AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Beijing: Day 4


Posted on Jun 25, 2014

We extended our stay in Beijing by a day as we’d been enjoying it so much. I had wanted to visit some of the old city gates and Annemarie wanted to visit a park which is situated directly behind the Forbidden City and has excellent views over the city. Our first task of the day was to buy train tickets to Tai’Shan for the next day. The square outside the train station was heaving, it’s incredibly busy, far busier...

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Beijing: Day 3

Beijing: Day 3


Posted on Jun 24, 2014

Today we were going to visit the Summer Palace. It’s a vast area of land on the northeast outskirts of Beijing, filled with pavilions, pagodas, temples and a replica of a street in Suzhou. All these buildings circle a huge man-made lake, called Kunming Lake, which is modelled on the West Lake in Hangzhou, right down to the causeway on the west side of the lake. The earth from the lake was used to make a hill next to lake which...

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Beijing: Day 2

Beijing: Day 2


Posted on Jun 23, 2014

We had booked a tour to take us to the Great Wall of China today. This was excellent luck because not only was it a good type of tour, i.e. all it provided was transport and food but it went to the section of the wall that we really wanted to visit. Most people go to Badaling to see the wall. It’s much closer to Beijing and has lots of shops and sellers around it. Apparently it’s heaving with tourists and tour groups and...

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Beijing: Day 1

Beijing: Day 1


Posted on Jun 22, 2014

The first destination in Beijing was the Lama Temple. This had been a palace and was converted by an Emperor many centuries ago into a Buddhist temple, the largest Buddhist temple in China outside of Tibet. We wandered through the first few temples but it didn’t feel quiet right. It looks like the usual Buddhist temples we’ve visited around Asia, but it doesn’t look like the Buddhist temples we visited in Tibet. It...

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Suzhou to Beijing


Posted on Jun 21, 2014

We had booked another G train (the high-speed train) from Suzhou to Beijing. Suzhou is the second station on the line between Shanghai and Beijing. This is the famous Jinghu High-Speed Railway. The line is 1,300km long (819 miles) and on it is the world’s longest bridge, spanning 164km (102 miles). The train line also crosses the second longest bridge in the world which is 70 miles long. As usual the train was quiet by Chinese...

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