Beijing Journals

The Historic Parts of Beijing

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A travel journal to Beijing by TianjinPaul

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Simatai Great Wall

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Attraction | "Climbing 'The' Great Wall"

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When I first arrived in China, I was, above all else, keen to see the Great Wall. As Chairman Mao reportedly said, "He who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a true man". As the Wall is one of the most awe-inspiring sights in the world, my emotions were certainly not misplaced. However, my idea of going to see 'the' Great Wall certainly was. Even as it was constructed, the Wall was never really one giant long construction - it was in several places interrupted by rivers and mountains. And, with time taking its toll on many of the more distant sections, the Wall is, in actuality, more like several separate sections. However, when I first arrived in China, I was not 100% aware of this. I ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 4, 2010

Simatai Great Wall

Beijing, China

Temple of Heaven

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Attraction | "Wavy Blue"

Temple of Heaven Photo, Beijing, China
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The Temple of Heaven is one of Beijng's most truly stunning sights. A clear reflection of this was the fact that, in 2008, as the country's marketing machine geared up for its Olympic extravaganza, it was not the Forbidden City or Tiananmen Square that was the image most widely used to attract visitors, it was the Temple of Heaven. And, when you come face-to-face with the Temple, this becomes less than surprising. The Main Hall is a truly stunning affair. As soon as you enter the temple's grounds, you cannot help but be transfixed by the circular hall's stunning blue roof. The shade of the tiles couples with the magnificent glaze give it in an almost hypnotic feel. On a summer's day with t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 2, 2010

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

Bei Hai Park

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Attraction | "Overshadowed, but Never Underwhelming"

Bei Hai Park Photo, Beijing, China
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In terms of fame and the volume of visitors it receives, this particular attraction is dramatically overshadowed by its next door neighbour, the Forbidden City. Were it in any other city in the world, Beihai Park would surely be one the biggest attractions on show. However, in Beijing, it is often relegated to little more than an afterthought. For many, it is the place tagged on to the tour of the Forbidden City. This truly is a shame as Beihai is one of Beijing's greatest treasures, and, was also the site of one of the funniest accidents I have ever seen.Most trips to Beihai begin at the southern gate, which is just 200m from the northern gate of the Forbidden City. As soon as you pass in...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 9, 2010

Bei Hai Park
1 Wen Jin Street
Beijing, China 100034
+86 (0)10 6403 1102

Summer Palace

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Attraction | "Long Corridor and Great Memories"

Summer Palace Photo, Chengde, China
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I must admit, of all Beijing's ancient treasures, the Summer Palace is by far my favourite. There is no single clear tangible reason for this. Instead, it is for a whole host of small reasons that I love it more than the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven or even the Great Wall. I think the first reason I love it so much is that I can identify with the ancient emperors who thought it would be the perfect place in which to escape from Beijing's oppressive summer heat. As beautiful as the Forbidden City is, one thing that is clear to see for any visitor is the lack of greenery and the rather dry atmosphere. The Summer Palace in contrast is steeped in lush trees and bushes, and, really give...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 9, 2010

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

Forbidden City

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Attraction | "Familiarity Breeds Contempt"

Forbidden City Photo, Beijing, China
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Familiarity breeds contempt. This may be something of a cliché, but my experiences with Beijing's Forbidden City proved that it can most certainly be the case, even with the most awe-inspiring of sights. To begin this review, I would like to re-wind to the balmy September of 2005. I had been working in Korea for a year when a friend of mine and I decided to take the boat to China for a two-week vacation. During that period, I fell deeply and madly in love with the Middle Kingdom and decided that instead of finding a job back in England, I should live in China for a while. A while turned out to be four fabulous years, during which my love for the country grew and grew. However, at the same ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 9, 2010

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