Capital of the East

July 4, 2017 at 2:16 pm

Beijing, China is one of the three most populated cities in the world. Beijing has everything from old to new and from Chinese to Western. There is much to do in Beijing including parks, shopping, delightful cuisine, and more. The best way to get around the city is via bicycle as streets and subways are often very crowded and there are even bicycle tours to help take you around.

798 is the name of a popular art district that used to be home to multiple factories but as artists and organizations started being attracted to the complex it slowly became the art district it is today. Besides galleries it also has cafes, studios, and restaurants. For some natural beauty there is Beihai Park which is Beijing’s largest lake and also the most beautiful. You can buy souvenirs and antiques at the Dirt Market but just know that you’re very unlikely to find anything original or authentic. Be sure to bargain as prices are very likely to be driven up by salesmen.

Another major attraction is the Confucius temple which was built all the way back in 1302 paying tribute to China’s finest era. The temple isn’t directed to a god but to a mortal but despite this people still visit offering gifts and praying. The temple complex also contains the Imperial Academy where government officials were trained.

The Chinese cuisine is known for its deliciousness and one of its trademark foods is dumplings. They are usually served stuffed with pork and either cabbage or chives. Another lesser known food is baozi which are steamed buns filled with meat or vegetables. Baozi are usually served for breakfast but are a delicious light snack for any part of the day.

Of course one of the wonders of the world and as iconic as the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Statue of Liberty, and the Eiffel tower is the Great Wall of China. There are multiple sections of the Great Wall. There’s the Great Wall at Badaling which is mostly restored and perfect for a short visit. Near it but visited by fewer tourists is the Great Wall at Juyongguan which you should visit if you prefer some quiet time. Even less crowded with better views is the Great Wall at Mutianyu. If you want an overnight camping trip then you should visit the Great Wall at Jinshanling which is the least visited section.