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10 Things I Did in Beijing China
In June of 2006 I had the incredible opportunity to take a trip to Beijing China. To be perfectly honest before getting there I only wanted to see the Great Wall. That was one of my life dreams to walk the Great Wall of China. However, when I got there I realized there are many other beautiful things to see in Beijing besides the Great Wall. I was also amazed at how friendly and happy the Chinese were. The following is a list of 10 things that I did on my trip to Beijing. There are additional things to do that are included in the Fodor's Beijing travel guide. These are just a few of them.
1. Visit the Great wall - The Great Wall goes up and down through the mountains. Be sure you save your energy for this you'll need it! I've included a video below and pictures from the wall.
2. Tienanmen Square - I'm sure when you think of this place the only thing you can think of is the riots. Make sure you save your energy for this one too. It's a long walk because it's huge. I've included a video and photos below.
3. Summer Palace - Summer home of the emperors. This palace is vast and there is a lot to see. It's a lot of walking and much ground to cover. The views were just amazing a must see. I've included pictures and video below.
List #4 to #6
4. The Forbidden City - The palace of the Emperor for hundreds of years. Very huge and lots to cover. Video and pictures below
5. Beijing Opera at the Liyuan Theatre- This is Chinese opera. It wasn't really my cup of tea. I went into the theater. Before the show they allowed me to watch the actors get ready for the show. I saw them spend a very long time to put their makeup on. Once the show started honestly I literally fell asleep. Trust me. I'm not lying.
6. Take a Rickshaw ride - A must do and it was a great experience. A word of advice avoid the potholes. Ouch!
List #7 to #10
7. Taste Peking duck - I'm sure you had Peking duck before but this is different. You actually get the experience of having Peking duck in the city formally known as Peking. I couldn't pass this opportunity up.
8. Visit the Drum Tower- This two story tower once had 25 drums on the top. The drums in combination with bells were used by the Chinese to tell the time of day. Save your energy there's a lot of steps to climb to get to the top floor.
9. Take a look at the Bird's nest stadium- When I went in 2006 it was still under construction for the 2008 Olympic games. It's now completed
10. Take in an acrobatic show- This was very entertaining. I was happy I went. It's truly something not to miss.
More Info about what's in the guide
Tour of the Great Wall
Tour of the Forbidden City
Tienanmen Square Tour
Summer Palace tour