Air Aisa landed at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).
As expected, the terminal does not provide aerobridges since it’s a low cost terminal.
Immigration clearance for foreigners was quick as most of passengers of our flight were locals.
We took the KLIA transit to go to the city center. The ticket was RM12.50 (about CAD4) per person. This included a bus ride from the LCCT to KLIA transit train station. More on following page. Click here to continue reading.
Ben and I had to exit China during my visit last fall due to the 30 days visa restriction. We decided to have a short trip back to Malaysia to visit our families.
We flew with Air Asia as it offers the cheapest fare to fly from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur. It was CAD1045 for a return flight for both of us. As a matter of fact, it was not cheap as we bought the tickets last minute. While waiting at the check-in counter in the PEK International Airport, we chatted with a Malaysian tourist who waited in line in front of us. He told us that he got his ticket at one third of our price at a travel fair in Kuala Lumpur.
The Malaysian tourist also complained to us about his bad experiences during his group tour which include rude servers; bargaining experiences at the Silk Street and the unpleasant factory tours that took up a lot of their travel time.
As Air Asia is a low cost airline, there is no TV on board and with narrow leg room. Everything is chargeable which include check-in luggage and meal on board. More on following page. Click here to continue reading.
On our last day in Beijing, we decided to give the popular Grandma Family Restaurant one more try. This time we went early so that we can get into the first seating.
Customers lining up to get a number.
The waiting place at the entrance of the restaurant. There are usually more people waiting outside the restaurant.
Finally we got a table. The restaurant is big and partition into several sections.
The menu is in the form of a magazine.
We ordered a few items from the appetizer section. The above was a sweetish fried fish. It was crunchy and great for munching. More on following page. Click here to continue reading.
Panjiayuan is also the most popular antique market in China.
Here are more photos from Panjiayuan.
We did not enter the individual buildings; not sure what they housed; perhaps some specialty items.
Another specialty store. More on following page. Click here to continue reading.
On one of the weekend, Ben and I visited Panjiayuan Flea Market. It is one of the largest flea market in Beijing. There are over 4,000 shops in the market, with nearly 10,000 dealers.
Above is the directory of the Panjiayuan Flea Market.
The flea market is huge. There are a lot of repetitive stalls selling similar items ranging from paintings, furniture, beads, books, jade, home decor, etc.
Chinese ethnic minority arts and crafts, trinkets, antiques and apparel. More on following page. Click here to continue reading.
Fairwood is also located in Oriental Plaza. It is another fast food type restaurant.
You ordered at the counter and will be given a receipt and a number. You passed your receipt to a server and the food will be sent to your table.
It was still early at 10:30am. We were not very hungry. So, we shared a pork claypot rice combo for RMB32 (CAD5).
Drizzling the claypot rice with sweet soy sauce. More on following page. Click here to continue reading.
Papaya is a tropical fruit. We used to have papaya trees growing wildly in our backyards in Malaysia.
Here is an article from a facebook posting by a friend which I like to share.
- Papaya is a fruit that is rich in fiber and lowers cholesterol levels. It contains enzymes that help prevent oxidization of cholesterol, which in return helps to prevent heart-attacks.
- The antioxidants in papaya help in controlling premature ageing. This quality of the papaya helps you to get a younger look.
- Papaya contains a high amount of potassium and the flesh of papaya is very high in Vitamin A.
- Papaya seeds and leaves are useful in treating intestinal worms found in the body.
- Papaya helps prevent constipation and also aid in digestion. Papaya contains the protein called papain which is a digestive enzyme that helps in natural digestion process More on following page. Click here to continue reading.
Ben and I had dinner at one of the touristy place in Beijing. It’s called Ghost Street (Gui Jie).
Gui Jie is a street lined with restaurants and lanterns. There are lots of restaurants selling mini lobsters, hotpots and mala dishes.
We ended up in a Xinjiang Restaurant. I simply love lamb dishes.
We had yak milk with butter for drinks.
We had a side dish of soft tofu with century egg as appetizer.
It was the big lamb skewers that enticed us to come into this restaurant. They grilled the lamb skewers at the restaurant front. The lamb skewer was RMB10 each. More on following page. Click here to continue reading.