“To travel is to live.” -Hans Christian Anderson
I know it’s been a while since my last post, but I kind of got a little writers block. But so much has happened since my last post and I feel like I should update you guys. I left Dalian (a city near the ocean- it’s in Liaoning province in China) for Beijing near the end of my trip. It was so different- the people, the environment, the cuisine- it’s almost like a different culture. Everything was so fast paced and noisy, it was weird coming from a city that was kind of peaceful (well as peaceful as a city in China can be).
My first stop was at the National Centre for the Performing Arts where I actually attended a show. As I can’t read Chinese (or understand complex sentences), I went to see a martial art performance. Granted, I couldn’t really read the program that was given so I didn’t really understand what it was really about. The building itself was pretty amazing, both inside and outside.
Just looking at the dome outside, I couldn’t help but think…if a bird were to poop on it, how hard would it be to clean. I mean the thing was absolutely giant!
The inside was chic and the inside of the theatre reminded me of the opera house in Paris, with the red background and balconies:
Close to the National Centre for the Performing Arts (it’s a mouthful, I know) is Nanjing Road. It’s kind of like Times Square. Billboards everywhere, fancy stores, and TONS of people. You can buy pretty much anything there, from luxury brands like Cartier, Hermes and Burberry to street foods like stinky tofu, I think it’s definitely worth a visit. When I first strolled onto the street, a tea shop caught my eye immediately because there were so many people lined up. I just had to try it. To show you how many people were lined up (and there were more behind me):
I ordered a rose-lemon iced tea and it was AMAZING. The taste of the rose tea was (for lack of better descriptors) amazing and the lemon only added to it. It wasn’t bitter like normal tea, it was kind of sweet- but not sweet like normal iced tea. I can’t describe it but I know that if you have the chance, be sure to drop by the store!
Right next to the National Centre for the Performing Arts and Nanjing Road is Tiananmen Square. I went at night, so I was able to see a different perspective of the square. I think that in the morning/afternoons, the square can be filled with people, hot and sometimes smoggy. However, by going at night, you get a chance to witness the night life in China.
Coming down the main road, Chang’an Avenue, you just feel this sense of grandeur. The buildings are all owned by large corporations so they’re all new but they’re built in such a way so that they incorporate traditional Chinese architecture. It’s quite a sight to see.
This post is kind of dry, I know, but I guess I’m still stuck with writer’s block. It’s just a bit hard writing about things that happened weeks ago. But no worries, I have other adventures to share with you guys, so stay tuned and I’ll talk to you soon.
As always, safe travels.