Travel Blogs from Beijing
... and to think it extends for more than 5,000 miles is mind blowing. We took the gondola up to the top, the views to our right eventually revealing the crenellated battlements on the top of the wall. At the top, we walked to the right a bit through tower number 14, and then we walked back to the left to tower number 15. My thoughts on the Great Wall are:
1) It would be amazing to hike a far distance or to see it by helicopter. 2) When you go see such a small section of it, ...
... Beijing. The city is a mix of old colorful stucco high rises against shiny glass skyscrapers. Some have roofs shaped like old temples. The pollution is apparent, even the second row of buildings from road was shrouded in yellow fog.
On the 45 minute drive to dinner (we ate before heading to the hotel), our trip organizer took the mic, and first apologized for his English, stating that his first foreign language is French. He warned us that ...
... Obviously. The part we were on was built by the Qin dynasty and was built to keep out the nomads and barbarians (pesky fellows), as was the rest of the wall. For more historical information on the Wall please see Google.com
By the time we got up onto the wall, the sun was blazing and it was a beautiful clear day.
Stunning views, as you might expect Rising Mountains and plunging valleys as far as the eye could see! The wall ...
... On our campus, there is an area with several different food vendors. They look a little sketchy, but Wei told us they are safe because they are on Peking’s campus, so the government regulates them closely. I went to a stand called “Taiwan Pancake” and had basically a fried “pancake” (that’s more like a fried tortilla) with Pepper steak and black pepper sauce. I didn’t really know what I was going to get, but he ...
An early start for us to catch the morning flight to Beijing. Both of us were feeling excited about starting our real holiday in China but also on the verge of tears at the thought of having to trade in the luxury of this nice hotel for the slums of Beijing! How wrong we were! (sort of), after arriving at the airport in Beijing we managed to find our way via trains and subway to the stop near our hostel, our luck then ran out and we managed to get lost, luckily a ...
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