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Short but Excellent Day Trip in Beijing

Last month, follow my father, we enjoyed a terrific holiday staying in Beijing. I clearly remembered the exciting feeling on that day we explored Mutianyu Great Wall and the Summer Palace.

Mutianyu Great Wall

Tour guide is a young girl. She getting together with the driver picked us up from our hotel. First attraction is Mutianyu Great Wall. To be honest, I liked Beijing suburb area very much. In addition to the tranquil environment, I liked to enjoy the local atmosphere very much. Upon arriving at the foot of the Great Wall, I felt the magnificent atmosphere. Weather on that day showed a little hot, very shinny. We packed a bag starting the exciting climbing journey. My father walked in front of me. I followed him while he explaining some story he knows of Mutianyu Great Wall to me. The scenery here is so charming that I felt I was situating in the forests. This is my favorite feeling.

We passed through the wooden steps and arrived at the stone ground, long and clean. It is really best preserved building with large sale grey bricks built on. My father liked to research the building very much. He touched the brick and carefully appreciated the gaps between these bricks and the holes. These holes seemed to be designed specially according to the history conditions. After that, he took out the camera taking pictures with these history prints. We went on hiking and climbing. Everything here seemed to be existed in the ancient times. For about twenty minutes walking, we came to the foot of watchtowers. It is really the watchtower building, delicate and grand. It is designed typical and different from the watchtowers I saw in the book. It is built not on the ground but lower according to the terrain. We entered into appreciate the inner structure. Inner is dim and little black than the outer side. There are many children climbing the window playing. It is truly dangerous behaviors.

Summer Palace

In the afternoon, we were transferred to the downtown area to visit the Summer Palace. It is a large scale royal garden full of royal tastes. My father paid much attention on Suzhou Street. Tour guide told us the origin of this place. It was built for entertaining the princesses. In order to let them appreciate the gardens of south China, emperor ordered to build this Suzhou Street for entertaining.

We just leisurely enjoyed the tranquil atmosphere and terrific attractions, truly impressive!

Incredible Chinese Experience

Wow Beijing is incredible!! The last few days I spent in Beijing have been my best travel experience actually. I even got a chance to hike the Great Wall - one of the seven ancient wonders of the world!!!! I still cannot what I did that day when I was trekking on the wall.

Badaling Great Wall

The wall is nothing like what I have seen on TV or travel magazines! The Great Wall of China is just way spectacular once you have been there and seen it. Photos, no matter how good they are, seem to do it little justice. There are actually dozens of sections of the wall that I could walk, but opted for the most visited Badaling because I only had a short stay in Beijing. The section of the wall is too touristy and well restored, making it perfect for an outdoor trek destination, however, the crowd made it less enjoyable. But it was packed for a very good reason. The sight of the wall was simply overwhelming for a first time visitor like me! My guide told me that the section of the wall is the most intact, and had been restored a lot in many parts. With a walk on the wall, I got to see it snake for miles over huge mountains! The sight of it totally took my breath away. I really enjoyed my trek down there and had fun as well!

Summer Palace

After we got back to town in the afternoon we had a lunch and moved on to visit the Summer Palace, another favorite of mine. The imperial garden is really huge and used to the favorite retreat for the Emperor and Empress during the Ming and Qing dynasties. While walking around the compound, the garden was filled with pagodas and temples scattered along the Kunming Lake. I also climbed up the Longevity hill to see the Buddhist Temple of the Sea of Wisdom and get a sweeping view of the whole garden. The marble steps made it so much fun on the trek down the hill! I spent about 2 hour walking all around the garden and really enjoyed myself over there. Gorgeous buildings and views were at every bend in the garden, as well as great picture opportunities! Unlike the time I spent on the wall, my visit to the garden was more relaxing and enjoyable. I just loved it over there!

Overall, it was a great day trip I had in Beijing!

Short Journey, Big Harvest

Last Saturday, I explored Badaling Great Wall and the Ming Tombs. Booking this tour is the suggestion of my father who holds deep interests in Chinese history and culture. He always told us that China is a mysterious country housing marvelous attractions and cultures. So mysterious interests aroused in my mind.

I clearly remembered that the weather on the day showed very sunny with slight breeze. Fist destination is Ming Tombs. It is a large scale tomb group with 13 ancient emperors buried. Perhaps, because of the background history and culture, I always smelled the ancient tastes and solemn atmosphere. Tourists here are less. No matter wherever we went, tour guide always offered us the considerate information about the decorations, buildings, even the ground materials. We were ordered to appreciate Changling Tomb. It is the most magnificent and largest tomb building in this area. I got deep about its history and culture as well as the story about the emperor buried.

Badaling Great Wall

Compared with Ming Tombs, Badaling Great Wall showed more lively and vigorous. Once got off the bus, we were immediately impressed by the magnificent building. It is just like the book said a long-distance dragon, zigzagging, falling and down, stretching to the far distance without any man-made decoration. The watchtowers far distance is just like the dragon's scales. We climbed on the building. What appeared to my eyes are the crowded tourists. Some of them are holding the umbrellas. When we are climbing, the umbrellas become the big obstacle. I wanted to say, this kind of behaviors should be forbidden, because the umbrellas could easily hurt someone. We continued our climbing journey and saw best preserved watchtowers with windows. So many tourists circled appreciating and commenting. Some tourists are carving their names or sentences on the building. It is really bad behaviors. As the world wonder preserved so many years, we should protect them but destroy. After several minutes, we met the steep steps, very high forming the right-angle shape. To be honest, this time, my feet have got very tired, trembling all the time. In order to have a safe condition, we helped each other. I counted the steps, totally 32. After conquering that, I stood on the top shouted out: I have been successful!

This tour taught me much. I thought just appreciating on the book is not really enough. Only getting closer, you could get all!

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