To give our readers a break from people photography, I wanted to include a few shots from our trip to China in May, 2010. We flew from Orlando into Beijing to start our trip, and after that 13 hour nonstop flight from Newark we definitely needed to get out and stretch our legs! After landing and checking into the beautiful Beijing Marriott City Wall, we jumped in the ever-prevalent taxi cab and headed to the Temple of Heaven.
The Temple of Heaven itself is rather small compared to the giant park area surrounding it, also encompassing the Hall of Good Harvest in the same complex. After taking some of those typical postcard shots of the complex, we walked around a bit and found a group of seniors practicing Chinese folk music in a music hall area.
After listening to a bit of the music (and snapping photos), we moved on and eventually headed home. Day two in Beijing meant booking a guided tour of the Ming Tombs and the Great Wall of China. Even though the Great Wall is technically “in Beijing” – it’s about an hour and a half away. As part of the package tour to Badaling where the Great Wall section is, we stopped by the Ming Tombs where the Ming emperors are buried along with some rest stops for lunch along the way.
When we finally arrived in Badaling we had passed a couple areas where the Great Wall passes through. The section in Badaling is supposedly one of the best-preserved sections and thus, most visited.
Betty and I opted to head to the steepest section of the Great Wall rather than the “easy” route which is more flat. When they said steep, I’m not sure we truly realized what they meant! Thinking what this must have meant for a solider hundreds of years ago carrying supplies and without the new handrails – crazy!!
Day 2 was our only guided tour during our time in Beijing and using DTS Travel was money well spent. While sometimes we wanted to slow down and take photos along the way, I think we were given ample time on our own at the Great Wall which was the ultimate destination and reason for using the service. Plus I can’t help but to love our tour guide, William, thanks for a great tour!!