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Beijing Bowling Classic

A July 2004 trip to Beijing by kwasiak

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Quote: I went to China on a bowling delegation. Besides spending a lot of time at the bowling alley, we saw many of the sites. The sites I will write on include the Great Wall, the jade factory, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace.

Beijing Bowling Classic

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Beijing Photo, Beijing, China
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Climbing the Great Wall of China. Walking where the emperors walked in the Forbidden City. Seeing Tiananamen Square in real life and remembering the pictures of the 1989 massacre. Seeing the giant pandas play in their playground at the zoo. Admiring the jade creations at the world's largest jade factory. Singing songs with a local kindergarten. Riding ricksaws through the Hutong and seeing a local artist's work.Quick Tips: Toilets in China are often just holes in the ground, even in some fancy restaurants. Also, there often is not any toilet paper, and if you are in remote areas, there are not sinks. It is a good idea to carr...Read More
Best Western Beijing Photo, Beijing, China
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I found my room at the Best Western Beijing very spacious. I had two chairs with a small table, a desk with another chair, two dressers with a television on top of one, a closet, and a king-size bed. The bathroom was also a good size, with a nice big tub. Each room also had a tea- and coffee-maker and a mini-fridge.

The hotel has an indoor pool, exercise facilities, a gift shop, and a flower shop. It offers laundry services for a very reasonable price.

Breakfast is included with the room price. Breakfast is buffet-style and includes a salad bar, fresh fruit, pastries, and an omelette bar.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 9, 2005

Best Western Beijing
15 South Road of Dong San Huan
Beijing, China 100021
+86 (10) 6762-6655

Great Wall (万里长城)

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Great Wall (万里长城) Photo, Beijing, China
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If there is only one thing you see while in Beijing, it has to be the Great Wall of China. You can see thousands of photographs of the wall, but the true magnificence of it will not hit you until you see the wall that seems to have no end in person. I cannot imagine being one of the many laborers who had to build the wall over a thousand years ago, without the kinds of technology we have today. Day after day, hauling stones to the wall and fitting them together, so many died, and many are thought to be buried in the wall. My group only had an hour to explore the wall, so I only went to the second lookout, but the view was amazing: countryside in all directions. Climbing the wall can be ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 9, 2005

Great Wall (万里长城)
North Of Beijing City
Beijing, China
+86 (0)10 6912 1235

Summer Palace

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Summer Palace Photo, Chengde, China
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The Summer Palace began as the Gold Mountain Traveling Palace in the 12th century. At that time, water was diverted from the Jade Spring to form the Gold Sea, which was the beginning of the lake that is now called Kunming Lake. When the lake was later enlarged, the palace was renamed Jug Mountain. These early beginnings of a palace were renamed Longevity Hill near the turn of the 20th century. At that time, most of what is now know as the Summer Palace was built. The Summer Palace stopped being used by the imperial family in 1908, and it became a public park in 1924. The Summer Palace contains the Deheyuan (Court of Virtuous Harmony), which is the largest in China. The theater has tra...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2005

Summer Palace
Kunming Lake
Haidian, Beijing, China
010-6288 1144

Tiananmen Square

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Tiananmen Square Photo, Beijing, China
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Tiananmen Square is the world’s largest public square. Where the square is now located used to be the quarters for the Imperial Guard, and the rice and wood storage for the imperial kitchen. The area became a public square during the Republican Era after fires and demolition destroyed the building in the area. The 1919 May Fourth Movement took place here, beginning the honorable tradition of patriotic dissent. In 1967, hundreds of thousands of Red Guards crowded the square, chanting Mao’s name and waving Mao’s Red Book. In June 1989, the square was the center point of what became known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Hundreds of students and bystanders were killed by troops sent in to break up...Read More

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Tiananmen Square
Chang An Avenue
Beijing, China 100006

Beijing Zoo

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Beijing Zoo Photo, Beijing, China
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I found the Beijing Zoo pretty unimpressive, but that may be more attributed to our guides rushing us through than to the actual looks of the zoo. Parts of the zoo itself, though, were rather overgrown. I felt that overgrowth was acceptable in the panda habitat, as it created more of a wild look, but whether it represented the wild habitat of pandas, I am not sure. I was rather annoyed that a bridge that had statues of the zodiac animals was so overgrown that some animals only had there heads showing. I was amazed to see something when I looked up, but I am sure it would be much more amazing and picture-worthy if the statues could actually be seen. Due to the fast nature of our walk through the zoo, t...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 22, 2005

Beijing Zoo
131 Xi Zhi Men Wai Avenue
Beijing, China 100044
+86 (0)10 6831 4411