The Blue Mansion was the first place we went to see after arriving in Penang. Since this historical house opens to visitors only three times a day, we joined the guided tour at 3:30pm. Our ferry from Langkawi had just arrived and after checking into our hotel, we conventiently walked to the Blue Mansion and spend the remaining time until the start of the tour drinking iced bubble tea from a mobile vendor in front. Tourists cannot enter the estate without a tour guide and only some rooms are open to the public, while half of the property is used as a hotel with fine dining restaurant.
Arrived in BJ today at 1pm local time, caught a cab downtown, dropped off our luggage at the Hutong and went in search of the first (and yummiest) Uighur restaurant we could find. Although five years passed since we last been here, its like we never left! Home away from home!