Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Maznah cooked our favorite beef soup with "sambal belacan". Thank you dear!
Schamil could not understand that he wont be seeing the boys again in Karachi.
Ok, we had to go Schamil. We shall meet again!
Karachi is a place where a thousand memory still lingers in my head, a place that I will not exchange in any other place in the world which once been a home to me and my family. The company rented a house for me at a safe residential area in Defence Housing Authority (DHA) and later a comfy apartment in Clifton area. Those places are safe to say as it was guarded from any form of terrorism. The 1st place that I stayed for few months with CLC and CKS with Daim, the driver and the housekeeper/cook was a 2 storey bungalow in Khayaban-e-Hilal, adjavent to beautiful park "Hilal Park". We shifted to Platinum Park, an apartment opposite Abdullah Shah Ghazi, Clifton area as we have many of Malaysian staffs joint us for the project. I will have to write in length about those memory in a later days.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
|What a nice created Retaining Wall, never seen this before|
|Arriving Tianjin City|
|Weather was extremely cold than usual, Syahirah kept hold her ear plug to avoid coldness|
Tianjin has a shopping district where they've tried to replicate the old style China. Its called Old Culture Street or Gu Lou. I purchased some traditional clothing and souvenirs here from the site shops for good prices. There are 3 streets of the same theme spreading from this center building. Don't let the expensive look of the side shops scare you, my advice is bargain as low as you like.
Tianjin is one of the four municipalities in China. Its name means 'the place where the emperor crossed the river'. Facing the Bohai Sea, Tianjin, the one time imperial port, serves as Beijing's vital gateway to the sea. In recent years it receives more and more attention from visitors due to its illustrious historical heritage and other natural resources.
It is no exaggeration to say that Tianjin bears a splendid historical background. However, it was desecrated by foreign invaders long before the foundation of People's Republic of China. The city was once shared by nine countries: Italy, Germany, France, Russia, Great Britain, Austria, Japan and Belgium. This marked an extremely hard period for the city and her people because those imperialist countries left permanent marks in her body, most notable of which were thousands of villas. Today those villas provide an exotic flavor, enhancing the beauty of the entire city.
|Colonial house in Tianjin|
Remarks: There are many Muslim in Tianjin. We had a lovely steamboat at the Muslim restaurant in Beijing. For the first time after 6 days in China we had halal meat for our meal. We were served with fish but it was a fresh water fish which had many fish bones. It was a rich and heavy diner that made we sweat with warm and heartening meal that night. What a blessed day.
|Breathtaking view after passing the entrance gate|
The temple was modeled after the Potala Palace of Tibet, the old sanctuary of the Dalai Lama built a century earlier. Since it was modeled after the Potala palace, the temple represents a fusion of Chinese and Tibetan architectural styles. The temple complex covers a surface area of some 220,000 square metres, making it one of the largest in China. Many of its halls and pavilions are adorned with copper and gold tiled roofs, adding to the splendor of the site.
The Putuo Zongcheng temple served more functions than just Buddhist ceremonies and festivals; it was also the location that the emperor would gather meetings of different ethnic envoys from within the empire. The location served as a peaceful getaway in contrast to the bustling life of the capital Beijing, as well as complimented the nearby hunting grounds that the emperor would enjoy with his hosts.
Remarks: The last 3 photos in this entry was taken at the top @ the highest point of the temple.
|Our group photo at the entrance point|
|Hubby was wearing a Chinese hat found at the roadside bazaar during our journey yesterday|
The Kangxi, Qianlong and Jiaqing emperors often spent several months a year here to escape the summer heat in the capital city of Beijing and the palace zone in the southern part of the resort was therefore designed to resemble the Forbidden City in Beijing. It consists of two parts: a court in front, where the emperor received high officials, nobles of various minority nationalities, and foreign envoys. The bed chambers are in the rear, which were the imperial family's living quarters. The Jiaqing and Xianfeng emperors both died while staying at Chengde in 1820 and 1861 respectively.
Finally, I wish to record the tour and our children's excitement taking a ride at the big resort and it's lakes and parks.