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Excellent Full Day Trip in Beijing

I had a full day in Beijing yesterday, crammed with iconic sights Beijing has to offer, like the pompous Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City as well as the Great Wall at Badaling section. I really had fun and leaned so much about China on that day trip.

Forbidden City

I was picked up by my tour guide at the hotel in the morning, and then we headed straight for the Tiananmen Square - first stop of our day trip. The square became alive with sea of cars and crowds the minute we got there. Everything on the square felt just like China, pompous and opulent. After lingering on the square for a while, we moved on to see the Forbidden City - once the imperial palace of China. The complex was a whole lot bigger than I expected, filled with pompous palaces and halls, as well as lofty towers and gates. I got to say, a visit to the Forbidden City is all about details. The iconic dragon patterns, legendary Chinese beast statues as well as splendid Chinese paintings were all over the complex. I really got a good sense of how the Chinese emperors used to enjoy their superiority and luxury while hopping between halls and palaces. There were also some exhibits of treasure showcased in some halls, which were amazing too. It was worthwhile hanging out in the palace with a morning. I felt great to stretch my legs and see myriad Chinese architecture.

Badaling Great Wall

Exciting the imperial palace, I was taken to a restaurant for lunch. The food was great and very Chinese style and I loved it. After the lunch break, we hit the road again, and this time we headed out the city to visit the Great Wall at Badaling section. It took us about half an hour to get there. The ride over there was great, with no traffic jam along the way. Upon arriving at the entrance of the Great Wall, we jumped on a cable car to reach the paths on the wall. We started trekking along the minute we landed on the wall. To be honest, it was my first time to visit the wall, so I was very excited the whole time walking along the stone paved paths. It was not until an hour later that I felt relaxed and took my time on the wall, to take in everything coming my way. The views, the wall structure as well as the lovely countryside landscape - all made my walk on the wall fun and blood-pumping.
Overall, great day trip! Really enjoyed every minute of it!