Food in Beijing

February 1, 2012 § 14 Comments

Here is a collection of food that I tasted in Beijing.

Ice cold aloe vera with orange sauce, which is so amazing after you ate some spicy food.

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The Great Wall and me: Journey of a potential nightmare.

January 15, 2012 § 10 Comments

My first glimpse at the Great Wall at JinShangLing. God knows what a nightmare this journey could have been. JinShangLing. Oct 10, 2011.

It was October 2011, my company joined a fair in Beijing, which offered me the opportunity to visit Beijing for the first time. I stayed for 3 days after the fair was over. So I had this one full day dedicated to see the Great Wall. When I was growing up, I always had the impression that the Wall was right next to the Beijing city. Probably because every time when people talked about Beijing, they always mentioned the Great Wall all together. However it never occurred to me that I’ve never seen the Beijing city right behind the Great Wall in any photo……

I have a friend who traveled quite a bit around China, and he recommended me to visit JingShanLing, a section of the Wall which is further away from the city as it was less touristy. It made sense, if I was taking the trouble to go all the way out there, why would I want to see the cheesy thing that’s pretty much rebuilt for tourist? Since I was really busy to prepare for the fair before departure, I didn’t do much research about how to reach the Wall. Instead I asked my friend to email me the direction:

From Dongzhimen long-distance bus station, take a minibus (1¼ hours) or bus 980 to Mìyún , change to a minibus to Gǔběikǒu , and get off at Bākèshíyíng

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