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The train journey from Hanoi to Beijing was very enjoyable and interesting. We have found that catching a train in Asia is a lot more difficult than traveling by air - nobody speaks English at the stations, and any direction signs in English are few and far between. In fact in China the signboards are all in Chinese!
On leaving Hanoi, and …
A good experience. Certainly. I feel like there wasn't enough time at any of the locations :( but I hope to one day return to Beijing. It can be frustrating working with 5 different personalities (my own included) but we all made it work.
Oh and PHONE TROUBLE. I don't think any of us have escaped it... out of minutes/out of minutes/trouble …
So I'm staying in this beautiful hotel called "Courtyard 7" thanks to my parents. My friend Carrie and I came in late last night and trust me that entrance from the dark alley (a turn off of the welcoming tourist street) was really pretty creepy. Nonetheless, now we are here and planning on meeting our friends to go see the zoo, the silk market, and the forbidden city!
... I asked our guide he told me that they had been running for 5 years, performing two shows per day. Quite impressive!
The following day we were off early 7.30am to visit 'The Great Wall'. After a two hour drive and a short chairlift up to the wall, we stood there looking out over the hills and the view was breathtaking. I probably haven't mentioned the weather, which is very unlike me but this is because it has been well into the 30's since our arrival into China ...
On he train in to Beijing we start to realise his big this place is, size of Belgium apparently. We have a beer to celebrate our last train as a group and soak up the scenery in the countryside. We arrive at 2pm and are met by our honcho Alice. First glimpses of china are pretty much as expected, loud, crowded and full of chinese.
Our hostels more like a hotel which is nice, got s private rooms which we'll later exchange for a ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCourtyard 7 Beijing
Haven't quite been here long enough to be completely fair, I just wanted to say that when coming in at 11:30 at night you leave the pleasant tourist atmosphere to go into this creepy looking ally with an unwelcoming wooden door and... okaaayyy.... This IS where we're supposed to be staying right? And then it's gorgeous. Not quite as close to the center of things as I'd like but beautiful and everything :)
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