Mutianyu 慕田峪 Greatwall (2) # Beijing – China

Another trip with UIBE to Mutianyu Greatwall. This time, we determine to climb until the very top (tower 23). Some of us, going upstair using cable car.

The sun shine so bright
Rest for a while before climb the stairs
The highest tower that we can go in Mutianyu, because it’s broken already

Just like the first time we go there, we are going down by Toboggan.

Happy Valley Amusement Park 欢乐谷 (2) # Beijing – China

Another happy time at Happy Valley Amusement Park 欢乐谷. And we play until night is coming.

It’s beautiful at night.

Desert 沙漠 # Inner Mongolia – China

We will play in the desert for a day. The desert location only in the behind of the hotels. We have to use special shoes so that the sand won’t get in to our shoes.

We ride the cable car to the midle of the desert and they give us the special shoes.

Do you know the most interesting to play in the desert? It’s sliding down race in the sand XD.

And also, going up in the sand, it took so much energy XD.

Then we saw this camel and some of us wants to ride it. So we decided to part while the other will walk around to explore.

Actually, because it’s desert and the sun shines brightly, if you want to explore more then I suggest you ride the camel. We can explore very far away and we can see this beautiful sand sculpture.

We ride the camel until the lake. And then we go back. The sun right above us and it’s very hot.

Then we go back to Beijing by tour bus. The trip is ended.

Inner Mongolia Special Culinary: Lamb # China

We have a very abundant lunch, it’s lamb meat and it’s very tender.

Grassland 草原 # Inner Mongolia – China

The particularity of its geographical position has endowed Inner Mongolia with rich tourist resources. Located at an average height of over 1,000 meters above sea level, Inner Mongolia is fascinating for its unique natural landscape.

In the west, vast deserts extend throughout the area. There are famous deserts like Badanjilin Desert, Tenger Desert and Resonant Sand Bay (Xiang Sha Wan). Some famous lakes are located in the northwest, such as Hulun Lake and Lake Bell. There are large areas of grassland and desert all over the region. The grassland in the north is among the best in China. There are also vast plains and grasslands in the east. 

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We are very lucky because we stay at Mongolian Yurt. And because we can’t sleep, we wake up very early and happens to see this beautiful sunrise in grassland.

Then after breakfast, we go explore the grassland.

For tourists who have lived for a long time in cities, it would be an especially wonderful thing to enjoy the prairie landscape there. The clear and bright sky, the extensive and magnificent grassland, the fresh air and the flocks of cattle and sheep present tourists with a refreshing scene.

We also has a chance to riding the horse. And I don’t like it because I feel very small on the horse, and I think the horse think I’m very light so it didn’t feel any burden and it runs faster. It’s scary actually haha.. I feel I’m gonna fall from the horse.

The guide take us until local’s host in the middle of grassland and they share their story about grassland. And they also offer us Horse Milk (it taste plain).

Then after that, we go back to the Mongolian Yurt to continue to the next destination, desert.

The sunset in Inner Mongolia is beautiful too. I took the photos from the bus, on the way to hotel.

Our hotel happens to be in front of the desert and it’s a good hotel so we can take a bath and refreshing.

Inner Mongolia 内蒙古 Budget Tour # China

It’s summer and Inner Mongolia is a famous destination that time, and the agent tour in my dormitory, have a budget package 3 days Inner Mongola only 500 RMB. There’s 9 people, 5 ladies and 4 gentlement.

So, we decided to go there on weekend (absent 1 day in Friday).

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Inner Mongolia or Nei Mongol 内蒙古 officially the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region is a Mongolic autonomous region of the People’s Republic of China. Its border includes most of the length of China’s border with the country of Mongolia (Dornogovi, Sükhbaatar, Ömnögovi, Bayankhongor, Govi-AltaiDornod Provinces). The rest of the Sino–Mongolian border coincides with part of the international border of the Xinjiang autonomous region and the entirety of the international border of Gansu province. Inner Mongolia also accounts for a small section of China’s border with Russia (Zabaykalsky Krai). Its capital is Hohhot; other major cities include Baotou, Chifeng, Tongliao and Ordos.

The Autonomous Region was established in 1947, incorporating the areas of the former Republic of China provinces of SuiyuanChaharReheLiaobei and Xing’an, along with the northern parts of Gansu and Ningxia.

