The trip so far, Beijing
Note: new/other photos will be posted once I have a chance to really edit them after getting home.
Beijing has the feel of most old metropolitan cities, if you’ve been to Athens, Tokyo, Kyoto, Rome, or Dublin you’ll probably know the feeling. Lots of new/urban areas with new sky scrapers, pockets of old/local areas with interesting sights, and extremely old areas flooded with tourists. It has it’s own unique sounds and smells, but feels like a place most tourists could survive without knowing Chinese. Overall, I would put it as probably number 4 or 5 of favorite big cities I’ve visited.
We toured Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and my favorite the Yonghegong Lama temple. On my birthday we hired a car and hiked the Great Wall from Jiankou (an un-restored section) to Mutianyu (a manicured part of the wall). The weather was amazing and the entire wall was covered with blooming Sakura (cherry blossom trees).
Food highlights included a four pound leg of lamb cooked on a spit in our table, a lovely birthday birthday dinner of Peking Duck at Made in China, ginger preserved eggs, and drinks at a hidden speakeasy called FUBAR.
And yes, if you couldn’t guess from my photos of japan, I love the red and orange paint used in temples and shrines!