Conquering the Great Wall

PauTravels Standing on the Great Wall of China

As part of my side trip to Beijing in August of 2005, I had the memorable opportunity of hiking up one of the most important and recognizable landmarks in the world, which is the Great Wall of China.  And this happened the day after I had the chance to walk into the Forbidden City which once have been exclusive to people of royal blood.

I had the opportunity to visit China through the Xiamen where I supported SIT testing for Dell for 2 weeks.  And with my colleague Lucy, we booked a trip to Beijing where we spent additional 2 days.  I’ve detailed our first day in Beijing in my earlier blog.

We came in to Beijing with only hotel booking in one of the hutong areas in the city.  When we concluded our first day of roaming around the city, we had the opportunity to purchase a packaged tour to the Great Wall at the Grand Beijing Hotel near Wangfujing Street.  If I remember it right, we got a $50 worth package to the Ming Tombs, The Great Wall, to a jade factory, and for lunch.

It was the day after my birthday and we made ourselves to the the Grand Beijing Hotel lobby at 8am to catch our tour.  We boarded a coaster van where we join other tourists for the tour.  We were around 9 that day including some Aussies, Americans, Japanese, and Europeans.

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Walking Through the Forbidden City

PauTravels looking at the Forbidden City from above

I had a rare opportunity of entering a city that was once limited for people of royal blood, known to be the Forbidden City.  On August of 2005, along with a colleague, we flew to the capital city of the sleeping dragon, Beijing, China.

With a business trip to the industrial port city of Xiamen, we have decided to take this once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Beijing.  This is one of the best side trips that I’ve took though it lasted only 2 days.  With the help Travellerspoint, we were able to find a cheap hotel located in one of Beijing’s hutong areas called the Jingshan Hotel.  And from our hotel in Xiamen, Sofitel, we were able to purchase our round trip plane tickets to Beijing and back to Xiamen to catch our flight back to Manila.

On my birthday, we fly to Beijing early in the morning and was picked up by our hotel.  The hotel is situated near the Jingshan Park and arrived there before noon.  To save our stay in Beijing, we decided to take a walk as soon as we’ve settled our things.

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