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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!

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!

Best Outdoor Hiking Ever

Last week, I have done some sightseeing in the city of Beijing for a couple of days. I visited a bunch of iconic sights in the city, like the Forbidden City and Summer Palace and the like. It was really amazing days filled with fun and eye-opening experiences. However, this week, I decided to head out the city to enjoy some outdoors for a change. And the Great Wall at Mutianyu section and Ming Tombs popped up in my head.

Mutianyu Great Wall

My tour guide picked me up at my hotel and we hopped on a bus heading for Ming Tombs first. It took us about an hour to get there. After jumping off the bus, we were taken for a walk down the sacred road leading to the tomb groups. The lovely path was as amazing as it could be, lined with splendid statues and willows. After the walk, we were taken to an underground tomb – now turned into a museum. To be honest, I did not like it there because the space was kind of dim-lighted and kind of creepy to walk around, though there were many amazing exhibits displayed. However, I had to go through the tour with other guys. After we got out of the tomb zone, we were taken to a jade carving factory to do some sightseeing. The factory was very lovely and I saw up-close how the amazing Chinese jade carving was produced. It was fun and amazing! Afterwards, we headed for a restaurant for our lunch and enjoyed a short break before we continued on our journey to Mutianyu.

We made it to Mutianyu in the afternoon and the minute we arrived at the foot of the hill, we marched toward the wall. Looking from afar, the wall was much of an eye-catcher as it snaked its way upon rugged mountains. We took a cable car up to the top of the hill, and after we landed on the wall, our trekking started right away. It was really fun and exciting to be out there, to take in the views and the outdoors and more importantly, to shoot great pictures! Hiking along the stone-paved paths made me realize how lucky I was to be able to see, touch and explore the Great Wall. I really enjoyed a fabulous time hiking on the wall and had my share of fun as well! Definitely the best hiking experience ever!

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