Whenever I thought of Beijing, I thought of two things. Bad air quality, and the Great Wall of China. As we researched, we learned that Beijing is on the list of the 10 largest cities in the world, and that the history of Beijing dates back to over 3,000 years ago.
We left on a train to Beijing on Saturday, and we were there until Wednesday. We camped on the great wall the last night we were there. (That experience will be in a later post.)
Since we only had a couple days in Beijing, we decided to do the main tourist sites including The Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven, Wangfujing Night Market Street, and shopping at The Pearl Market.
One of our favorite parts of our vacation, and China in general, is the attention we get when we go out. On our vacation alone, we got asked to take pictures with 53 different people and about 40 of those were in Beijing. (It was fun to count.)
We also got many stares, smiles, and compliments. We heard “beautiful Americans, you’re very handsome, very great, thank you thank you thank you” etc. We are getting really used to this celebrity lifestyle, and it is helping our self confidence 😉 Here is a photo of a beautiful building, but this sweet Chinese woman thought my hair was more beautiful.We didn’t realize it was China’s National Holiday all week until after we planned our vacation, so everywhere we went was jam packed with people. I am sure Beijing is always that way, but the holiday made it worse since many locals that live in China were also touring Beijing. I imagine our experience would be like going to Times Square on New Years Eve. I have practiced quite a bit these last few weeks, and have got pretty professional at taking pictures that aren’t filled with people. (Thanks china!)
Besides constantly making our way through thousands of people, we enjoyed our time in this beautiful city. Derek and I were amazed by the ancient architecture that fills the city and the delicious food that we indulged in (besides the scorpions and silk worms that we were not brave enough to try.)
We were lucky enough to only experience the bad air quality for one of the days, the other three days had blue skies and clear air. We were also surprised to realize that Beijing is the cleanest cities that we’ve ever been in. It’s one of the most populated cities in the world, but the streets and subways are spotless. We were so surprised! China is apparently doing a lot right when it comes to organization and cleanliness in their big cities. I think San Francisco, New York, and Vegas should take some advice. 😉
I am so thankful for our experiences in China so far. Being able to constantly check things off my bucket list with the person I love has always been my dream, and everyday I have to pinch myself that I am actually living in it.
Onto the next adventure, Wren