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Travel Blogs from Beijing
... to watch Real Madrid old boys play a local Beijing team with the likes of Van Nistleroy and Figo playing for Madrid which was entertaining. We finally meet up with the others who were back at the hotel, relieved to see that they had all made it back and were in Beijing.
Beijing was alot nicer than I remember and its always nice to have more space than you do in Hong Kong with big open path ways and big wide roads.
After a sleepy morning, we travelled 15 subway stops to The Summer Palace which lies on the northwest outskirts of Beijing. The 700 acre park, centred on Kunming Lake and with Longevity Hill rising to its north, was a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The scenery was lovely and was straight off a Ming scroll or Qing painting (or just like my mam's Willow Pattern plates and crockery). Halls and courts poked their rooftops through the trees, pagodas ...
... a waiting van for a quick getaway. She called the hotel in advance to see if we could get a room at 8am - in the end both rooms were available and we got a sleep in before heading out to see what this city is all about.
We headed to the famous Tian'anmen Square which was about a 15 minute walk from the hotel - the largest square in the world someone told me and it is massive. We then headed back to the shopping street - Wangfujing - where we saw ...
... of Tian'an Men Square. The city that the 13th-century Mongo warlord Genghis Khan once put to the torch is undergoing a new, dramatic facelift as a result of a culmination of quarter-century of reform, the pressures of a growing population and the 2000 Olympics.
THE SUMMER PALACE
The sprawling grounds of the Summer Palace (Yihe Yuan) served the Qing Dynasty as an imperial retreat from the ...
... Beijing itself, is enormous. Once again, it almost didn’t seem real, and
since the weather was deteriorating at that point (it was in the 30’s all day,
and then started to rain) it was hard to get good pictures. I definitely plan on trying again tomorrow,
as well as after I return from Central China.
Because it was so cold, and dreading another long and confusing walk
back to my hostel, I made up my mind to ...
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