Ariva Beijing Luxury
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Our time in Beijing has been a little different than we imagined, but not in a bad way. We thought we'd have a day of rest on our first day, knowing we’d arrive at our hotel around midnight after a full day of travel from Nha Trang (a reminder of just how big China is). But our tour guide in Beijing had to shift our schedule around so that she could take care of her hospital-bound father over the weekend (she being a typical only child), so after a bare-bones sleep ...
We head out to the Forbidden City courtesy of Beijing metro, and got off at Tian'anmen East and then had to go through security. This was so busy, people pushing and shoving, not a great start. Finally, after a long walk, we reached the ticket gate and were in! It's very impressive and vast- no wonder it was called city! It has been used for 5 centuries, seen the reign of 24 emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties and ...
Train arrived in Beijing at 7.15. Just about right on time. Even though I had a bottom bunk I did not sleep well. It took no time to get taxis to the hotel. So much easier than Xian. There was not so much traffic being a Sunday. Got our rooms and time for a shower and freshen up. The room same as usual but beds a little softer and the toilet and shower do not leak.
Met in the lobby at 9 to go to Tianamen square and the forbidden city. Leonie and ...
... man held out the money I needed to buy a ticket with a big smile on his face and waving it for me to take. I turned down his kind offer (as it was challenge number 1 and I'll be damned if Mr Miyagi was going to take that away from me) but what an amazing way to be welcomed to the country. It has set the tone for the whole journey and every reservation I had about this trip has been dissolved away by the smile of a stranger. Nice one me old ...
... who are 4 1/2 hours behind us on a different airline, into the country. Luckily, our guide Jessica, the mysterious "Howard," and probably about a dozen others are involved figuring it all out, as I sit in the lobby at 11 pm describing the Herculean efforts to get all of us together again.
We are in a different hotel than we stayed in last ...