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I spent a whole week in Beijing, China, a very interesting city, still full of historic palaces and temples, and at the same time equipped with the most modern technology.
I spent my first day, of course, in the forbidden city, a palace 2 dynasties of almost 600 years. Walking through the palace didn't seem to open my eyes to the history behind it, rather I was distracted by the endless stream of tourists wandering in all directions. I exited the forbidden city via the south gate into Tian'anmen Square, a emotionalplace at one point of my memory.
The following day, I toured Yuan Ming Yuan, once it was the most luxourious place in the world, where it was also destroyed by the British and French Army during a war. Then I spent the afternoon in the Summer Palace, and still couldn't walk through the entire place. The same day, I went to see the Water Cube and Bird Nest Olympic venues in the evening.
I followed one of my friend's suggestion to take a bicycle tour. It was fantastic, a small group of us circling through the city into different old residences and narrow streets. Then spent an evening at the Temple of Heaven. It is actually a public park for the neighbourhood, where people played different kinds of sports or even social dances. But we couldn't go inside the temple area at night time, so I visited it in the morning on another day
I, of course, also took the opportunity to go to see the Great Wall. See my trip here.
Overall, I found Beijing a lot slower-paced than Shanghai, more than half the sedans are black-coloured because of the government nature, people like to talk about history, everyone owns a cell phone, taxi drivers pick their customers, English is NOT widely used in this capital city.
Slide Show - the Forbidden City
Slide Show - Yuan Ming Yuan / Summer Palace
Slide Show - Olympic Venues
Slide Show - the Temple of Heaven
Slide Show - 798 Artist Zone
Slide Show - Rest of Beijing
Slide Show - Intersting Signs
Slide Show - All
Location: Beijing, China
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