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Beijing Restaurant with a View of Qianmen and Tiananmen Square

Monday, June 12th, 2017
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Capital M (前门M餐厅) is on the top list of my favorite restaurants with a view in Beijing.  The letter “M” comes from “Michelle”, or Michelle Garnaut,  an Australian restaurateur, the owner and founder of Capital M. This is Michelle’s fourth restaurant in China after the Fringe in Hong Kong, M on the Bund and Glamour Bar in Shanghai.

It is said that it took seven years for Melbourne-born restaurateur Michelle Garnaut to turn Capital M a reality. Capital M’s charm is three-fold: artistic decoration, elegant fare and wine, and stupendous view.

All the dining rooms are ornately built. The main room known as “The Silver Room” features parquet flooring, hand-painted mural,  gold-leaf pillars and elegant lighting, suitable for corporate dinner, romantic wedding and important events. It is  a cozy and opulent setting for European culinary indulgence.

Its menus change with the seasons taking advantage of the local food and imported delicacies to satisfy your taste buds. It offers dining and drinking service for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea,  dinner and drinks. A range of fine wines and classic cocktails are on offer at the bar.

Below is part of the sample menu for dinner at Capital M:

Mezze Platter ~ for sharing
dips of tzatziki, babaganoush, hummus & htipiti
cauliflower fritters, tarator, fried haloumi cheese
fresh vegetable shards, spinach & feta pies & spiced olives
all served with our own warm flat bread

Oysters & Caviar
Fine de Claire No.4
Freshly shucked Oysters from Brittany

Mandarin Beluga Caviar
(sustainably farmed from Qiandaohu) with Melba’s toast
& all the classical trimmings

Red Gazpacho & White Gazpacho
Ajo Blanco, with almonds and grapes
& the classic Gazpacho Andaluz

Moroccan Modern ~
Heirloom carrots, organic chickpeas,
sweet Medjool dates, petals and leaves,
sumac & spices, orange blossom dressing

Desserts
Hot Raspberry Soufflé
with a cool berry swirl ice-cream (20 minutes please)

Very Famous Pavlova…
proudly served in all M’ restaurants since 1989
a light, fluffy & crisp meringue base topped with
passion fruit ice-cream, lashings of fresh cream,
fresh fruits and passion fruit sauce ~

Eating outside is one of the best features attracting legions of dinners to Capital M, which provides the terrace for beautiful al fresco dining.  The terrace allows to have one of the most impressive views in the city – Overlooking Tiananmen Square, busy Qianmen Street, Forbidden City ……

How to get there?
Take subway line 2 and alight at the station of Qianmen and exit from Exit B and walk south to  a pailou (decorative archway gate) to Qianmen Street. Don’t enter the archway and instead just turn left to a sideway, then you see a sign overhead with the big letter “M” on top of a group of grey buildings. Strolling along the buildings and you can spot the sign for entrance to Capital M on the third floor.

Qianmen Paifang, a decorative archway

 

Turn left to a sideway, then you see a sign overhead with the big letter “M” on top of a group of grey buildings.

 

The big letter “M” sign hanging out from the side of the buildings easy for diners to recognize.

 

A large signboard pointing to the entrance to the Building for Capital M

 

From the elegantly decorated first floor and take the elevator to the third floor where Capital M is perched.

Walking out of the elevator,  you will enter the bar area for Capital M.

Walking out of the elevator, you will enter the bar area for Capital M.

 

The Silver Room – parquet flooring, hand-painted mural,  gold-leaf pillars and elegant lighting

 

The terrace for the amazing outside eating

 

The al fresco terrace overlooking Tiananmen Square

 

Drinking and Talking with the view of Zhengyang Tower and Tiananmen Square.

 

Iced Red Tea Drink

 

The outdoor eating terrace attracts legions of diners.

