Explore a Beijing Supermarket!
We had a few hours to spare so we set out to explore a Beijing supermarket we discovered nearby. It was a surprise, so very colorful. The meat, fish and chicken all looked very fresh and clean, placed on ice in large metal trays ready for purchase, not what we wanted at the time, but a very interesting supermarket. The staffs were all dressed in red shirts.
In China red is considered an auspicious color and symbolizes good fortune and joy. You will notice its use throughout China with the red lanterns outside shops and restaurants, decorating the City walls, on outside signage and red decorative elements inside the shops as well. This is all a part of Chinese culture and tradition .
There are many small traditional Chinese shops and very large department stores, which as a Beijing visitor, we would have loved to have had the time to explore. I never did find out just what the building below actually is; a large Hotel, Department store or maybe a Casino?
Discover a Beijing restaurant, savor a traditional Chinese meal.
On our last night as a visitor to Beijing, we dined at a Beijing restaurant. One couldn’t help but admire the colorful enameled ceiling decoration and lights, beautiful carved-and-inlaid-screen and ancient pottery pieces. This is all part of the ambiance in a traditional Chinese restaurant.
Refreshing green tea offered first, before a variety of traditional Chinese dishes placed on the table to share. It was a delicious and interesting meal, served by a young waitress in a traditional Chinese costume explaining each dish to us, as it placed on the table.
Discover Beijing – Explore Beijing West Railway Station
We caught the train in Beijing at the Beijing West Railway station, which is built in a traditional Chinese architectural style. At the Beijing West Railway we boarded our first class sleeper train to travel onwards to mysterious Xi’an Xi’an in the Shaanxi Province. Before boarding the train in Beijing, a market kiosk at the station gave us a last chance to buy some snacks for our overnight trip.
The train was quite comfortable with nice clean compartments, washroom with a huge vanity and toilets. (India was a different story!!) Everyone was in a party mood so before bed we sampled some local wines together.
And yes, I couldn’t wait to get those boots off. Yes, the boots were made for walking and I had always found them pretty comfortable. However we had walked such lot that day, and after a long day I found I could feel the cobble stones and pavers through the leather soles of my shoes, (not enough cushioning or support I guess). This is where a comfy pair of joggersor walking shoes/boots come into their own. Shoes must be well ‘broken in’ before you bring them along on holidays.
Read my travel tips on Essential Footwear Small Group Tours.
Arriving in Xian Station around 10.30am the next morning, we boarded our tour bus which took us to our Hotel ‘ The Bell Tower’. We were very impressed with the central position of the hotel, with both the ancient Bell and Drum Tower in our view and couldn’t wait to explore Xian.
- The Fascinating Summer Palace
- Top Five attractions in Beijing
- The Lama Temple
- Great Wall of China
- Temple of Heaven