Part 2 (4) Beijing Food
Not only does Beijing have historical relics and amazing sights, it also has all sorts of delicious foods. I’m lucky to have tasted some of them, e.g: Peking Duck and Mongolian hot pot.
Bianyifang Peking Duck
Bianyifang restaurant is one of the old Chinese restaurants. It started trading in 1416. It’s about 600 years old.
Bianyifang’s Peking Duck is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. You can’t see the fire in the cooking method used to cook the duck in Bianyifang so modern people call it “the green duck”
Mongolian Hot Pot
In Beijing, everybody knows the term Mongolian Hot Pot. Everyone likes it because it’s easy to make and delicious to the taste. The Beijing people cook their lamb in a bronze pot. This cuisine originated in the Yuan Dynasty, when the Mongols ruled China. It’s most delicious in the cold seasons and it’s even more tasty is you go to a shop that sells this meal especially.
There are loads of other small eats aside from the the Peking Duck and the Mongolian Hot Pot. Food streets are common in Beijing. The shops there sold sugar hawthorn, insect rolls, roast meat and countless desserts. It’s really abundant and tasty.
Beijing cuisine is very tasty and I love it very much. Unfortunately, the trip was short and there are a lot of foods that I haven’t tasted yet. Well, I can only taste it next time.
Part 2 (3) The Forbidden City
Over the Golden Water Bridge and through the Tian’anmen Rostrum. I’m finally in the Forbidden City.
The Forbidden City was the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties. It takes up 720,000 square metres of land. The area of the buildings is roughly 150,000 square metres. There are about 70 palaces and halls in the Forbidden City, and there are about 9,000 houses. It’s the biggest, most well preserved wooden buildings in the world.
The construction of the Forbidden City started at 1406 and ended at 1420. It’s 753m in length and 961m in width. Walls that are ten metres high surrounded the city as well as a 52-metre-wide moat. The outer and inner dynasties are the two parts of the Forbidden City. The outer dynasty is the part which the emperor meets his officials and conduct important rituals. It’s mainly consisted of the Hall Of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Long-lasting Harmony. The inner dynasty is where the emperor and the empress works and sleeps. The centre of this part of the Forbidden City is the Palace Of Earthly Tranquility , the Palace Of Heavenly Purity and the Palace Of Connecting Grace.
The Forbidden City is first on the list of The Five Palaces Of the World. It’s added to the Historic Relics list in 1987.
The Imperial Palace Museum is located in the Forbidden City. It consists of the collections of treasures in the Ming and Qing Dynasty. It’s the biggest art museum in China. Most of these treasures and arts comes from the Qing Dynasty.
The visit to the Forbidden City that I’ve made deepened my understanding of the Ming and Qing Dynasty. The displays were truly beautiful and spectacular.
Part 2 (2) The Great Wall
The Great Wall is the longest-building defensive military project in the world. It’s also the biggest on the quantity of work put into building the wall. The construction of the Great Wall started more than 2000 years ago, in the Zhou Dynasty. After the first emperor, Emperor Yin Zhen of the Qin Dynasty took over all of China, he started building and connecting the Great Wall beforehand. At that time, the Great Wall was over 10000 kilometres long. The last dynasty which made major changes to the Great Wall was the Ming Dynasty, about 500 years from now. There is about 8800 kilometres of the Great Wall built in the Ming Dynasty’s rule. Adding up all the parts of the wall built in other dynasties and kingdoms, the Great Wall is about 21000 kilometres in total.
Climbing on the Great Wall, I can imagine the war scenes long ago with the northerners invading the central part of China.
Part 2 (1) Tian An Men Square
Tian An Men Square is the biggest square in the world. It’s 440,000 square metres. It even can fit 100,000,0 people holding an assembly! Loads of important ceremonies are held here. Such as the annual marching of the troops and the daily raising of the flags. When I walked on Tian An Men Square, I was ecstatic. I’m finally at the place I wanted to be since I was a little kid. It’s truly beautiful and spectacular.
Part 2: Going To Beijing
After a day’s rest, we got on the hi-speed train that went from Hangzhou to d Beijing. Beijing is the capital city, cultural and political centre of China. There are a lot of historical sites and relics. Especially Tian An Men Square, the Imperial Palace Museum, the Great Wall and more. I’ve always wanted to go to Beijing, even since I was little.
The hi-speed train was beautiful. It’s like a white dragon stretching into the distance. It’s very comfortable inside the train, the seats are clean and tidy. The small screen shows us how fast the train is travelling. Sometimes it’s over 300km/h! After five hours of travelling, we finally arrived at Beijing.
Part 1: The trip back to Hangzhou
It takes a long time to fly from Perth over to China, and you have to transfer at Hong Kong Airport as well as wait about 4 hours there. I’m airsick and DO NOT LIKE the food on the plane so the trip is especially painful for me. So when I got down from the plane at Hong Kong Airport, I was felling really sick and want to vomit. After a period of rest, I finally recovered and I became hungry. For lunch, we ate at a Japanese Ramen restaurant. I chose the pork ramen with the really delicious soup. It’s my first time eating ramen of any kind. It was great and I ate all of it.
At about 12pm we boarded the plane that will fly from HK to Hangzhou. I was planning on playing games and watching TVon the plane but I was so sleepy that I dosed off. My parents woke me up when the plane was descending in Hangzhou airport.
I’m finally back to Hangzhou. I was so happy and exited. I can finally see grandma again.
Hello Miss Chatto and Mrs Lockyer, we all know that Chinese food is delicious. Have you eaten them before? If you have, name some Chinese dishes for me.
Fun fact: Lots of Chinese dishes actually have a historical story behind them.
Hello Mrs Lockyer, I have heard that you went to lots of places and know a lot about cultures. Here’s a HARD question about the Chinese culture:
What are the four great inventions of ancient China?
Hint: You use one these almost everyday in teaching.
Hello Miss Chatto, here are some easy questions about China that you might be interested in:
- What is the longest river in China called?
- Where does the longest river in China come in the list of the longest rivers in the world? 3rd, 5th, or 10th?