Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel
- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Minbar in room
- Free High-Speed Internet
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After a lovely lazy christmas in Tianjin I headed over to Beijing to check out the sights I didn't see and celebrate new years there. My trip was slightly marred by getting scammed out of 150 quid by the ooldest teahouse trick in the book but other than that I had ...
... scooters. In comparison to Australia, there are not many cars. Using scooters in China is much more efficient due to multiple aspects. They create less pollution, which is a major environmental issue in China, especially Beijing. As far as you could see, they sky was covered in a layer of smog and no blue was visible. This was one of the most important things that we take for granted by living in Australia, clean airways. The scooters are also less expensive and do ...
... around 11:30, it was.
We then went to a jade factory for a tour and had lunch. We managed not to buy anything!
After lunch, we visited the Ming Tombs ... A very beautiful walk. Back to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Dinner was Peking duck at the Hilton. It was very good ... Ate too much. We had a bottle of Chinese wine ... A Cabernet Merlot ... Shared wIth others at the table as they did not offer wine by the ...
... the airport. We had a quick stop at a souvenir shop where we picked up four more propaganda posters, then said good bye to our friendly guides, Ms Pak & Mr Kim, our friendly driver Mr Che our the crazy Mr Kim senior. It's unbelievable to think that none of them have a passport to travel freely and it was sad for us to leave. Our 5.20pm Air China flight was on time and we were back in Beijing Terminal 3 before we knew it. It was a ...
... time to the rest of ancient Beijing, starting in 1406. It was traditionally where the emperors would visit annually to pray for a good harvest. And this again is another UNESCO World Heritage site. The main temple is circular, made of 3 circular sections, it is blue and really pretty. I went into the nearby pearl market. This building, split into 5 levels of shopping heaven/hell (!) doesn't just sell pearls. The top couple of floors are reserved for pearls, but the others are full ...