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Wangfujing’s Lively Street Life

The shopping, commercial and night market district of Beijing, Wangfujing is so lively and vibrant especially at night. You can stroll down the malls left and right for branded goods and clothes or dine with various restaurants along the commercial street-side. If that is not your preference, you can stroll down the secret alleys for souvenir bargains and when you’re hungry already you can try eating in their roasting stalls from seafood to scorpions! From high-end world-class shopping to exotic street foods, Wangfujing never runs out of choices to stroll by nighttime. It is one of Beijing’s best places to appreciate by night.

Wangfujing - The main star in Beijing at night.
The lights of Wangfujing shines brightly at night time.
But I bet Wangfujing is not quite of activity during daytime. During daytime, you can still shop around the corners and affordable bargains. You may opt to stroll around or you may go sightseeing but when night comes don’t forget to see Donghuamen Night Market. It is the most famous snack street in Beijing for me and very popular to both locals and tourists as well. After its pedestrianization, Donghuamen Night Market became the no.1 snack street in Beijing.

When the night falls, one can find a row of unusual food stalls from standard meat to exotic foods like lizard, scorpion and seahorse! And I dare you try it along with snake and starfish on stick! But they also offer “mellow things” like sugar dipped strawberry which I tried in Donghuamen Night Market. I also tried, Banana custard cake which was a yummy sweet treat for the night stroll. But the most addicting of them all was Tanghulu!

Donghuamen Night Market.
Donghuamen Night Market opens at 1800H.
Food trip, Wangfujing style.
I love Tanghulu! These are sugar caramelized fruits in bamboo skewers that can be in strawberry or Chinese hawthorn (the fruit taste like apples but in small version) fruit. This is so addicting! I remember I had 4 sticks on my first visit to Donghuamen Night Market and even begged for discount for the last stick! I like strawberry fruit a lot since it is my favorite fruit but other varieties are good to try as well like kiwi, orange and Chinese hawthorn which is an unusual fruit for me since I’m living in the tropics.

Strawberry dip in powedered sugar.
Banana custard cake.
Tanghulu, also known as bingtanghulu is said to be a traditional Chinese snack in which the skewered fruit is dipped in sugar syrup that hardens after. Just be careful in doing an excitement bite. The hardened sugar coating might caused you gum problems. But I tell you, Tanghulu is a must-try in Donghuamen Night Market or in your food trip in Beijing! It adds enough sweet experience on your trip to China!

Another must-try in Wangfujing, is the famous Peking Duck dinner. There are many restaurants around the area that offers Peking Duck but I would recommend Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant as it has a branch in Wangfujing area. Sampling the Peking Duck will definitely guarantee you an authentic Chinese cuisine experience like no other! Peking Duck is one of the must try cuisine while in Beijing. Roasted Peking Duck is a traditionally roasted dish cooked in either closed over or hung oven. After roasting, it is traditionally carved in front of the diners and you eat it with pancakes dipped in plum sauce or other vegetable sidings.  The prepared pancake wrapped meat with condiments and flavors makes a texture in the mouth and bursting with flavors while eating. But then I also tried eating the meat part of the roasted duck.  The roasted Peking duck is truly oily as what I read with other food reviewers but it was sweet, juicy and the taste is intact within the meat. The meat’s juiciness blends sweetly with the taste of its sugar roasted skin.

Tanghulu addicts! At Wangfujing, Tanghulu is a must for sweet tooth craving.
After a Peking Duck dinner, how about a stick of Tanghulu for dessert? Haha… Wangfujing is said to be a place that can be seen at day but better at night. And I quite agree. Wangfujing’s lively street life is better seen at night. There are a lot of things going at night. You can’t just hop on one night market to another but you can also be found but you appreciate the neon lights of the towering buildings of Wangfujing. They are like an amazing street show of lights! Shopping might be one of the endless activities in Wangfujing but you can try food trip like what I did with my travel mates. But do not be disheartened of not visiting it during daytime as there can be other activities that you might discover in Wangfujing during daytime. And that is something I have to try yet once I get a chance again to visit Beijing again!

Night market everywhere in Wangfujing!
Our last night in Beijing is spend in Wangfujing's lively street life.

How to reach Wangfujing. Lucky for us, our hotel is in Dongcheng District which Wangfujing is just one block away from our hotel street. But in case you are using a subway, take Line 1 and get off at Wangfujing Station. Go to Exit A that leads to the commercial street.

