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A week in Beijing

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A March 2003 trip to Beijing by Gard

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Quote: My wife and I went to China (Beijing, Xi’an, and Hong Kong) in the period from March 15th to March 29th 2003. We first spent seven days in Beijing and we got to see the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, and so on.

A week in Beijing

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Overview

The Great Wall at Simatai Photo, Beijing, China
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I was quite surprised by Beijing. I thought that it would be a boring city but our stay turned out to be very nice. The two things that I remember the best is of course the walk on the Great wall of China and walking around in the Forbidden City. We were lucky enough to have great weather when we went to these places and it is a very special feeling walking more or less alone on the Great Wall of China.Quick Tips: Be sure to see the obvious attractions like the Great Wall of China (and if you have time go to a more remote part of the wall), the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven park, Jingshan Park, Chairman Mao’s memorial hall and so on. But I think it is n...Read More

Radisson Sas Hotel Beijing

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Hotel | "Radisson SAS Hotel"

Radisson Sas Hotel  Beijing Photo, Beijing, China
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The hotel doesn’t have the best location. It is located next to ring 3 on the northeast of Beijing. It was not a problem because there were always taxis outside the hotel. It cost about 20-30 RMB to take the taxi into Tiananmen Square. It is also possible to take the subway to get around. The nearest station is Liufang, which is about 15 minutes walk from the hotel. The lobby of the hotel is standard. On the second floor you’ll find the breakfast restaurant and the restaurant"the grill". In the breakfast restaurant you have a selection of bread, fruit, cereal, bacon, sausages, eggs in different versions, warm dishes etc. There were also hot Chinese dishes if you prefer to start the day with them...Read More

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Radisson Sas Hotel Beijing
6A E BEISANHUAN RD
Beijing, China
86-10-64663388

Great Wall at Si Ma Tai

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Attraction | "The Great Wall of China at Simatai"

Great Wall at Si Ma Tai Photo, Beijing, China
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We bought a day tour (lunch included) for RMB 380 each in the hotel lobby with a company called "Dragon bus tours". We had read quite a bit about the wall and we had hoped to walk from Jinshanling to Simatai but our tour "only" included a 2 hour walk along Simatai. Most tourists seem to go to Badaling but we were hoping to avoid the crowds and any queues. We were picked up at the hotel at 9 am and apart from our driver and our guide Judy we were accompanied by a couple of American girls. We were very lucky with the weather and when we reached the wall the skies were blue. Getting to the wall is really a great moment. All of a sudden you can see the wall on the mountain tops stretching as far as...Read More

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Great Wall at Si Ma Tai
Si Ma Tai
Beijing, China 101508
+ 86 (0)10 6903 1051

Forbidden City

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Attraction | "The Forbidden City"

Forbidden City Photo, Beijing, China
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One day we were ready to check out one of the attractions that I was most looking forward to: The Forbidden City (Imperial Palace). This is located north of Tiananmen Square and the Palace Museum takes up quite a big space . . . the outer walls are about 1km by 0.75km in size and this was once the home of the emperor, the empress, concubines, eunuchs and so on. We bought tickets to the museum for 40RMB (about €5) and for another 40RMB and my driver’s licence as a deposit, we rented audio guides that helped us with information throughout the museum. It was kinda funny to listen to the audio guide because the information was being narrated by James Bond, eh, I mean Roger Moore. :-) It was certain...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2003

Forbidden City
North Of Tiananmen Square Dong Cheng District
Beijing, China 100009
+86 (0)10 6512 2255

Temple of Heaven

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Attraction | "Temple of Heaven park"

Temple of Heaven Photo, Beijing, China
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We went to this park after visiting The Forbidden City. We were still in high spirits, and we walked across Tiananmen Square and all the way to the Temple of Heaven park (know as Tiãn Tán Gõngyuán). For $30 RMB, you can get into this park and check out "Hall of the prayer for good harvests", "Imperial vault of heaven" and "Circular mound". We entered the park from the west, and it took us quite a long time just to walk to the center of the park, where we could check out the buildings. Temple of Heaven Park is actually larger than the Forbidden City. The most striking building in the park is the "Hall of the prayer for good harvests". This is a 38-meters-high (and 30 meters in diameter) circular ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 2, 2003

Temple of Heaven
Tian Tan North Rd.
Beijing, China 100050
+86 (0)10 6702 2242

About the Writer

Gard

Gard
Stavanger, Norway