Restaurant: Capital M
Average Cost: approx. 366 yuan per person
Add: 3/F, No.2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street 东城区前门大街2号3楼
Tel: 0086 (10) 6702 2727 Fax: 0086 (10 ) 6702 3737

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

 

Stunning Cityscape Photography from Headquarters of Beijing Television

Sunday, June 11th, 2017
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A city’s tall building provides an opportunity to shoot stunning pictures of its cityscape, during sun rise, sunset and especially during nighttime when artificial lights create dream-like neon wonderland.  Cityscape photography from a tall building allows us to see the spine-tingling part of a city with which we may have already been quite familiar.

The Headquarters of Beijing Television (BTV), a 41-story building is an idea place to show off the trendy and modern buildings and offices that are lit when night falls, the magic and the ever-changing cityscape of Beijing.

Beijing Television is a Beijing government-owned television network with over 10 channels, ranging from BTV 1 through 10 and more, covering arts, news, military, education, entertaiment, finance, sports, kaku kinds and more.

The BTV Headquarters Building is located at No.98 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, on the eastern end of Chang’an Avenue within the busy business district in Beijing ( known as “CBD” – Central Business District). CBD is home to legions of offices and companies, both home and international, a “Manhattan” in Beijing.

With the help of a friend who works in BTV, we are quite smooth passing through the very strict security check and take a lift up to the 21th-floor terrace facing the north. The open terrace is like a large square hole torn apart from in the middle of the entire side of the building on the north.

Each of us have two cameras with a wide angle lens and telephoto lens,  and place them on two tripods. Set the mode dial to AV (aperture priority) and turn f/11 and up to 22 for sharp photos, a greater depth of field, waiting for the golden hour – one hour before and after sunset.

The following photos taken from the 21th-floor of BTV Building.

A panoramic photography of CBD during sunset.

 

A close-up view of the buildings at sunset in CBD

 

CBD at sunset

 

The lit blurred trails

 

The illuminated two Guomao Buildings

 

The lit CBD area

 

The illuminated panoramic view of the large CBD area

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Women Summer Dresses & Fashion Beijing, China

Sunday, June 4th, 2017
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Among the Top 10 Photo Spots in Beijing, the 17-Arch Bridge at Summer Palace is my favorite photogenic spectacle. Summer Place itself is the epic demonstration  of the traditional Chinese gardening with all its essential elements – lakes, hills, rockeries, pavilions, corridors, archways, bridges and temples.

The 17-arch bridge stands out as one of the great photography spots within Summer Palace. It is the largest bridge on Kunming Lake in Summer Palace that connects the eastern shore with South Lake Island, representing Penglai, a magic plade where you are supposed to live forever without pain and no winter, a paradise on earth.

The charm of the bridge changes with at sunrise and sunset, the four different seasons, and also different angles of view. In winter,the golden sun’s rays shoot through the 17 arches in the bridge, a photogenic miracle.

Today my purpose to go to Summer Palace is not mainly for the shooting of the landscape or the 17-arch bridge in particular. Instead, I’d like to take candid photos of the people passing back and forth across the bridge, who are coming all parts of China and around the world since Summer Palace is a must see hotspot for first-time visitors to Beijing.

Candid street photography, or candid portrait photography is a good to record what is happening in a place you are not familiar with in terms of lifestyle, dresses, fashion and more.

My small view angle standing by the side of the 17-arch bridge provides you some visual information on the dresses Chinese ladies wear in summer. Of course,  they just some samples of what the local women wear in summer,unable to cover all of them.

People coming through the famous 17-arch bridge

 

Snap a photo of a smartly dressed lady by the bridge.

 

Two fashion girls hand in hand viewed from behind.

 

The two modern girls seen on the side.

 

The clean and white girl with hat and glasses

 

A girl iPhone photographing

 

A girl with a colorful kite viewed from behind

 

A smart girl with a bunch of flowers

 

People in summer dresses

 

Taking Pictures

 

Jumping high above the bridge

 

The beautiful sunset over the bridge and Kuming Lake in Summer Palace

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.