Peking Duck: An Authentic Chinese Cuisine is part of my Beguiling Beijing.Captivating China series where I share my birthday trip adventures, travel stories and first-time experiences in Beijing, China last March 20-24, 2012. You might also like the other parts of the series:
+Beijing - A Beguiling City
+Winter Sonata in China
+Roaming through Beijing
+One Spring Day in Beijing
+Forbidden City: Forbidden No More
+A Dragon Hike to the Great Wall of China
+Beijing's Architectural Wonders
+Peking Duck: An Authentic Chinese Cuisine
+Wangfujing's Lively Street Life
+The Imperial Gardens of Beijing

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Beijing Accommodation: Tiangui Hotel

Tiangui Hotel is one of the recommended hotel to stay in Beijing according to Pinoyexchange forums on Beijing trips. It is a complete package hotel especially for those who are on tight-budget trip to Beijing. Find out why Tiangui Hotel is “complete package” on my pick list of hotels when visiting Beijing.

I’ve learned about Tiangui Hotel during my research on DIY trip to Beijing, China while reading on itineraries and travel stories at Pinoyexchange Forum website. I research about it over Google and Google maps in which I found out that was ideally located within the city center of Beijing.  Tiangui Hotel is in Doncheng District which is near Wangfujing – one of the hottest tourist spot in Beijing.

Tiangui Hotel front building.
Before I arrived in Beijing, I know that language barrier will be the main problem in checking to the hotel, so I already printed a Chinese version address of the hotel in which I presented to the taxi driver upon our arrival at the airport. The good driver politely drove us to Tiangui Hotel. My initial impression to the hotel was fair and building is quite old already. We went inside and true enough language barrier was our problem with the receptionist who was really non-English speaker. It took almost an hour and involve in drawings and charades before were able to score a room good for 3 person at 500RMB per night.

Tiangui Hotel has fair and decent rooms in their upper level building which I think were more expensive versus there lower ground rooms in which we got a room. Yes, Tiangui Hotel has underground floor in which they have more rooms being offered. Sounds creepy? But yes, they have and when they tour us to the rooms, I felt rooms here are better than those at the upper levels. Our room was decent and clean but has no windows or any opening to see daylight outside since it is a lower ground area. And with that, it feels quite like prisoner on a white room. The room seems to be recently painted and renovated as evident with clear white paintings on the wall and newly installed locks, cabinets and floor carpets.  The beds were fine with linens and blankets. Overall, the room for me was fine for a 3 night stay in Beijing with the exception of the bathroom. The restroom has no heater which was challenge for us since it was winter during our visit and the floor is flooding when filled with water as it doesn’t goes to the drainage right away. The restroom is not completely tiled which leave me an impression that the restroom is up for renovation or maintenance but due to unknown circumstances to us, it was left for fixing. The room that we rented was not yet completely renovated as evidence by the restroom problem we had but due to language barrier and to our insistence to stay at Tiangui Hotel we were accepted to the room. I already did not bother to look for other hotels because only Tiangui Hotel offered this cheap rate per night. We will only sleep there for 3 days and hotel room is not a big deal for me when on travel. This is also the reason why I don’t have a picture of our room at Tiangui Hotel.

Tiangui Hotel calling card in case you want to stay here.
Present this to the taxi driver and he'll drove you straight to the hotel. It is approximately 20 minutes away from the airport.
The staffs of Tiangui Hotel, though all completely non-English speakers were friendly and extremely helpful. One staff even cleaned the flooding water at our private restroom when we occupied it. My sister also became fond to the staffs of Tiangui Hotel that she got a souvenir photo with them on our last day in Beijing. I just hope some of them at least learn English now to cater for more foreign clients.

