Beijing Journals

Beijing- A historical wonder

A November 2000 trip to Beijing by world designer

The Great Wall Photo, Beijing, China More Photos
Quote: Beautiful, culture and a historical wonder to see, everything from the exercise in the early morning and the bikerson their way to work, to the Great Wall, everything was exciting to see.

Beijing- A historical wonder

Overview

Summer Palace Photo, Beijing, China
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First morning I was up very early and walked around just before dawn, and saw many people exercising and then all the bike riders on their way to who knows where....The forbidden city, the great wall, and the summer palace where also incredible...with the architecture and beauty made it well worth the trip.

Quick Tips:

When going from the airport to the Hotel, make sure you use a taxi from the airport, and not one from outside...I realized after I got to the Hotel I had spent thrre times the amount of a normal fare.

Best Way To Get Around:

Private guide for the great wall

Walking and definitely taxis to some of the further places.

Great Wall (万里长城)

Attraction | "The Great Wall"

Great Wall (万里长城) Photo, Beijing, China
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An amazing sight to see, even with everyone that has gone to Beijing and went to the great wall, I am sure it is quite a different experience for each person. I went to the ancient section which took about 2 hours to get to...but very well worth it, there was not another soul around, except for my guide and we hiked up the side of the wall for about 1.5 miles, and everywhere you looked the wall spanned, amazing to think that this was built so long ago.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 6, 2001

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

Summer Palace

Attraction | "The Summer Palace"

Summer Palace Photo, Chengde, China
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This is another site that you could spend hours exploring and everytime you turn a corner it is amazing...the architecture is incomparable. This was started by feudal leaders in the 11th century, and its main purpose was for gardens and lakes, it eventually became the largest royal gardens in the world. In 1860 the palace was burned down by the anglo-french force, and rebuilt by the dowager empress Cixi in 1888, using money ironically enough that was specified for the Chinese Navy...hmmmm...You try to imagine what it was like 125 years ago with the Dowager Empress riding along in her Marble Yacht....doesn't sound too bad, unless you were in the navy. There is also one corridor that is in the guiness b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 6, 2001

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

Forbidden City

Attraction

Forbidden City Photo, Beijing, China
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Amazing, you start at Tianamen Square and walk it seems for an eternity, everytime you would pass one area, around the corner would be the next...and the next and the next, so many little details to see, even though most of which was in the courtyards and the houses is now gone, you can get a feel of how the truly rich lived.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 6, 2001

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