Archive for Affiliation: China-ASEAN Youth Camp

Last Day in Beijing

Beijing, China: Part 10 of 10

Nine days in both Beijing and Manzhouli were not enough (definitely!). Beijing alone is too big for a few days visit. It was our departure day yesterday, but those who flew with Philippine Airlines still managed to squeeze in an activity in the morning. We woke up very early and walked to the Temple of Heaven, which is a block away from our hotel.

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A Glimpse of Old Beijing

A Hutong in Beijing – Reflections of Ancient China

Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia, and Beijing, China: Part 9 of 10

It was our last full day in China yesterday and upon arriving in Beijing from Manzhouli, we headed straight to the Philippine Embassy for a courtesy call to Ambassador Sonia Brady. She spoke about the the roles of the Philippine Embassy and the situation of the Filipinos in China.

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On Cha Gan and Goodbyes

Manzhouli, China: Part 8 of 10

It was farewell to Manzhouli and some friends. Half of the contingents went back to Beijing this morning, while the other half, stayed in Manzhouli. We were one of those who stayed behind.

We went to visit Cha Gan Lake in the morning. As per our ever-patient guide, Jasmine, Cha Gan in English means “disappear”. True enough, we went to a green, flat field, with no sightings of a lake. The area has huge elephant monuments and three sets of gigantic stones far behind. According to one of Chinese guides, these stones symbolize the three stages of marriage – Bronze, Silver, and Gold. There are Chinese characters carved on these stones, which I pressume, say more about the stages of marriage.

Most of our contingent went to the bronze rock and climbed up. It was Reggie, Happy, and me at first, then the rest followed. It felt nice to be up there. Haha! 🙂

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One Step to Russia!

At the Sino-Russian Border Museum (Photo from Happy)

Manzhouli, China: Part 7 of 10

Last July, my PacRim group had a San Diego (USA)-Tijuana (Mexico) border tour. Of course we had to stay at San Diego’s side since we needed a visa to Tijuana.

This time, we had a Sino-Russian border tour since Manzhouli is bounded by Houbeijiaersike on the north. (Sino is said to be another name of China, sin being derived from the Qin Dynasty, the reign which unified the country. Qin is pronounced as chin, which maybe the root word for sin.) The border looked a little bit scary though, because there were Russian guards in camouflage at the other end.

There are State Gates – those rectangular archs which mark the boundary of both countries. China’s State Gate is made of 2000 pieces of gray granite plates with Chinese characters on it. Below the State Gate View Spot are two railways for steam trains. We saw steam trains pass by while we were on the view spot. Both were on the way to Russia.

Russia’s State Gate

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Manzhouli Matters

Manzhouli, China: Part 6 of 10

The China-ASEAN Young Leaders Meeting was held today at the Diplomacy Hotel. This meeting is a pilot program of the Chinese government, which was agreed upon during the China-ASEAN Summit in October 2006. For this program, a presentation on the roles of youth in the China-ASEAN regions were given to us.

In the afternoon, my group discussed about the situation of the youths in ASEAN and China, volunteerism, and mental health. Mike, my co-delegate, was chosen to present a report of the discussion.

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Manzhouli: Charming City of China

Manzhouli: More Charming At Night

Beijing and Manjouli, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China: Part 5 of 10

Almost all of us woke up tired after a night of meeting and practice for the cultural night in Manzhouli. We left Tiantan hotel at 5:30 A.M. and proceeded to Beijing’s domestic airport. After check-in, we took a shuttle to board the Shan Xi plane.

It took us 2 hours to get to Manzhouli from Beijing. Since we took a domestic flight, the plane couldn’t fly in a straight line from Beijing to Manzhouli. It had to make a little horizontal U shape to avoid the skies of Mongolia.

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Climbing the Longest Man-Made Structure

Beijing, China: Part 4 of 10

Even Children Climb the Great Wall

For man-made wonders, I saw the Great Wall of China this time after Taj Mahal (India) in 2002 and Angkor Wat (Cambodia) last May. Seeing the Great Wall up, close, and personal was exhilarating. At the same time, seeing it could touch hearts since a lot of lives were risked for the wall to be erected. When I stepped on the Great Wall and saw how far it stretched, I couldn’t stop thinking how it was ever made possible.

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