Highlights of our travels in Beijing
Beijing was my introduction to China, and I was not disappointed! With lots of open space, plenty of sights to see and an easy to navigate subway system, you could easily spend a week or two here.
I don’t usually like big cities so it was a nice surprise when I actually enjoyed Beijing. Despite booking a dodgy tour and getting bus sick (more on that later in another post), I thoroughly enjoyed Beijing and wish that I had a few more days to explore.
The Subway System
As an English speaking foreigner, the subway system is easy to work out. I think there were around 8 major lines (don’t quote me, I didn’t take notes) which stop at all of the city attractions. It was really affordable and it ran on time the whole time we were there. Despite the fact that it’s normal in China to spit on the ground, it doesn’t seem to happen down in the Subway thankfully……this combined with no smoking makes it feel quite clean. Be prepared to be packed in like Sardines during peak times.
The Aquarium and the Zoo are right beside each other. The zoo is a little depressing with small enclosures, however it is clean and easy to navigate. I didn’t really get a ‘wow’ feeling from it though. The Aquarium was much more modern and cheerful.
The Legend of Kung Fu show at the Red Theatre
We saw this show spur of the moment and it was thoroughly entertaining! The theater itself is beautiful however the acrobatics, costumes and skill level displayed in the performance is nothing short of amazing.
The Great Wall of China
We visited the Great Wall (Juyongguan Section) as part of a dodgy tour, which meant we didn’t actually get to spend much time there. Regardless, walking on the Great Wall was still a highlight of my travels in China. The wall is surprisingly steep with uneven steps in parts. At some point, you feel like you are just doing lunges and your legs will swear all sorts of profanities at you. I tried to ignore the fact that I was being overtaken by little old Chinese ladies with minimal effort. The huffing and puffing is totally worth it and you can’t possibly visit China without seeing this amazing structure.
This city square is HUGE with heaps of great attractions on the outskirts such as The Forbidden City, Monument to the people’s heroes, The national museum of China, The great hall of the people and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. Quite a few groups of young people approached us to practice English and take photographs with us here.
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City was the Chinese Imperial Palace from the Ming Dynasty to the Quing Dynasty. It is really quite large and whilst the walking is easy, if you combine this with Tiananmen Square you will definitely need a foot massage at the end of the day. The history is fascinating and there are English translations on all of the signage.
This lovely park is located North of the Forbidden City and is just a nice place to stroll around and waste a morning or afternoon. The Chinese have a very culturally different way of presenting parks and gardens (compared to Australia) and it is both beautiful and intriguing.
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