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Photos - China Part 3 Beijing and Great Wall

Nov 16th, 2008, 04:07 PM
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Photos - China Part 3 Beijing and Great Wall

http://travel.webshots.com/album/568524116xPkKjG

Please have a look at my last album for my September 2008 trip to China.

This covers the last two days of the Highlights of China tour with GAP Adventures, plus one extra day in Beijing.

First Day in Beijing:
Beautiful sunny day with blue sky a nice change from the interior of China for us.
The first stop was the impressive Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City is truly a remarkable experience.
We visited the Jingshan Park for an overview of the Forbidden and the beautiful Beihai Park. They are within walking distance from the north of the Forbidden City.
Then we visited Temple of Heaven with its beautiful grounds.

Second Day in Beijing
Our group visited the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a section that is farther away from the city than the more popular Badaling.
While the Great Wall is remarkable, the experience of Tobogganing down was quite fun as well.
I also visited the Lama Temple in the afternoon.
We had Peking Duck as our last dinner together.

Last Day in Beijing
Fortunately I arranged an extra day in Beijing. We visited the huge grounds of the Summer Palace.
We also visited the Beijing zoo to have a look at the lovely giant pandas. At time of visit, there were quite a few pandas at the zoo, the most I had ever seen!
I enjoyed the historic area Dazhalan south of the Tiananmen square.

Getting around Beijing is not difficult with the efficient bus and subway system. Taxis were not expensive, especially when shared with other people. For taxis, as discussed many times, have the destination written in Chinese to show to taxi drivers.

Overall China is a great experience. While Beijing has many to offer to tourists and it has been spruced up for the Olympic games, other places I have visited are also very interesting and provide other perspectives on Chinese culture.

This concludes my trip to China.

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Ben
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Nov 17th, 2008, 06:10 AM
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Ben- Great job with your photos. I "borrowed" your Mao mauseleum photo. I checked my camera at the Municipal building but then I forgot to go back and get a picture of the building. You and I have the same affinities for ceilings! Thanks. Lyn Clarke
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Dec 27th, 2008, 05:43 PM
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Great shots Ben. I am looking carefully because I may do the same itinerary next year.

I took a look at your pictures from Russia. We were there in May/June this year. You must have been right behind us. We left to come back on June 6. If you are interested, view my photos at www.garyandsusan.shutterfly.com.
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Dec 29th, 2008, 08:39 PM
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thanks for all the comments! much appreciated.

Hi Gary and Susan - I enjoyed your Russian photos very much and took a look at your lovely Niagara Falls photos. I have been to Niagara Falls a few times as well. Thanks for taking me back.

I hope that my three albums of China (along with the short trip reports) will help you with your trip planning.

Thanks

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Dec 31st, 2008, 08:01 AM
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Beautiful Pics. I can't wait for my trip at the end of March
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