Travel Blogs from Beijing
We are here in Beijing,
The flight was long, but not too bad. The amazing thing about flying at the time of day, and direction we did, is that it never really got dark. As the sun set on the west side of the plane it very quickly became dawn on the east side and that is when we were treated to some of the most amazing snow covered mountain …
... jewelery, medallions, coins, and myriad other things. It was a great place to explore, but it was a nightmare to navigate and bargain. Chris and I each bought a few things, but we mostly looked around. We also ran into the Ukrainian woman we had hiked the Great Wall with. She was deep into negotiations over a bird cage the vendor was vehemently defending as being an antique. We caught up, and then took off for food.
In the afternoon, we went to ...
... as most were in wheelchairs or mobility devices.
We toured the Temple, that was not even half as interesting as the people before moving on. Shopping was not a feature of our itinerary, but when Jack suggested tea, we agreed and found ourselves in the Qing Shan Ju Tea House being instructed on how to conduct a Tea ceremony and tasting numerous teas. After the ceremony, came the hard sell and we walked out loaded with bags full of cups and ...
The alarm went off too early it seemed. I got ready in half an hour, as Lucy came by at 7:30 so we could have breakfast together. Sara stayed in bed. I really enjoyed the breakfast food today. I had some sort of rolled up savory bread thing and a barely sweet little bread thing. So much for staying gluten-free. I knew, though, that wheat is a major ingredient in the Beijing cuisine, so I just have to deal. I'm trying not to overdo it, but I'm going to ...
... Stores, Tea Stores, and silk stores. Nice to watch the workers, but I'm not big into buying "stuff". ...guess I've moved a few too many times.
The Great Wall was as stunning as ever and we had a much, MUCH clearer day than if we had come on Day 1. Unlike my 1999 trip, we climbed the eastern portion of the wall in the Juyong Pass. Last time I did the western portion, so now ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
- Business Services