April-May 2013, Beijing – The National Museum of China

It is now August, and we are still posting May’s photos… oh boy.

Anyway, put that all aside, and there’s no denying that the National Museum of China in Beijing (just cross the road from Tiananmen!) is definitely a place to visit. It’s huge, one day is reportedly not enough for appreciating the whole place. While you might be expecting pictures of the treasures inside, though, I was actually pretty pooped by this time (a loooong walk throughout the day which ended in Tiananmen Square), so all I did was to tour the first floor and stay in a coffee shop. Yeah, I’m in the great and legendary National Museum of China, and I spend our time there hanging out in a really ordinary coffee shop and surfing Instagram. Sure, sue me, but I tell you, fatigue and a general lack of fitness makes you do these kinds of unexpected things.

National Museum of ChinaYou have to admit though – it looks grand, like how a proper national museum should look like. Manila? Ehem ehem.

National Museum of ChinaNational Museum of ChinaDuring this time, us fatigued-from-walking teachers really envied this guy and his contraption. 😐

National Museum of ChinaNational Museum of ChinaNational Museum of ChinaWhatchu say, clean & polished interior? I really like the clean lines and architecture. The whole classy look of the museum didn’t stop us from doing things we would only do as tourists, though:

National Museum of ChinaNational Museum of ChinaNational Museum of ChinaI swear, none of us will be caught dead doing this in our own country. Ah, the freedoms that come with being a tourist…

National Museum of ChinaNational Museum of ChinaNational Museum of ChinaOnce the sun started to set, amid the rough dryness and harsh cold of Beijing and its nights, we were blessed with a variety of colours that only night brings…

National Museum of ChinaNational Museum of ChinaNational Museum of ChinaNational Museum of ChinaNational Museum of ChinaSurprised at how, with a little tweak here and there, these photos managed to look decent considering they were taken from a moving bus’s window. That bus took us to… an amazing Peking duck (never leave without it!) restaurant and the oh-so-famous martial arts show at the Red Theatre.

DSC_4485DSC_4486DSC_4487Our Filipino companions mostly complained that it lacked taste or whatever, but I put that down to us Filipinos being used to rich & savory tastes. For me, there’s a reason it’s famous – the simply-seasoned but not bland meat goes well with the crisp, decadent skin that’s not overpoweringly spiced or anything. *smack*

DSC_4494DSC_4489DSC_4493DSC_4491Apparently, every foreign tourist who visits Beijing is taken here – that’s how famous it is. Of course, I abided by the rules and didn’t take photos during the show. For me, it was fine – very dramatic indeed, with a lot of thought and practice put in, but definitely not the most mind-blowing. Give me Jackie Chan or Jet Li any day. :p

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