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Simple Eats: Beijing’s Southern Beauty

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South Beauty is a chain of restaurants serving Szechuan food in Beijing. This is probably a good introduction to Chinese food for foreigners within the area. The menus are in English and the servers speak understandable English also.

Dichie took us to the branch in Euro Plaza which is near Shunyi area where we’re staying. The ambiance is that of an upscale restaurant – comfortable chairs, nice lighting fixtures and booth areas. Servers are all well-dressed. Unfortunately, it failed to live up to an upscale service with my warm water request taking ages to arrive and servers chatting loudly at one corner. The food is good enough. This restaurant has a HUGE variety of dishes which looked interesting to order. But alas, they are just too many with the book too thick to even count the pages.

We were welcomed by a row of life sized horses at the entrance of the restaurant.
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ON THE TABLE

This is the free egg appetizer.
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Nothing special with this beef with tofu dish.
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This is their signature dish – Fish in chili oil!
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I loved this simple and light dish – Thousand layered tofu.
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This one tastes so good. The beef is tender and infused with the right amount of seasoning.
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This is supposed to be prawn balls with scallops. Didn’t taste any scallops but I do like this dish also.
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Signature fried chicken. Since we spent a certain amount, they gave us this as a free dish! 🙂
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Posted by on July 13, 2012 in Simple Eats

 

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Simple Travels: Beijing Pictures Part 5

The Summer Palace is definitely a MUST GO to place when you’re in Beijing. Be prepared to bring water, umbrella and snacks. There’s no good restaurant to dine in in the Palace.

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Looks like an English courtyard
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Arch leading to the boat ride
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Tower of the Fragrance of Buddha
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Simple Travels: Beijing Pictures Part 4

Temple of Heaven

Seeing the sun in the Beijing skyline is a miracle in itself. Smoldered by smog, the area sees the sun during the weekends when the factories are shut down for a weekend break. We had no luck seeing the sun during our Temple of Heaven tour.

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Corridor towards the Tower of Heaven
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The door leading to the Tower of Heaven
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Simple Travels: Beijing in Pictures Part 3

Amazing art and variety in 798 Art Center. I wouldn’t mind spending a whole day in this Beijing area.

798 Art Center Map
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Singing fat lady
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Simple Travels: Beijing in Pictures Part 2

Forbidden City
I can just imagine the emperors and empresses living in such vast yet secluded and lonely place.

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Simple Travels: Beijing in Pictures Part 1

Around the Great Wall of China (Mutianyu side)

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Beijing: Summer Palace

The Summer Palace was ranked as the number one must visit place for tourist in Beijing. So, despite wanting to shop more at Solitun, I persuaded Hubby to visit this place today.

The Summer Palace, situated in the northwest suburb of Beijing, covers an area of more than 290 hectares. Originally name Garden of Clear Ripples, the Palace was built by Emperor Qianlong in 1750. It was burned down during the Anglo-French allied forces, rebuilt, then damaged again and was rebuilt again in 1902. This was hailed as the most perfectly preserved imperial garden in the world.

The entrance to the Summer Palace is RMB60 and includes access to the Wenchang gallery, Suzhou street and the Temple of Fragrance of Buddha. Except for the Suzhou street which is way up north, we got to visit the others.

The climb to the Tower of the Fragrance of Buddha included climbing to the Hall of Dispelling Clouds which had a covered walkway. Upon reaching the top of the Hall of Dispelling clouds, you are faced with this huge wall and uncertainty of whether to proceed or not. We decided to proceed through the smoothened out stone walkway to the top. A Kuanin ma with multiple hands is what you’ll see after the climb. The panoramic view of the palace is what makes it worthwhile. This magnificent tower stands high on the hillside facing south and gives you a spectacular view of the Kunming lake and the nearby halls and pavilions.

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The Summer Palace is filled with tons of halls, pavilions, and temples decorated with fine stones, bronze sculptures and exquisite drawings. Here’s a snapshot of some of the things you can find around the palace –

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After walking along the river, we decided to call it a day and caught a boat back to the Xin Nien Kunming entrance where the driver was waiting for us.

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Here’s a panoramic view of the Kunming Lake from the top of the Buddha Tower.

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Posted by on June 30, 2012 in Simple Travels

 

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