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Cheap and Excellent Day Trip in Beijing

This is my first time visit to Beijing. It was a business trip - much of a bore to me. Lucky me, I got a day off work and decided to make the most of that day. So I hopped on a bus with a tour guide and other travelers.

Forbidden City

First, we headed for the Tiananmen Square - the center of the sprawling city of Beijing. We wandered around the square for a while and took some pictures. Everything I saw on the square was quite Chinese-style, just like what I saw on TV or magazines - the buildings were all designed to be in line with the socialism, pompous and dignified! Then we headed for the Forbidden City across the square. The imperial palace was even more magnificent, filled with majestic palaces and halls as well as pavilions and statues. According to our tour guide, everything in the imperial palace was designed to enhance the superior power of the Chinese emperors. Most recognizable would be the dragon statues - regarded as the personification of the emperors - which can be seen at every turn of the city. Our tour around the city was fun and quite eye-opening to me. I really learned a lot about Chinese imperial culture and history. I had never expected to walk in the Forbidden City before and this time I really did it!

After getting out the city, we were taken to a restaurant for our lunch. The short break was fun too, with the Chinese food and dining atmosphere.

Badaling Great Wall

After the lunch break, we hit the road to Badaling Great Wall. It took us about an hour to get there. Looking afar, the Great Wall was really an eye-catcher as it snaked along the rugged mountains into the horizon. I got to say, to see the Great Wall up-close and personal for the first time totally stunned me! It took me quite a while to snap out of it. With a cable car ride up the wall, we all landed on the solid wall, safe and ready to hike along with our tour guide. The paths we trekked were well restored and it was kind of easy to hike along. With the ups and downs, twists and turns on the wall, great picture spots were at every turn. The fresh outdoors, the lovely countryside and the magnificent wall all made my excursion out there a lifetime experience!

Overall, I really enjoyed every minute of my day trip in Beijing! Totally worth it!