Finally. I’m starting on a long overdue entry on Beijing as it was about a month ago that I flew to the land of Dragons & Emperors. The Land of China, 1 of the world’s oldest civilization, has a rich history that dates back to some 3,500 years and is now home to some of the most revered treasures, e.g. The Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Ming Tombs and Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Unfortunately, given the very short stay ( 4 days), we were thus only able to visit some of the main places of interest, aka the “MUST SEE” places, in Beijing.
Of course, I’m so thankful to my company for sponsoring us on this company retreat to Beijing and also, for the fact that I got to spend it with some of my very awesome MT colleagues (To: Serene, Jingwei & Wai Mun. Too bad that both ZN & Victor couldn’t join us for the first batch.) who made the trip such a blast! =) It’s been quite awhile since I went on a tour trip and this visit to Beijing kinda reminded me why I prefer traveling free & easy over tours. Our trip, typical of many tours, was quite rushed and hurried as we hardly have the opportunity to truly take in the sights and sounds of this ancient gem that is brimming with such rich heritage and culture. Our itinerary was so packed to the brim with activities that it was pretty much the standard Singaporean-style of traveling … Picture Time! No complains though… anything better than being confined to 4 walls.
Our first pit stop of the trip – The world famous Beijing Olympics Park which is home to the Beijing National Stadium (Bird Nest) & Beijing National Aquatics Center (Water Cube). Seemed like the Beijing Olympic fever was still on as the park was packed with hordes of people – both locals and tourists – all armed with their cameras, wanting to capture a still moment of this sports landmark.