Beijing street food at night market

Street food market Beijing china

This post will be about street food in Beijing. To be honest after previous travels in Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia it was nothing new to us. I think trying daring food is good to do once and then you can just stick to whatever is tasty.

Now what do I mean by daring food? Insects, chewy creatures of the sea, internal organs that never end up on western plates.

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Forbidden City, Pekin Beijing, China part 1 Outer City

Forbidden City Beijing China

Forbidden City – Zijin Cheng, 紫禁城; pinyin: Zǐjinchéng; literally: “Purple Forbidden City”. Also known as “The Palace Museum” (故宫博物院). Above Meridian Gate (Wu Men). From the balcony the emperor would review his armies and perform ceremonies marking the start of new calendar.

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Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi, train, ferry and the rain

Malaysia Langkawi train

We left Kuala Lumpur on board of an overnight KTM train to Alor Star (Alor Setar). Heads up for anyone looking for sleeping cart: buy the tickets well in advance. You can do it here online.

Another of my dreams came true. Not trans Siberian, but still exciting. I have to say it was more comfortable than I expected. We got tickets for the last compartment on top benches opposite to each other. We didn’t even get a chance to settle in when we saw a small service cart approaching. A girl and a guy were pushing it towards our beds, then stopped foe 20 seconds and started to walk back again. Without a word. This is your service so if you want to buy something to eat or drink here’s your chance.

I woke up before sunrise. Lying on my bed I was considering what the weather will be like and trying to figure out the route of rain during rainy season. Having no idea what so ever about meteorology I made up theories of where it should be raining and where not. I went to the toilet which was thankfully cleaned. Breakfast – terribly sweet cookies and mango juice. God, save us all from forced sweet breakfasts. A. had potato bun which tasted like bread plait. Better option.

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Entrapped in Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur MalaysiaIt’s true you can see them from almost every place in Kuala Lumpur. Even though they are no longer the tallest building in the World they are still very impressive (451.9 metres). I mostly associate them with Entrapment starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones.

The twin towers were built on the site of Kuala Lumpur’s race track. Test boreholes found that the original construction site effectively sat on the edge of a cliff. One half of the site was decayed limestone while the other half was soft rock. The entire site was moved 61 metres (200 ft) to allow the buildings to sit entirely on the soft rock. Because of the depth of the bedrock, the buildings were built on the world’s deepest foundations. 104 concrete piles, ranging from 60 to 114 metres (200 to 374 ft) deep, were bored into the ground.

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Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, Malaysia

KL Sentral Malaysia

Batu caves are located 13km North from Kuala Lumpur. It looked for me actually as a part of the city. We took a train (KTM Komuter) to get there from KL sentral. It took a bit over 30 mins and costs RM2 per person. We found the trains really cheap in Kuala Lumpur and during one day we stayed there we used them quite often. We had about 20 minutes to the next train and so we waited on a platform watching trains and people come and go. What caught our attention was a cart only for women (koc untuk wanita sahaja). koc untuk wanita sahajaAt the floor of the station were marks clearly showing where this cart is going to stop. The only thing is people seem not to care and on more than one occasion we saw men sitting together with women in the pink compartment. The fines for damaging the train are really high and there are rules of conduct displayed in every cart, so no kissing!

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