so this week i went to beijing and i'm happy to report that: 1- i did not almost get deported. 2- i got a chance to climb the great wall. 3- i had the time of my life.
so basically, it was everything that shanghai was not, lol. and although i loved shanghai, in my opinion, beijing is a much better city. i loved the atmosphere of the city- it lacked the pretentiousness of shanghai, and the historical landmarks are really beautiful.
i planned on doing this trip with a friend of mine, who couldn't come at the last moment *le sigh* solo travelling has it's ups and downs- one of the reasons i like being alone when i travel is the ability to stay as long (or short) as you want at a particular location. i like to wander around the city and get lost. some of the BEST discoveries i have made in china, were by accident. the thing about travelling solo is you have to hope someone is nice enough to take your photo. i shot most of these pics, except the one's i'm in.
|the train station stop on the number 4 line|
|inside the Forbidden City, temple of Empress Dowager|
|the ceiling of the Temple... a pure gold dragon in the center|
|inside the Forbidden City|
|last minute Great Wall travel buddies! Sophie & Yan|
|sitting on the Great Wall of China.|
|View of The Great Wall from Tower 3. the climb was HARD|
|scorpions on a stick. Wangfujing snack street. Yummy?|
|Lama Temple entrance|
|goddess of love|
|chinese lion. protector of the temple|
|Temple of Heaven... Amazing sight!|
|the BEST dessert in China. mango custard|
|Peking Duck. Beijing Speciality|
|Yukey and I. She is the woman who is responsible for my job in China. I adore her!|