Weekend trip to Beijing

Over Halloween weekend, Matt and I visited our friends Mike and Amy again in Beijing. Halloween is my favorite holiday so it was a big deal for me to go somewhere that doesn't really get into the spirit of things. The main reason we went this particular weekend was for the Wine and Food Festival!

We started out with a quick breakfast at Alba Cafe

In this area, there were all these odd pajama and lingerie stores. This is a PJ outfit

Hailing a cab in the hood

 It begins

There were all sorts of random products being promoted

Bloody Mary shots

The scene

Not really sure what this was, but I was digging the bottle

They also had beer available

Cool decanter but not very practical

 The gang

Dinner in Beijing- how about Southern BBQ? Don't mind if I do. Their Frickles were amazing!

As we make our way to the Halloween party, random street sign. Hmmm...

We went to see a Beatles cover band the Beijing Beatles

Like I said, they don't really dress up here, so we did a bit of a medium dress up with hats and hoodies, and a boa for me

The Beijing Beatles getting down

Notice-not many costumes 

Amy picks up a street food snack 

The next day we hit up Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City

Oh what do we have here? This would be how the main land Chinese avoid buying diapers. Just bare bottom with a whole in the pants. Then they just go...Whhaaaattt! I heard this existed hadn't seen it in my earlier trips to China. There were lots of these babies/pants walking around, but I restrained from taking pictures of all of them

Tiananmen Square is named after the Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North, separating it from the Forbidden City

This painting has to be repainted almost monthly because of the pollution

Entering the Forbidden City. Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 7,800,000 sq ft. It served as the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. For almost 500 years, it was the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.

They don't make em like they used to

The more animals on the roof signify the royalty of the building

Loved these red doors

These trees look like they had been made of drift wood

A few tips if you decide to visit this area. Make sure you bring an umbrella for photo ops.

And wear comfortable shoes for all the walking around

Pay attention to floor signs for directions. This was the last shot I took at the airport. Gotta love it!

Thanks Mike and Amy for another great weekend. We anxiously await your trip to visit us in Hong Kong!


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