Bejing, the last of the Chinese saga
Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
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On the first day we rented out bicycles, just £2 per day! Everybody here rides a bike, and most of the roads have cycle lanes which makes it nice and easy to roam about. The first place we cycled to was Tienanmen Square, the biggest public square in the world. It was huge! We could hardly see the other side, partly due to the smog that always lingers in the air.
We then cycled around the Forbidden City walls, which were also massive
In the evening we went to the night market. This is where Chinese food becomes a bit weird... We ate scorpions and snakes for dinner (see photos), and I can happily say that I will never have the urge to try them again.
The next day was a bit rubbish. We went to the Summer Palace, and within 20 minutes of being there, it stated to pour down with heavy rain. As most of it was outside we had no choice but to run for the metro and head back to our hostel where we just lazed about waiting for the rain to stop. It didn't stop so we went for dinner, and had the famous Bejing dish, "Peking Duck".
We woke up the next day to blue skies so we decide to visit the "Great Wall of China". There are several places to see the wall; we visited the Mutianyu Wall as it's within easy reach of Beijing (1 hour) and is said to have less tourists the the others.
It wasn't exactly what we expected... The wall is built at the top of a mountain. To get to the wall, they had a chair lift, and to get down from the wall they had a huge slide
On the last day we went to the must see "Forbidden City", given this name because once upon a time it was forbidden for anyone to enter apart from the Emperor and their servants. The poor servants weren't even allowed out, some of them born inside, never seeing the outside world.
The Forbidden City consists of 9000 rooms, spread over 250 acres of land. It's so big that to explore it all would take more then a day. We took an express tour and walked around the main bits. It was an amazing sight but there was far to many people there to enjoy it properly.
Later on that evening we had a plane to catch for the Philippines.
My final thoughts of China: It's big, busy and full of culture. Unless your a culture vulture and don't mind crowds of people then stay clear of the cities. China's rural areas are beautiful, my favorite place being Yangshuo. I don't think I'll ever return but I surely won't forget it.