I guess I'm leaving around eleven hours from now, I can't wait!
First stop is Suzhou to take in all the nature and romanticism of China. Suzhou has been called the Venice of Asia as there are so many rivers and lakes etcetc. Another interesting fact is in the CBD of Suzhou, buildings are not allowed to be over five storeys, and the high rises are only built out of the CBD.
But the truth be told, I actually find Suzhou can be slightly boring, as the shops aren't that great. I've been there too many times to enjoy the nature aspect, but I hope the Winnie, Jane and Jenni like it. We'll be staying at my apartment there, which is perhaps one of the best about going to Suzhou. It means no checking in and out of hotels in the early morning hours (11am is early ok? -_-;;) and no tardy room service.
Here's a photo of my luggage to keep you entertained before I talk about our next destination. I'm bringing a large suitcase, a small suitcase and a hand bag. The suitcases are pretty much empty (I'm packing EXTREMELY light), but I'm sure by the end of the trip, I'll have excess baggage for my flight >.<;; I didn't even bring a coat!
Our second destination is... the Paris of Asia. The economical centre, (home of my good friend Winnie and other women who seek to marry aging billionaires with heart problems)... SHANGHAI XD Don't take me seriously, I'm just joking around, besides as Ken says, "Shanghai girls have nice asses!"
I love Shanghai though, the shopping is TERRIFIC! You can find markets where things are very very cheap, a few streets away from the Louis Vuitton boutique. I love Plaza 66 and the two other major shopping centres next to it, they are just amazing to shop in and I'm getting giddy inside just thinking about it.
Shanghai is also very beautiful (however in contrast to Suzhou's 小河流水) in the big city sense. Bright lights, big buildings and a budding night life. I've stayed in the Ritz-Carlton Portman in Puxi and Shangri-La in Pudong before and the rooms and service in both are very good. If you ever go to Shanghai they're the place to go (depending on which side of Shanghai you want to be). However, as we're going without parents this time, we're staying in a cheaper hotel closer to Winnie's home.
Yay, another photo interlude. This time it's of my passport and tickets. SO EXCITED!!!
Last but not least, we finish off our one month trip in the one and only Beijing. Yes, I shall take in all the traffic, the pollution, the crowd, the sights and the shops. I love Beijing so much. I guess in a way you always have a sort of an affectionate connection to the place you were born in. Although I left Beijing when I was three, I've visited it many times and it changes so much every time I go. There is always something new and in construction in Beijing. I think they want to go out with a bang in 2008.
Beijing's shopping is no way second to Shanghai's. Shops are everywhere, but probably the main shopping districts are Xidan, Dongdan and Wangfujing, which are really close to my grandparents home (where I usually live going back to Beijing). The city of Beijing is made up of rings of roads which bascially circle the city. Tiananmen is at the very heart of Beijing and 2 Huan is the first ring around it. The next ring is 3 Huan, the next one is 4 Huan and so on. I think the city has expanded to about 7 Huan now. The famous road, Chang'an Jie (which is two minutes away from my home, where all the bright lights and happy people are) has so many lanes it can land an passenger aeroplane... seriously.
I'll be having a white Christmas this year =D
Right, last picture. This is a watch my dad bought for one of my uncles at Duty Free. I thought it looked really nice (but in actual fact, I like the red case more than the watch itself o.O). I was trying to persuade my dad to buy me the Dior Christal watch in the full sappire, but he wasn't convinced -_-;;
Anyway I want to wish you you all an early Merry Christmas^^ I shall return on NYE to see the fireworks on the Harbour Bridge.