Holiday – China: Beijing


Thursday 19 May

Overnight train from Xi'an to Beijing
After a 13 hr overnight train ride from Xi’an we arrived in Beijing. I had an interrupted sleep and was tired like everyone else. After a taxi ride in peak hour traffic, an experience in itself, we arrived at our hotel. Unfortunately rooms aren’t ready (we have arrived well before check in) so we headed for brunch.
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I’m a bit too tired for a big meal so got some delicious Portuguese egg tarts (from KFC who paid a huge amount for the recipe), a frappe from Starbucks, and a hot dog type pastry from Maxims. After a shower and short break we headed to our first attraction, Tiananmen Square.
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
It’s so huge and quite surreal! Absolutely amazing, it really is massive. Apparently over 1m people can fit here, though Beijing still has another 21m people in the city.
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square on TripAdvisor

Next up was the Forbidden City. I was blown away at how big this is too. Palace after palace after palace kept appearing, each large, different, and grand. This too is quite an experience.
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City

Forbidden City on TripAdvisor

Most of us were really tired and hungry so we returned to the hotel and went to nearby restaurants. I found some place called Mr Lee and got braised beef in noodle soup, jellyfish, cabbage, sesame bun, and some drink which was kind of like hot chocolate but wasn’t. I was really hungry so enjoyed the food and saved the bun for tomorrow.
Mr Lee
Mr Lee
After sometime in the hotel and a quick shop, several of us went to the Acrobatics Show which was excellent. Some of the things they did were just unbelievable.
Beijing Acrobatics Show
Beijing Acrobatics Show
Beijing Acrobatics Show
The last stunt had 5 motorcycle riders!
Beijing Acrobatics Show


 

Friday 20 May

Really excited today to see The Great Wall of China. We’re at the Mutianyu section which is 5.4kms long but the actual wall is some 5000kms and can be seen from the moon. From the carpark, the wall is simply a spec in the distance.
Great Wall of China
You can choose to walk but I chose the easy option and took the cable car to the Great Wall of China. Plenty of steps still left to climb with the wall a spec in the distance.
Great Wall of China
It’s a long way to the top, if only I had more time I was keen to have a crack. Made it to the base of the very long set of steps. Why does my step counter not give me a premium for all the stairs I’m climbing? Hard work but worth it. Awesome sights.
Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China
China - Beijing - The Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China
I didn’t book the return cable car trip so it’s a long walk to the beginning towers before you can take the walkway down. Going down is relatively easy bar the steep steps in some sections. No hand rails here! Got my cardio workout for the day.
Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China on TripAdvisor

After returning to the hotel for a quick break we had an early dinner, our last together as a group, at a Peking Duck restaurant.

Spinach and mushroom mountain. The dish of the night apart from Peking Duck pancakes of course.
Peking duck restaurant dinner for last day of our tour.
Chicken with spring onions and peanuts.
Peking duck restaurant dinner for last day of our tour.
Delicious eggplant
Peking duck restaurant dinner for last day of our tour.
Crunchy lotus root
Peking duck restaurant dinner for last day of our tour.
Cauliflower
Peking duck restaurant dinner for last day of our tour.
Pork and bean sprout filling for making pancakes.
Peking duck restaurant dinner for last day of our tour.
Peking duck restaurant dinner for last day of our tour.
Gorgeous Peking Duck
Peking duck restaurant dinner for last day of our tour.
Glistening duck skin for making the duck pancakes.
Peking duck restaurant dinner for last day of our tour.
Buns stuffed with duck.
Peking duck restaurant dinner for last day of our tour.
Peking duck restaurant dinner for last day of our tour.
Deep fried duck bones with spices. Some meat left and really tasty.
Peking duck restaurant dinner for last day of our tour.

After that we went to the Red Theatre to watch a kung fu show.
Watched the kung fu show here
Pretty good but not really to my taste. I much preferred the Acrobatics Show last night.
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That ends my time in China, the land of the rising sun. I’ve had a wonderful time and will have to return sometime to see more. I look forward to leaving behind the polution though.

Accommodation

Excellent location as it’s close by Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Wangfujing Street, Donghuamen Night Market, 2 Metro Station Lines. Service was excellent, comfortable rooms and most staff spoke English.
Chongwenmen Hotel on TripAdvisor

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2 thoughts on “Holiday – China: Beijing

  • Yihting

    Wow, just beautiful photos and quality commentary!! Haha I still have to sort through all my photos. It definitely elicited a chuckle when I realized the few, slightly blurrier photos were probably a result of you doing your best to sneak in a pic before all the dishes were leapt upon (the poised, impatient chopsticks were just beyond the frame of your photos). Great meeting you again and all the best, looking forward to more food pics 🙂

    • Shaun Post author

      Hey Yihting, thanks for visiting my blog and hopefully it helped relive the memories of the tour. Things fly by fast and you quickly forget the different things experienced. Yeah, getting a photo of the food was challenging! I’ve previously gone on foodie trips so all members pull out their cameras and take photos first before tucking in. Not here! Nice meeting you too and maybe our paths will cross again. Shaun

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