Atravis Express Hotel (Beijing Dongsi)
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Beijing offers a wide range of attractions and activities to its many travellers. From the historic and traditional to the hip and modern, Beijing has plenty to appease any traveller.
Beijing is full of fantastic attractions to offer plenty of enjoyment and entertainment to its travellers. For starters, The Great Wall of China, a World Heritage and one of the eight wonders of the world is one of ...
... that here, but it has been written about a lot if you are interested.
Problems with this growth
This rapid growth comes with problems too – pollution, increasing wealth disparities, urban over-crowding and corruption – each of which I understand better now:
Beijing was covered in a blanket of smog for our entire visit. My eyes and throat itched and several classmates were sneezing ...
... obviously went in to the construction is mind boggling. The wall follows the contours of the tops of the mountains which rise and fall pretty dramatically every couple of meters so its tough going to walk along it. There's watchtowers every mile or so which were manned by guards back in the day.
So we walked up and down like yo yos for around 4 hours before the highlight of the day - the toboggan! The toboggan is a single-man kart on wheels where you race ...
... little neighborhood shops. Lots of impressions and sooo hot! When you look out of the apartment it looks overcast and not to hot; but when you get outside it is humid and smoggy.
The kids took to all the fruit and wanted the biggest watermelon they could find (nobody wanted to carry it back though!)
In the evening we went on the very efficient subway (1 every 2 minutes, to everywhere in the city for $0.50 each) to Tiananmen square. Here ...
... in the world, at 400,000 square meters. It was built in 1415 during the Ming dynasty and has since expanded in size. All around the square are large old buildings covered in red flags. These buildings are now all museums. Towards the north end of the square is a monument. To get onto the square it is necessary to pass under the road via an underpass. Each of these underpasses has a long unorganised 'queue' to pass through a security check - so noone is allowed onto the square ...