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Fun-filled Days in Beijing

This summer I spent an amazing vacation in China. Had four days down to Beijing and did some sightseeing as well. The trip down there really opened my eyes and I had so much fun.

Mutianyu Great Wall

I was first taken outside the city proper to see a Ming tomb cluster and the Great Wall at Mutianyu. It was a pretty fine day, sunny and breezy. With a walk down a well paved path lined with lovely stone statues, I was led into an underground tomb for a quick glimpse of the afterlife of the Ming emperor. It was kind of creepy and dim-lit down there yet I had a great time to soak up the mystery and exhibits in there. Exiting the tomb area, I had lunch and a break before heading for our next stop - Mutianyu Great Wall. We made it to the wall in the afternoon. With a cable car up the wall, I started hiking forward with our guide. The wall itself was very impressive and I was really excited to get up close with the magnificent engineering feat. The section of wall was well restored and great for hike yet there were also some parts built over steep hills, which made our walk more like climb. Hours of hiking on the wall was no joke at all, soon I got really tired and my ankles hurt like hell. I took my break time to get dozens of picture taken by the tower. It seemed there were so many picture opportunities that I had a hard time to decide which one to take. Overall, it was a great day trip I had!

Summer Palace

Next day spent within the city proper and saw a bunch of historic sites including the Forbidden City and Summer Palace as well as Temple of Heaven - all imperial heritage sites. Personally I loved the Summer Palace the most. The lovely garden is full of beautiful sights and attractions. Most impressive for me was the white marble stone boat sitting by the lake. Hands down to the man who built the boat! Quite a fine piece of artwork! Loved it! The walk I did in the park was great yet the large crowd made it impossible to get some alone time - wherever I went, it seemed there was someone around. Anyway, I did have a fabulous time in the garden! Overall, I loved my trip to Beijing and definitely want to see more, given the opportunity!