The friendly staffs of Tiangui Hotel on our departure day.
Despite of language barrier with the staffs and receptionists and restroom problem, I still recommend Tiangui Hotel when staying in Beijing for a travel trip. What I like about Tiangui Hotel is its proximity to all amenities and establishments that a budget tourist to China needed. Just around Dengshikuo Street where the hotel is situated are numerous establishments like souvenir shops, markets, stores, banks and restaurants. On its left side and on front across the street of the hotel, there’s a bank for currency exchange as only banks are authorize to exchange foreign moneys. Also there are many fast-food restaurants just near Tiangui Hotel. One of them is McDonald’s which is a walk away across the street and on it left side just a few walk is Weiduomei (a local bakery shop) and a convenience store. A one block walk from the hotel is the nearest subway station of Dengshikuo in which you can connect to other stations which has near places of interests. Tiangui Hotel is also just a 2 to 3 blocks walk to main Wangfujing district – one of the must-see places in Beijing when visiting the city. These are the reasons why I say Tiangui Hotel is a “complete package” for budget travelers to Beijing, China.

Tiangui Hotel
No.14 East Dengshi Lane, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, 100010.
Contact No: (+86) 010-51693899/010-65228168/010-51693888
Website: None

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Guimaras Accomodation: Raymen Beach Resort

Raymen Beach Resort is located at the heart of tourism center of Nueva Valencia, Guimaras in Sitio Alubihod where the white sand Alubihod Beach is located. Alubihod, Nueva Valencia is 1 hour away from Jordan Port of the island. Traveler can reach the resort via a private hired tricycle or public jeepney from the port. Along the one hour travel to Nueva Valencia, you will pass thru the center town and capital of the province, Jordan and the endless mango plantations of Sibunag municipality. 

Enjoying the amenities of Raymen Beach Resort.
As you go nearer the resort, thick vegetation of low lying shrubs and endless coconut trees will greet your way. But do not be afraid, the scenery around Nueva Valencia is just like the other provincial scenes in the rest of the country. We arrived at 7 in the evening in the resort, so imagine the trees along the shadows of the dark road leading to Alubihod. As I’ve said do not fear, as nearer the resort there are lights already from the resorts and nearby small sari-sari stores (a sign of civilization for me, hehe…). We decided to take a dinner right away with an order of Pancit Molo from the resort’s own restaurant.  

We availed a PHP1,500 rate air-conditioned room good for 4 person. Our room was very clean and well-maintained including the private restroom. The room we had is also big enough to accommodate additional 2 more guests. But the beds were just good for 4 persons. We also had our own TV and we were provided with toiletries and towels. Raymen Beach Resort also offers non-aircon rooms in nipa hut style accommodation.

Air-con rooms of Raymen Beach Resort.
Air-con room building of Raymen Beach Resort.
But in case you change your mind, Raymen Beach Resort is squeezed in between of two other resorts and also shares the beach front of Alubihod Beach. Rico Beach Resort on the right side and Alobijod Cove Resort on the left side are the two other resort. But I would highly recommend Raymen Beach Resort over them as base on my observation and other accommodation review, Raymen has the best option and amenities for budget traveler like me. Maybe Rico has the advantage in terms of seascape scenery as their share of Alubihod Beach has rock formations which were perfect for photo opts. Guests of the resort can visit the rock formations without a fee and those who wished to visit the resort’s beach and the rock formations for the sake of pictures need to pay an entrance fee to Rico Beach Resort. Their share of Alubihod Beach is separated by buoys from the sand to the waters of the beach.

Welcome to Guimaras!
Open-huts for rent at Raymen Beach Resort.
Private lavatory and restroom in each aircon room.
Clean toilet and shower area in each private aircon room.
One of the beds of the double sharing room.
Free toiletries in each private aircon room.
I would say that the price rates at Raymen Beach Resort were affordable for budget tourist like me. Rooms are big enough for families or bardaka on vacation. I say the price worth the room amenities you will get this resort so I highly recommend this resort if you will stay at Alubihod. The staffs of Raymen Beach Resort were also friendly and accommodating to us especially when we inquire and avail of their island hopping tours of Guimaras islands. Raymen Beach Resort has own boat for rental island hooping tour. Their rate of PHP500 per hour and PHP100 for the succeeding hour is the same as the other bankeros who were offering island hopping of Guimaras. The itinerary of the islands is also the same with other bankeros plus Raymen’s boat has life floating jackets in case of emergency or for swimming.

