24 Hours in Beijing

10 April 2016

April 13th, 2015

萬里長城 - 慕田峪Great Wall of China (Mutianyu)

We booked a driver to drive us to the Great Wall of China (Mutianyu). It was around a 2-hour drive from Beijing, depending on the traffic. Just so you know, traffic in Beijing can get really really bad. We had to wake up at around 6 in the morning.

I would really recommend to get there early. It was rather quiet in the morning with less crowd.

We took the two-seater chair lift up.

Finally here! And I was lucky to see some cherry blossoms at the Great Wall too!

The hiking was not as easy as I thought. It was actually really really steep!! At one point I actually sprained my ankle and fell. It hurt so bad I thought I would lose my walking ability forever. Due to this injury, I was grounded for 9 days being unable to work and fly.

Please be extra careful when you are here. I've heard too many cases of tourists falling and my colleagues getting hurt from the hikes (some even had to walk with crutches for a few months).

This is the part that I enjoyed the most - toboggan/slide rail down the Great Wall! It was funnnnn.

Oh, when we were leaving at noon, I saw A LOT of people queuing to get in. So again, it's a good idea to come here early!

Beef noodle

April 9th, 2016

天安門 & 故宮(紫禁城)Tiananmen Square & The Forbidden City

Tian An Men Square

Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden city are directly opposite from each other.

The Forbidden city

Be aware that it's really hard to get a taxi when you come out of the Forbidden City. It will be packed of people waiting for buses/cabs. Even if you manage to catch a vacant taxi, you'll be quoted a very high price (at least double the standard price). It's a place FULL of local and foreign tourists, taxi drivers are taking advantage here so do plan your transportation ahead.

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