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Great Beijing Journey - Fresh Feeling

This is our first visit to Beijing and here is the experience of our two days Beijing tour to share with you: The journey was wonderful!

Forbidden City

Day 1: At 8:00 am we were picked up from the hotel and went to the first destination – Tiananmen Square. Located in the heart of Beijing City, it is the largest square of this kind in the world. It is said that every morning large numbers of domestic tourists are standing on the square to see the flag-raising ceremony. Looking around, the Monument to the People's Heroes, Chairman Mao's Memory Hall and the famous Great Hall of the People are all standing here. Then move on to Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved palatial complex still existing in Beijing. It is the symbol of feudal dynasty for 500 years and still sends out the strong atmosphere of imperial power today. It is so hard to sum up the feeling in the Forbidden City.

In the afternoon, we went to the last destination – Badaling Great Wall, the treasure of China. The Badaling Great Wall is the well preserved Ming Dynasty Great Wall with original appearance and it is one of the most gorgeous and magnificent part of the Great Wall in Beijing. Unfortunately we got there in the wrong weather with light rain. But still there are a lot of tourists like us, braved and carefully climbing to the top. How cool!

My Lunch - Dumplings

Day 2: Are you interested in cooking Chinese dishes? This pre-designed Beijing cooking learning tour will provide you such a chance to experience authentic Chinese cooking by yourself! In the cooking school we were arranged to learn cooking three different dishes from beginning to end, getting to know the basic secrets of excellent Chinese culinary skill.

I prepared one dish with the assistance of the experts of the school. It is a hand on learning experience. Enjoying the three dishes as lunch at the school canteen, I felt very proud. During the time stay at the school, you also have the chance to attend cooking lessons if you like, but I didn't do that since I was lack of cooking talent. 
After lunch, we were driven to a local vegetable market in the downtown area where local community people come for purchasing vegetable, meats, the many spices and other life necessities that make Chinese cooking special.

Haha, I really enjoyed my two days Peking tour!