Left side beach front of Rayment Beach Resort.
Right side beach front of Rayment Beach Resort.
 Yours truly at the white sand beach of Alibuhod.
Sights to see in the island hopping tours of Raymen Beach Resort.
Raymen Beach Resort's own boat for island hopping tours pictured at Turtle Island.
Alubihod Cove and the surrounding resorts with Raymen Beach Resort at the center. 
I would recommend to visitors of Nueva Valencia, Guimaras to stay here at Raymen Beach Resort. Accommodation is nice, clean and on-standard. Plus the front beach of Alubihod is gorgeous which the resort also cleans everyday from litters and dried leaves. A stay in Raymen Beach Resort will enable to you maximize also your budget for accommodation with its on-standard and complete facilities as well as amenities. My experience was beneficial to me which I was doing a DIY Guimaras-Concepcion, Iloilo during my 2012 visit to Guimaras.

Raymen Beach Resort
Sitio Alubihod, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
Contact No: PLDT: (63 33) 396-0248 or (63 33) 396-0252; Globelines: (63 33) 582-1456 or
(63 33) 582-1457; Cell. No. (63)9185207271 or (63)9275605107
E-mail: raymenbeachresort@yahoo.com
Facebook: facebook.com/raymenbeachresort

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Peking Duck: An Authentic Chinese Cuisine

One of the most exciting parts of traveling around Beijing is tasting local food. But I’m not willing to go as far as tasting exotic local food of fried seashores, scorpions, starfishes and snakes in Wangfujing district. If you are adventurous enough to try and eat everything, then go ahead. But I think, it’s a must-try when a first-timer Beijing is trying eating the traditional Chinese cuisine of roasted Peking Duck.

Authentic Chinese cuisine.
Roasted Peking Duck is a famous duck dish from Beijing. Its origin and preparation dates back to the imperial era of China which by the way it started as a cuisine available only at the imperial kitchen for the imperial family only. What is unique about this roast duck cuisine is its preparation. Air is pumped under the skin of the meat to separate fat from skin. The duck is glazed by maltose syrup outside and left for a day to have a flavor. It is traditionally roasted in either closed over or hung oven which invented at imperial kitchens. After roasting, it is traditionally carved in front of the diners.

In Beijing, roasted Peking duck has been synonymous the Chinese cuisine as this cuisine has existed since the ancient times of China. Reading throughout all of the travel blogs about China, I learned that tasting this cuisine has always been included in their activity in Beijing. This made me curious on trying it when I had a chance to visit the city as most the bloggers says it’s a must-taste when in China. And that is also why I prioritize it in including this in my activity in the city as this was definitely a must-taste. I mean, I really saved enough money for a roasted Peking duck dinner since I heard it’s quite a pricey dinner for a budget traveler like me.

The art of slicing roasted Peking Duck right in front of you.
Crystal dumplings!
Pork balls with fried crackers.
One of the prominent restaurants that serve roasted Peking Duck is Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant which branches can be found throughout the city. Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant’s history dates back to 1864 before it became a chain of restaurant specializing in duck cuisine. Other popular restaurants that also serve this cuisine as well as other Chinese cuisine were Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant and Bianyifang. We choose Quanjude, because of its popularity, many branches near our hotel and good dinner reviews about it.

We went to Quanjude’s Wangfujing branch. We were warmly welcome by receptionists wearing a traditional Chinese dress – qipao. We were then led to our table and proceed to order first the roasted Peking Duck. Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant also serves other Chinese cuisine so we also tried Shrimp Crystal Dumpling and Deep fried pork balls. I thought that the roasted Peking duck dinner would only be an ordinary dinner of tasting authentic Chinese cuisine. But it turned out to be an exceptional experience of my visit to Beijing and China.

A slice of perfection - Roast peking duck meat.
The roasted Peking duck was shown to us on from our table on how it be will cut in a traditional way. I was impressed on how it was being prepared in front of us. It is carefully cut in calculated manner and prepared in a pattern-guided way. It only shows the preserved tradition of how roasted Peking duck is being prepared in fine dining Chinese restaurant-style.

When it was cut already, it was served to us by parts in three separate dishes - meaty part, back park which is mainly composed of fat and skin and head part. Then it is served with its garnishes on separate dishes - cucumber sticks, spring onions and sweet plum sauce. And they you have the pancake wrapper. I don’t know how to eat it which sends us to laugh over our dinner night with my travel mates. All of us we’re clueless on how to eat Peking duck! But the receptionist, were so kind to us knowing that we are tourists and shown to us on how to eat roasted Peking duck in a traditional way. The proper way to eat the roasted duck was putting a piece of the meat in the wrapper and put some raw vegetables like cucumber sticks and onion spring with it. Put a right amount plum sauce into it then wrap it close. Of course, we tried doing it after a sample made by the receptionist but I really had a hard time doing it using the chopsticks as I’m not really used to it. When we were tired of doing it, we funnily resorted to do it using our bare hands.

