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Clocks & Watches Gallery @ Forbidden City, Beijing, China

The Clocks & Watches Gallery in the Forbidden City (故宮鐘錶館) houses more than 200 pieces of antique clocks from all over the world.  Clocks are western inventions which were first brought into China by a priest from Italy in 1601.  The emperors were extremely fascinated by the intricate details and intrigued by the way the clocks work.   Continue reading

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Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel @ Beijing, China

We stayed in Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel in Beijing for one night because I am fascinated by the historical “Siheyuan” (四合院) or quandragle architecture – meaning that the complex consists of 4 buildings with 1 courtyard, and also to experience the old Bejinger’s way of life in the hutong.   The quiet hutong is away from the noisy main street yet close enough to a supermarket nearby.  The nearest MTR station is the Dongsi station that’s a 10-15 minutes walk away. Continue reading

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