear sunny day in the middle-sized plane…

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6 hours long in the plane..huh..kinda boring..but waiting to reach Beijing, gives me ‘energy’ not to sleep in the plane…

yes, finally, reached Beijing, at the Beijing Capital International Airport at Terminal 2..this terminal is the old building..wished to go to the new Terminal 3 which is just at opposite…anyway, the airport is still the world biggest airport (with three terminals)…

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Out tour leader is called Jason and we met the tour guide from China.. called as Jerry (Xiao Lee)..when we are outdoor, wow…absolutely cold..freezing into the heart..quickly rushed into the bus with plate number 03015.

next, we proceed to watch Chinese acrobatic show..a one hour show that is enough to stunt everybody on their seats in a hall…i am sure that the performers have practised a lot of times for the daily shows…their stunts are incredible, awesome, amazing, wonderful and marvelous!

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there are two videos recorded on the acrobatic shows showing some of the stunts performed that day…enjoy!

after the dinner, we proceed to a hotel, called as Quality Hotel..a typical four stars hotel in Beijing..the room is quite big, but because the condition there is too dry, we will always have electric shock towards any steel materials…

that night is really the greatest night, the last day before chinese new year..fireworks all around beijing are estimated to began from as early as 6.00pm to midnight 3.00am continuously…

from my room’s window, we can view the skyline of Beijing being enhanced by the fireworks…

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i have recorded a ten minutes video of the fireworks too…enjoy!

SECOND DAY —-

26th January 2009 (Monday) – not much food to eat for breakfast, just swallow some to fill my stomach… then, go to Temple of Heaven..it is actually a very large area with a lot of ancient structures, as well as an Altar for the past emperors to pray…

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this is the first time we are outdoor for such a long time, extremely cold here…

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the main building, which is built without the use of single nail, is one of the ancient masterpiece of architecture…

next, we proceed to the city center, the heart of Beijing, the Tiananmen Square…with a giant public square in the middle (world largest urban square),

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Tiananmen Gate and Forbidden City in the north,

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Great Hall of People on the west,

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Mao Ze Dong Memorial Hall on the south,

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Museum of Chinese History and Revolution on the east,

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and Monument of People’s Heroes in the middle of the square.

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Have to go through tight security check before entering this square which is surounded by 8-lanes road…

next, we proceed to the Forbidden City, or known as Imperial Palace, or National Palace or even Palace Museum…but when we went into the palace, it does not seems to be ‘forbidden’ anymore..so many people rushing into the palace through main gate..it now looks like ‘open city’..

the palace is consists of 9999 and a half rooms (i don’t know how they count), but the area of the whole palace is really big, making it as the world biggest palace…

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need to walk so long in the palace, but worthy, because it is really amazing to be in there, you are like back to ancient China when you are there…for those who love traditional Chinese architecture, this is the best place! From floor, ceiling, columns, beams, and to roof, the palace is an example of a great ancient architecture…

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went to look at the interior courts of many halls in the palace, people can’t get in there, only can view it from outside, there are so many people gathered there just to look at the inner courts…

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before leaving the forbidden city, just saw the tallest structure in the forbidden city, at the southern east of the palace, look at it, as well as the back of the image, where you can see the new China World Trade Center Tower 3…

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actually on that day, saw the China World Trade Center Tower 3, CCTV Headquarters Tower, Bird Nest Stadium and Water Cube from far…then go to a shop called as Dr.Tea shop..here, they promote different kind of healthy teas for us to buy, and yet, we didn’t buy…

at night, go to nearby One World Department Store, just right beside my hotel to take a look, just bought instant noodles to keep us warm under the extreme cold weather…

THIRD DAY —

27th January 2009 (Tuesday) – today is a great day…going to the Great Wall of China through Badaling Expressway…it is one of the seven wonders of the world, as well as the world biggest construction project and world longest wall…

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the scene around the great wall is great, with hills and forests surrounding it,it is believed that the first emperor of China, Qin Shih Huang Ti was the emperor who connected all the existing walls built before for protection and defence to create a ‘Great Wall’…

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climbing on the great wall is an exhausting work to do, every steps is of different height and is not standardized, as it was built few thousand years ago…so the feeling is…’happy, exhausting, enjoyable, and tired’!

