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Wonderful Family Tour in Beijing

I had a wonderful trip in Beijing with my family. Since this is our first visit to Beijing and we were traveling with a tight time, so we chose 2 days Beijing bus tour to the representative attractions. The good services by the travel agency and the excellent experience are beyond my imagination. I am really pleased with our short trip in Beijing.
During the first full travel day, we visited the famous section of the great wall and Ming Tombs in the suburb of Beijing. The Great Wall was incredible! I am still in awe over it. The steps are all different sizes. Some were tiny baby steps, whereas others were big steps that went most of the way up to my knee.

Every section we climbed had a different, breathtaking view. Once decided to take the cable car to the top however the heavy wind shut it down. The tour guide stuck with us during the trip explaining to us all sorts of things from the structure of the wall to the smoke signals made from wolf feces the men would let off from the surrounding watch towers when the enemy was spotted. Standing on the top, breathing the fresh air, is as if you were in another world.

Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

In the second day we visited the symbols of Beijing in the city downtown. And the Temple of Heaven did impressive. It wasn't really a temple instead like a huge park! It was smaller than I thought. I once thought that it would be a tall temple closer to heaven. Inside the temple we saw a throne. Emperors would go there once a year and give thanks for a good harvest.

After visiting the main hall, we walked to what the Chinese call 'The Center of The Earth'. There were 9 steps and 9 rings going around the top of the stairs. 9 was a lucky number in China. After the 9 rings around the Chinese Center of the Earth, there was a small flat round rock. We all stood on the rock and we all got to be in the Chinese Center of the Earth. There was not really a different feeling was just cool.

How time flies, see you next time, beautiful Beijing!

Making Dumplings

I'm very interested in Chinese food so during the trip to Beijing, I booked one of Beijing Cooking Learning Tour on beijinglandscapes. Haha, the tour didn't disappoint me (it is very interesting and meaningful). 

Began at 9:00 am and the first destination was the Beijing Cooking School. Here I learnt a few different dishes and saw how they are made from beginning to end, learning the secrets of excellent Chinese cooking. After hands on learning experience, I finally cooked three dishes as my lunch. I'm very proud that I could make dumplings. Although the shapes of them are very strange, it is a perfect job for me and I felt very exciting to eat my own Chinese lunch.   

Dumplings-My Lunch

After the lunch, I was driven to one of the branches of time - honored brand - Daoxiangcun Foodstuffs Store. I can't believe that so many people queue up to buy the snacks. Is it really delicious? Then I bought some to take home as gifts to my family and friends.

In the afternoon, I began the village tour - Beijing Gaobeidian Village. The first destination of the village tour is the Tonghui River. It is a part of man-made ancient Beijing-Hangzhou Great Canal with the long history of more than a thousand years. Then I visited the Classic Furniture Street. The 1,500 meters long classical furniture street is located along the Tonghui River in the east part of the Gaobeidian Road. The main type of the furniture is of Ming and Qing Dynasty. Here is a good stage for representing and trading Chinese Traditional furniture. At last I visit a local famer's house. This is my favorite part of the village tour. Here I happily talk to the villagers and make dumplings together with them. There I enjoyed a very delicious Farm Flavored.

About 6:00 pm I got to my hotel. Stay in the comfortable bed and aftertaste the one day trip, I still feel very exciting. The English speaking tour guide is very kindly to me and told me a lot about the history and story about the old Beijing. Also I'm very happy that I learn some secrets of Chinese cooking!

Cooking Learning and Nanluoguxiang Tour

I'm very interested in Chinese food and Chinese cooking. Surf the internet and look for Beijing tour routes. "Beijing Cooking Learning Tour", oh that's what I want! Online book the tour directly.

It's the time for the trip. At 9:00 am the English speaking tour guide picked me up from my hotel and drove to Beijing Cuisine School. Oh, how beautiful dishes! In the cooking school I learnt cooking three different dishes from beginning to end, getting to know the secrets of excellent Chinese culinary skill. The experienced expert of the school told me how to prepare the dish and the steps of cooking. I feel it very different. Thanks to the expert's help, after about two hours I finally finished the three dishes. I still couldn't remember the names of the three dishes, but enjoy the three dishes as my lunch I felt very happy and satisfied though the taste is a little bit strange.

My Lunch

After lunch, the tour guide drove me 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. There I saw many local citizens buy the vegetables. Then we move okn to one of the branches of the century-old traditional Daoxiangcun Foodstuffs Store. The store used to produce light snack served to the royal family or governmental officials in the Qing Dynasty. Now it has become one of the local people's must-have snacks of Beijing. The dessert here looks both delicious and delicate, so I bought six boxes for my friends to have a taste.

The tour finished in the early afternoon. I'd like to walk around to see local Beijing life. Once heard that there is a famous Hutong called Nanluoguxiang, where have many local snacks, different kinds of special shops and bars, so in the afternoon I went there. It deserves the reputation! Nearly 1000 meters long Hutong stand so many special shops and bars. There I bought a T-shirt with the design of the Peking Opera mask.

Today I really have a nice trip of "Beijing Cooking Learning Tour" which I did learn a lot of Chinese food. Also the trip to Nanluoguxiang gave me a deep impression.

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