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... this information online!! Our hotel, the Royal Phoenix Hotel is a lovely grand looking building nestled between smaller houses and businesses in the heart of the city. After checking in and having a shower we headed off to have lunch at Mei Zhou Dong Po restaurant in the main shopping district. I was surprised to see so many Western brands located in such a small area - it could have been almost any other ...
The Chinese have a saying, "you're not a real man if you haven't climbed the Great Wall".
I 100% wholeheartedly agree. I'm not one to be afraid of heights but my knees were shaking when scaling Badaling (a famous area of the great wall).
... to what I was expecting. Our first stop a few hours in, quick and only about 10 mins. People getting on and off. Went out but nothing on the platform. Everyone crashed out for a bit of a nap. Then woke to head to the dinner carriage for dinner. Great atmosphere, everyone talking to each other, sharing stories and adventures. Most are drinking bad, cheap alcohol and enjoying a few drinks- cos there isn't much else to do. The train seems to be divided into Chinese ...
... location, conveniences such as schools, supermarkets and scenery, and the fact that many people have lived here for generations and have great connections with their neighbours. This particular residence was an Olympic Homestay venue (10 minutes from the swimming pool) and they had a Silver Medallist winner. They also had framed letters from Mahatma Ghandi and Margaret Thatcher (both had visited this spot) on the wall of the most important formal room. In another ...
... well try to come back when we are next in Beijing.
Altogether a quite breathtaking city and one we can recommend to you dear reader and don't worry about the food, if you can get along in a Chinese restaurant in the UK you will enjoy the local grub and if you get fed up with it you can always get a MacDonald, Burger King, KFC or Pizza Hut, we kid you not. We killed time around the hotel until it was time to take the overnight train to Shanghai.