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Being woken from an inflight sleep at 4am, for a breakfast at 5am tends to leave one with blurry eyes.. or was it the 12 hour flight and one crying baby that was to blame...mmm.That's the price we pay to "have a good time abroad".. Beijing airport was also rather blurry.. could hardly see the buildings never mind the mountains and anything else …
Our 13 hour flight went off without a hitch. I took advantage of the 200 movies on demand and watched 4 on the flight and still was bored! We landed at 1:05 pm, processed through customs and met up with Grace, our tour guide who was waiting with a sign at Arrivals. (After Argentina and all the planning that went into that, I have none of that …
... most people and the lonely planet considers to be one of, if not the best, Peking duck restaurants in the world. It was min-blowingly good but I shall never be ordering it in England, as I know it can never live up to actual Peking.
Next the Great Wall, Mutianyu section. This is the really mountainous part of the great wall but frustratingly I went on a really cloudy day and couldn't see a thing. However the upside was that hiking ...
... leaving and shopping won!! On the way out we passed a choir standing under cover, still singing! They sounded beautiful, so we stopped for a few minutes to listen to them competing with the thunder!
As soon as we left the park a lady approached us and sold us an umbrella and poncho - she probably made a killing, but personally I think the £2 brolly was a bargain given the circumstances!! We walked to the Pearl Market ...
... now that the weather is much warmer.
Our trip to The Great Wall was arranged by the hostel. We went to Mutianyu, which is not as popular with the Chinese tour groups, so it was not as busy as we had anticipated. We had great weather to walk along the wall. We wanted to see the old, unrestored sections of the wall, so we had to climb up a lot of steep steps along the wall. It was a lot tougher than most of us expected. After struggling ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
We were on a Nexus tour so being situated in the business district on a very busy road, between the 3rd -4th ring roads was not a problem..but to some it could be rather isolated.. subway is a 2 minute walk with the downtown area taking 45 min. There is a Mcdonalds nearby and Walmart 15 mins by foot ,no external eateries.. hotel has several.
The lobby and piano bar are beautiful and great places to relax after a busy tour day..the bedroom / bathroom are very spacious, beds typically asian rock hard, buffet breakfast plentiful.
Rated 5 star but not quite ....
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