Wed 18 Jul 12 - Sat 21 Jul 12
I landed in Beijing around 8:30 on Wednesday evening. Since I wasn’t too tired from the flight, I decided to take a trip to Tiananmen Square located in the heart of modern China. It is the home to many large parades and rallies. Although not much was happening at the Square today, it was still a very interesting place to see. The square is enormous and has giant television screens, vendors, tour guides and photographers strategically placed throughout. It was a lovely experience to spend time walking around the square after spending time traveling for hours today. Not to mention that seeing the gate of the Forbidden City was spectacular! I then headed off to my hotel Swissotel Beijing. The hotel was very nice with great service and was relatively cheap. It also had a pool, hotel and fitness centre. It only cost $111.95 for a classic double room a night or 335.85 for all 3 nights
On my first full day in China, I went to the Great Wall of China because I really wanted to get the opportunity to experience the wonder of the world. I went early in the morning and there were very few other people there, so I got to see the wall all on my own. I had to hike a bit to see the wall, but it was all worth it. The scenery was just amazing. The view from the wall was beautiful. I was surprised by the sheer size of the wall, it extended so far into the distance it was impossible to see where it ended. I was able to climb the wall, which I greatly enjoyed.
After visiting the Great Wall, I went to the Forbidden City. Admission was 60 yaun, or about $10 CAD. the forbidden city is huge palace that was built in the fifteenth century, which was later, restored in the eighteenth century. The building is filled with historical importance. There is just so much to see it is enormous! Seeing the palace was a surreal experience. However, it was very unfortunate that I could not go inside of the building, do to it being off limits. But, I was able to look through the door way and windows. I would recommend a trip to the Forbidden City to anyone visiting Beijing! It is definitely something to see.
The next day I went to the Back Lakes (Hou Hai). The lake was enormous and there was just so much to do there. There were many tourists but there were also many locals visiting the beautiful lake. I walked around the lake and it was so breathtaking. We also went out on the lake in a boat and it was great fun to see! It was nice to escape the city, and be one with nature. I forgot about all of the craziness of Beijing. It is a completely different atmosphere. I spent the day just relaxing around the lake, grabbing something to eat at one of the local restaurants. I took in the surrounding beauty, resting which is something I have been in great need of while on this trip
On my last full day, I went to the Beijing Capital Museum. It consisted of five floors of unique Chinese art. When I got to the museum, I saw the beautiful building. The architecture was amazing! It wasn’t too busy inside of the museum, so I got to take a look at a lot of the artwork. On one floor, there were beautiful vases, cups and teapots. In another area, there are beautiful paintings that just stood out to me. The museum is filled with amazing art artifacts that are rich in Chinese history. My favourite floor was the contemporary Chinese art floor. It was so interesting! After the museum, I went to the Beijing Botanical Garden. The flowers are so pretty! With tulips, peonies, tropical flowers, orchids and cactuses. As a fan of gardening, the large variety of plant life really intrigued me, causing me to greatly enjoy my visit.
$584 Air China - Economy
PEK 5:25p → HND 9:45p
total cost: $929.85