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i have carved some of my detail there..haha..just to prove that I have really been there before…a lot of people carved on it before too..when we returned back after climbing to a certain height, we are so afraid by the height…really scary…

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after lunch, we proceed to one of the Ming Tombs, the Tomb of the 13th Emperor, Ding Ling or commonly known as Wan Li..it is the only tomb out of the thirteen tombs in the region that is being excavated out for exhibition and tourism…the picture below is the whole Ding Ling tomb in model…

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is it creepy in there…27 metres underground to reach the tomb…and i can tell you that it is no creepy at all..so many tourists in there…there are thrones, emperors and two empress’ seats, empty caskets in the underground, stone tablet,…

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next, we went to Jade selling shop..didn’t buy anything from there too…we did go to Crystal selling shop too..the shop is known as Crystal Palace (this one is in eastern world)…

next, we moved to Bao Shu Tang medication shop…here, just bought little medication stuff…the most unbelievable thing is that when a worker present to us how their medication stuff works, he go purposedly injured himself on his hand on an extreme-burning steel, then he will apply their medication item on it, later it has been recovered a lot…crazy!

FOURTH DAY —

28th January 2009 (Wednesday) – today go to the Pearl selling shop..so many beautiful pearls here…didn’t buy any pearls here too…

next, we went to the Summer Palace (Yi He Yuan)..this place is big again…this area is mainly of the Kunming Lake and the Longevity Hill…both lake and hill is entirely man-made…it is actually a summer resort for the famous late Empress Dowager Cixi (Chi Hei Tai Hau)…

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almost all of the lake is frozen….but the scene on the place is still beautiful…there are so many tourists in here too…

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there is also a covered walkway which  contains the world longest exhibition gallery (728 metres long).. the exhibition corridor consists of traditional paintings mainly of the Four Great Ancient Chinese Novels..including the Journey to the West..p1280756

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Then, we moved on to the Trishaw ride along the old street of Beijing, the Hutong region…here, we can experience the traditional houses of Beijing and their lifestyles in these poor streets….there is a Drum Tower and Bell Tower nearby too….

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then, we proceed to the Jing Shan Hill, an artificial hill right behind the Forbidden City to take a better look at the whole Forbidden City from the top of the hill as well as some parts of Beijing…below the hill, there is a tree which the last emperor of Ming dynasty, Chongzhen, hanged himself on there before…the scenery there is amazing, despite the winter dust in Beijing..

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next, we proceed to the Silk Road and Pearl Market (a big mall where we can bargain for a very low prices for any items sold in there)..this place is mainly for tourists and is nearby of the Central Business District..

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then, i saw the China World Trade Center Tower 3 (330 metres tall) which was newly built….

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saw one of the main commercial streets in Beijing too..nearby the Central Business District…took a picture of it…

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after dinner, we moved on to the next destination, Wangfujing Street…the whole street is totally created in modern style based on shopping-themed to attract tourists or even the locals…

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there are so many people on the large street..the street is surrounded by two rows of few-stories shops which have their advertisement boards lighted up and decorated beautifully….the crowd there really gives a feeling of ‘wow’! Just walk along the street and took pictures..didn’t buy anything from there as all the shops there are of valuable brands…

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later, we proceed to the nearby Donghuamen Night Market..this is a street also..but all the stalls on the street are selling food, drinks and snacks…there are unique food being sold here, such as fried starfish and fried scorpion…yyee…i do not dare to eat these…this street is full of people too…what i don’t like about this street is that the hawkers always shouting and asking us to buy their food and the street there is pretty ‘wet’ (dirty)…

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Later, we get back on the bus and have a night tour at Changan Street in the bus…it is the main street in Beijing and it stretches over few kilometres long…every structures along the street are famous and unique, such as Tiananmen Gate (with Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square)

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Beijing National Theater – commonly known as ‘Egg Shell’

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and many others…just forgot the names…but the night scene there is really cool…then we moved on to the another street nearby called as Beijing Financial District..this is the place where most of the banks headquarters buildings are located…

FIFTH DAY —

29th January 2009 (Thursday) – Early morning, we went to ‘Miao Huei” (Temple Festival)..the temple festival is actually a street of stalls selling food and stuff (mainly souvenirs and gifts) ..all the stalls will be available only during the festival of Chinese New Year every year…a lot of people here too..all crowded…

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after lunch, our bus passed through the street again, and when i looked at the street by that time, i was like ‘oh my god!’…the whole street is like packed with people with no any emptiness…people can’t even walk in the street…

Next, we went to the Zhengyangmen City Wall, a city wall south of Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City as well as Olympic Green on the far north..this city wall is to guard the structures on the north (mentioned above)….based on Feng Shui, this city wall represents dragon head, while Tiananmen Square is the dragon heart, Forbidden City as the dragon body and the Olympic Green as the dragon tail…

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In the city wall, we are being met by a famous Chinese Feng Shui Master, called as Chen Li Yang..he gave us a long one hour plus talk about Feng Shui..the great thing about him is that he can identify our health condition just by looking at our faces which is very accurate…then, my family bought a ‘PiXiu’ (Pei Yau) from him to protect our family..

