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Asia » China » Beijing » Dongcheng June 20th 2019

Summer has arrived and the heat has led me to look for indoor things to do. After some searching online, I came across the China National Museum of Women and Children. It sounded quite interesting, although there were few reviews of it online. The museum is a fairly recent addition to the Beijing museum scene, only opening in 2010, and isn't on most people's itinerary when visiting the city. From Dongdan Station, on Line 1, it was a short walk to the museum. The museum is large and looks pretty grand and modern from the outside. I headed to the ticket office, where ID was required to get a free ticket. Then after a quick few steps back out in the heat, I headed into the main building and through security. The museum has six floors. ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Dongcheng March 29th 2019

A few months ago, I had done a breakfast eats tour in Beijing. I had really enjoyed it, so vowed to do the evening food tour ran by the same company. It took a while to get round to it, but I eventually did. The group met by the subway station so it was easy to find. I think there were about 11 of us on the tour and we had two guides with us. The guides were lovely, super friendly and knowledgeable. It was great to hear their stories as well as the information about the food, restaurants, and China in general. We headed off into the hutongs to our first stop. Hutongs are the old traditional neighbourhoods in Beijing, but the word actually come from Mongolian, when Kublai Khan invaded China. The original word ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Dongcheng June 15th 2018

5 days in Beijing and the Great Wall, Mutianyu... read more
Lots of walking
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Asia » China » Beijing » Dongcheng October 3rd 2017

Another hostel breakfast set us up for the day and we headed out to see some more of Beijing. We decided to head to the Forbidden City. What should have been an easy journey wasn't. Becuse Beijing becomes so crowded with tourists in the National Day holiday the roads were roped off and there is a one way system in place for pedestrians. And I had thought Tiananmen Square was busy the previous evening, it was even busier today. It took ages for us to get to the Forbidden City, but we managed to get there in the end. Tickets for the Forbidden City sell out super quick in the holidays and by the time we got there, the ticket offices had long been shut. We joined the queue for tickets to Tiananmen Gate and after ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Dongcheng October 2nd 2017

The hostel we were staying at had a bar and restaurant, so we decided to eat breakfast there. They had loads of Western options, so I went for a Full English. I love a proper breakfast and don't get to eat them very often living in Asia. Therefore, whenever I see one on the menu I have to order it. The breakfast was pretty decent and I enjoyed it. Since we had to check out of the dorm room and check in to our private room later, we decided just to take it easy and go for a mooch about this morning. We were staying on a pedestrian street, so we took a walk along it. I love the architecture of the traditional buildings. I wish I loved somewhere. The street was really long with loads ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Dongcheng September 21st 2017

. Today we began the adventure of train travel 800 miles across China to hanoi In 3 days on train will arrive Hanoi Saturday morning at 6 am, probably not get much sleep. so it's buy to China and hello Vietnam. china is one of the cleanest country I have ever been too not a speck of litter. each block has a street sweeper who keeps Thier area spotless. The people's clothes are spotless clean . Some of the ladies look like fashion models. All in the latest fashion .The teenagers dress like American teenagers. There are huge modern malls. There are police and security every where never felt so safe like this. Hardly any crime . the people look straight ahead and very few look at us. a few wanted a pic with us. This ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Dongcheng September 17th 2017

We arrived in Bejing after a 14 hoir flight from Dallas thought we would never ger there. when we arrived here visiblitu was a few hundred feet due to smog. But tofay turned out to be 83 with breeze and blue skys a perfect day . We were picked up at our hotel by Carolyn our tour guide she took us to the forbidden Citu built 600 years ago for emperor and his 25 wives ( how would you guys like his honey do list!! ). its been a muedeum since 1925. carolyn also took us to temple of heaven not a religious plave but where the emperor prayed for good crops. We saw Mao resting hall and tineman square. Some chinese from the North visiying Bejing have never seen a foriegner before wanted us to ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Dongcheng August 13th 2017

Retour de Hong-Kong à Pékin avant de quitter l'Asie demain. Gros trous d'airs lors de la descente vers Pekin, heureusement que le plateau repas était avalé. On se sent presque de retour à la maison après le tumulte de HK 🙂 Les passants nous dévisagent à nouveau et les parents demandent à leurs enfants de nous dire "hello" en souriant, bref on retrouve nos habitudes des premières semaines avec plaisir. J'oubliais ceux qui nous prennent en photos ou vidéos "pirate", que Marlène détecte sans relâche. La dernière auberge est située dans un quartier typique de Hutong et bien agréable, hormis le wifi capricieux qui a nécessité une heure pour enregistrer le vol de demain. Nous n'avons pas résisté au plaisir d'un dernier canard laqué, les filles ont avalé la dernière bouchée en se demandant avec angoisse ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Dongcheng July 11th 2017

8.7. Ein letzter Tag auf MR, aber diesmal mit Sondererlaubnis auf der Autobahn. Gemrinsam fuhren wir die letzten 180 km zum Ace Cafe, Beijing. Leider versaute ich mir und auch der Gruppe noch schnell die Freude, weil ich etwa 1 km vor der Ankunft noch schnell ein Auto verschrammte. Die anderen fingen schon mal an zu feiern. Ich kam 2 Std und 500 Euro später, war aber nicht ganz so ausgelassen. Es waren einige hundert Leute da, manche wegen uns, manche trotz uns und manche nur so. Ich wurde spontan zum Abendessen eingeladen, Ace Cafe verköstigte uns, und vorallem, tränkte uns. Wir fuhren spät mit dem Bus ins Hotel, das ganz im Zentrum ist, die MR blieben erst mal dort beim Ace Cafe. Die Stimmung war SEHR ausgelassen. In der Nacht fand sich einer der Teilnehmer ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Dongcheng August 26th 2016

Bright and early start to the airport heading off to Beijing next stop on this whirlwind ride. 3 hour flight and before you know it I'm landing. Skipped through the airport and luckily bumped in to someone else on the course so we decided the logical thing would be to share a taxi to town or at least you would believe that this would be logical until you are met with a million confused faces when trying to explain you want a price on taxi to make 2 stops. After asking around 8 people we were finally told that these two places where not actually close to each other as they look on the map and a shared taxi cost more than 2 so off we went in of separate directions. Explaining where the hotel was ... read more
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