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Spring Excursion in Beijing

Last week I had an amazing outdoor excursion to Badaling and enjoyed some walking and sightseeing in the Summer Palace when I got back in town! I was fun and as amazing as it could get! I just loved every minute of it! Definitely the best combination – Badaling hiking with relaxing garden walking – I ever had while visiting Beijing!

Badaling Great Wall

I had a decent Chinese breakfast in the morning before my tour guide showed up. It is hard not to fall in love with the Chinese food when you are in Beijing, so over the few days when I was in there I really had sampled a great deal of delicious Chinese gourmet food! As Steve Lin turned up, I jumped on a car with him, heading to our first stop of our day trip – the Badaling Great Wall. On our way over there, we talked a lot about the Great Wall. He spoke English well, so we had a great conversation and I could tell from his face that he was really proud of the Great Wall. It was fun on our ride to Badaling and before we knew it, we were already at the foot of the hill where the Great Wall was built. Upon getting off the car, we headed for the entrance. Lin took care of the entrance and we grabbed a cable car up the wall. On our way up the wall, I had a sweeping view of the snaking engineering feat from above. I got to say, it totally vowed me with its spectacular sight! After we got down on the stone path, we started to trek along on the wall with the crowd. I really had a fantastic time and a lot of fun hiking all the way up the wall and taking in the views!

Summer Palace

After we had a decent lunch in a restaurant, we started to head back to town to visit the Summer Palace. The trekking for hours on the wall was pretty exhaustive, to be honest, so I was really glad we could relax with a walking in the imperial garden – wandering at my own pace, sitting down on a bench or snapping some fine photos – just loved it there!  Summer Palace is really an amazing garden, full of temples, pavilions and other sights! Time flied! We had to call it a day after touring the garden for a while! Definitely once-in-a-lifetime experience!