Beijing rounaround

March 22nd, 2015 Comments off

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MatevzH_Beijing_runaround-3390Peking ni znano kot najbolj tekačem prijazno mestu. Pravzaprav, športnikom prijazno mesto. Kljub temu so bile tu leta 2008 poletne olimpijske igre in številni so imeli probleme z onesnaženim zrakom. To so bile olimpijske igre, ki so bile najdražje do takrat (sedaj jih je presegel Sochi), saj so stale kar 40 mrd USD. In za ta denar so gradili. Veliko. In za tekača je tako eno najbolj primernih mest za tek prav olimpijski park, ki se nahaja na severu Pekinga. V okviru olimpijskih iger so zgradili tudi tako imenovani »Olympic Forest Parc«, kjer je precej jezer, dreves, pa tudi kak hrib se najde.

MatevzH_Beijing_runaround-3357Dostop tja je enostaven. Metro. Vozi linija 8 (zelena), ki velik del parka seka na pol. Za dostop do samih stavb, ki so bile zgrajene za olimpijado so možne tri postaje (Olympic Sports Center, Olympic Green in South Gate of Forest Park, s tem da so postaje med samo oddaljene vsaka cirka 1,5km). Ampak za potencialnega tekača je najbolj prijetna slednja, torej South Gate of Forest Park, kjer te izhod D popelje čisto v park.

Za vstop v park ni potrebna vstopnina (kar je precej redko v Pekingu), park pa je odprt med 9 in 17to uro. Park je razdeljen na dva dela, in dela razločuje 5th ring road, oz. peta obvoznica. Južni del (torej bližje olimpijskim prizoriščem) je bolj obljuden, osrednji del tam pa je jezero, kjer se da sposoditi čoln. Za tekača so razmere prav sanjske. Na voljo so tri razdalje (3km, 5km in 10km), samo slediti je treba označbam na tleh. In vsak kilometer so tudi znaki koliko je že pretečenega. Da ne bi bilo dolgočasno, je proga občasno kar zavita, gre čez mostičke in jezera, najde se tudi kak vzpon (pravzaprav, največji vzpon je prav vzpon čez obvoznico). Še celo močvirje imajo, vendar je bilo ob mojem obisku vse bolj izsušeno, saj dež ni padal v Pekingu že kar nekaj časa. Južni del je mogoče bolj zanimiv, severni del je pa nekoliko bolj odmaknjen in je predviden kot neke vrste zeleni rezervat. Prepovedano je kolesariti, lahko pa se uporablja »električni« minibus.

MatevzH_Beijing_runaround-3404Takoj sem se namenil odteči 10km. Proga gre tako okoli južnega kot severnega dela. Sem pa bil premalo pozoren in rahlo zgrešil, tako da sem krog po južnem delu (ki meri točno 5km) odtekel nepričakovano. Med tekom ni dolgčas. Kljub temu, da sem bil tam med tednom (petek) se je naokoli sprehajalo kar nekaj ljudi (z maskami in brez), tudi nekaj tekačev se je našlo. Vseeno sem bil naokoli prehitro.

Zato sem si malo bolje ogledal zemljevid in začel še enkrat. In našel pravi odcep na severni del. Severni del je mogoče malo bolj dolgočasen. Ljudi je manj, ravnine pa so dolge. Ni pa kakšnih hudih vzponov. Vseeno imam občutek da je južni del bolj slikovit in bolj zanimiv za tek.

Če ti na koncu ni dovolj (sam sem naredil med 15-16km po parku), se lahko odpraviš še na odkrivanje stavb olimpijskih iger. Roko na srce, vse skupaj je sicer res monumentalno, vendar za videti pa ni kaj preveč. Atletski stadion (Birds nest) in plavalni stadion (Water cube) sta čisto na drugem koncu ceste. Oboje se da tudi čisto turistično in proti plačilu tudi ogledati od znotraj. Znaki olimpijskih iger leta 2008 so seveda vse prisotni, je pa sedaj kar nekaj mestih referenca na zimske Olimpijske igre leta 2022, za katere je Peking kandidat. Kar ne gre mi skupaj, da bodo zimske igre v mestu kjer je le malo snega. In tudi smučišča oz. zimske naprave niso ravno blizu. Ampak kitajci imajo denar.