 Making a Peking Duck wrapped in pancake with spoon and fork instead of the traditional chopsticks! 
My first prepared Peking Duck wrapped in pancake with veggies and condiments... Whew!
The prepared pancake wrapped meat with condiments and flavors makes a texture in the mouth and bursting with plays of flavors while eating. But then I also tried eating the meat part of the roasted duck.  The roasted Peking duck is truly oily as what I read with other food reviewers but it was sweet, juicy and the taste is intact within the meat. The meat’s juiciness blends sweetly with the taste of its sugar roasted skin. I personally love this cuisine. For me, a taste of it is a taste of authentic Chinese cuisine!

The waiter then handed to me our Commemoration Card of Quanjude Roast Duck – a certification that we had a Peking duck at the restaurant with the code of the roast duck and seal that it passed the safety food standards of China. Much to my delight, it was an authentic proof that we had a Roasted Peking Duck dinner in Beijing! The card also functions as a postcard at the back and ready to be send anywhere in the world complete with a postal seal to let everyone know that you had the famous Peking Duck of China.

The Peking Duck dining experience!
The certificate that says we had an authentic roast Peking Duck experience!
A memorable birthday night dinner and last night in Beijing.
The roasted Peking duck dinner in Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant was an exceptional dining experience when in Beijing. It was a great experience for me as a first-time visitor of China and hunter for a taste of its authentic cuisines. It was an added discovery and appreciation of Chinese culture for me as a traveler. And it happened so timely on my visit since that dining experience was my birthday dinner night and last night in Beijing.

*Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant - Wangfujing branch
No.9 Shuaifuyuan Hutong, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
Opening hours: 1100H-1330H and 1630H-2000H.
Website: www.quanjude.com.cn

Peking Duck: An Authentic Chinese Cuisine is part of my Beguiling Beijing.Captivating China series where I share my birthday trip adventures, travel stories and first-time experiences in Beijing, China last March 20-24, 2012. You might also like the other parts of the series:
+Beijing - A Beguiling City
+Winter Sonata in China
+Roaming through Beijing
+One Spring Day in Beijing
+Forbidden City: Forbidden No More
+A Dragon Hike to the Great Wall of China
+Beijing's Architectural Wonders
+Peking Duck: An Authentic Chinese Cuisine
+Wangfujing's Lively Street Life
+The Imperial Gardens of Beijing

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Beijing's Architectural Wonders

The city of Beijing is not just all about the historical sights to wander but also about modern and spectacular architectural wonders that has been part of its modernity as a city. The Egg, Water Cube and the famed Bird’s Nest became the popular names of these city's structures because of its spectacular architecture where it is likened. Visiting and getting a close encounter of these structures made me truly marvel to these works of architecture in Beijing.

Bird's Nest - Beijing's Architectural Wonders
The Egg
The building is National Center for Performing Arts that takes a very familiar form - an egg. The building is half oval in shape that seems its half is submerge in water since it is surrounded by an artificial lake. It is also important to inform or shall I shall an innovative way to know that the entrance to the building is through the underground artificial lake! From afar the building also looks like an alien spaceship that crash landed from a Hollywood movie scene because of its sharp contrast of its surrounding which were greenery of trees and houses.

The Egg or The Spaceship?
I can see the other half of the egg!
Designed by French architect Paul Andrew, the main building contains 3 performing venues - Opera House, Concert Hall and Theater. It covers an area of about 118,900 sq meters and the total area of the building is about 217,500 sq km. Symphonies, ballet, dance shows, dramas, operas and other kinds of performances are frequently staged here. It's sharp contrast to its surroundings with its oval exterior makes it very eye-catching and fondly called it, "The Egg."

Beautiful glow by sundown.
National Center for Performing Arts at night.
The surrounding facade of the park is free from any entrance fees. The park is very popular to local and foreign visitors because it is used mainly for jogging and strolling activities. It is also best spend an afternoon bonding or rest around the parks facades complete grass parks, flowering plants and trees. But entering the premises of the building will cost you CNY30 to CNY40 per person. Opera festival and musical performances has different fees. I'm just quite disappointed on my visit because The Egg is not fully lit up with lights just like what I saw in travel magazines I've read about it. But seeing it in front of me was quite an experience to remember.

