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Beijing Day 6 - Fraser Suites & CCTV Tower

4 Star Security Embassies. I Found my Missing Lego pieces.

sunny 8 °C

Fraser Suites is located in about 600m East of CCTV new site, 600m NE of World Trade Centre 3, and 600m West of the Temple of the Sun (not Temple of Heaven where every package tour takes you to). In other words, it's located @ 666.

Right next to the Western neighbour of the Temple of the Sun is the Embassy district. It's a off-limit area like Area 51. And like Area 51, they're populated with aliens. All the embassy buildings are decked with beautiful coiling barbwires up the top of wall. And about 1.5m away from the perimeters of the embassy buildings are surrounded with a very nice 3m tall wire fence like a maximum prison. In the space in between, let call it shoot-to-kill corridors, stood the motionless solders. The embassy staff know they're in safe hands, and electric fences.

Well, I didn't really go there with the camera. If I start shooting, 1 of them security guards that are disguised as statue might spring back to life and shoot me with something more easier to operate than a DSLR. No, I was driven past from Novotel to Fraser Suites, and inspect the area from a passing taxi. Yep, except from the air, the area passed my security criteria. I award it a 4 star for security. I hold back 1 star because the security's weapon isn't measured up to John Rambo's.

If I'm not mistaken, the Moscow Restaurant is only a lane across from the US Embassy. I guess the restaurant is just a front for Russian espionage activities. They don't need to worry about take-outs when they do stake-outs on the Yanks unless they're sick of Russian food. Ummm...that's very unpatriotic. Da!

Fraser Suites usually locates in expat area. Here's a list of things to keep your eyes out to spot for an expat area: a high concentration of high fashion shops, upscale multicultural dining, trendy cafe - sorry café, how clumsy of me - where Beijingers can be seen with their laptops, or smart phones. Look, I'm tapping into wire-fi.

After dropping the bags in Fraser Suites, and rested a bit with my fave brew of Iron Guanyin tea, I made my way to the CCTV Tower that's the new headquarter for China Central Television. It was then that I found my missing Lego piece that I lost a long time ago. It's always the last place you look.

Look up in the sky! It's a plane! it's a Windows logo! It's my missing Lego piece!


You can check out my photo album for CCTV Tower here.

Posted by FrancisQ 07:49 Archived in China Tagged beijing cctv_tower headquarter architecure

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