The first 3 days in Beijing were a bit of a repeat since we were there a couple of years ago so this time we different things.
The view out our window
We stayed at the Regent Beijing and it was the nicest room I have ever stayed in!
Our hotel was close to the Scorpian market this time so we walked there a couple of times
They sell everything there but mostly food. It's kind of a lunch place
They have some strange fruits in China. I tried some of this spiky one. It's called Durian fruit
The first day there we got taken in by the "I'm an art student and it's the last day of our exhibition" scam. David bought a bunch of art and then walking home he saw it somewhere else a lot cheaper. So he got hotel management involved and they helped David get his money back.
It had a bedroom separate from the sitting room
The bathroom had a glass wall between it and the bedroom.
Jingshan Hill is the highest spot in Beijing and has a pagoda that overlooks the Forbidden City. Only there can you really get an idea of the scope of the Forbidden City. It was amazing to me! I had walked through it before but didn't realize how huge it really was!
From Jingshan Hill which overlooks the Forbiden City on the other side
Pagoda at the top of Jingshan Hill or Park
The Forbidden City is the central point in Beijing and there are Towers North, South, East and West from there. This is in the Pagoda at Jingshan Park
After Jingshan park I walked out and this cute Chinese man sold me a tour through the Hutong in a Rickshaw. Umbrella's on a cloudy day. I think it's a trend
He biked me through a different part of the Hutong that I hadn't seen last time and gave me an excellent tour though I can't say I understood all of his English
Then he dropped me off at Beihai Lake which is right there by the Forbidden City
It was beautiful and I loved all the lilly ponds
The next day I took Viators Beijing Classic Full Day tour that included The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, a silk factory, The Temple of Heaven and The Summer Palace. The lines were mostly Chinese waiting to get into Mao's Mausoleum. They said the wait was at least an hour and a half
The flowers were lovely there and looked like a lot of maintenance
Then we were on to the Forbidden City. I won't put up more pictures of this since I already have in another post
The silk factory shows the progression of growth of the silk worm
More on this in Sozhou
I saw this cool looking man sitting at the Temple of Heaven. I think he had some sort of instrument with him. Or maybe it was a smoking pipe of some kind?
Groups gathered here for games and recreatioin
Lastly we saw the Summer Palace again. I am really glad I got pictures of the marble boat last time because this time it was all covered up or remodeling
This time we got to take a boat ride across the lake
We went to a pearl factory after the silk factory and I bought some green pearl earrings (although they looked kind of black to me) for $50
The intersections in China never cease to amaze me but wait till I get to India!
I loved this cute old couple riding around the city probably going shopping
To The Great Wall Before Our Flight To Shanghai
There is a lot of shopping before you actually take the tram to the Great Wall
We went to the same part of the wall as last time but this time we climbed right instead of left and saw different views. It was really hazy this time and so it was hard to get good, clear pictures
The wall was steep on this section
Same guys waiting for us at the bottom, I think
We ended up eating at the exact same place as last time
So I thought I would copy this picture too