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Published: January 18th 2020
In all of my travel experiences, China was the most challenging country I have ever visited. It took me loads of drama to enter Beijing, stay in Beijing and to exit Beijing. Not only the immigration regulations were strict, but the language barrier was a massive issue too. Chinese public security was extremely tight, multiples surveillance cameras were installed in every block of the city. The city is guarded by military everywhere. Beijing got me frustrated at times however, sweet Beijingers made that drama disappear.
I spent four days in Beijing under the Beijing 144 hours visa-free program. My travel point began in Beijing city, where I took half of the day to recover from long haul flights. I felt the damn jetlag linger on the next day. To beat it, I decided to spend my day strolling around the city for tasty bites of traditional Beijing cuisine, shopped at the famous Wangfujing Street where I picked up some winter garments including a personal shopper service (Like what...!) and grabbed some souvenirs. The aroma of Chinese cuisine called out where ever I go, which was hard to resist even when I am not hungry. Peking duck and noodles are a
The second day, Mike, my travel guide picked me up for a day trip to several places, including a small village on the way to The Great Wall. We departed at 6am to avoid traffic. The little village is the first stop and Mike told me to nap on the way there, so I slept in. When I woke up four hours later, I saw heaps of snow fell down covering the entire village of Yanqing, oh so beautiful!
After we spent an hr in the village, Mike dropped me up the hill to the cable cars going up to the Great Wall. I got excited and couldn't barely wait to start walking. He only gave me two hours in there before we headed to next stops, so made the most of it. I kept walking and occasionally stopped to stare at pieces of the wall-stones. This ancient masterpiece was truly magnificent! It looked just how I had pictured it. It's massive, beautiful, historical, and icy in some areas. It’s fascinating, during that time engineering was done differently and yet better than today.
And of course, my two hours was up rapidly! I rushed back to
the meeting point where Mike waited. I told him that I definitely need more than two hours to walk the entire wall, mmm maybe years! The Forbidden City is coming next.
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