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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!

Highlight of My Trip in Beijing

Last month, our family did some serious sightseeing in Beijing. It was fun and full of lifetime experiences. I really got my eyes opened on that trip. The first day we were taken outside the city to see a bunch of Ming dynasty tombs and Great Wall at Badaling section. Honestly, I did not enjoy my time over there. At Ming Tombs, we were taken to visit an underground tomb that turned into a museum. I felt it kind of creepy and spooky while moving around, knowing I had stepped into the place of the dead. And Badaling was packed with crowds and we barely had some alone time on the wall to enjoy our trekking or taking pictures. However, we did enjoy a great time the next day when we were taken to see the Forbidden City.

Tiananmen Square

We woke up to a fine day that day, and the bus picked us up around 8 am and hot the road for Tiananmen Square. We walked for a while till we arrived at the square. From afar we saw the iconic portrait of Mao Tse Tung that hangs on the red-painted tower leading to the Forbidden City. Then our tour guide took us to the center of the square for us to do some sightseeing with a walk. The square was really huge and spacious, lined with a bunch of iconic landmarks. We took some pictures while wandering around the square. Though we were not as excited as those Chinese people when they finally stood on the icon of China, I could still tell how important the square meant for them.

Afterwards, we moved towards the meridian gate that stood at the center of Tiananmen Square and continued on down the axis line of the Forbidden City. The front part of the Forbidden City was quite pompous and magnificent, with the buildings all colorfully painted and strikingly decorated. Commoners of course were off limits to enter the Forbidden City back in ancient times, hence the name. There seemed to be hundreds of thousands of halls and palaces in the ground. Some serve as living quarters of the emperors, some court, I could tell by size, roof-style and the number of Chinese dragons on the eaves the roles of each building. Got to say, the architecture was amazing as it could be! It was really an eye-opening experience in the imperial palace!

Overall, we both had fun and some lifetime experiences while visiting Beijing!

Highlights of My 2-day Travel in Beijing

Last week on my business trip to Beijing, I got a break from my work and decided to do some sightseeing in the city. To make the most out of those 2 days, I joined a group tour to explore some of the iconic sights in the city. It was really fun and I did have a good time traveling around the city with the other travelers! It was a journey full of highlights!

Mutianyu Great Wall

The highlight of my first day trip was no doubt the Great Wall at Mutianyu section. We set out for the Great Wall in the morning after all the travelers were on the bus. It did not take long for us to get there. Once we landed on the wall after a fun ride on the cable car, we started to hiking along with the tour guide who kept filling us in with history and legends about the Great Wall. It was quite interesting to learn more about the Great Wall while enjoying the fresh outdoor air and taking in the breathtaking views out there! It was really amazing and we all had lots of fun on the wall. It was totally worth it and I got plenty of lifetime experiences and memories too! And of course I did not miss any opportunities to capture some lovely moments. We also got lots of group photos taken by our lovely tour guide. It was really a great day I had to haunt out with those travelers who were as exciting to hike the Great Wall as I was!

Summer Palace

The highlight of my second day trip was a relaxing walk in the Summer Palace. I got to say, after the long hiking the day before, it was really comfortable to relax and enjoy some lovely garden views at the same time. The time we had in the garden definitely blew my mind. I felt like I fell in love with the lovely garden the minute I walked inside! We visited dozens of amazing sights in there – just loved them all! It was really fun and relaxing to enjoy a walk around the garden and take in the breathtaking garden scenery! Everything was perfect while I was wandering in there! It seemed like I was traveling back in time!

Overall, it was a lifetime experience for me! I just loved it there!

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