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China, Photography, Travel

A Walk Down Wangfujing Snack Street In Beijing


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Located at Wangfujing Station of Beijing Subway Line 1, Wangfujing (Chinese : 王府井 literally: “Prince’s Mansion Well”) is a popular shopping district for both locals and foreigners. The snack street sells exotic food and many other local food delights. It is off the main street, distinguished by the big sign board right before you enter the crowded area. It was in Spring and during the long holiday period in China, hence the place was pretty packed. Let the pictures do the talking!

P1060503-2The snack street entrance

P1060501-2You can spot the street entrance on the right with the white Chinese words on grey signage board. Starting with “王府井”, read from the top.

P1060507-2Scorpions on the stick rather than hot dogs

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P1060537-2BBQ quails and fresh oysters for sale

P1060539-2Spot the creatures for yourself! Amazed with what the Chinese can come up with. Snakes, geckos, centipedes, millipedes, crickets. WOW.

P1060506-2Their legs were still moving when I took this. Look at how the legs were blurred and only the bodies were focused on my lens.

P1060505-2Not too expensive, ranging from Yuan 8 to 25 for a stick

P1060517-2Tentacles for you?

P1060535-2Yes they do sell other food other than the exotic ones!

P1060511-2The whole street is characterized by the red lanterns overhead.

P1060524-2Came off the snack street into this eating place where they sell decent food.

P1060516-2Yeah, it got pretty packed at some parts, people were literally pushing around. Beware of your belongings!

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P1060541-2This store had got a long line for it, didn’t try it though.

P1060529-2Translated into ‘Old Beijing Scenic Street’

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P1060518-2Up close and dangerous

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P1060501-2Oh Beijing, so old and yet so much to see.

China, Photography, Travel

A Photography Entry Of Hiking The Great Wall Of China


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P1060456UNESCO World Heritage Site

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YDXJ0030Starting point at Xizharzi village for the one-way hike to Mutianyu.

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P1060417Heading eastwards to Mutianyu.

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P1060437The tour leader and gang.

P1060433This part of the wall is totally not restored, we almost had the wall to ourselves.

P1060432The views certainly got better as we went higher.

P1060438Descending was pretty tough because of the loose sands and gravels. We were literally sliding sometimes.

YDXJ0077And we had to resort to being on our butts on some parts.

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P1060446Vendors at the end of Mutianyu.

P1060444Yeah, no entry to visitors but we just came from that side!

P1060476Denis with his tour leader flag!

P1060471Certainly cover photo worthy for Louiise!

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P1060493There are options of sliding down or taking the cable car down the wall at Mutianyu.

IMG_9233Jinshanling watchtower

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P1060631The way towards Simatai, notice the watchtowers on top of the ridge line at the back.

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IMG_9270Can’t do without a jump shot !

 These pictures were taken during the hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu and Jinshanling to Simatai.

Thailand, Travel

8 Reactions You’ll Have When Visiting Bangkok For The First Time


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Sawadee krup (Hello in Thai) my fellow travelers to Bangkok! Do you remember the first time you visit a city? It always feels kind of different as compared to your subsequent visits. Here are my first reactions of my virgin trip to Bangkok.

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1) “Taxi never gets any cheaper elsewhere!”

Always ask for the meter and you will soon realize why most taxi drivers would prefer to quote you a fix charge. By the meter, taxi anywhere in Bangkok is cheap and affordable if you share it with friends. It’s faster and more convenient than the train system. But one word of advice, avoid taking it during peak hours!

2) “Why are there more females than males on the streets?”

Look carefully, there are many ladyboys around. The advancement of cosmetic surgery has even made them prettier than real girls! But this culture is really open in Thailand, thumbs up for eye candies!

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3) “Everything on the streets can be bought for just a few dollars.”

Be it the Pad Thai at a push cart or a pair of imitation Ray-Ban sunglasses by the street store, you can find really cheap deals. In fact I love eating Pad Thai that cost Baht 40 by the streets and people watching. Check out the 5th level at Terminal 21, they have some good food at reasonable prices there.

4) “Land of Smiles, indeed.”

Wherever you go, if you ask anyone for help, you will probably get it with a smile. Thai people are really friendly and helpful which is why I really like it there. But be careful when asking for a particular recommendation, I got referred to a sketchy tailor shop when I asked for good recommendations around the area. Probably the guy gets a commission if the sale went through. But don’t worry most smiles should be good-natured.

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5) “Shorts are good everywhere.”

The first distinct difference you feel when you step out of the airport is the extreme humidity, especially so if you are coming from a colder climate country. Keep away your jeans or pants, shorts will do you better favors here. You don’t want to feel your jeans sticking to your legs the whole day. It saves you less trips to the laundry too. If you are lack of shorts, Bangkok is a shopper’s heaven. You might end up with another bag of purchases on your way home.

6) “Everything can be negotiated.”

By right there are do’s and don’ts, but in Bangkok almost everything can go by the left. A little smile, little talk and maybe a small gesture of monetary value will get things going. Always negotiate when buying items, especially in bulk.

7) “This city never sleeps?”

You will notice this more prominently if you are a party goer. It seems that there are night spots everywhere till the sun is out. Coupled with the cheap alcohol prices, this might just be the perfect party city. And if you walk around the city in the day, everything at each corner is open for business. At certain markets I went to, they close at evening time, getting ready for party I guess?

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8) “I am definitely coming back here again!”

Now that you have completed your virgin trip to Bangkok. Well done and you will be back for more because it’s just not enough.

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