Remember when you were a little kid playing around in the back yard, and people would say things like “Are you going to dig a hole all the way to China?!” Well I never actually thought I would get to go to China. I imagined going to Europe, or even South America, but China was not on my list. Life however, has a really funny way of happening and the opportunity arose for me to go to China FOR FREE so I of course went. It was amazing. This was last year so this blog post is a bit late but better late than never, no?
The first stop of three was Beijing. This is the city that Chairman Mao proclaimed the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Beijing was neat. We went to Tienanmen Square, the largest public square in the world and from there we visited the Forbidden City, once only accessible to the Emperor. It was amazing to see all of the intricate details of this tucked away city. There were also dozens of apartment within the city for the emperors concubines, hey-o! Sometimes, ya just gotta get it in.
From there we went to the Summer Palace, which was my favorite place because it was right by the water. It makes sense that the Emperor hung out there during the summer, it was about 10 degrees cooler there than anywhere else in the city.
The thing I was most excited/worried about when I heard I was going to China was the food. Don’t get me wrong, the best part of travelling is stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying new things, but I wasn’t quite sure what those new things would be. I had hoped I would get to try authentic Chinese food. Ya know, like sesame chicken and general Tso’s. JUST KIDDING. I really did want to try REAL Chinese food but most of the food we encountered was touristy and not authentic at all. There were a few goodies along the way though!
My typical breakfast before leaving the hotel. Who knew banana bread would be such a hit in China?!
My most favorite breakfast! These were kind of like scallion pancakes. The texture was a cross between a pancakes and a tortilla. They were amazing and I made sure to fill up on these babies before we hit the road in the AM.
Bao– is a type of steamed, filled bun or bread-like item in various Chinese cuisines.When it comes to the fillings and the preparations, there are tons of varieties but I stuck to the veggie ones and they were great.
The highlight of Beijing was seeing The Great Wall. I got the check “walk on The Great Wall of China” off my bucket list AND it was a great work out.
Standing on the Wall.
This is Chinese graffiti on the wall. It was so beautiful to see all of the different characters and to try to imagine what each one meant. The Wall is surrounded by mountains and is about 5,500 miles long! We did a three mile portion but I would loved to have walked longer. It was taller and varied in height and elevation way more than I thought it would. I can definitely appreciate even more so why it is one of the wonders of the world.
I had never been that far from home before. The plane ride was the longest one I had ever been on (14 hours) and the time difference was 12 hours ahead, so when everyone was going to bed, I was waking up for the day. I liked being away for a bit, but it also reminded me how much I love America and our above ground toilets. #blessed The next stop was Qingdao! Post on that to come.