As you might know I went to Beijing in December, and I still owed you guys a diary-post about this big city with all of it's culture. So here it is: pictures and hotspots included!
- Forbidden city --> This is positioned in the heart of Beijing, it's the place fromwhere emperors from the Ming and Qing-dynasty ruled the kingdom. So many pretty buildings to see, and Mao's mausoleum on Tiananmen square is worth a visit too!
- The Great wall --> Ofcourse we had to see this one! It's one of the great wonders of the world, and indeed it was impressing. Only a 2 hour ride from Beijing, we went to Muttianyu, a less touristic spot then all the others. Such a nice view, but I bet it's even better during summertime, when all is green!
- Snackstreet --> It's only 1 street, but it has the most exotic assortment of snacks. Read: squid, starfish, scorpions, snakes and beetles.
- Olympic city --> With the Birdsnest and the Fishbowl (not sure they actually were called those names)
- For going out --> We went to club Liv and club Circle a few times, but there is a whole street filled with clubs and bars in the Sanlitun district.
- Rent a bike! --> We did a bike tour with Dutchy Monique who showed us the Hutongs in Beijing. Cold but very fun, we ended up in the most authentic places and visited the cutest markets!
- Tianjin --> A very modern city with Europe inspired buildings. We stayed at The Astor hotel Tianjin, a lovely place to stay! Regular train: 4,5 hours. Bullet train: 30 minutes.
- Chengde --> A 5 hour ride from Beijing lies Chengdu. We visited the emperor's summerpalace, which had a huge garden. Nowadays, citizens can come iceskate on the lake. We also visited some temples: the Putuo Zongcheng temple, a replica of a temple in Tibet, and the Punong temple. I have a thing for rooftops I guess, I kept photographing the tops of the temples because of the pretty colors and artwork.
- The Pearl market, the Silk market and the Yashou market --> All super crouded, all about bargaining and fake items, but for sure a must to visit. Oh and they do not only sell silk and pearls, actually just about anything! Shoes, bags, clothes, gloves, make-up, jewelry! Oh ding ding ding.
- Beijing does not really have a citycenter. There are shops all over the city, but the easiest way (and the least cold way) is going to a shoppingmall.
- The subway is a very cheap and fast way to travel, but it's also really crouded. On New Year's Eve we left the house a bit late and jumped into a couple of Tuk Tuk's. (at least that's what I call them cause they are very simular to the ones in Bangkok) They were so fast! Ghost riding and using the sidewalk was not a problem for them at all, very fun and we made it just in time!
- You have to bring your passport with you all times, you'll need it for everything!
- The smog can get really bad, as a tourist do wear a mouthcap! If you weren't a smoker already, on a bad smog day your longs will look like you've been one for 5 years!
I may have forgotten some pretty cool spots I visited, but the photos will speak for itself!
I hope you liked this post on this wet Monday morning. Bye for now!
|Boots we bought on the Yashou market!|
|The Great Wall|
|China house in Tianjin|
|Tianjin shopping street|
|During the bike tour we saw a couple of old Chinese men take a swim in freeezing cold water|
|The view on top of the Great Wall|