Beijing is the second largest city in China (after Shanghai) and has a 2000 plus year history.
We enjoyed our visit and felt we could have stayed much longer and seen much more. We were told the subway system was very well laid out and extensive and easy to use. We did note that traffic was horrible and doubt if we would have rented a car and tried to join in the fray.
Here are some highlights - we really enjoyed this trip and, unfortunately, it is still on our bucket list for more extensive exploration. We are finding that our bucket list gets longer and longer the more we travel!
|After visiting the wall, we had a tour of a nearby jade factory and had lunch on the premises. We bought this "Happiness Ball" and have it as a great memory of this trip!|
|The entrance to the Forbidden City is off of the square through the Gate of Heavenly Peace.|
|The Chinese are very fond of rock gardens and see many images in them.|
|The visit to the Summer Palace was our last in China - it is a popular local tourist site.|