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Beijing, the Great Wall, and the start of Hong Kong

CHINA | Thu, 16 Oct 2014 | By parisephone | Views [103] | Comments [1]

So were in Beijing! And our hotel is absolutely incredible and of course Matt and I stand out like sore thumbs walking in with our backpacks and rubby clothes. We have a suite all to ourselves, complete with smart technology. Push a button to open the ... Read more >

Tags: beijing, greatwall, hongkong

The wheels are rolling to Mongolia

CHINA | Wed, 10 Sep 2014 | By daveonhols | Views [33]

We've passed through fifty four tunnels on the way out of Beijing.  Rumour has it that we will psas through over sixty in total before we are out into open country.    The sky is blue, with only a hint of grey-ish smog overhead. ... Read more >

Tags: beijing, china, hebei, train, trans-mongolian

Wandering the Hutongs

CHINA | Tue, 9 Sep 2014 | By daveonhols | Views [37]

As with Shanghai, this was not my first time in Beijing, and I have already seen the main sights.  I decided to spend the first day wandering the old lanes and back alleys, known as "hutongs", to get a feel for the ancient fabric of this historic ... Read more >

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It starts tomorrow

CHINA | Tue, 9 Sep 2014 | By daveonhols | Views [25]

11:22.  The departure from Beijing.  Train K3.  847 miles.  Twenty Eight hours.  The real adventure begins.  Through the great wall, into inner mongolia, the Gobi desert and across the border into Mongolia, over the vast ... Read more >

Tags: beijing, china, mongolia, train, trans-mongolia trans-siberian, ub, ulan bator

One more place to visit in Beijing

CHINA | Wed, 30 Jul 2014 | By mariazhig | Views [117]

Temple of Heaven or Tian Tan, as some people call it, is a complex of religious buildings in Beijing. In the past it used to be a place for annual ceremonies of prayer. As you enter the complex you can go through a park directly to the Hall of Prayer ... Read more >

Tags: asia, beijing, china, chinese, temple, temple of heaven, the echo wall, travelling

Photos: Temple Of Heaven

CHINA | Wed, 30 Jul 2014 | By mariazhig | Photo Gallery


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Tags: adventure, asia, beijing, china, chinese, park, temple, temple of heaven, walking

"Is it a spoon or just my blurred vision?"

CHINA | Thu, 24 Jul 2014 | By mariazhig | Views [130]

Well, today I write about random places which caught my attention in Beijing. Those are: Beijing National Stadium, Peking University andCCTV Headquarters. Beijing National Stadium For everyone who doesn’t know - Beijing National Stadium ... Read more >

Tags: beijing, beijing national stadium, birds nest, cctv headquarters, china, chinese, compass, peking university, sanlitun

“I dropped my phone into bear’s enclosure!” or sharing a roof with panda.

CHINA | Wed, 16 Jul 2014 | By mariazhig | Views [124]

Well, to spend some time with such a rare animal, I think it’s something we all are really looking forward to. Beijing Zoo is a place where you can find pandas and lots of other animals. The zoo is easy to reach by subway, getting out on the ... Read more >

Tags: animals, beijing, beijing zoo, china, chinese, pandas

Photos: Beijing Zoo

CHINA | Wed, 16 Jul 2014 | By mariazhig | Photo Gallery


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Tags: adventure, animals, asia, beijing, china, chinese, travel, zoo

Photos: Gardens and Parks

CHINA | Fri, 11 Jul 2014 | By mariazhig | Photo Gallery


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Tags: adventure, asia, beijing, china, chinese, garden, park, travel

Rocks that play music

CHINA | Fri, 11 Jul 2014 | By mariazhig | Views [76]

Well, tonight I’m going to write about two Summer Palaces and Beihai Park which all could be found in Beijing. Summer Palace. It was the first place I visited after arrival. Actually, Summer Palace is not a separate palace as some people ... Read more >

Tags: beihai park, beijing, china, chinese, gardens, green, old summer palace, parks, summer palace

A chance to travel back in time.

CHINA | Thu, 3 Jul 2014 | By mariazhig | Views [126]

Spring. Beautiful Sunday morning. Beijing. Well, it’s not a bad idea to explore the city. And to be precise, to visit a place so many people talk about. Yes, you're right - Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. Subway took us quickly to the place ... Read more >

Tags: beijing, china, chinese, forbidden city, history, lost, subway, theater, tiananmen square

Photos: Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City

CHINA | Thu, 3 Jul 2014 | By mariazhig | Photo Gallery


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Tags: adventure, asia, beijing, china, chinese, journey, square, tiananmen, travel

Photos: Great Wall of China

CHINA | Wed, 25 Jun 2014 | By mariazhig | Photo Gallery


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Tags: adventure, asia, bear, beijing, china, chinese, greatwall, journey, travel

I saw a bear near the Great Wall of China!

CHINA | Wed, 25 Jun 2014 | By mariazhig | Views [128]

It was a middle of July, one of hottest summer month in Beijing. Temperature outside was about 95 ºF (35 ºC). I was in my room for quite some time, enjoying the benefits of scientific development, i.e. air conditioning. It was quite chilly ... Read more >

Tags: bears, beijing, china, park, seven wonders of the world, the great wall of china

Photos: World Park Beijing

CHINA | Mon, 2 Jun 2014 | By mariazhig | Photo Gallery

a round-the-world trip
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Tags: adventure, asia, beijing, china, chinese, journey, park, sightseeing, travel, world

Wait me near the Tower Bridge; I’m going to come from the Great Wall of China in no time at all!

CHINA | Mon, 2 Jun 2014 | By mariazhig | Views [86]

It sounds weird, doesn’t it? However, that’s exactly what you can say at the World Park in Beijing. Once in the afternoon a friend of mine suggested going there.  Unfortunately, it took us about two hours to get to the park. So, we ... Read more >

Tags: a round-the-world trip, beijing, sightseeing, world park

Photos: Fragrant Hills Park

CHINA | Thu, 29 May 2014 | By mariazhig | Photo Gallery


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Tags: adventure, beijing, china, chinese, leaves, mountain, park, red

Brace yourselves, guys. We’re going there!

CHINA | Thu, 29 May 2014 | By mariazhig | Views [87]

It seemed like a good idea to spend a day in the park looking at amazingly beautiful red leaves. The place we chose was Fragrant Hills Park, one of the main tourist attractions in Beijing. When we got there, everything was perfect. We slowly walked through ... Read more >

Tags: beijing, cable car, china, climbing, cucumbers, fragrant hills park, mountains, red leaves

A truly great wall

CHINA | Thu, 6 Feb 2014 | By kpow | Views [161]

This is a bit late, I know. I got a bit fed up with the computer at the hostel in Beijing (slow and restricted!) and stopped using it. Soz. So, it's confirmed. The Great Wall, is, in fact, great! One big tip for it though, no matter if you do a guided ... Read more >

Tags: beijing, china, climbing, mountains

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