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July 09, 2011

北京 二日目 夕飯  Beijing Day 2 Dinner

Back from the zoo, we had dinner at a Chinese restaurant near the hotel, with our brother's friend (French) and his fiancee (Chinese) .

By the way, our hotel was near the university of the brother and also used by Carl's company for business trips. So we paid at the rate of his company's (which was cheaper). There are many technical companies around the university. It seemed that Carl's company was also in the building where we had dined.

In addition, the Chinese lady also speak French, so the common language at the table was French...
It was really tough for me: outsidein Chinese (we used English to explain complicated things but I don't think people outside hotels use English in Beijing...), in French with family, in Japanese with Carl... I couldn't switch the languages so sometimes I talked to the brother in Japanese or French and Chinese mixed up in a sentence.

Yanjing beer! I didn't know the draught and bottled one. When I visited China with college mates, they drank Yanjing or Qingdao beer... I couldn't drink much so I don't know very well;-p I haven't drunk any alcohol for the past several years.

They're soooo good!
Although I asked if they had "guopa"(fried rice pieces with sauce) at every restaurant we had meal but there wasn't!! WHY?? I really wanted to have it, it's my favorite! I like the sound "Jiwww" when the hot sauce was poured over the rice.
And I also couldn't find Babaocha (tea). Are they not popular anymore?

And we witnessed the first "oui oui" of Pierre here!

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July 08, 2011

北京 2日目 北京動物園 Beijing Day 2 Beijing Zoo

Our second main purpose in Beijing, Beijing Zoo!! I visited there to see giant pandas ten years ago, too.

At noon, we met up with maman who secretly (but legally) came to Beijing and we did "surprise!!" to our brother;-) Then we had lunch at a Chinese restaurant (where obviously serves good huo-guo = kind of spicy pot au feu but I could hardly have it in the summer heat), and took a taxi to the zoo.

Our little boy was in his dream on the way....

Elephant_af Elephant_as Statue
African elephants, Asian elephants and a huge statue.

Tiger Zoopath Multianimals
White tigar. He was roaring and Pierre woke up.
Some buildings are traditional Chinese style. And babies' hair was cut very short in Beijing...
Monkeys, roosters, chicks, and rabbits share the cage... (it was monkey area). Sometimes there weren't the right animals to its introduction board.

I took a photo on the side of the pond ten years ago.

Blackbear Brownbear Monkey
A black bear, a brown bear and monkeys.

Pandaguan Panda1
Our main purpose, Panda area!! There were many foreigners there. Giant panda!!!!

Asianpandaguan Shop Panda2
Panda house. There're shops at the entrance and the exit. We bought nothing..

Panda seemed to look at the kitchen over the cage. Pierre was walking around and got out and in several times...

Kinshiko Giraffe
Jin Si Hou is a model of the monkey in "Journey to the West". The standard one has golden hair.
Carl comparing Sophie with the real giraffe.

Hippo Rhino
A hippopotamus and a rhinoceros. They're huge!!

The zoo was so large that we had sore feet. And the penguin house was closed...pas de chance...

The zoo was closing, and off we went.

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July 03, 2011

北京 2日目 カルフール Beijing Day 2 at Carrefour

We started the second day with going shopping. We brought a lot of food and drinks for our little one, but we thought we should get more water as it's very hot outside.

Zhongguancun Carrefour Uniqlo
これも日本から撤退してしまった、フランスのスーパー、カルフール。家楽福(jia le fu)が中国語表記。朝早く起こされたので(←ピエに)、ゆっくり歩いて行くことにしたら、1時間近くかかってしまった。
Carrefour left Japan, too, but they have a lot of stores in China. They call it Jia le fu in Chinese. Pierre woke us up early so we decided to go there on foot, which took about an hour...

There were only two subway lines (central and loop) ten years ago but it has been expanded so we saw many stations on the way. To my regret, we couldn't use the subway or a bus as it was easier to use taxi with Pierre this time. I used buses sooooo many times, they're so cheap (1-2 RMB = 15-30 JPY).

In fact, I stayed the east part of Beijing last time and this time it was (northern) west, so I don't really know how much the city has changed. Anyways, there're so many huge, tall buildings. And we somehow got to Carrefour.

Bdcake Esc Lunchpack
It seems that we can order birthday cake. As my brother-in-law said, we rarely see patisseries in Beijing, not like in Japan.
There're products along the escalators, too. I know Chinese people are good marchants!
I didn't expect but there were various breads. I know this type of bread...they're quite popular in Japan (but I believe it's not the same company.)

Xigua Softner Market
A big watermelon!!
My favorite "softner" shelves!! I bought one of Unilever's but it leaked out a bit in my baggage...
Carrefour, they're from France but was a Chinese supermarket inside.

Kaoya Pockey Doraemon
Beijing Duck!! I regret that we couldn't enjoy it this time...
Many Japanese biscuits! They're from Japanese company but made in China:-) Various flavors that are not available in Japan and I wanted them all!!
Doraemon Cheese. Doraemon is popular in China, too.

I wanted to do more shopping but we didn't have time.. There're so many shops around there.

I love shopping at supermarket in foreign countries!
I also checked out baby stuff but I will post it again later.

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July 01, 2011

北京 Beijing

Since Ueno zoo is too crowded, we went to Beijing to see giant pandas.

Just kidding, we went there to see my brother-in-law at his graduation. Maman also came (but it was a surprise to our brother) so we really wanted to go.
It's been about ten years and fourth time for me to visit Beijing. For Carl, it's his first time.

Haneda_2 Haneda2


We used Haneda again. It's so much closer! There were many people in the shopping area this time as it's noon. There was also a kids' playground near the gate. I wish if we had it at home...

Beijing Beijing2 Pingmayang

The airport became so big! Our Air China plane arrived at Terminal 3 and we got on a shuttle to the main building, which was a little far away. By the way, Pierre traveled as a Japanese this time because French is required visa (Tibet issue?) So Carl needed to get visa. I needed it last time I visited China, but now we can stay 15 days without it.

At the immigration counter, there was a monitor with a camera. I've never seen it at airports in Japan.
We dropped our baby stroller at check-in and it was placed in the middle of the way to the terminal. We almost passed through it without noticing. On our way back, we dropped it at the gate and was returned at baggage pick-up with other baggage.

Our brother came over to the airport and we took a taxi to our hotel. I was already surprised at taxis whose outside design is integrated (which wasn't at all before) and felt the city has been so much civilized in the past ten years.

Popcornchicken Soup
I wanted to make sure that they still have popcorn chicken at KFC in China. I was so glad to have it again! It's not available in Japan anymore. The egg & vegetable soup was a local menu and was good, too.

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