Travel Blogs from Beijing
... so that's all that matters. Even though you couldn't go inside the temple of heaven, you could see that it was extremely colorful and absolutely beautiful in every way possible. In the hall beside the temple it depicted how sacrifices by the emperors were done throughout the entire grounds of the park which was very fascinating as well. Afterwards we went to the Fasting Palace where the Emperor would abstain from every sort of pleasure before the sacrifices ...
... the Dragon Festival so it was busier than usual. We reached the wall and were given a couple
of hours to spend climbing it at a pace suitable to the person. By now the weather was sunny and it was
getting hot and we bought each person a bottle of water to take with them. We also had group photograph taken by a
photographer who was set up in an ideal spot. And he really took a good
photograph. Some of the group decided they
would like ...
... favourite, the number 11, our still tired legs! We power walked back to the hotel, without a single wrong turn. It took 1 and a quarter hours mind you but we made it just in time to join the group making their way to the train station - phew!! Now for a 14 hour train journey with one toilet for 66 people and no showering facilities, dressed in the clothes we had just power walked in . . . Pity the 4 other people sharing a cubby hole with ...
... but the huge airport and even more so on arriving at Beijing airport which is really huge and quite awe inspiring. We flew Air China Shanghai-Beijing, around a two hour flight.
On arrival we were met by a man named Mark from Wendy Wu who took us to the carpark where we boarded a shuttle with another driver to go to the hotel, about an hour in very busy 6 lanes of traffic. We were met at the door by our guide would be Sharon ...
... imagined I'd see. As a child I owned a book about types of
rocks, and one page featured a picture of an ancient jade suit that a
Chinese emperor was buried in to try and resurrect him. Turning the
corner of the world's largest Pottery Barn, there was that very suit
of faded gold jade lying in a glass casket. For those who aren't into
jewelry, Chinese jade is one of the most valued treasures by both
souvenir hunters, jewelry makers, and the Chinese ...