Beijing, China Felix Wong

We stayed in Beijing during our first few days in China and visited Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, a cloisonne factory, the Summer Palace, Ming Tombs, and an acrobatic show. Of course, we also enjoyed lots of great Chinese food.

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Starting a new day from the New Otani Hotel in Beijing.  That's John on the left with my mom and dad.Wahaha: the bottled water with a funny name) of choice throughout our entire China trip.  Other "good" water brands included "Robust". (May 27, 2002)People playing badminton at the Temple of Heaven.The Temple of HeavenFelix Wong in Tiananmen Square overlooked by a portrait of Chairman Mao.  No I did not buy any Mao watches!The Forbidden City, which was near Tiananmen Square, without any tanks.Handcrafting cloisonne at a cloisonne factory. (May 28, 2002)Even 9000 miles away from home at the Summer Palace, Felix Wong couldn't help but think about rock climbing! (May 28, 2002)Now at the water at the Summer Palace. (May 28, 2002)Octagonal door at the Summer Palace. (May 28, 2002)A chef preparing Peking duck for dinner at "Beijing's best Peking duck restaurant" with our tour group's "Captain Video" filming at the left. (May 28, 2002)Felix Wong with Mr. Peking Duck himself! (May 28, 2002)An acrobatic show where the young performers were doing seemingly improbable stunts with amazing accuracy! (May 28, 2002)A bathroom at the Ming Tombs actually earned a 4-star rating from the Beijing Tourism Administration. (May 28, 2002)The 4-star bathroom itself, with auto-flush toilets and electric soap dispensers. (May 28, 2002)No, not the buddha, but rather a statue of an emperor at the Ming Tombs.  Must have been a Ming... (May 28, 2002)Bike parts being sold on the streets of Beijing.I rented a bicycle for about 50 RMB (US$6)/day and biked through Beijing, often following interesting vehicles like this whatdoyacallit.That's me.  I snapped this picture since the Porsche 968 in the background was literally the only 2-door car I saw in all of China!Now following trees on trikes...The Giant one-speed rental mountain bike with Mao in front of Tiananmen Square.Navigating the streets with buses inches away really wasn't all that bad!Some people rode electric bicycles like this one featured on a billboard in Suzhou.

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