No. 24, Taiwan: Introduction

Welcome to the next trip report of mine! I took a trip back then in end August right before I start my studies. I knew that I needed to take a break from work, to recuperate, to recover my energy from the taxing work schedule, furthermore I knew that I will be rather busy once school start. Being the ever wanderluster in me, I needed this trip! Again, it took me quite some time before penning down my thought on this trip. I have been packed and partly, procrastinating as well. I love sharing in a chronological order as well, so I have to finish up the Beijing trip first. Of course, speaking on the trip report name, No.24. It represent that I have again reach another milestone in travelling. Taiwan was country NUMBER 24 for me and the 60th & 61st city that I have visited. Let me share a little on why was it Taiwan that I have decided to go to! I knew that I wanna go somewhere. I had about 10-11 days. At first it was Bali and Penang, but my friends aren’t free. I wanted to head to Korea to visit a friends, but it is pretty expensive and I have been there before. Things were really getting more expensive since it is pretty last min. Australia was within my budget, but I can’t be driving solo! For Hanoi, I can’t take the cruise alone since the supplement is really high! So Taiwan it is, many of my friends have been laughing at me, that I have not been to Taiwan after being all around the world!

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Peking to Beijing: Air China First Class Lounge Beijing Capital Airport International Terminal

While my flight home to Singapore only departs at 4.40pm, I headed to the airport much earlier than expected. After returning from a little walk in the morning, we took a cab slightly after noon to the Airport. The journey was smooth, although still took about an hour. Beijing Capital Airport is one of the most gorgeous one out there, the design definitely made it look airy and spacious. There was a little queue for check in although it definitely didn’t took long given the amount of counters that were open! I even managed to get an Extra Leg Room Seats at upgrade, which was so awesome. How impressive was the airport when you have a dragon sculpture at the Airport. I was really excited to check out the Air China First Class Lounge! I was impressed that it is a Priority Pass Lounge since this is like the flagship lounge of an airline in their own hub!

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Peking to Beijing: Beijing

Beijing have long been on my radar, along with Xi An and Shanghai, these are mainly the places that I would like to head to in China. I can now finally say that I have been to China and seen the Great Wall of China, which I have shared about earlier in this series. I took a short trip to the capital city of China in late July back last year. I was very interested to check out the city, a mixture of culture and modernization in this era. Perhaps also the sights of stuff that are known to be big, mighty and perhaps impressive, given that it is usually the style of China. Just want to share my little thoughts on this city here and perhaps it will be a good introduction for the rest that would like to visit Beijing.

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Peking to Beijing: Great Wall of China at Mutianyu

The idea behind making a trip to Beijing was definitely the Great Wall of China. Hearing and seeing it on virtual numerous times, I am really inclined to catch it in person, with my naked eye. That’s how I am, Pompeii, Trevi Fountain, Grand Canyon. I have always been super interested to catch some natural wonders in the world after seeing it on screen. Somehow it makes me interested. Great Wall of China was definitely that. Furthermore, I think it is one of the new 7 Wonders of the World? A day trip was definitely on the books just for the Great Wall. The Great Wall is also one of the main tourists attractions for tourists in Beijing, with the other being the Forbidden Palace. It does seems like years of TVB Drama and movies sure ignited my curiosity mind into this 21,196 KM long fortification built since 7th century to defend against invasions.

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Peking to Beijing: Siji Minfu Peking Roast Duck Restaurant 四季民福烤鸭店

Being in Beijing, of course you must have the most famous dish in the city, Peking Duck. The fact that the duck is named by the city proves everything. Where there are the famous London Duck or Hong Kong roasted delight. Peking duck thrives in Beijing, China where there are more priced for their skin rather than the meat. This is perhaps why Peking Duck is so marvelous. Peking duck, a dish from Beijing that has been prepared from the imperial era. You can also delight your eyes with the dish usually being sliced in front of the diners by the cook. The crispy skins are usually paired with thin pancakes and cucumbers. After making the decision to travel to Beijing, same it goes for the hunt, of the best Peking Duck in town!

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Peking to Beijing: Prime Hotel Beijing Wangfujing

Beijing International Airport is one of the most airy one in the world, immediately after landing, I can start to feel how stuffy the place is, especially in this time of the year where beijing is so hot. Beijing Summer is really no joke! The immigration process is pretty well thought out. Although for any new visitors, you will have to go to a automated kiosk to log in your fingerprint, after that you can head to the counters, although there was a queue, it is moving rapidly, given how many counters are in operations. We then collected our bags and head towards getting a cab. Taxis or cabs here are call “Si Zhao Che” which literally means private hire cars. Although you can take the mrt or buses, taxis are your best bet, they are cheap and efficient. A journey cost about 100 Yuan to the city centre and take about 45 mins. After much research, I have chose to stay in Prime Hotel Wangfujing, a 5 star hotel located at the northern end of Wangfujing and also walkable distance to a metro station.

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Peking to Beijing: Singapore Airlines SQ802/807 A380 SIN – PEK – SIN Economy Class

Singapore Changi Airport is always a gem to transit or depart from, the experience is fuss free and immigration was a breeze, especially in the early morning. It is a shopping destination as well. However, do note that security is at each individual gates, so do cater some time for that! Previously, I mentioned that I was departing from Changi Airport Terminal 3 for my flight to Beijing, it was an awfully early departure and in fact, I have to be at the airport at 6am. Thankfully, the airport is so accessible in Singapore, and in fact, it is literally mins from my house, since I stay in the east. I was kinda excited for the upcoming flight since it has been so long that I have flown on Singapore Airlines Economy Class that I literally can’t remember when was the last time that I have done so. I will be also looking forwards to see how they square up to Emirates.

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