Its area makes it the third largest Chinese administrative subdivision, constituting approximately 1,200,000 km2 (463,000 sq mi) and 12% of China’s total land area. Due to its long span from east to west, Inner Mongolia is geographically divided into eastern and western divisions. The eastern division is often included in Northeastern China (former Manchuria) with major cities include TongliaoChifengHailaerUlanhot. The western division is included in Northwestern China, with major cities include BaotouHohhot. It recorded a population of 24,706,321 in the 2010 census, accounting for 1.84% of Mainland China‘s total population. Inner Mongolia is the country’s 23rd most populous province-level division. The majority of the population in the region are Han Chinese, with a sizeable Mongol minority close to 5,000,000 (2019) which is the largest Mongolian population in the world (bigger than that in Republic of Mongolia). Inner Mongolia is one of the most economic developed provinces in China with annual GDP per capita close to US$13,000 (2019), often ranked 5th in the nation. The official languages are Mandarin and Mongolian, the latter of which is written in the traditional Mongolian script, as opposed to the Mongolian Cyrillic alphabet, which is used in the state of Mongolia (formerly often described in the West as “Outer Mongolia“).

We depart from our dormitory in the afternoon by bus and it took around 7-8 hours to arrive in there.

We arrive at grassland at night and we will stay in here inside local’s Mongolian Yurt. You know, budget trip means, you will got what you deserve as you pay. The ordo is okay, the inside could occupy 8-9 people. But it’s very cold, and there’s only 1 heater in the middle.

And, the bathroom, is very very dirty. It’s a public bathroom, and even when we are in front of it, we can smell what’s inside already. And it’s dark, the lamp is not too bright, makes everything so creepy. So we didn’t take a bath that night, and continue to sleep.

And because we girls are afraid something happens in the night, all 9 people sleep in one yurt.

You know, as student with limited budget, we have experience many things while studying. But, I think it’s memorable. I realize that I will never experience this kind of things again in the future.

2007 Kunming Flower Expo then go back to Beijing # Yunnan – China

We arrive at Kunming in the morning. And because our flight back to Beijing is in the evening, so our guide (Kunming Guide) bring us to explore Kunming.

She took us to Jinma Biji Square. But because it’s still morning, and it’s raining, so we just walk around and took some photos while waiting for Kunming World Horti-Expo Garden open.

The true uniqueness of Jinma Biji Archways lies in one particular magical moment known as “Jinbi Jiaohui”: Gold and turquoise intertwining. Just before the sunset, the golden rays of the sun illuminating the Biji Archway from the west, cast its shadow on the square to the east. And at the same time, the light of the moon, just risen from the east, casts the shadow of Jinma Archway on the paving stones to the west. With the movements of the sun and moon, the shadows of the two archways gradually draw closer to finally connect, a moment known as “Jinbi Jiaohui”. 

Built in China’s Ming Dynasty, it has history of more than 400 years. Right on the central axis of old Kunming city, it is located in the center of downtown Kunming.

The Golden Horse Archway is in the east against the mountain with the same name as the archway; the Green Rooster Archway is in the west against the Green Chicken Mountain. Within a short distance of each other, the two archways are in the traditional archway styles. Together with another Loyalty Archway on the other side, these three archways shape a triangle of archway clusters. With their distinctive characteristics they present a spectacular view in the midst of surrounding downtown modern buildings.

No one exactly knows where comes the name for the Jinma Biji archways. Some say the names of Jinma and Biji are named after the two nearby mountains called Jinma and Biji. But some goes much further. They think the Golden Horse and the Jade Rooster are the gods of the Sun and the Moon. What’s their reason? The magic moment when the shades of the Jinma and Biji approach at sunset and the rise of the moon.

Kunming World Horti-Expo Garden

This flower garden is very beautiful.

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The World Horti-Expo Garden is a botanical garden center in Kunming, China. It played host to the October 1999 Kunming International Horticulture Exposition. As an international botanical garden, the Expo Garden has become a significant Kunming landmark.

The World Horti-Expo Garden covers an area of 218 hectares and consists of 5 indoor exhibition halls (China Hall, the Man and Nature Hall, the Green House, the Science and Technology Hall, and the International Hall), 6 theme gardens (the Tree Garden, the Tea Garden, the Bonsai Garden, the Medicinal Herb Garden, the Bamboo Garden, and the Vegetable and Fruit Garden) and 34 outdoor gardens of domestic participants, 34 outdoor gardens for foreign countries and international organizational and 9 outdoor exhibition area for the enterprise participants.

The World-expo Garden was designed to be in “perfect harmony” with the surrounding mountains, waters and forest, showing that it originates from and return to the nature. It has hosted a large collection of horticultural and gardening works from different Chinese provinces and municipalities, and also from all over the world.

In the evening, our guide pick us up to go to airport and back to Beijing.