MatevzH_Beijing_runaround-3426Vglavnem. Lokacija tega parka je rahlo odmaknjena, saj se z metrojem rabi vsaj 30-40minut. Za videti ni prav ogromno, lahko pa si rečeš… tukaj pa sem bil. Za tek je fajno mesto, vendar ne vem če bi vedno hodil čez pol mesta za tisti urni tek. Mogoče za kak long-run… Ko bo vse zeleno in bodo drevesa imela liste :-)

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Forbidden palace in Beijing

March 21st, 2015 Comments off

MatevzH_fobidden-3467The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It is located in the center of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. It served as the home of emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government for almost 500 years.

MatevzH_fobidden-7140Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (180 acres). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987,and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.

The palace is divided into two parts. The southern section, or the Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. The northern section, or the Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family. Until 1924 when the last emperor of China was driven from the Inner Court, fourteen emperors of the Ming dynasty and ten emperors of the Qing dynasty had reigned here. Having been the imperial palace for some five centuries, it houses numerous rare treasures and curiosities.

Construction of the palace complex began in 1407, the 5th year of the Yongle reign of the third emperor (Emperor Chengzu, Zhu Di) of the Ming dynasty. It was completed fourteen years later in 1420, and then the capital city was moved from Nanjing to Beijing the next year. It was said that a million workers including one hundred thousand artisans were driven into the long-term hard labor.

MatevzH_fobidden-7300Since yellow is the symbol of the royal family, it is the dominant color in it. Roofs are built with yellow glazed tiles; decorations in the palace are painted yellow; even the bricks on the ground are made yellow by a special process. However, there is one exception. Wenyuange, the royal library, has a black roof. The reason is that it was believed black represented water then and could extinguish fire.

My experience is that the visitor needs at least four hours to visit it. It is not expensive to visit and you can take photos :-) During winter it costs 40 yuan, while in the summer (April-November) 60 yuan. There is extra for clock and watch room and Treasure Gallery, which is a forbidden city in small dimension. Both cost extra 10 yuan. There is plenty of visitors, and most of them is chinese. Most groups come between 11 and 14:00, so this could be the busiest time to visit. But you are never alone.

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Walk through the Beihan park

March 20th, 2015 Comments off

MatevzH_beihan-6943With the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park to its east, Beihai (Northern Sea) Park is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved ancient imperial gardens in China located in the city center. This ancient garden, with over 1,000 years’ history, is not only a classic combination of the grandiosity of the northern gardens and the refinement of the southern gardens in China, but also a perfect integration of magnificent imperial palaces and solemn religious constructions.

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Wangfujing Snack Street

March 19th, 2015 Comments off

MatevzH_wangstreetmarket-7064The Dongcheng Central area of Beijing has two popular street food areas, the Donghuamen Night Market and the Wangfujing Snack Street. As the name implies, the Donghuamen Night Market is open in the evening, but Wangfujing Snack Street is open all day.

Wangfujing Snack Street is conveniently located just beside Wangfujing Street, the busiest shopping street in Beijing. It is a very popular tourist destination. It is especially busy at night. Besides street food, there are also souvenirs and handicrafts on sale (and other junk). The food street has a large selection of exotic street food, such as deep fired insects, scorpions and animal parts. Common Foods such as meat kebabs and Tanghulu (candied fruits) can also be found.

The majority of diners here are tourist and foreign, and the cost of the food is not low.

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Tiananmen square

March 18th, 2015 Comments off

MatevzH_tiananmen-6815Where is the centre of Beijing? Easy. Tiananmen Square.

It is a huge square and there are plenty of sights – Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People’s Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall. One of the highlights there is the national flag raising ceremony.

Tiananmen Square is a large city square in the centre of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North, separating it from the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square is the fourth largest city square in the world (440,000 m2 – 880×500 m or 109 acres – 960×550 yd). It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history.

And yes. Its always busy. And be prepared to wait in luggage-check at all entry places to the square. In the evening, after the flag lowering ceremony, the soldier promptly and quickly clear the square.

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