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Beijing, China

November 21, 2010

This is just to summarize my experiences from my recent trip to Beijing before I forget them :).

We arrived at the Beijing International Airport on Thursday night, October 21. First thing I noticed was the air quality as we were approaching the exit, you can smell the pollution. Once outside, you’ll see taxis lined up and you just pick the one in front, we had to take two taxis because our luggage wouldn’t fit …

Great Wall of China

November 8, 2010

This is what I came to Beijing for! The sun finally came out on Monday with clear skies. Great day to visit the Great Wall!

We decided to visit the part of the Wall in Mutianyu as it’s supposed to be less crowded. We just went to the bus station and took bus 936 from there instead of booking a tour to save money. Bus fare was 17 yuan total one way (13 at …

Shopping in Beijing

October 28, 2010

On Saturday and Sunday we did mostly eating and shopping because of the weather. There are a lot of places where you can go shopping here in Beijing and depending on where you go you can get things really cheap.

We like to buy things cheap so we pretty much avoided all the high end stores. Two places here that seems popular for buying items for low prices are Silk Street Market and Yashow Market. …

Summer Palace

October 23, 2010

Came here yesterday afternoon and it was packed!

General admission is 30 yuan (roughly $4.60 at the time of this writing). There are some areas where you’ll need to pay extra to get in.

There are temples here, statues, trees, a lake (beautiful view), and a bridge. This is a nice place to take a walk, take pictures, or just sit by the lake, enjoy the scenery, and relax.

I’ll upload more pictures when I …


October 21, 2010

Arrived in Beijing last night after a 19-20 hour flight. We checked out Wangfujing right after we arrived since it’s walking distance from our hotel and had dinner there.

Wangfujing is pretty much a shopping center, lots of expensive looking stores here. There is also a section where you can try out different types of street food. We got here pretty late though and most of them were already closed so we’ll just come back …