The city that surpassed all my expectations
26.01.2010 - 03.02.2010 -1 °C
Our third fellow-traveler was full of energy and curiosity again, and we left our apartment, towards The Grand View Garden.
The Grand View Garden or Prospect Garden (大观园 Dàguānyuán) is a large landscaped interior garden in the classic Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber, built within the compounds of the Rongguo Mansion. It is the setting for much of the story.
Built in chapters 16 and 17 of the novel, it was the site of Jia Yuanchun's first visit home as an Imperial Concubine. At that time, music and lights decorated the place so it was fit for Imperial patronage. After Yuanchun leaves, the Garden is made at her own request the home of her brother, half-sister, sister-in-law, and cousins. Being very elegant and peaceful, it is a perfect home for Baoyu and the girls. Granny Liu also pays a visit to Prospect Garden in chapters 40 and 41. She is very impressed at the vegetation, water, layout, and life in the Garden. As a gift, the Dowager commissions Xichun to make a painting of the Garden for Granny Liu to take back home. It is here that the nun Miaoyu is met by many.
Eventually, the young girls drift away from the Garden. Yingchun is married off to her death. Tanchun is also married, but to the frontier (in the Cheng-Gao version). Shi Xiangyun also marries, while Baochai marries Baoyu and is abandoned. Lin Daiyu dies of grief and Li Wan moves into the inner apartments of the Rongguo Mansion.
That was really interesting for us in this garden, since Sarah imparted us this story.
When the Jia family estates are confiscated, the Garden is ransacked. Being farther from the inner apartments, it is also destroyed by the Imperial Guards.
The man were drawing old traditional characters with both his left and right hands simultaneously, in a very accurate and precise manner.
One Week In Beijing!
Difficult to find a person, who didn't hear about Beijing Olympics 2008. As well, Beijing Olympic Green became one of the city's attraction. So, we went there. Also, I was lucky (or unlucky) to find, what this day was the opening of new exhibition.
World Chocolate Wonderland (世界巧克力梦公园) is the first chocolate theme park in China. Located in Beijing to the north of the Bird's Nest, its grand opening was on January 29, 2010. It houses the world's biggest chocolate model of the Great Wall of China.
On January 29, 2010, the World Chocolate Wonderland opened to the general public with a fashion show. Models adorned with wigs and dresses made of chocolate strode down the runway. One model wore a dragon costume composed of chocolate gold coins.
The theme park's purpose is to "bring a little sweetness" to the Chinese people during the recession. Furthermore, it was designed to allow visitors to learn about chocolate's history and its impact on other cultures. World Chocolate Wonderland will close in April before reopening January of the next year.
Beijing National Stadium (北京国家体育场), also known as the National Stadium (国家体育场), or colloquially as the Bird's Nest (鸟巢), is a stadium in Beijing, China. The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
We didn't go inside the Nest, we decided to go to Wangfujing street. (Sarah, baddy, was bored to death and left us again, poor girl)
Wángfǔjǐng (王府井), located in the Dongcheng District of Beijing, is one of the Chinese capital's most famous shopping streets. Much of the road is off-limits to cars and other motor vehicles, and it is not rare to see the entire street full of people. Since the middle of the Ming Dynasty there have been commercial activities in this place. In the Qing Dynasty, ten aristocratic estates and princess residence were built here, soon after when a well full of sweet water was discovered, thereby giving the street its name "Wang Fu" (aristocratic residence), "Jing" (well). In 1903, Dong'an market was formed.
That was our last joint supper together, and Jiaqi cooked for us some delicious Chinesefood. Thank you very much, darling
The last days in Beijing
The last place of interest we visited in Peking was CCTV Headquarters.
The CCTV Headquarters is a skyscraper in the Beijing Central Business District. The building is the headquarters of China Central Television. Groundbreaking took place on September 22, 2004 and the building's facade was completed in Jun 2008. Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren of OMA were the architects in charge for the building, while Arup provided the complex engineering design. It stands at 234 metres (768 ft) tall and has 54 floors.
The main building is not a traditional tower, but a loop of six horizontal and vertical sections covering 473,000 square metres (about 5 million square feet) of floor space, creating an irregular grid on the building's facade with an open center. The construction of the building is considered to be a structural challenge, especially because it is in a seismic zone. Because of its radical shape, it's said the taxi driver first came up its nickname dà kùchǎ (大裤衩), meaning "Big Boxers".
The building was built in two buildings that were joined to became one building December 26, 2007. In order not to lock in structural differentials this connection was planned to be completed in the early morning when the steel in the two towers cooled to the same temperature. The CCTV building was part of a media park intended to form a landscape of public entertainment, outdoor filming areas, and production studios as an extension of the central green axis of the CBD.
Now that was a time for us to say good-bye to Beijing and each other. We all left Beijing and headed for different directions.
For my mom, alas, it was her job in Saint-Petersburg. Although she came to China in Harbin, she had her ticket back from Beijing, three days before Sarah and I had to leave Beijing.
Sarah went by train to the south of China. It was a Chinese New Year soon, and her parents waited for her at home.
For me..! I was gonna try taste of new life, fragrance of new places. I were wending my way to Thailand!