Beijing Journals

DIG THE REAL CHINA

A May 1994 trip to Beijing by TRAVELPRO guide

The Great Wall Photo, Beijing, China More Photos
Quote: I always heard that if you dug a hole deep enough you could "dig your way to China." China seemed so far away and such an impossible journey to me when I was growing up. I feel fortunate to have traveled for two weeks in China. It helped me learn "to dig" (understand) the ancient culture and history. The food in China is not like the Chinese food in America. You're in for some suprises.

DIG THE REAL CHINA

Overview

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Highlights include walking on top of the Great Wall, going around Tiananmen Square and touring the Forbidden City.

Quick Tips:

Take a tour because it is hard to understand Chinese and to read Chinese symbols especially at the gates in the airport.

Best Way To Get Around:

No fortune cookies or egg rolls here

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While traveling in China, my husband and I found chow mein, chop suey, egg rolls and fortune cookies missing from the menu in restaurants. We discovered the food served in China only slightly resembles the food served in Chinese restaurants in America. Vegetables and thin strips of meat are mixed together, but the shapes, flavors and combinations do not taste or look the same. Many dishes were so different that they termed them "mystery foods." The order of serving the courses is different. In China, a soup (usually a thin broth with some vegetables) is served last--not as the first or second course like in America. Instead of a Chinese fortune cookie at the end of the meal, there is...Read More

The Great Wall

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The Great Wall Photo, Beijing, China
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The sheer physical size of the Great Wall near Beijing astounded us. The giant wall is an awesome sight, ranking as one of the seven wonders of the world, and it is the only man-made structure visible by the naked eye from outer space. Miles before we got to an entrance gate, we saw the stone wall winding and twisting up the mountainside outside of Beijing. We were so excited that we started climbing immediately when our touring bus stopped outside the wall entrance. My husband was so enthralled with the wall that the cassette in his video camera jammed after only a few few seconds and he didn't even realize it. Consequently he thought he was getting lots of great video pictures of the wal...Read More

Tiananmen Square

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Tiananmen Square Photo, Beijing, China
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On our way to Tianamen Square, we passed a McDonald's and several in our tour bus cheered. We had been away from the USA for nearly two weeks. The wind was blowing, and it was chilly, but we were anxious to explore the area when we came to the famous Tiananmen Square. Our bus driver gave us a half hour to walk the square, and it took almost that long to walk from end to end. The sheer size of this square boggled our mind. We had seen pictures of the square on TV when the young people revolted against Communism and were cruelly gunned down by tanks. We saw large pictures of of Mao and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, natonal father of China. He was president from 1911 until he died in 1926...Read More