Sweep The Tombs Early…

… so that way, you have time to play the rest of the day!

For this years Tomb Sweeping Day, also know as Qing Ming Jie (清明节), my colleagues and I visited Qianmen Street in Old Beijing. It’s funny to have Old Beijing so close to New Beijing and in some of the photos below you can see how modernization is pushing its way in…

Qianmen is a network of interconnected alleyways and corridors south of the Forbidden, or Imperial, City… since it’s a commerical area, this isn’t necessarily considered a hutong but it has the same feel…

There’s a trolley that transports patrons from one end of the main walking street to the other…

At the north entrance, you can see the Zhengyangmen (正阳门) Gatehouse , or Archery Tower… this 42-meter high tower was used to defend the Forbidden City (north of Qianmen) from intruders and is the tallest tower in Beijing’s city wall…

Like any other shopping area in China, there’s food… anyone for some scorpion on a stick? or perhaps a juicy beetle?

We got away from the bugs as quickly as possible… and ran into this guy…

Who probably spent much of his time using this (which I think is an apparatus for grinding meal)…

Or maybe he just used it to chase this guy with…

After exploring Qianmen, we headed to Capital M for afternoon tea…

Afternoon tea at Capital M is a wonderful experience. As a matter of fact, any meal at Capital M is wonderful. It’s worth a visit if have the chance.  I have to make plans to go back soon.

 

With the weather getting nicer, Qianmen is also a must see. I took the day off from running and it was well worth it.

Signing off… ETT! =)

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2 Comments to “Sweep The Tombs Early…”

  1. I can’t believe you passed up bugs on a stick for fancy pastry’s. FYI: I think Capital M is affliated with M on the Bund a wonderful brunch spot in Shanghai.

    • You are absolutely correct… it is affiliated with M on the Bund. I think I might check them out for dinner the next time I’m there!

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