Beijing: A Sprawling Capital of the North (京)

The sprawling metropolitan of Beijing holds more than 11.51 million people (Wangfujing Street, 2012)

The sprawling metropolitan of Beijing holds more than 11.51 million people (Wangfujing Street, 2012)

August 21-24, 2012

Attraction List:

  • Forbidden City
  • Bird’s Nest (Olympic Stadium)
  • Great Wall of China (Mutianyu Section)
  • Beijing Opera at Liyuan Theater
Silk production is still a viable business in China (2012)

Silk production is still a viable business in China (2012)

During our stay in Beijing, including the one-day arrival on August 4th, we stayed at the Park Plaza Wangfujiang hotel—a four-star establishment with free wi-fi and continental breakfast and located conveniently. This was a much better deal than the five-star Ramada Plaza hotel, which did not have free wi-fi. We also toured this city on our own time, having been here previously in 1998.

Traveling by subway is very convenient in Beijing. There are both English and Chinese signs that are tourist-friendly. Travel by taxi is also another option if one does not enjoy walking. The city is very modern with hardly any of the old Chinese-style buildings or peach trees in sight. While there were still bicycles, the majority of the transportation were motor vehicles.

Forbidden City, Beijing, China (2012)

Forbidden City, Beijing, China (2012)

We first visited the Forbidden City, where the emperors once resided. The admission fee was 240 RMB per person. Continue reading