The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Beijing Huamao Center
Travel Blogs from Beijing
It has been an absolute whirlwind since I arrived. I have to tell you all that it was just yesterday that I leaned over to a friend and said "We are in China." I think it is just setting in that I'm in Beijing!! Yesterday was our tour day of all the Olympic venues. The set-up is absolutely amazing. The "Birds Nest" is something that takes your …
... maintained. The gardens along the main roads are immaculately kept up, with plantings of annuals, and even roses. The roads are wide and although congested, pretty manageable.
We have had a really good guide – Joe – for four days and have visited all the major tourist venues: The Great Wall, The Summer Palace, Lama Temple, Temple of Heaven, the 2008 Olympic Bird’s Nest Stadium and the Water Cube (where the swimming ...
... wide moat that surrounds the city. At the very top is a shrine with a huge wooden Budha. We climbed the stairs - not an easy task given Beijing's air quality and my lack of fitness! After recovering from a massive coughing fit at the top I was rewarded with a spectacular view over the whole Forbidden city. It's the best way to get a sense if the real scale of the site.
We descended down the other side of the hill, now a public park, ...
... a bit bigger. 75% of the grounds are a lake. The royal family lived here during the summer because the air temperature is about 10-15 degrees cooler by the lake than it is in the Forbidden City. Justin told us the lake is a naturally formed lake, but one of the emperors doubled the size of the lake to celebrate his mother's birthday. If a picture is taken of the lake from the sky, it is in the shape of a peach because a peach is symbolic for longevity. Justin told ...
... You would just have to see it.
Driving to Darkhan was really nice as well. The scenery is amazing, and although I haven't taken many pictures of that yet, there will be more from everywhere else I go and you all can see what I'm doing and seeing and experiencing and what ever else there can be. And I'm babbling. Sorry.
So, now I'm tired, hungry, in my new home for a year and writing this. Time for bed.
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