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Happy Short Journey in Beijing

Last trip to Beijing on business I had a day break and I decided to take in some sights over there. I opted to see the Forbidden City and Great Wall so I booked a private guide in my hotel. Tour guide picked me up at my hotel and then headed for our first stop of that day trip - the Tiananmen Square where the Forbidden City sits nearby.

Forbidden City

We did not hang around on the square for long, except taking some pictures and taking in some landmarks in there. Then we headed across the square to visit the Forbidden City. We waited at the entrance before my guide got the tickets to get inside the wall. Upon entering the palace complex, I was overwhelmed by the sight - imposing palaces, halls, gates and courtyards were all over the compound. The lanes and alleys crisscross between courtyards, making the complex quite a maze made of enclosed walls. Never expected it was so crowded so it was kind of difficult to take some pictures without anyone in them. Other than that, I really liked it there and had a great time! After exiting the palace, we had lunch before we made our way to our next destination - Badaling Great Wall.

Badaling Great Wall

Not to my surprise, as with the Forbidden City, the wall was also packed with crowds, mostly Chinese tourists. My guide and I got up the wall on a chair lift ride and started to walk along with other travelers once we landed. The sight was quite impressive with the snaking wall undulating all over the rugged hills. There were plenty of watch towers to mark our walk from the starting point. There would have been plenty of great picture opportunities, if the crowd was thinner. Luckily, when we walked further than others, it was not crowded so I took my time and had dozens of pictures taken. It was really a great way to take in fresh outdoors, the imposing wall as well as rural sights over there. After hours of walking on the wall, we were both tired and sweaty and it was time to call it a day. We got down the wall on a toboggan slide which was really fun and added bonus to my wall experience!

Overall, it was a great day trip that I was looking for to while away a day break from work and business! Loved it!