China Holiday 2010: Day 7: Z Plaza – Part 2

After visiting Tiananmen square, we entered a nearby subway station at the opposite side of the square and headed to our next destination some shopping complex that my dad’s work friend told him about called Z Plaza.

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This was the first subway trip we took in Beijing and I decided that I let my dad try buying the tickets instead of relying on me to buy them each time.

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It was pretty straightforward and the interface was togglable between Chinese and English.Tiananmen square 109

After paying, you get a ticket card that you use at the ticket gates.

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The gates looked like this. Pretty much like any other subway ticket gate.Tiananmen square 112

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On the train. It was quite similar to the train system in Japan.

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We got off at Xizhimen station and transferred to a different line. Tiananmen square 118

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It was a bit less busy on this train.

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Getting off at Zhongquangun station where there is a shopping plaza that we were heading to.

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Heading to the exit gates.

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There are a number of signs that direct you to Z Plaza.

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When you enter Z Plaza, the first thing you see is a lot of gadget, mobile phone and PC stores.

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A large majority of the stores were mobile phone stores.

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Stores selling iPads and other apple goods.

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Lenovo is a popular brand name in China.

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Apart from the electronic goods, there were a variety of other stores.

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The shopping center had several floors.

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We explored a bit and we looked around for a place to eat.

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We went upstairs to find a food court called food republic.

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A Ramen store.

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Entering food republic.

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A juice bar inside food republic.

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There are a lot of places to choose from.

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On the left there are nice looking bowl style meals available.

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It was close to about 2:20pm, so it wasn’t very busy and we were quite hungry. The samples they had on display were very appealing.

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A lot of the dishes seem to be various types of Chinese food.

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There even was an Indian stall.Tiananmen square 163

I liked the presentation with the leaves.

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In the end, we decided to order from this food place.

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My mum ordered some kway teow noodles and dad chose a noodle soup with duck and pork.Tiananmen square 171 Tiananmen square 169 Tiananmen square 172

I ordered a pork dish which camae with an egg and a serving of suimai dumplings.

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After our meal, we went downstairs and I found a piano store. I decided to pretend that I was shopping around for a piano so I could practise playing some of the songs I was learning and others that I was forgetting as I hadn’t played for over a week.

They seemed to also teach the piano there as well as sell a Chinese string instrument that resembles the Japanese Koto.

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In the meanwhile my dad had a haircut in the store next door and after I had enough with playing and trying out all the pianos, I also decided to get a haircut too.

The place where we got our hair cuts.

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After the hair cut, we had a drink at this cafe.

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We decided to head back and noticed this model of the city  on the way back.

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We also passed these performers playing the piano and the stringed Chinese instrument (guzheng I think).

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According to the sign, I believe that they belong to a school that teaches you to play the instruments.

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Passing through the clothes and shoe shops on the way back to the station.

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The service section of the PC stores.

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Taking a last look around the stores before heading to the station. 🙂

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We reached the station entrance, but decided to take a look outside before heading home.

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When we got outside the station, it was very windy and there was a cold breeze blowing.

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I quickly took a few quick photos of the surrounding.

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I was pretty impressived with the night shots I took with my camera.

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After a quick look around, we couldn’t find any more stores that we wanted to visit outside.

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Since it was quite cold, we headed back down to the subway quickly.

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Getting on to the train back to the hotel.

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Transferring between stations.

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Back at the Denshikou station where I noticed there was still some Beijing Olympics advertising on the walls.

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We then decided on eating at this restaurant outside our hotel which served a variety of dishes.

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I had a rice porridge with preserved century egg and finished it off with a serve of Shanghai noodles.

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Then we returned back to the hotel after a long day.

Comments (2)

KenDecember 14th, 2010 at 8:38 am

my god im so hungry now, nice day u have it seems.

as for beijing, changed sooo much! the subway look like the hong kong MTR xD

TimDecember 15th, 2010 at 8:41 am

It was a nice day. I quite enjoyed that shopping plaza. Lots of good food there too.

The subways were very good. As you say, they are not very different from the Hong Kong MTR.

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