Today was our first trip to Beijing; our plan was to visit The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. We had an enjoyable ride on the bullet train and took the underground to Tiananmen Square. Though we thought we had arrived quite early it was already heaving. To start things off it took us about 10 minutes to walk 15 meters just to get through security into the area. Once through a bit of the walk, we saw queues for tickets and security and people everywhere. It was 10:00 am we were hot and tired already and made an executive decision to rethink our plans. We stopped by a tour agency and booked in for a bus tour this Friday. For 300 RMB ($48/£28) a bus will collect us from our hotel take us to The Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven and includes an English guide and lunch. After our experience this morning it is well worth the money for a day of sightseeing.
So our amended day began with a stop in our favourite art shop. Our friend was there and we picked up another moon festival painting, Sarah got two paintings for herself and her name written in Chinese characters. From there it was on to the shopping mecca know as YaShow market in Sanlitun. Shopping galore where bargaining rules. It was an afternoon filled with entertainment and good deals. It all began with 2 bags and a wallet, first price 640 RMB, final price 251 RMB ($40/£23)!
On the way out I spotted a little bagel shop with authentic New York bagels so we had a little snack. And finally ate late lunch at one of our favourite places: Great Leap Brewery. With burgers and beers in our tummies we made our way back to the train station and home to Tianjin.
Another fantastic day, my FitBit says we walked over 19,000 steps; thats nearly 13km!
Everyone trying to get through 2 security gates, we pushed through on the left than were told if you have a bag go to the right!!
Downside to being tall: getting poked by umbrellas in a crowd.
Opposite Tiananmen Square
Our favourite artist
That says Sarah
Just outside the art shop, which is down the street from the Forbidden City
The art shop
Our favourite shop
A lovely import grocery shop
Great Leap Brewery
Cheeseburger, Lamb burger and cobb salad, with some lovely craft beers finished with a delicious slice of carrot cake
Bullet Train, speed says 288 km/hr
For our first school holiday we took a mini trip to Beijing, inspired by The Killers playing in concert there. We were warned that the National Day holiday is not the best time to travel to hot spots like Beijing as they are even busier than usual. We ignored the warnings and were amused to find them very true! Most obvious was our trip to Tiananmen Square, which was a result of going to the Forbidden City and being deterred as it was so busy you couldn’t even move once inside. We didn’t make it into Tiananmen square either as walking towards it as far as our eyes could see was wall to wall people. There was some silver lining in that we found a great little art gallery and got some lovely paintings for our apartment. I guess we will just have to go back to Beijing for some sightseeing. lucky for us it is a quick 40 minutes up on the train.
Higest speed I saw was 289 km/hour
Tickets delivered to our room, thanks to the concerige
Amazing shopping experience of Ya Show
Mr T perusing the selection of trainers
All of the strange things you see on tv were here
We chose not to give it a try
Chinese massage in silky pjs
Killers concert, a much smaller venue than we anticipted
Biggest cake we have ever seen, with a price tag to match
That is $328,000 or £203,358
Flower displays on the streets of Beijing
Just outsite Tiananmen Square
We later saw that there were over 800,000 people about that day