the master is the one who helped Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong (and Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay) on the Feng Shui of Genting Highlands, Vincent Tan on the Feng Shui of Berjaya Times Square and many more…it is too bad that photographing is prohibited in the city wall…

after that, we moved on to the nearby Dashilan Street, located south of the City Wall…it is one of the oldest commercial streets in Beijing and had been renovated to attract more tourists like us…so many people there too..just walk by the street and feel the crowd…

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Next, after lunch, we proceed to Nanshan Ski Village..all the snowy ice there is man-made because by that time, no snow falls on Beijing…it is located quite far from Beijing and on hills, so it is pretty cold at there too…

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just walk by and looked at people skiing and playing snow…i don’t know how to ski..and it is very expensive to ski there actually…

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next, we proceed to Chengde by bus…four hours in the bus…just sleep in the bus…in the halfway, we went to a small charity shop and we bought some stuff sold there for charity donation…because Chengde region is really poor…

As we reached Chengde by night, it is very cold there, colder than Beijing..Beijing had an average temperature of -1 to zero degree celsius but in Chengde, at least -5 to -8 degree celsius..at night, the few buildings there is lighted up beautifully with neon lighting…including a bridge too…

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After dinner, we proceed to Qianyang Hotel which I think do not deserved a four stars ranking…just a night in the hotel..nevermind..

SIXTH DAY —

30th January 2009 (Friday) – Awful breakfast this morning..nothing to eat…haiz…wow…when we looked at outside, the whole river is frozen into ice, some part is even covered by snow…

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after breakfast, we proceed to The Mountain Resort (Bishu Sanzhuang)…it is the world largest imperial garden..it is a gigantic complex of palaces, administrative and ceremonial buildings…it served as the summer palace for the Qing Dynasty…

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in the resort, we cannot take much photographs because it is prohibited in some areas…furthermore, it is too cold to take pictures there…and the battery of the camera will be quickly weaken under extreme cold weather…

because the whole resort is too large, we ride on a small kind of vehicle (i duno what it is called) to go along the resort…the scenery there is pretty cool and calm…we had a stop at

Mongolian yurt with a pagoda

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Rehe River – world shortest river

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and many more….

After that, we proceed to the Little Potala Palace or known as the Putuo Zongcheng Temple…it is a miniature temple made based on the original Potala Palace at Tibet..anyway, it is still big…

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climbing through each steps to reach almost the top of the temple is kinda a hard task..but anyway, easier than climbing the Great Wall…this temple assembles Tibetan and Buddhist architecture…

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after lunch at Chengde, we are back to Beijing..this time three hours in the bus…then, we proceed to Yashow Fashion Clothing Market..it does not only sells clothes, but also many other things in there..it is also a place to bargain for extremely low prices…

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after that, we went to a new hotel to stay, called as Holiday Inn Express Beijing MinZuYuan, nearby the Olympic Green…this hotel is like three to four stars…better than Qianyang Hotel at Chengde but not as good as the Quality Hotel in Beijing…

we decided to go to Olympic Green first…me and my dad walked to the park where the Beijing National Stadium (Bird Nest) and Beijing National Aquatics Center (Water Cube) stand….

after dinner in a restaurant in a shopping mall, this time we really proceed to the Olympic Green with the tour group…we took a lot of great pictures there too..the night scene in the area is perfect…what amazed me is that there is a laser lighting show by buildings around Olympic Green in a time interval…

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beautiful? wanna see the video of it..check this out….

the lighting is awesome, the design of stadiums is great, the whole park is picturesque…my wish of seeing this is being realized…hurray!

i am awed when i looked at the Beijing National Stadium (Bird Nest Stadium) through my own eyes..not through TV anymore…in a very clear distance…the design of this stadium is really unique, interesting and great!

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next, right beside it, the Beijing National Aquatics Center (Water Cube) is another structure that I love…the lighting of this structure is cool…

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the video below shows the changing colours of the Water Cube at night in a time interval…

both of the structures are actually designed based on Feng Shui too..as in Chinese beliefs, square (shape of the Water Cube) represents the Earth while the circle (shape of the Bird Nest Stadium) represents the sky.

there is another remarkable structure in the park, the LingLong Tower..the tower has a height of 128m and is used for television broadcasting. With 7 occupied floors, each an equilateral triangle, this tower is located on the north west side of the Bird Nest stadium. Unable to take the photo of the tower lighted up because by the time i reached there, the lights have been turned off…

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later, we went back to the hotel through Beijing Subway, one of the world most advanced subway and is expanding to become the world longest subway.

