Imperial Food Banquet
Once only served to the Emperors, now the recipes of Imperial food can be served in restaurants in Beijing. We had ours on a tour at the Summer Palace.
The imperial yellow covered chairs beckoned us. Every dish was beautifully decorated. Some in the form of phoenix, fish, birds, etc. Quantity of each dish is small, it is the creativity and variety and pleasing of the eyes and the multitude of choices.
Previously I have heard of two day banquet to complete the menu. We were there for only an hour before continuing our tour.
Dressing up and hitting the streets
The Chinese love to replay their history, and one of the best times for this is always at the temple fairs that occur during the Chinese New Year celebrations.
There is a strong sense of 'belonging' in China, and whether it is as part of an office, a school, a university or a local district, people will actively take part in cultural activities.
Cultural traditions remain strong in China, despite (or perhaps because of) the Cultural Revolution. Until very recently there was little television, and entertainment was what people put together themselves.
At the annual temple fair, everyone braves the cold (and this year...2004...it really was bitterly cold in Beijing) and joins in the fun.
A temple fair in China is surely one of the great entertainment spectacles in China, largely put on by local people for local people. No expense is spared in designing and making the costumes, many of which recall epic tales of China's earlier dynasties.
The new century has brought so many changes to people's lives in China, that nostalgia is becoming a key element in people's lifestyles for the first time. Until very recently, few would look backwards to any time in their past with any sense of longing, but now nostalgia is driving TV programming, popular entertainment, restaurant styles and museuem exhibitions.
Catch China at its very, very best during the Temple Fairs.
People at construction sites
One day, one of the guys working opposite my hotel handed me over his helmet and “told” (told, well, with signs we could understand each other) to go in, visit a bit, make some pictures. As I noticed many times, it is the people who have few or even nothing to offer who at the end give the most; here it was not a big deal to go on the construction site, but I am sure if I had asked officially or so, I would not have been allowed to go there.
So, working people here, probably coming from the poor countryside of China, find a living in the big megalopolis. Sorry it is not exactly a tourist “tip”, but I am curious and think other people are curious and I think it has some “charm” or “exotism” to visit places and people like that.
Main picture:Steel, steel, steel and little guys; look, there are the white ones with blue helmets (and protection glasses), the white helmets, the yellow helmets; each “team” or brigade makes a specific job. They look really tiny on the site and with the giant steel beams.
Picture 2: Keep smiling. . . hard working people still keep morale.
Picture 3: Building scaffolds, the guys there look like ants with twigs.
Picture 4: The giant hook and the little guys. . .
Picture 5:He reminds me comic movies (Harry Langdon, Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton. . . ) on the beam, waiting for a cable to tie it ; but he probably is not playing. . . .
China is shopping
This is a new department show that you can find almost everything that you need from watches to all kind of textiles luggages etc etc
Music converts in open air is also included in the marketig techniques... everything tha you need not too much
If you want to explore the area you're in, the train would be a cheap and fast way to get around. Maybe because of the time we took it(night), it didn't seem that crowded, at least not as crowded as our MRT back home! The tickets are just thin slips of paper and it is a one way trip to any station. So no matter how many stations you travel to it'll be the same price! :P