After a week of fun, eating and partying with friends in Beijing, we had a few moments left to enjoy our holiday. In order not to be totally exhausted when we were going back to Holland, we did do some serious relaxing! And it worked out pretty well, because I am writing this on our way back in the airplane. Before you will read about our last hours in that crazy Chinese city, I’d like to mention a few things!
Firstly, Secondly and Thirdly
- Firstly: Hiu Ying and Jeroen, thank you very much for the great time and for guiding us around! You guys are awesome! We had a time with mountains and water (Jeroen explained to us that this is a Chinese way to express that you have had a great vacation).
- Secondly: Peter, you are a great friend to spend a holiday with!
- Thirdly: we are sitting in the same airplane as the singer Laura Jansen. That’s just bizar!
Maybe I am writing a lot about food. But going to the capital of China is basically the same as going to ‘restaurant Beijing’! Food is everywhere and 24/7! After all the eating, sometimes you have to go to the toilet. Some places don’t have one, so you have to go to the smelly and dirty public restrooms. Others do have a toilet but don’t have toilet paper, so you have to ask for it or bring your own tissues. Sometimes you have to squad and you NEVER put your toilet paper into the toilet (except for the toilets in the more fancy places)! You need to put it in a trash can, otherwise it gets messy! Besides all of this, going to the toilet in China is pretty okay.
Acting like it’s Sunday
Saturday felt like a Sunday! We started our afternoon (13.00) with a fancy dinner at Bellagio! We drank kiwi juice and tasted the finest Taiwanese dishes.
With our bellies stuffed with amazing food, we went to Tiananmen Square again (by subway), to see it during daytime and to walk around, pretending like it’s Sunday. Going by subway is really cheap (2 RMB = +/- 0,20 EURO). The stupid thing is that there are luggage scan machines at every entrance. In order to give you a sense of safety. However, I think it’s just fake. They do not always look on their security screens, and sometimes you can just pass them without getting checked.
After enjoying our Sunday walk on the famous square, we crashed at a nice lounge bar (Dong Lounge Bar 东) on Bai Jia Zhuang Rd. 16. It’s located in an office building with empty hallways but full with doors to restaurants and bars. A little strange but pretty cool! After drinking a bottle of red wine, we went to a Korean restaurant.
It’s a nicely designed place with a lot of glass and wood. The tables all have a hole in the middle, for the do-it-yourself grill! We drank typical Korean wine (white coloured, with a taste somewhere between sake and a nice beer) and we grilled our own vegetables and meat. The sauces that came with the food tasted deliciously. We ended with some desserts! The tofu chocolate mousse was my favorite! The great thing about this restaurant (Saveurs de Corée 韩香馆) is the organic food and the fact that they don’t use food with MSG. I love healthy food!
Our friend Richiko needed to get up early to catch her early morning flight. Everyone was feeling totally wasted and no-one felt like having breakfast! After Richiko had been dropped off at the Airport express by Hiu and Jeroen, we had a few hours left to visit a market that was close to their home.