Beijing Journals

A Weekend in Beijing

A June 2005 trip to Beijing by ToddieD

Temple of Heaven Photo, Beijing, China More Photos
Quote: Our trip to Beijing was the first leg leading to the adoption of our baby daughter. We were in a travel group of eight couples/individuals and stayed only for 2 days. But during those days, we packed in the Great Wall of China, Temple of Heaven, and the Forbidden City!

A Weekend in Beijing

Overview

Temple of Heaven Photo, Beijing, China
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Beijing itself is sprawling. There doesn't seem to be a city center, and because of the grime on the building walls from the pollution, it can seem to be not so nice. But don't be misled - there are many beautiful spots in Beijing. Portions of the Great Wall of China can be reached within half an hour's drive, and the Temple of Heaven is stunning with its grandiose symmetry and is without a doubt the best place to people-watch in China - we saw people playing hacky sack, ballroom dancing, painting calligraphy on the tiles in water, and playing the erdu. It was like an instant immersion into the culture.Quick Tips: If you can, have someone in your group who speaks Chinese. This is a major help...Read More

Holiday Inn Downtown Beijing

Hotel | "Holiday Inn Downtown"

Holiday Inn Downtown Beijing Photo, Beijing, China
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We had a very spacious room and pretty comfortable bed (particularly compared to the rest of China). It had a sleek modern layout, although there were no drawers to put clothing in. There was a computer and DSL access with a fast connection. The rate was extremely cheap for the amount of room received.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 13, 2005

Holiday Inn Downtown Beijing
98 BEILISHILU RD
Beijing, China
861068338822

Temple of Heaven

Attraction | "Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park)"

Temple of Heaven Photo, Beijing, China
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The Temple of Heaven is a must-see. Its scale is so large that it's hard to take in with the eyes, but its vastness and symmetry create a balance that is extremely peaceful and harmonious.

Aside from wandering through the temples, be sure to walk through the parks and watch everyone. You will see people painting water calligraphy, dancing, playing folk music, and enjoying life to the fullest in general. It is a surefire way to fall in love with China and its people.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 13, 2005

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

Great Wall at Ba Da Ling

Attraction | "The Great Wall of China: Ba Da Ling"

Great Wall at Ba Da Ling Photo, Beijing, China
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There's nothing to beat a little jet lag than immediately heading over to the Great Wall of China for a little aerobic activity. We got into Beijing around midnight the night before and left for the Great Wall at about 10am the next morning. Within a few minutes we'd left the grime of the city and were passing through carpets of green trees on red rock mountains. It was utterly unlike anything I'd ever seen before. Fast facts about the Wall: construction began in the 5th century BC and continued to the 16th century. It covers over 6,000km across China. We were on the Badaling Pass, where most of the tourists go. Even on a day when it is not that crowded, it's pretty crowded with people. But th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 15, 2005

Great Wall at Ba Da Ling
Yan Qing County
Beijing, China
+86 (0)10 6912 1235

Friendship Store

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Attraction | "The Friendship Store"

Friendship Store Photo, Beijing, China
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Even if you're not a big shopping fan, plan to spend at least an hour in The Friendship Store. There is so much to see, not least of which is the cloisonne factory right outside the store, where you can see how much effort goes into every piece. Prices tend to be higher than at your general shop vendor, but the quality is guaranteed. This is not the place to haggle. One disconcerting habit that takes a little getting used to is that an employee will literally follow you around with a basket as you browse through the store and, if you even just pause to look at a piece, tell you the culture and history of items, often with much more detail than you may have initially wanted. But I truly believe i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2005

Friendship Store
17 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue
Beijing, China 100020
+86 (0)10 6500 3311