With a span of 5,500 miles designed to keep out an entire country, a cost of over 400,000 lives during construction which left bodies built into the wall itself (so it’s been said), and its panoramic view, it’s no wonder this popular tourist destination is considered one of the “Seven Great Wonders of the World”. There is simply nothing quite like it.
If you plan to visit the Great Wall, don’t forget to do your research on the best way to arrive there whether it be by bus, taxi, or minivan. Victor was able to book us a driver in a minivan so 11 of us piled into the vehicle for a round-trip cost of only 20 USD each.
Although this hike takes only about 30 minutes (harmless right? no.), the hike is extremely steep so bring plenty of water and take rests! I was so winded after 10 minutes. Stair-master training at the Wooden Center did not prepare me for this. Continue reading Beijing Day 3 – The Wall. Trust me, it’s great.
From the Ming to the Qing dynasty, the Forbidden City served as the imperial palace to the emperor and his household, which included the advisors, concubines, and eunuchs. It wasn’t until 1925 when the Forbidden City became open to the public everyday.
The Forbidden City, according the other travelers we’ve met along the way and our travel guide books, is a must-see when in Beijing.
Starting off the morning with breakfast and some friendly competition at the hostel
Sophistication Continue reading Beijing Day 2 – Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven
“That’s all for lecture today, and enjoy your four-day weekend-” the rest was cut off as the class bustled around the room to get their backpacks and supplies together. With our four day weekend, a large group of us had booked round-trip bullet train tickets to Beijing and a 3-night stay in a youth hostel. The top tourist-y spots we had planned to visit: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, The Great Wall of China (duh), and The Temple of Heaven. I am certain Beijing will not disappoint!
Shanghai Railway Station about to board the bullet train
Settling into our assigned seats for the 5-hour journey
All ready! Continue reading Beijing Day 1 – Tiananmen Square & Peking Duck