Loving the Moment Instagram Highlights with Beijing Shangri-La China World Summit Wing & Kerry Beijing

18 August, 2013

We had captured a few moments we loved during our staycations at Shangri-La Singapore and Rasa Sentosa Shangri-La last year.  During our 2-week long trip around China (Beijing – Hohhot – Baotou – Xi’an – Hangzhou – Shanghai), we also had a few favorite travel moments with the respective city Shangri-La hotels that we tagged #LovingTheMoment at Instagram @passportchop. We will follow-up over the next few weeks with more detailed blog post reviews of the hotels we stayed in and the attractions we visited. So do stay tuned. 🙂

At the first city of our China trip – Beijing, we stayed at the tallest hotel building in the city – Shangri-La’s China World Summit Wing.  We were treated to Wi-Fi & a Music Selection Menu onboard our limousine transfer from the Peking Capital Airport to Shangri-La’s China World Summit Wing.  We were able to Whatsapp and Facebook (with our BreakWall.net VPN service) back to our family and friends to “report” that we have safely arrived in Beijing right in the comfort of our limousine! #LovingtheMoment

In-car Wifi Service Airport Limo Pick-up Music Selection

At our Grand Premier Room at Shangri-La’s China World Summit Wing, we were treated to a majestic painting of a mountain range at our bedrest #LovingtheMoment

China World Summit Wing Shangri-la Bedroom

At the Shangri-La’s China World Summit Wing Residents’ Foyer, we enjoyed great views of the Beijing Central Business District and the iconic CCTV Tower using the telescope deployed around the windows.  Unlike those pay-for-use telescopes at various observation decks around the world, this telescope at Shangri-La’s China World Summit Wing is free! #LovingtheMoment

Telescope View from China World Summit Wing Lobby Lounge

The iconic China Central Television (CCTV) Tower in Beijing.  The new CCTV tower has always been controversial for its futuristic design and had took top place as the “ugliest building in China” in various polls.  Some say it looked like a pair of pants or boxers but to me, it looked great!

CCTV Tower Large Pants Boxer Ugly Building Architecture

At Grill 79 of Shangri-La’s China World Summit Wing, we started a sumptuous lunch with the restaurant’s unique butter flavors – seaweed, basil, tomato – surprisingly yummy & addictive! #LovingtheMoment

Grill 79 China World Summit Wing Bread Tasty Sauces Garlic Unique

Shangri-La China World Summit Wing offers Chinese dining options too – at The Red Chamber with its great selection of dim sum.  Personally, I enjoyed the yummy crispy pork belly and the various dim sum options! #LovingtheMoment

Red Chamber China World Summit Wing Shangri-La Chinese Cantonese Food

On the day of our arrival, Shangri-La China World Summit Wing also played host to Beijing’s first vertical marathon – participants took an average of 15 minutes to ascend the hotel’s 81 floors! Amazing!

China World Summit Wing Vertical Marathon

Few more steps to the vertical marathon finishing point at the 81st floor helipad at Shangri-La China World Summit Wing.

China World Summit Wing Vertical Marathon

And in just 9+ minutes, a German runner Thomas finished first at the vertical marathon at Shangri-La China World Summit Wing!

China World Summit Wing Vertical Marathon

Sightseeing around Beijing city at 鼓楼 Drum Tower.  Here you can catch a great view of the neighbouring hutongs as well as Houhai area.  There are also regular drum performances up at the Drum Tower.

Drum Tower Hutong Tour Performances Beijing

Click on the video below for a short snippet of the drum performance you can expect to see up at the Drum Tower. #LovingtheMoment

We had also checked out a beautiful Lamasery built on the grounds of an imperial residence – the 雍和宫 Yonghegong Lama Temple. #LovingtheMoment

Yonghe Gong Tibetan Lamasery Beijing

Intricate carvings (mini gargoyles) on top of 雍和宫 Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing #LovingtheMoment

Yonghe Gong Lamasery Tibetan

When you are here at Beijing, you must check out the Beijing specialty snacks and you can find a lot of these food along Qianmen Street e.g. this restaurant 都一处前门店 which sells yummy 烧卖 siew mai beijing style at Qianmen Street.

Qianmen Street Siew Mai

Another famous specialty of 都一处前门店 – 奶油炸糕 Buttery milk bun – fluffy and chewy! #LovingtheMoment

Qianmen Street Snacks

星巴克 Starbucks in a traditional Chinese building at Qianmen Street – cute! Exploring Beijing with @ShangriLaHotels #LovingtheMoment

Starbucks Qianmen Street

前门 Qianmen – the majestic Arrow Tower at Qianmen #LovingtheMoment

Arrow Tower Beijing Qianmen

王府井步行街 Wangfujing Shopping Street where you can find many Mao Zedong memorabilia.

Mao memorabilia mania Wangfujing Market shopping

Wangfujing Food Alley 王府井小吃街 where you can find lots of different Beijing street snacks.  BBQ Starfish, Seahorse and Scorpion anyone? Some scorpions are still alive! Ewww….

Wangfujing Beijing Food Street

Opera performance in front of 王府井步行街 Wangfujing Shopping Street – interesting! #LovingtheMoment

Wangfujing Street Opera

The Peking Duck is a must try dish when you are here in Beijing and there is no better place to try the dish then at Kerry Hotel Beijing’s The Horizon Restaurant 海天阁.

Yayuan Kerry Beijing Horizon Restaurant Peking Duck Chef

Peking Duck dish @shangrilahotels Kerry Hotel Beijing Horizon Restaurant – yummy and very tasty! A must try! #LovingtheMoment

Peking Duck Horizon Restaurant Kerry Beijing

If you are in a Shangri-La Hotel using Instagram, don’t forget to tag your picture #LovingTheMoment. It will show up on http://instagram.shangri-la.com where other guests have also captured their favorite moments in the various Shangri-La around the world.

Zhiqiang & Tingyi

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