Beijing was the most jam-packed part of our trip, but this is where we spent the night on The Great Wall – so all the tiredness was totally worth it!
After the worst sleep on the night train from Shaolin to Beijing, we went straight to the Olympic park. Honestly, this was quite disappointing, it just felt like we were in London’s Olympic park. However, we made it fun and I suppose it’s something to tick off the Beijing Bucket list! This is also free, so if you did want a quick visit there, do so!
The Great Wall of China
This was obviously the best part of our visit to China, and what made it even better was that we got to camp on an unrestored part, which is meant for locals only. There wasn’t a single tourist in the area and we were able to climb and explore wherever we liked. This was all thanks to ‘The Dragon Trip’.
The next day we woke up at 4:00am to catch the sunrise, but unfortunately it was too misty. However, we made the most of the early start by enjoying the view and making some breakfast to eat on the wall!
A popular show in Beijing is the performance of many crazy and extremely skilled acrobats! From unicycling on a tight rope to doing the splits while sliding under a coffee table- you will see everything weird and wonderful here!
Tiananmen Square is in the centre of Beijing, named after the Tiananmen ‘Gate of Heavenly Peace’. The square contains the Monument of the People’s heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National museum of China and the tomb of Mao Zedong. This is one of the largest city squares in the world and so, along with its great historical significance, it is a must see.
The Forbidden City
About a 20-minute walk away from Tiananmen Square is a palace complex – The forbidden city- which houses the palace museum and was the former Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. The Forbidden City served as the home of the emperors and it was the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government for almost 500 years. It consists of 980 buildings and covers 180 acres. Therefore, it is quite a long tour, however I don’t feel it’s necessary to explore the whole area, as every section practically looks the same! Despite this, it’s a very interesting place that, once again, you can’t miss.
Nan Luo District
If you want to get some souvenirs, browse in unique shops or try some new foods then this street is for you! Its super busy, but serves for a great break from your classic ‘touristy trips’.
Temple of Heaven
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to visit here however it’s a beautiful piece of architecture, which houses annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven, for good harvest and is a very popular attraction.
798 Art District
This area is like a Chinese Brighton- its bursting with colours, cool architecture and wacky artwork. You can wonder around for hours on the streets or in museums looking at all the art. I would recommend only visiting a few museums, as most of them will charge you a lot of money just to enter a small room of art, whereas you could just step outside and see lots for free! This is a very fun place and makes a nice change from the busy main city of Beijing!