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SEVENTH DAY —

31st January 2009 (Saturday) – today, we went to the Silk Industry where we can see how silk is originated from…we didn’t buy any silk too because my dad have bought before from Shanghai..furthermore, silk is costly too…

then, we proceed to the Yashow Fashion Clothing Market again..we bargaining again for lower prices…we bargained at the same stall again selling phones and NDS…my cousin bought an NDS yesaterday while my sister bought a phone today…all at a very low prices..

in the bus, we passes by the newly built CCTV Headquarters Tower (234 metres tall) ..the design of this building really amazed me…

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Then, we proceed to Tianjin after lunch…one hour in the bus..quite fast…at there, I saw a lot of buildings (mainly residential ones) under construction in Tianjin…

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we moved to the Ancient Cultural Street …it is a traditional street with stalls selling food and souvenirs…there are some stalls offering games too…

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then, we proceed to the nearby Nanshi Food Street…this is the place where many of the food and snacks are available…this street is covered and so it is indoor street…

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after dinner, we went back to Beijing again…actually, nothing much special in Tianjin..just visit two streets and having a ‘too salty’ dinner…

EIGHTH DAY —

1st February 2009 (Sunday) – the first day of the month as well as the last day of the trip…sad…time passes so fast…

today we went to the Beijing Zoo where we will see the Giant Panda…this species of animal is facing extinction (serious extinction)..so, we have to see it before it really extincts…people said that a giant panda is more valuable than a human..

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the pandas are so cute and big….they just eat bamboo, walk around, play around and sleep..this is their daily activities…but their bodies are little bit dirty because they can’t be taken to bath during winter because giant panda will caught cold easily and it is very hard to cure that for panda…

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after that, we proceed to the Olympic Sports Center, just south of the Olympic Green…

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here, we are invited to be given free foot massage..but they still promote things for us to buy..and our response is still the same…didn’t buy at all…anyway, i didn’t try the massage too..because i don’t like to be ‘touched’..haha…

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Then, we have our final lunch in Beijing before we proceed to the Beijing Capital International Airport for the flight back home…

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The airport is big, but Terminal One and Two are old..only Terminal 3 is more advanced and new…so bad, that our Malaysia Airlines plane is at Terminal Two…

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anyway, i saw the Terminal Three also..from far…

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the security check in the airport is too strict…lighter also cannot pass through…KLIA can, but this airport cannot…

we are in the middle-sized plane again..the same as the previous plane we are heading to Beijing…observing the sky…from bright to dark…

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Back to Kuala Lumpur International Airport by midnight…the temperature here is totally different with Beijing..one cold, one hot…

My father’s younger brother fetched us back to our home…and this is the end of the trip…

wait…these are the things I bought from Beijing..have a look at them…

a) The Five Fuwas Key Chains Olympic Little Gift Box Suit

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b) 3D Model of Beijing National Stadium (Bird Nest) – gold coloured.

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c) 12 Little Key Chains of Great Wall of China.

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d) 3D model of Beijing National Stadium (Bird Nest) -can be used to store stationeries..this one is presented by the tour guide, Jerry to me for free.

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e) 3D model of the Great Wall of China. (colourful)

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f) A glass with diagrams of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Main Venues (Beijing National Stadium and Beijing National Aquatics Center) – can be lighted up with different colours.

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g) A little key chain of the five Fuwas.

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h) A little key chain of the Beijing National Stadium. (silver in colour)       

i) A little key chain of the Beijing National Aquatics Center. (gold in colour)

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j) A traditional ancient Chinese cop..with ‘LTM’ (my initial) carved on it.

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yesterday (2nd February 2009) — just rest to restore my energy…

today (3rd February 2009) wrote this absolutely long post…a very interesting one..hope u enjoy this!

All the pictures and videos available here are taken by me and is original…copyrights reserved…

As a conclusion, I think that there are good and bad in Beijing, China:

The good ones:

1) Nice city (Economic boom – effect of Beijing 2008 Olympic, city growing rapidly, cleaner city)

2) Amazing scenery (Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Olympic Green, etc)

3) Great architecture (Traditional architecture – Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, etc ; Modern architecture – CCTV Headquarters, Bird Nest Stadium, Water Cube, etc)

4) Efficient public transport – Beijing Subway, proper highways, no motorbikes.

5) A huge number of tourists’ destinations.

The bad ones:

1) Public toilets – many of them are absolutely dirty, foul smell, not being cleaned.

2) Food – too oily, some tasteless, and some too salty.

3)  Citizens’ manners and behaviours – like to spit anywhere they like, no respect to others, do not flush toilet after use, etc.

the moments in Beijing, Chengde and Tianjin on this 8 days trip will never be forgotten…

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