Initially, I had planned to spend the whole week in Beijing, but my friends suggested a short trip to Pingyao in the Shanxi province. Pingyao is a walled city that dates from the 15th century. It has preserved almost intact its traditional architecture, so it is a good option to see what Imperial China was like.… Continue reading Pingyao, Shanxi, China
The Forbidden City is in the center of Beijing. This palace complex was the home to the Emperors during the Ming and the Qing dynasties, from 1420 to 1912. There are 980 buildings in the complex which are a beautiful example of traditional Chinese architecture. The Forbidden City is in front of Tiananmen Square. There… Continue reading The Forbidden City, Beijing, China
The Summer Palace was probably my favorite place in Beijing. It is a large complex of lakes, gardens and palaces. I covers an area of almost 3 square kilometers. I spent many hours walking around this place. It was slightly cold and very peaceful.
After spending an amazing weekend with my friends, I was on my own on Monday. They had to go to work and left me with a Lonely Planet guide as my companion. I went to the Temple of Heaven and spent most of the afternoon there. The Autumn weather was great, somewhat cold but still… Continue reading Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China
My friends arranged everything to visit The Great Wall on Sunday. They surprised me when they told me that a common friend of us was traveling to Asia and had a 12-hour layover in Beijing, so he and his travel companions would join us. We went to the section of the Wall located in Mitianyu. It… Continue reading The Great Wall, China
I traveled to China in November to visit some friends of mine who are living in Beijing. Two of them have been there for four years and will be leaving soon. The other two arrived a few months before my visit. I had a small window of opportunity to see them all together in the… Continue reading Jingshan Park, Beijing, China