Bird's Nest 
There were 43 new world records and 132 new Olympic records set at the 2008 Summer Olympics. And some of them happened in Bird's Nest or the National Stadium - the central venue of 2008 Beijing Olympics. It is situated in Olympic Green Village in Chaoyang District of Beijing. All of the atletics events of the 2008 Olympics were held here like track and field, football and discus throw. 

Bird's Nest on a cold afternoon visit.
Where world records were made and broken to surpass... The Bird's Nest.
The design of the building is so popular because it looks like a nest of a bird especially if viewed from above! The stadium took 5 years to be completed by Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron and Chinese architect L Xinggang. The designers did not do any redundant disposals to the look of the stadium but just exposed the steel st'ructures entirely to make it look like in its most natural appearance. The cost of the stadium is said to be 33 million dollars.

The National Stadium is the main host of opening and closing ceremonies of 2008 Beijing Olympics.
I admire it in photos and in television, now my foot has set in Bird's Nest.
It was like a dream come true for me to see the Bird's Nest in my naked eye since I've been following the Beijing Olympics 4 years ago before my visit. Actually the stadium is also one of the reasons why I travel to China. I want to see the grandiose structure of Bird's Nest, face to face! And it was truly a marvelous work of architecture from Beijing. It was a massive building! How it was built like that was truly a work of wonder. And when it glows in fiery red at night, it made stunned to its architectural beauty. Bird's Nest is a must visit when in Beijing! 

2008 Beijing Olympics was memorable because of this architectural wonder.
Beijing 2008 Olympic marker.
After the games, the stadium became a popular tourist attraction of the city. Today it has the largest ski resort in urban Beijing now. There is no entrance around the stadium but entering the premises cost CNY50 per person. You can also visit the 2008 Beijing Olympics landmark beside it.

Water Cube
It also known as the National Aquatics Center but dubbed as "Water Cube" because of its exterior design that looks like water bubbles compressed together. It is located in the Olympic Park to the west of the National Stadium (Bird's Nest). The Water Cube is said to be constructed in 2003 and finished in early 2008 to be the host facility of swimming, diving and synchronized swimmings competition of 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Designed by Chinese and Australian, it is the first building in the world built upon "the soap bubble" theory, and sports a polyhedral steel-framed structure. The ETFE (the ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene copolymer) membrane insulates it. This advanced membrane structure is formed by 3,065 bubble-like pneumatic cushions of all sizes. It becomes the first large-scale public project coated with the membrane, and it also has set up a new world record for its massive deployment.

National Aquatics Center.
After the Olympic games, it was turned into various leisure and business-related function like The Watercube Waterpark, spa, bars and restaurants and other business sections. In 2022, it will be the venue of curling competitions during the Winter Olympic Games.

A closer look at the "soap bubbles" of Water Cube.
Beijing's architectural wonders at Olympic Park.
With all these architectural wonders of Beijing, it only shows that this city is unstoppable towards inventive ways of blending tradition with modernity. It proves its worthy in the center stage of one of the progressive cities in the world. And it truly it is! I couldn't agree more to its stature as one of the most wonderful cities in the world. These modern and marvelous architectures of Beijing calls the world to center its attention - to itself in the east, once more.

*How to reach National Center for Performing Arts (The Egg)
Via subway, take Subway Line 1, get off at Tiananmen West Station and get out of the station from Exit C (southwest exit). There is an underground passageway to the building directly.

*How to reach Olympic Park
Bird's Nest and Water Cube is inside the Olympic Park. Via subway, take Subway Line 10 then to Beitucheng then switch to Subway Line 8 (Olympic special line). Get off at Olympic Sports Center Station then get out of the station on Exit B1 (northwest exit) or Exit B2 (northeast exit) and walk to the park.  

Beijing's Architectural Wonders is part of my Beguiling Beijing.Captivating China series where I share my birthday trip adventures, travel stories and first-time experiences in Beijing, China last March 20-24, 2012. You might also like the other parts of the series:  
+Forbidden City: Forbidden No More
+Beijing's Architectural Wonders
+The Imperial Gardens of Beijing 
+Airport Review: Beijing Capital International Airport

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