Monday, January 27, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Domo thinks the building is cool to look at. It kinda looks like a giant pair of pants. In fact, many locals refer to the building as "big pants". Pipkin's a bit more cynical. With 24 CCTV channels going 24 hours a day, he thinks the building is a giant, ever watching Eye.
The building, which is made up of 6 horizontal and vertical towers joined together, has 44 floors (3 below ground), 75 elevators, and is 234 m (768 ft) tall.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
|Pipkin looks at the Forbidden City to the south|
Jingshan Park used to be a private imperial garden in the Forbidden City, but was opened to the public in 1928. The 50 m hill in Jingshan Park is artificial, made up from the earth removed to create moats and canals around the Forbidden City.
The park has five peaks, each with scenic views and its own pavilion.
|Domo at the peak|
There's more to the park than just climbing up and down to the pavilions. The park itself has beautiful flowers and cypress trees, and you'll see lots of people doing tai chi and calligraphy. But on a clear day, you really have to take the opportunity to look out over the city!
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Pipkin's first day in Beijing had some evidence of this phenomenon. But it's not always bad, and the thing about the smog in Beijing is, conditions can change rapidly. Today happened to be a clear day, and visibility was good. Walking around Beijing, Pipkin and Domo came across this green patch on a hill where they could look out over the city.
The Plains section of Chengde Mountain Resort mimics the grasslands of Mongolia, and the emperors would race horses and hunt game on these grounds. There's no hunting today, but there are some statues of wildlife around the park.
Pipkin and Domo saw from the walls of the Hills? The park mimics the Sledgehammer Peak with its own upright rock. You can see both in the photo above.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
At the Mountain Resort in Chengde, Pipkin and Domo walked along the 10 km perimeter wall of the Hills, then chilled in the breeze along the Lakes. Heading to the Plains area of the park, they passed by this resident cat.
The moon? In the day? What was he talking about? Cats can be full of mystery. Pipkin and Domo searched high and low.
Do you see the moon?
Friday, January 17, 2014
Pipkin and Domo were in Beijing for just one day before deciding to leave the pollution of the city behind to relax at the Mountain Resort in Chengde, north of Beijing, where the Qing emperors built their escape from the blistering summer heat. This isn't the Great Wall you see here. Pip and Domo are trekking along the 10 km perimeter wall of the Mountain Resort.
In the background, you can see the developed urban area of Chengde.